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So how are student athletes doing? According to the NCAA’s analysis, if we look at the more restrictive FGR for students who began college in 2004, student athletes actually have higher graduation rates in general, especially for African Americans
Sports in World History
Sports Culture in Recent American History
Are We Heading Towards Running Man?
(Forrest) Griffin, who squares off against Stephan Bonnar tonight, struggled to describe UFC's appeal, before finally hitting it perfectly: "It doesn't try to be something it's not. We're not carrying sticks and chasing a puck on ice. We're the part of sports that you like. We just get in there and fight in every style we can."
UFC vs. boxing - it's not a fair fight. They're in different divisions. One's on the cusp of the mainstream. The other is best viewed on ESPN Classic. (Source)
Jones walked, and once a pinch runner came in to replace him, the retiring 40-year-old star trotted back toward the Braves dugout on the third base side and Mets fans stood and cheered.
Jones took off his batting helmet, raised it to the crowd, and then was gone down the steps.
For that, and for his long career as a most worthy adversary, Mets fans stood and applauded.
Are you proposing that all forms of entertainment should be rejected as corrupt, distracting, and a projection of the elite agenda? If dismissing sports for this reason, we must also leave behind movies, books, music, and any other form of entertainment that is popular across America.
The three newest pro football stadiums have cost $720 million (Lucas Oil Stadium, 2008), $1.15 billion (Cowboys Stadium, 2009) and $1.6 billion (MetLife Stadium, 2010). Major League Baseball hasn't seen quite that level of inflation, but it has produced the three most expensive ballparks in history in 2008 (Nationals Park, $611 million) and 2009 (Citi Field, $900 million; Yankee Stadium, $1.5 billion). Perhaps it's worth noting that MLB's newest venue, four-month-old Marlins Park — the league's sixth to feature a retractable roof, and its smallest in total seating capacity — cost a mere $515 million. On the other hand, the stadium's complicated financing plan (currently being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission), will lead to a final public cost to repay debt incurred by the stadium's construction of $2.4 billion over the next 40 years. (Source)
One of the most challenging of the tasks confronting the Penn State community is transforming the culture that permitted Sandusky’s behavior, as illustrated throughout this report, and which directly contributed to the failure of Penn State’s most powerful leaders to adequately report and respond to the actions of a serial sexual predator. It is up to the entire University community – students, faculty, staff, alumni, the Board, and the administration – to undertake a thorough and honest review of its culture. (Source)
I have nothing against sport, and think that, on an individual basis, athletics is an excellent discipline.
NFL PLAY 60 is the National Football League's campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity.
The NBA’s Read to Achieve program is a year-round campaign to help young people develop a life-long love for reading and encourage adults to read regularly to children. Reaching an estimated 50 million children a year, Read to Achieve is the most extensive educational outreach initiative in the history of professional sports
This past spring, the NFL announced a youth football Helmet Replacement Initiative as a measure to promote safety. The program began this summer in four "underserved communities," including the New Orleans area as part of the Gulf Coast region, where helmets 10 years old or older were targeted and replaced with new helmets. The initiative will provide about 13,000 helmets to youth teams in the Bay Area in California, Northern Ohio, New York City and the Gulf Coast.
PatrickGarrow17 opened strong with a clear intent to focus on the youth of this nation, the upcoming athletes of the world. Missing from his opening, which would have strengthened his position a bit more, was the lack of inclusion of any Olympic related material. With the Summer Olympics recently completed and still fresh in our minds, he may have utilized the patriotism felt when our swimmers set several new records this year.
Best line: "It's about the youth, building a foundation for future success. Making friends and memories."
adjensen counters with a sharp focus on the violence that sporting events produce, and on the all-mighty dollar, a point driven home very thoroughly. He was able to tie together several concepts effectively.
Best line: "The perfect television target market is exactly the opposite -- the more time on the couch, the more advertising can be sold."
The round goes to adjensen.
The pro position strengthens their point by displaying a global sporting community, and peaceful competition. He also addresses the cohesiveness of sports in general, and proves an example of being able to strike up a sport related conversation with a complete stranger. He's able to further his opening position by sticking to the positive aspects of sports in general.
Best line: "Sports provides relief and unity when life is at it's hardest....."
The con position opens the round with a bit of speculation, then immediately proceeds to provide facts about the cost of building a sports arena. Those arenas are not built with taxpayer dollars by the government, but by private companies which hire construction workers to build them, in essence, creating jobs. Job creation is good for American society, so I failed to link connection. The round finishes with a few newsworthy crimes, which honestly are not linked, in my opinion, to the sporting culture as a whole.
Best line: "It is the culture that we have developed in the United States that has taken healthy fitness and turned it into a disorderly, disenchanting and undisciplined institution which is contributing to the decline of our society."
The round goes to PatrickGarrow17.
The gloves finally come off. (Pun intended.) The round begins with an astute observation of a weakness in adjensen's position, and a further requirement of separating the business from the actual culture of sports. He sticks to his position, and is rather successful in refuting his opponent's statements, as well as being effective in presenting several positive programs sponsored by sporting organizations.
Best line: "Sports culture has a major effect on the population."
adjensen fights back with a speculative claim of "unrestrained violence", which is even a stretch for my overactive imagination. He furthers his point by giving contradicting claims. An extortion in Miami, then the solidity of a fan-base in Green Bay. If he would've proven consistency in every sports team's ownership, then I may have believed his claims. The graph of athletic to academic spending was a nice addition to his position, but that was also limited to an isolated portion of the entire sports culture in America.
Best line: "Sports are activities participated in by various people, whether professional or amateur, while sports culture is the collection of traits, behaviours, values and other variables of the society which is ingrained in the sporting community."
Unfortunately, the round goes to PatrickGarrow17.
I declare PatrickGarrow17 the winner by a 2-1 decision.
Congratulations to both fighters. The NCAA graduation rates and numerous examples of friendship, teamwork, personal achievement, mentoring, and bonding associated with the sports culture provided by PatrickGarrow17 was very compelling. I can see how the lessons learned by participation in sports as well as family bonding can benefit all aspects of a person’s life. However, the numerous instances of civil unrest provided by adjensen and the argument that corporate interests fuel the mainstream sports culture were also very compelling. We’ve all seen the ridiculous outburst by sports fans (fanatics), and the way some ultra-wealthy athletes conduct themselves in their personal lives is appalling.
Based on the submissions by both fighters I must conclude that PatrickGarrow17 made the more compelling argument in favor the sports culture. I think he proved that the benefits to both children and families that the sports culture provides far outweigh the negative aspects. Most of the negative aspects of the sports culture that adjensen provided can be found throughout our society. When watching those rioting fans in the clips adjensen provided I couldn’t help but draw a comparison to the insanity of Black Friday (simply a day of shopping). There are also many ultra-wealthy people in Hollywood who act ridiculous in their personal lives. I don’t believe adjensen proved that this behavior is any more indicative of the sports culture than other aspects of our society.
The winner of this debate in my opinion is PatrickGarrow17.