OSU Have We Gone Too Far or Not Far Enough Go Tigers Film Analysis Discussion

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Topics: Have we gone too far or not far enough?

Watch: Go Tigers – Streamed Film *DO NOT OWN FILM*

Watch the film in its entirety, as you will be discussing it for your final essay, be sure to take notes while watching the film in preparation for the assignment.

Assignment: Consider Go Tigers and what you have watched about the role of HS football for the town of Massillon, OH. Some would argue that sport is too important here, others would argue that sport offers a means for schools to get what they need, and for students to gain access to college and brighter futures. This is the duality of sport that you have read about throughout the semester. Discuss these two different ideas using points from the film, along with a minimum of two chapters from Fair and Foul or Sport in Contemporary Society to support your discussion. . This essay should be a minimum of 600 words in length.


Fair and Foul (6th Edition) 2016.

D. Stanley Eitzen

“for every positive psychological or social outcome in sports, there are possible negative outcomes. For example, sports can offer a child group membership or group exclusion, acceptance or rejection, positive feedback or negative feedback, a sense of accomplishment or a sense of failure, evidence of self-worth or a lack of evidence of self-worth” (Eitzen 69)

“Fair and Foul”, he discusses how the reality of sport is that it has many unhealthy aspects. Eitzen (ch. 5) starts by discussing physical injuries to children and youth from sport by stating that “one in five children aged six to nineteen (1.35 million) who go to emergency rooms each year do so because of sports-related injury”.

Sport in Contemporary Society (10th Edition) 2015

D. Stanley Eitzen

D. Stanley Eitzen says, “Sport encapsulates a fundamental duality – it is healthy yet unhealthy.” (p. 194).

In the book “Sport in Contemporary Society”, Eitzen (p. 112) says that “it’s about the elite child athlete and the American obsession with winning that has produced a training environment wherein results are brought at any cost; no matter how devastating”.

Eitzen (p. 113) says that “the intensive training and pressure heaped on by coaches, parents, and federation officials – the very people who should be protecting the children – often result in eating disorders, weakened bones, stunted growth, debilitating injuries, and damaged psych’s”

Gymnast, Kristie Phillips told Eitzen (p.115) that it is “’not fair at all these pressures are put on us at such a young age and we don’t realize it until we get older and suffer from it”

“they receive lucrative contracts from shoe companies and for other endorsements, media deals, summer camps, speaking engagements, country club memberships, insurance annuities, and the like” (Eitzen 141).

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