Boston Tragedy

Posted: 04/16/2013 by levcohen in Uncategorized

To be honest, I don’t know what to write or how to write it. For the most part, I’ve avoided writing about major tragedies or really anything in the world other than sports. This is different. Not only was the Boston Marathon bombing a tragedy, it was a tragedy that happened during a sporting event. I, and many others, have long considered sports as a way to forget about the world and bad news. I wasn’t old enough to really experience 9/11 and the aftermath, but I’ve heard that people used sports as a way to put off thought about the tragedy. Lots of bad things happen around the world, but nothing ever happens in sports. The worst thing that can happen is a team losing or a player pulling a hamstring, right? Wrong. Yesterday’s bombing proved that disasters can indeed happen in sports. Yesterday was tax day, it was Jackie Robinson day, and it was also Patriots day. Patriots day is the biggest day of the year in Boston. The Red Sox play in the morning, and then the marathon is ran. Nobody has to work. Well, if somebody wanted to destroy that day, they succeeded. At around the four hour mark (at the time when the majority of runners are just about finishing), a bomb went off near the finish line. Moments later, a second exploded just yards away. As of this writing, three people were killed and at least 140 more injured.

I can’t even imagine how somebody or some group could plan acts of terror like this one. Do they think about what they are trying to do? Do they consciously try to find the way to hurt, terrorize, and kill the most people possible? How could they do such a thing? Spontaneous killing sprees or fights are one thing, but premeditated acts of terror are another.

It frightens me how often we, or at least I, need reality checks. It was only four months ago that the Sandy Hook shooting happened. For the first few weeks after that, I semi-consciously kept the shooting in the back of my mind. Since then, never. We were back to being delusional, but don’t be too hard on yourself, because it is human nature to stop worrying about other people’s problems eventually to return to worrying about your own issues. It’s too early to look for a silver lining in this, and it probably always will be, but if there is one, it’s that this is a needed wake up call. Like President Obama said, we are not Democrats and Republicans in these tragic times– we are Americans.

In terms of impact on sports, the Celtics and Hawks will play only 81 games, as their game was cancelled. This marks the first time that each team in the NBA will not play the same number of games. It was the right decision, and every time one looks back at the 2012-13 season, they will remember the bombing. Tonight’s Bruins game was also postponed, but not canceled.

I was going to write about the MLB season or NBA playoffs, but it just didn’t feel right.

So the next time you complain about needing to take off your shoes at the airport, being forced to take your laptop out for security, or having to throw your water out, remember the Boston Marathon bombing.

  1. Marinite says:

    The world is a really tough place. Good job highlighting it, though I think in some places you are too kind. For example, many of us remain Democrats and Republicans, though for a (too) short time we say “we are Americans”. And, while I have no problem with having airport security, I am mindful of the fact that the TSA rules probably don’t protect us much against problems in the air and certainly don’t save us from senseless shootings and attacks such as occurred in Boston on April 15. We are having almost constant wake up calls these days, but all too soon we go back to sleep; if we didn’t we’d probably lose our minds.

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