Sport And The American Dream Essay

1404 Words Nov 3rd, 2014 6 Pages
Emile Somekh
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In Jeffrey Schranks’ short story, “Sport and the American Dream”, he is trying to show us that the sport America watches and plays, portrays America’s character as a nation. Since America goes from baseball to football we it shows us that we are becoming more violent. his comparisons of sports and war is says best how America changes as a country over the years. Back when baseball was Americas’ pastime to being a totally football country. When we were a baseball country, Americans were happier, not many cared about wars or violence just the enjoyment they got from watching the games with friends or family at the ballpark. It didn’t matter that the sport wasn’t moving at a fast pace or so competitive. Football is the
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One weakness that the author showed here is that he didn’t back up his thoughts when he states, “comparing baseball to an acting out of robber barons stage of capitalism, whereas football more clearly reflects a more mature capitalism nation, which we are now moving towards.” Later on in the same paragraph he doesn’t back up what he means by that. Instead he talks about the Japanese becoming a football from baseball country the same way America did. Plus it is 40+ years since this was written and the Japanese still haven’t gone the football route yet. The author says, “ baseball is a game of a more quiet age when less action was needed to hold interest when going to the park was enjoyable, while aggression was subservient to finesse.” The he has a very strong point saying that before, the country was a much more quiet and peaceful time; this wasn’t the age of computers or cell phones. Baseball was really exciting because you can see the players, and sometimes catch a foul ball or get one from the ball boy between innings. The real joy of it all was that you get to be with your family or friends and eat as much popcorn and cracker jacks as you can eat. That was then, in this society, every down in football is a different fast action play or tackle either way all 22 of the people are getting action on the field

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