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Alejandro Adarve

Professor Jessie Morton
UWRT 1101
27 February 2015
Rhetorical Analysis: Athletes
"Athletics." Personal interview. 17 Feb. 2015. Web.
In the interview I asked Adrian a few questions about his athleticism. Adrian plays
basketball for a Spanish league here in charlotte that plays every Sunday. It is not a professional
league it is more of an entertainment kind of thing. His barber recruited him when he first moved
to Charlotte because he told him that he played basketball and that he liked to workout. Adrian
was on the basketball team through middle school and high school, but was not fortune it to
make it to college, but he still holds a lot of passion for the sport so he tries to remain playing
when he can. He said that ever since he was a little kid, he’s always been into sports, but always
focused on basketball because that was his favorite.
There were two questions that did not work well because they asked about reading or
writing. Athletes do not read texts unless they are like plays, but in basketball you do not have to
that. Most certainly they do not write For instance, the question, “What kinds of texts do
members of your group write?” (Athletics). The question did not work well at all because Adrian
is on a basketball team and they do not do anything with writing. A question that did work really
well was, “How does your group gain new members?” (Athletics). See this question was prefect
because Adrian’s team is all bout gaining new members. In order to have a successful team, they
have to gain new members all the time. They like to have many people in case someone cannot
make it to a game; they have someone to back them up. Adrian also says that the more people
they have the better they are because they can make many substitutions with talented guys and it
does not affect them negatively. Throughout the interview Adrian used a very excited and
positive language. He felt proud to be talking about his favorite sport. He mentioned a lot that he

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really liked the sport and that it makes him happy every time he gets his hands on basketball. He
said he really liked his teammates and did not have problems with anyone. He never had
anything negative to say during the interview.
"Clean Sport Nutrition 101: Protein for Athletes." YouTube. Vega One, 05 Apr. 2013.
Web. 26 Feb. 2015.
Brendan Brazier, the man behind this video, discuses how athletes need more protein than
the average person. This it is very important for muscle strength and to help repair the damaged
done to the body. He explains how endurance athletes need even more protein than strength
athletes because they catabolize muscle, which is burned as fuel. Then he goes on by telling the
audience which protein products work better and for which athletes it’s going to work better for.
He explains why strength athletes and endurance athletes need different levels of protein and
why you cannot have too much protein. Since this video is sponsored by Vega One Brazier
mentions which of their products would be the right source for that particular purpose, so this
way it’s an advertisement for their products because they provide people with information and
then tell them which product to choose. Most people go with what exactly people tell them so
that’s doing a great job for selling their products.
The audience the video is intended for would be athletes who really care about being fit
and to tell other athletes how protein is a key to being a better performer. It’s very important for
athletes to have a healthy diet and to know what to eat prior to exercise, but not all of them care
about it. This is why I say the video is intended for the people that do care and for people
interested in knowing the role protein plays. The title is a give a way in terms of which audience
is intended because not every person is an athlete nor they care about protein, so they wouldn’t
be searching for these things. The purpose of this video is to show athletes how important protein
functions in the body, why you need it, and which type of protein works best for you. Brazier
breaks it down to show more on when exactly you need to take those proteins. Would it be before

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or after exercise? I also feel that they smoothly show their products to get people to buy them
because they use them as examples.
The language used in the video for the most part is simple and easy to understand, but
they expect for you to have knowledge in athletics and nutrition because they use words that only
athletes would understand, that’s why someone who is not or does not know much about athletics
might get confused. They are also very scientific with their language because they use lots of
science to back up their information. For example when the Brazier says, “To make sure you get
Branched chain amino acids and glutamine.” (Clean) even some athletes would not know what
that means. Since the video is kind of short, I feel like they do not do a very good job of
explaining the science to well because they just bring it up and do not go in depth with it.
Eder, Steve. "Dietitians Urging N.C.A.A. to Increase Meals for Athletes." LexisNexis
Academic. The New York Times, 26 Oct. 2012. Web. 26 Feb. 2015.
This is an academic article found on the LexisNexis Academic website; Steve Eder wrote
it in the New York Times. In this article Dietitians argue how college athletes are not fed well
enough and how colleges need to change that. The Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians
Association wants colleges to permit athletes to have an unlimited number of meals during the
day because one meal in the day is not enough. Most importantly they want the athletes to have
unlimited access to whole foods because the effect it does prior to practice. Then they later
discuss how too much can make the athletes less competitive.
The intended audience in this article is all colleges nationwide and even the athletes themselves.
I say this because the reason why dietitians are arguing this is, so that colleges will make a
change and feed their athletes better. I think they also write this to persuade the athletes to make
a change themselves and to speak up and say something to the colleges. The purpose of this
article is to provide the public this information about college athletes and also to get colleges to
make a change with how they nutritionally treat their athletes. I think that the dietitians want

