Thursday, November 26, 2020

SN football letter was quite satirical

This is a response to everyone who has responded to Greg Brown’s letter (“Football is killing country’s youth,” SN 11/6). Although I agree with almost all of your points I think you had better reread Brown’s letter. It was obvious to me that he wasn’t criticizing the sport of football at all. In fact, when I read that letter, I saved the paper so I could cut it out, it was a excellent example of how to make a point with sarcasm.

Unless my memory of English class fails me - as it often does - this is called a parody. Brown was criticizing silly regulations in general. His letter was supposed to appear outrageous as to point out the outrageousness of something else. What is so outrageous you ask? Gun control. It was obvious to me that Brown was criticizing some of the outrageous ideas that are being proposed to eliminate some of the deaths caused by guns. Shooting is a sport just like football. People shoot to have fun. Yet because of a few accidents that the media have glamorized, the government would prefer that no one even had a gun. Brown sarcastically expressed that if we are trying to reduce the deaths caused by the sport of shooting then we should also reduce those caused by the sport of football.

Now I could be wrong in my understanding of this as I did not write any of the letters on this subject. In fact, it may be the case that your letters were also written in sarcasm, although they did not appear as such. In any case, I urge you to reread Brown’s letter. Perhaps then you will see that you were mistaken in your response.

Andy Bell
computer engineering and science sophomore

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