While I was at the Blackhawk's game, I took this picture of the star player, and captain of the team, Jonathan Toews. Then I uploaded this picture and tagged #anamericanstudies for a few different reasons. Firstly, the American theme of competition. Secondly, for the role Sports stars play in our society. And then thirdly, for the sheer patriotic tones that engulf the entire picture, which I think really emphasizes the American fascination over sports.
America is driven upon being better to survive. We have are a capitalist system and it's part of our American nature to have a winner and a loser. That's why I think sports and sporting events fit so naturally into the lives of many everyday people. We love to watch teams succeed, and on the flip-side, criticize those who don't. We treat sports stars like heros, and we rewarded them heavily. Jonathan Towes has an annual salary of $6.5 Million dollars. Compare that to Barack Obama's annual salary, the President of The United States, which is in total $569,000 (granite, excluding all of the benefits and perks that come with being head hancho of America), but still the gap is substantial and it's interesting to recognize what we value (literally) in American society.