During this most important game in the history of college basketball, Coach Don Haskins shattered racial barriers and encouraged the Texas Miners to succeed against all odds, while Martin Luther King, Jr. influenced and paved the way for the desegregation of schools and other institutions and the landmark legislation, the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act (History.com staff, 1996). Through self-discipline, hard work, and bonding together as a team, Coach Haskins formed a team that withstood violence, discrimination, verbal abuse, and death threats and triumphed to expose and reduce racism in basketball and society. The film’s sports suspense illustrates how the Miners paved the road for future generations to play in a league that was thought to be mainly for white people; thus, today basketball is a sport that is predominantly played by black players. Additionally, African Americans began to be treated more equally in
Once the reasoning for the incessant practicing of the shot is known, the little snippets of foreshadowing throughout the story can all be pieced together. While they are practicing the shot one day, the basketball coach makes a comment in a joking manner relating to using Owen in a game, but Owen says, “IT’S NOT FOR A GAME…” (303), implying that there is some specific purpose for the shot and Owen
Although I would be considered a minority at that school, I never felt inferior because of my racial identity. Although, one African American student tried to challenge me about the rules of basketball. We argued whether the offensive player could dribble the ball again after the defender touches the ball. His logical fallacy was that he knew the rules at basketball better than I did due to his racial identity. He is, however, incorrect about the rules of basketball.
In Grant Penrod’s essay “Anti-Intellectualism: Why We Hate the Smart Kids” he discusses the praise for uneducated success in society today. Penrod that high school athletes receive more glorification after winning a game whereas champion academic teams receive very minimal attention. Conversations from websites like TalkingCock.com reveal a collective distaste for intellectualism while other websites like Angelfire.com give praise to famous high school dropouts. Penrod points out how uneducated success is not only highly praised, but highly rewarded as well.
Stephen A. Smith uses his influence as a sports journalist to effectively sway fans into believing that Phil Jackson is the main issue of the New York Knicks by targeting distraught Knicks fans such as himself, but fails to acknowledge those who feel Phil Jackson is not the primary issue. Throughout the duration of the interview, Stephen A. Smith comments on the state of the New York Knicks and how Phil Jackson is responsible for their downfall, primarily if Phil Jackson even cares about the Knicks as a franchise. Smith then goes on a “rant” for the entire segment which lasts for 2 minutes. The interview contains the information presented by Stephen A. Smith and how he delivers that very same information. Throughout the essay, I will analyze
"The Fosbury Flop" changed the sport of high jumping because its technique was completely different from what was normal for the sport. The article stated that the straddle-and-roll style(foot first and face down) was normal, but "The Fosbury Flop" was completed backwards style in which the back was closest to the bar. The demonstrates the entire change of direction. In addition, it changed the high jump world because it was able to vastly increase the jump of Dick Fosbury. According to the article, Dick jumped 5 feet,4 inches on a regular basic, but he jumped 5 feet, 10 inches on his first try with the new style.
This idea can perhaps be termed a successful meme, as the sit-ins were spread to different states in order to evoke a change. A meme is most likely to be successful if it tackles a real problem, a historical event, which requires self-sacrifice, asking us to be bigger and have the guts to actually take on a challenge. The challenge which the four college students take on is huge, which is taking on the whites by performing the sit-in. They perhaps though the time is right to bring a change as they were frustrated at being left out and being
Government realized “knowledge is power” (107) so put society in ignorance bliss by having people occupy their minds on other matters. Beatty told Montage to participate in more sports since the school is “’ turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkers instead of examiners, critics, and knowers’” (58). Since knowledge is forbidden, the government has the firefighters maintained equality in the society to “keep the world happy” (107) by burning the knowledge. Plus, speeding was a way to avoid sadness and intense experiences in this society. By have the society see books as “a loaded gun” (58) it will cause them to know that “the word intellectual of course, became the swear word it deserved to be”(58) and show how books can greatly hurt the society as a
We were told that this theory is too broad because it explains everything and yet explains nothing. The question of which came first the chicken, or the egg conception is the same of learning is too simplistic. Do we truly learn from those who are closest to us who else can we learn from? We should ask the all-time question, “Why don’t we commit crime?” not why do we.
Given the political and social circumstances of the time, they were militant and anti-establishment. The group would show up for the events they wanted to document. An especially comical gathering they attended was the declaration of the College of the Surf, which made the decision to split from California and become The People’s Republic of Rock and Roll, being led by a maths teacher called Weed Atman, whose name is not a coincidence as the sudden radicalization of the College of the Surf was started by someone smoking
They came down the court and we go a steal, ran down the court and made an easy layup. By halftime we noticed something, the expressions on their face… they were shook. We had intimidated the A team and that pushed us to play even harder and make sure everyone knew we were a dangerous team to play against. We beat them and we were happier than a kid at a circus. We had become the A team.
In the Article “Hoop Dreams,” the national basketball association is using a strategy to land the top draft pick in hopes of redemption. Teams are using Tanking, which means to perform badly, and since the teams were awful they found this a genius idea. Tanking could make an awful team form into a championship team by having people root for the worst team hoping to make other teams follow and the awful team rise; however, this was then studied to be false, and not the case when wishing to build a championship team. The term treadmill of mediocrity, made average teams second guess there abilities to perform well, because the thought of advancing to a higher ranking seemed impossible. Although, a nearly average team, within years time, could
Today, teams like the Warriors are revolutionizing the way the game is played, as they have popularized the "small ball" play we see a lot today. The Warriors allow Draymond Green to play center standing at 6 '7", which causes them to lose size, but gives an advantage in speed and
There will always be a scoreboard on and off the court, but would you act the same if that scoreboard weren’t there? John Wooden, basketball player of the year, coach of the year, and creator of the Pyramid of success did. Wooden had amazing off court achievements , he dominated the court, and he shared the 12 lessons of leadership. If he kept glancing at the scoreboard the real question would be, who is John Wooden?
Well known article writer, Leonid Fridman, in his article, “America Needs Its Nerds”, describes the truthful idea that nerds and geeks, in our society, are ostracized while the kids who play sports and party are prominent. Fridman’s purpose is to impress upon the readers that nerds should not have to conform to society’s unimpressive values of what it means to be “popular”. He adopts an indignant tone in order to convey to his readers that the idea of nerds and geeks needs to fought. Fridman moves to the idea that children who would rather read and build model airplanes are the social outcasts compared to the ones who would rather play football and get wasted at parties.