The world is full of many fun and interesting sports. Any one of them could easily become a person’s favorite for any number of reasons. My favorite sport is football. Though there is a fair amount of violence there is also a lot of comradery. There are also many stories about players who have used football to overcome their pasts to create a better future for themselves. Most of all, football is an example of how anything can happen when a team pulls together and really tries. It is primarily for these reasons that football is my favorite sport.
It is true that football is violent but the shock of a player falling to the ground often overshadows the concern of his teammates on the sidelines. For a moment the desperation to win is put on hold as the team holds their breath, hoping their fallen comrade will get up and continue on. The sweat and effort put into practice alone with the shared soaring defeats and crushing losses creates a brotherhood deeper than just a friendship. Members of a football team look out for each other and work as a unit. When one member is taken out of a game because of an injury, many times the team plays differently because it is as though a limb has been removed. The teamwork and friendship is just one of a few reasons why football is my favorite sport.
Another reason football is my favorite sport is because it has the power to change a person’s life. Richard Sherman is a great example of this. He plays cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks and at the age of 25 became a world champion in the NFL as he helped his team win Superbowl XXXXVIII, despite being injured in the fourth quarter. Currently his story has him on top of the world but Sherman is no stranger to life’s woes. He grew up in Compton, California and attended Manuel Dominguez High School, which boasts a measly 57 percent graduation rate. While his classmates were busy dropping out and getting involved in criminal activity, Sherman was busy, excelling at football. He used his talents to stay involved in school, and eventually graduated as Salutatorian, later being accepted into Stanford University. He was later a fifth-round draft pick for the NFL. Without football to channel his athletic abilities and talents into he may have been subject to the harsh realities that befell his classmates.
Finally, football is my favorite sport because it shows us that anything is possible when a team pulls together. Take the Dec 7, 1980 game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints, for instance. Joe Montana and the 49ers failed to make more headway than a touchdown in the first half while New Orleans scored five touchdowns combined over the course of the two quarters. 28 points down it looked as though the 49ers were decimated but in the second half they were able to stop New Orleans from scoring, tie the game, and win in overtime (69). Nothing is ever a lost cause in football if you have a team willing to try.
In conclusion, though there are many reasons to love football, these are the reasons that stand out to me. The comradery and fellowship shared by the teammates is something I enjoy seeing. Football’s ability to keep otherwise at-risk youth out of trouble is also something that should be acknowledged. That the sport teaches us that anything is possible with the help of our team is an invaluable lesson. It shows that football is much more than just a violent sport and it should be given a chance by everybody.
Building Co. 123 Easy Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102(800) 555 – 5555 – www.Buildingco.com
Dear Mr. Taylor,
My letter is to address the predicament in which we have found ourselves. As you know, I am in charge of Building Co. As such I oversee the building operations of over 50 percent of all of the construction in Philadelphia. I am trying to maintain a minimum level of construction but have found it difficult to do so because of your construction crews.
It appears that every time my crews turn up at our job sites your crews have already set up and begin construction of your own. I am sure you will agree, for obvious reasons, this will simply not do. This has the potential to be an uncomplicated matter of territory, Mr. Taylor. I have contracts with clients to build on certain plots of land. Your crews have seen fit to build on those plots of land despite my contracts as well as my building permits.
Fighting of a physical nature has broken out on more than one occasion between my employees and your employees. Heckling, name-calling, and petty pranks have also been filed as complaints in my office. My employees have had enough and are threatening to strike if this matter is not resolved. I believe we are both reasonable individuals who understand what is fair; I need this issue to be resolved immediately.
My complaints, as well as my demands are simple. If Building Co. has the contracts with the client and the permits to build on a specific plot of land I kindly ask you and the employees of Inhibit Your Products R’ Us to stay off of your building site so that we may complete our work to the best of our ability without interference. I also ask that my employees may enter the job site and perform their work without enduring the harassment of your employees. I do not believe that these demands are too much to ask for. As I mentioned before, we are both reasonable individuals and I am willing to cooperate with you if there is further dispute in this matter.
Myself and the employees of Building Co. thank you kindly for your cooperation.
Jim TaylorPresident, Building Co.
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