Innocent Affield

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Quyen Tran
WR 121
January 23, 2012
Summary Response #1
In “Innocent Afield” Buzz Bissinger says that high school sports has grown to be only about winning in too many places in America. High school sports create social barriers from athletes to non-athletes. High school athletes are more competitive than college athletes or professionals. An issue arose was that many coaches are being paid too much, close to $90,000 a year, without having to teach a class. Rather than using private funds for educational programs, many high schools across the country spend millions of dollars building or renovating stadiums and field houses.

It is not just money that is causing Bissinger to define high school sports as a “win-at-all costs” thing. With this attitude of always having to win, young high school athletes are being pressured from coaches and are recruited at such a young age. Many of those students start to use steroids to be the best and the rate of steroid abuse is at a minimum of seven percent.

In this country, sports had powerful influences in the communities just like big corporations would. According to Bissinger, it is still easy for us to put on those rose-colored glasses. If we don’t stop “glorifying” the sports, we will completely destroy the pure meaning of it for the younger generations. By then, we will leave with nothing to fix the problem other than wondering why we missed so many warning signs. (Word Counts: 232)

Buzz Bissinger chooses in “Innocent Afield” to use many statistics. He gives: the amount of income coaches make, a specific amount of money that some high schools spent on building stadiums and big fields, and how much transportation cost for several away games. He also gives a specific percentage of steroid usage amongst high school students. By including these statistics, Bissinger helps the audience become more aware of his main point, which high school sports have grown to a materialistic thing rather than...
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