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Date Created: 08/28/16
Sophie Akal  Amuso  5 April 2016     Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy​ (​CTE​) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain  found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain ​trauma​, including symptomatic  concussions as well as asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head.     1.Which argument in the debate has the strongest introduction? Explain why.  Latria Graham’s introduction is the strongest out of the four, because she makes her position on the matter  clear from the very beginning, and uses a sensitive personal fact to catch the reader’s attention. Right off the  bat, she gains the audience’s support by letting them in on the fact that her father had cancer, and that  football was a bonding experience for them. It sets the stage for the rest of her argument nicely.     2.Which argument in the debate has the most effective structure? What makes it so?    Marvin Washington’s debate has the most effective structure because he starts off strong with  stating his opinion and then goes on to support it with empirical evidence. Furthermore, he includes a valid  counter argument and acknowledges the concerns of people who may not agree with his initial statement.  By not addressing, but proposing a solution to the problem, he builds ethos and shows that he has put  thought into this.     3.Which argument in the debate uses the most efficacious counter argument? How is it waged?    The debate with the most efficacious counter argument is Latria Graham’s. She uses anecdotal  evidence to show that although she is strongly for watching football, while using empirical evidence to prove  that changes must be made to thee game to make it safer for the players.     4.Which argument in the debate uses data/evidence most effectively? Why is this more effective than the  others?  The date that uses data/evidence most effectively is the one by Latria Graham. She introduces her point of  view by saying she feels ambivalent about football and it’s toxic ecosystems. She supports her claim with  evidence by saying it’s was a good way of bonding with her father, but also the players face a great risk. She  interviewed many retired football players. For example, a Dartmouth alum and family friend, Reggie WIlliams  who has had 24 surgeries on his knees and recently had a stroke. Graham effectively uses evidence by  exposing the dangers of football. She gives multiple examples throughout her debate that all show how  dangerous the sport can be.        5.Consider each of the arguments within the debate. Decide which you think best serves the purpose of the  debate. Cite the strongest sentence in the argument and explain why you chose this particular sentence.  Eric Buchman’s debate serves the best purpose of the debate. Buchman appeals to the emotions of the  reader, leaving them intrigued. The strongest sentence in the article is, “​While the N.F.L. punished Mike  Vick for victimizing animals for sport, they knowingly victimized humans for sport.” This is the strongest  because anyone who reads the article should know what happened with Michael Vick. It’s a powerful  sentence, considering that football fans usually overlook situations like that and never think that the  players are being abused as well. The author believes that there are so many hidden problems that the  N.F.L. hides due to the high demand for football. Some players abuse/ rape women but these accusations  are overlooked because fans are rooting for them on the field.        6.Choose the weakest argument in the debate and defend your choice.  Marvin Washington’s argument is the weakest. Although Washington gives examples of how he believes  that football has become safer, it is too short to even persuade someone. It is not detailed enough and the  reader may lose interest while reading. People know that football is a dangerous sport and by him refuting  that, and not doing it effectively, the reader won’t want to continue reading it. Washington says the game is  evolving to become safer. If it is still in the process of evolving then how can it be safe? His argument is not  clear and therefore, weaker than all the other three arguments.     7.Carefully read each argument’s conclusions. Which one impresses you as the strongest? Explain why.    Latria Graham’s conclusion strikes me as the strongest for several reasons. One example  is that although she is clearly in favor of continuing watching football, she is able to get the  audience to see that there are several things the NFL must change to make it fair for the players,  and that the power to elicit change is in the spectators. She acknowledges that football means a  lot to several people, and gets them to see why they should support positive change to the NFL’s  guidelines so that their favorite players can live out happy and pain­free lives.    


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