In class we watched part of this film and were told to identify fact, value, and policy claims as well as analyze their effectiveness. I did find this film extremely interesting and thought provoking. Dave Zirin looks deep into the history of sports and identifies where they are used to convey political messages. I found this to be a unique point of view that I had not previously thought about. I thought that his argument was effective. He clearly presented how sports and politics mixed and with his detailed examples I was able to make the connections. Sports were involved in politics about militarization, race struggles, and equality for women.
I thought that the title itself was making a fact claim, 'Not just a game' to me this stuck out as a claim that sports were much more then just competition but there were other things being presented. I also thought that there were a lot of value claims about the militarization of sports. He felt that using sports and military so closely was inappropriate. He commented on how masculinity was displayed in sports yet they fail to show the consequences of participation. This could even be considered a policy claim because he is saying that this is what is lacking now and that they should should show the negative sides as well. I thought that the use of the story about the football player that went into the military was extremely compelling and touching. This was a very effective argument because it appealed to pathos, his life ended tragically which adds to the story.