narrative interview

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narrative interview .........................................................................................................................................................................................

focus on what you want to explore. why you want to explore it and who you could interview. Also, think about concerns you have or trouble spots you are anticipating

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Alraban1 Mahmood Alraban Rachael Williams English 101 8/31/2018 Football The day was sunny, and the blue clouds resembled celebrants during a Holy Communion and the clouds kept moving, as if in competition with the movement on the football pitch. There was life everywhere, whether it was the referee’s whistle signaling control, or the occasional cheers and jeers, the pitch was bursting with energy. I had always wanted to play football but after nursing two broken toes and failed yet justified omissions from the first team, I had accepted my destiny. I had become a devoted football fan, devoted to the cause of the war, but never being a foot soldier to actualize the cause. The football pitch has become my favorite place, a place to build castles in the air, to let the demons dance in my head and if need be, bask in the green grass like night reptiles. It gave me life, made me feel like a one-eyed king in a land of the blind. And then there are days like today… Days when the football pitch is filled by people from all walks of life. Some come with football jerseys to express their loyalty, while some come to while away time, oblivious to their environment, both social and physical. These are the people who do not get any sense as to why more than twenty people in the field chase a round object, with so much passion and energy, putting their bodies on the line. Today, I try to balance, following the events on the pitch as the Alraban2 teams play one another, and the dramatic indifference of some of the attendants. I find that humorous. The two teams on the field can be said to be of equal strength, chasing the ball for half an hour without any goals forthcoming. The stadium is on edge, and then there is the fan seated next beside me who has been sleeping through all the events. I wish I could talk football with him but one glance at him; I feel sick. I rise and partial cheers fill the stadium; I missed the goal. I need to feel angry, I want to blame the fan for making me drift away from my hobby. How could he? Isn’t a football pitch supposed to be a place where people come and enjoy the game? It should not be allowed that such indifference takes place in the field. Perhaps, there is a need to have a football monitor, a person who gauges the passion of the fan on the benches and stands. Again then, what would he use? Even Steve Jobs was not able to innovate a ‘passion meter’ and this means that there is a very low likelihood of this hippie generation coming up with any significant innovation. I feel desolate, and rather than bring my head to the events in the pitch, it continues to wander, indulging its demons. Maybe I am no different from the fan who is slumbering, I just have a different way to do it. I need to focus, and the referee’s whistle signaling halftime saves me from my misery. Halftime. Who made such a declaration? I try to be more philosophical. Life has its emotions and mobility. People move, some in round, others in straight lines, but the football players move all over the pitch, either to offend or defend. However, despite the type of movement one engages in, there is a commonality; it all comes to an end at some point. It does not sound right. This is not the point I want to make. You see in halftime, the players are given a second chance for redemption, to correct any mistakes, to improve, and for those who do not seize this opportunity, they drift and pay for their actions. This sounds like it; the point I want to Alraban3 make. Second chances. There are people in life who are not fortunate enough to get such opportunity, but football is fair. I smile, sarcastically. Then the players start streaming back to the field, and I decide to move places, this fan would not get the opportunity to ruin my experience again. I deserved a second chance. Well, I like the word play as I settle to a fan who looks equally enthusiastic but appearances can be deceiving. I hope this would not be the day to learn this. The opposing team, nicknamed as the ‘Tehran Fc’ is on the front foot, chasing for an equalizer. Their star striker, commonly known as Farouk has been making inroads in the opponent’s box, and just as he was about to shoot, he is felled by a defender. The referee blows his whistle; penalty. “That is so soft!” one fan airs his opinion rather loudly. The judgmental glares on his path makes him shut up. However, I like controversy and being a fan of football, I felt this would increase the intensity of the game, and boom!! The goal was slotted in, and the supporting fans, myself included, jumped up and down. The spoils were now evenly shared. I do not explain how I found myself embracing the fan beside. Such intimacy in public is not allowed by the religious and state laws, and I make a mental note to conform to social conventions. Anyway, who cares, who is the self-appointed moral police marauding in the stands? Better safe than sorry and at times, you never know who is watching. I have to show restraint. The game continues without any further incidents, with Farouk being substituted after he was unfairly targeted by the opposing team, though the culprit was given a cautionary yellow card for his unwarranted overtures. The people are screaming, some calling on religious deities, while some look withdrawn. I am neither, and I just look on, enjoying the movement of the ball. The way it moves from one corner, from the midfield to the defense, a long kick to the offense and to the gloves of the goalkeeper. The teams look well drilled, like a system that looks to Alraban4 ensure each cog serves its expected role. I wonder whether the football fans are a cog to any football team. I have an ego to protect and I smile, I am a cog. I have to be. Time flies and the game is in the injury time. There is a dangerous free kick directed towards the goal of Jeddah Fc but will the substitute Mo stand up and make it count? Uncharacteristic silence punctuate the stadium. A time of reckoning has arrived. Mo takes a step backs, breathes heavily, surveys the stadium and forward he goes. Then he kicks, and everyone waits, the movement of other players in the box of the opponents takes a twist, and the referee makes a call. There was a foul, and a penalty is awarded to Jeddah Fc. No. This cannot be happening. The football gods are so unforgiving. I rise. A few other fans do so, and as the partial screams of “Gooooaaaaalllllllll!!!!!!” in the background continue to recede, I feel I know the outcome. A bad day in office but tomorrow, the football gods will be a little fairer. I think I hear one fan talk something about gambling, which is also illegal. Football has a funny way of showing the social ills of this society, I finally realize make my exit from the pitch, determined to find a winning team to support next time. Yes, I will be back. Alraban5 Reflection The writing exercise has been one of the ways in which I have to understand on the power of imagination. There is a need to understand that while the setting was familiar, I had to engage my mind beyond the scopes and events that take place in the football pitch. I had to make sure that there was a representation of all the people and elements in the football pitch. It was not a simple task, but it was exhilarating, and satisfactory. It made me to look at football as a way of life, and how it affects other issues in life. I had to create a correlation both internally and externally, and this perhaps, is the goal of literature. I need to improve on other areas such as use of other figures of writing such as direct speech which I feel I have not incorporated adequately in the essay, but there is time and willingness to learn.

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Robyn1994
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I interviewed Sarah Arsenault; she works as a football coach fully registered at the US
Club Soccer. Some things caught my attention that led me to interview her: what should one
prepare for them to become a coach or practice professional football. The preparation that should
be put in place when it comes to the involvement of soccer matters.
During the e...

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