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people to realize the effect this is doing on athletes, so that people can speak up just as much as
the athletes themselves.
The language that is used in this article is an argumentative type. This is because through
out the article, Eder provides the audience with different debates and point of views of different
people. For instance, when the Association says that, ''all college athletes, whether or not they
receive financial assistance, be offered unfettered access without restriction to whole foods and,
as necessary, dietary supplements, to replace nutrients, fluids and electrolytes expended while
preparing for their sport.’’(Eder) here they are arguing why athletes should be fed better. Later in
the article, Amy Bragg says, “The reality is that no one has an incentive to overfeed athletes”,
''When you overfeed, what do you get?’’(Eder) in this part they are now arguing why too much
food is bad. This is why I think the article has a debate to it and why hey are trying to prove
which point is better, more food or less.
"James Rodriguez Watches Brazil 2014." YouTube. FIFA, 19 Feb. 2015. Web. 26 Feb.
This video is an interview by FIFA with the world cup star, James Rodriguez. In the
interview Rodriguez is showed images of the world cup and then asked questions about his
thoughts on that. He discuses which goal was he favorite, he thoughts and relationship with
Cristiano Ronaldo, how it felt for one of their goal keepers to make history, and how he felt after
the game lost against Brazil and what David Luiz said to him afterwards. I would say that the
audience for this video is all of James Rodriguez fans and also people who are interested in
knowing his after thoughts on his performance and the answers to the questions he is asked about
the world cup since he was the best player in the tournament. I say this because in the video
description it says, “Whoever is interested in knowing Rodriguez’s comparison between two of
his goals is and what Luiz said to him, then you should watch the video.” (James)
The purpose of this video is to provide the public with answers about his thoughts and
information on the world cup. Since he was the star of the world cup, you know that TV and

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people want to interview him and see his thoughts on it, so that’s why I say this is the purpose.
When Rodriguez expresses his thoughts he speaks in two different languages where only one
time it’s in a disappointing way and the rest is very happy. For instance, when he says, “ I came
in and thank God I managed to score and make two assist. That game is great memory” (James)
here he had a smile on his face and the way he expressed is no doubt with all happiness. On the
other hand when he says, “These are sad images for me, but what matters is that we made
history” (James) his face expressions and the way he spoke changed dramatically, he wasn’t
speaking with much excitement anymore. I think that his language has a lot to reflect with his
thoughts because when you express feelings, language is key to how people react to things.
Waldstein, David. "Exchanging Sword for Pen, Rodriguez Apologizes to Yankees and
Fans." The New York Times. The New York Times, 17 Feb. 2015. Web. 26 Feb.
David Waldstein wrote this news article in the New York Times. It’s about a Yankees
baseball player, Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez chose to write an apology letter to all his fans, the
Yankees as a team, the MLB, and to the Steinbrenner family for his suspension last year. He was
suspended last year for taking performance-enchaining drugs and he was very criticized about it.
The Yankees are not letting him use the stadium as to hold a conference after what he did there in
2009, which was tell the public he had used steroids early in his career. In the letter, he takes
responsibility and apologies for his actions. Waldstein also mentions how the Yankees are not
really relaying on Rodriguez this season because they have already replaced him with a new
player. The intended audience that this article is written for is all baseball fans and especially all
Yankee fans. I say this because Rodriguez specifically writes in his letter “To the Fans”
(Waldstein). I also say its for all baseball fans because those people are also interested in
knowing what it is that Rodriguez wrote and how it can affect the Yankees or the MLB. Since it

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is a sports news article only people that would care for it would be people interested in baseball
and off course Yankee fans.
The purpose of this article is to let the Yankee fans know that Alex Rodriquez has written
an apology letter to them and hopes that the fans will accept his apology for the actions he took,
so that when he is back playing with the team, he is not hated or criticized. The language that
Rodriguez writes his letter is in a regretful way and he seems low. The way he says things makes
it seem that he is not happy about his actions and that he really regrets what he did. For example
when he says, “I accept the fact that many of you will not believe my apology or anything that I
say at this point, I understand why and that’s on me” (Waldstein) when says this he’s already
using negative language by saying that they will not believe him. He is thinking and writing in a
negative way. I think negative language is used when you’re not happy. I also think he writes in
sad way so that it can help him get a spot on the Yankees since they are already replacing him
and not counting on him. Since he seems to be low I feel that he thinks people will accept his
apology that way because they will feel sorry for him.