Cheerleaders are athletes too. They practice just as much as everyone else, sometimes even more. They get hurt just like everyone else, but only more severely. In “Sis! Boom! Bah! Humbug!” Rick Reilly attempts to get people of his side of cheerleading as a sport or in his mind not a sport. He does not want girls cheering on the other athletes at sporting events when they could be in the event instead. Rick Reilly conveys his message through a sandwich of logos, pathos, logos statements; this was very effective in my eyes even if at points he turned the majority of readers away with sarcastic anecdotes, but he manages to bring most back through his use of assertions. Rick Reilly begins his article by attempting to make people think cheerleading is one of the most dangerous sports that high school’s offer. He backs this idea through the concepts of logos. He uses a report by The Physician and Sportsmedicine to back his point that cheerleading is dangerous. This was a good use of authority. Rick Reilly follows this up with an assertion that cheerleading is more dangerous than football (100). This start was a good way to get readers on his side. People would start to be interested in what he was saying and start to feel the same way he does about the issue. If he continued these strategies he would have won almost every reader, but he strayed off track. Rick Reilly was trying to affect the readers on an emotional level, but his use of pathos hurt him more than it helped. He needed to keep his emotion out. Once the reader senses Rick Reilly’s emotion they will become defense full of the subject even if they are on the border. His use of sarcasm and shots straight at cheerleading are not taken kindly. Rick Reilly calls cheerleading “dumb” (100) and says cheerleaders wouldn’t even notice if a UFO landing behind them (100). These blunt attacks had a disastrous effect on the reader’s current idea on the topic, but it did make sure that everyone was now listening. By...
Bibliography: Reill, Rick “Sis! Boom! Bah! Humbug!.” English 101 First-Year Composition. 3rd ed. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/ Hunt Publishing Co., 2008, 81-82. Print.
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