Watching Sports In The Wake Of The Terrorist Attack In Orlando
There are no words that will suffice in a time like this; but because words are all I have right now, I will give it my best shot.
I've always said that as a sports writer, I feel like a failure in these moments. And I'm more than okay with admitting that the sports world is often ill-equipped to deal with the trauma that everyday people face on a daily basis. The worst tragedies we endure in the world of sports are incomparable to those that face the real world; the universe that exists outside of the bubble within which we gossip and debate with humor, wit and the occasional moments of austerity.
Unfortunately there is no room for that today. I cannot in all good conscience sit here and expound upon the repercussions of Draymond Green's Game 5 suspension, or how likely it is that the Sharks are able to extend the Stanley Cup Final. My heart just isn't in it. But that's certainly not to say that people shouldn't take a few hours out of their night to enjoy and distract themselves from the devastation. They absolutely should. I know I will.
I may not feel like writing about the games tonight, but I will absolutely let sports ease my grief; if only for a little while.
The catalyzing effect that sports can have on us as a country - particularly these nationally televised games - is invaluable. I hope that every fan that can feel relief or joy from indulging in watching the games this evening is blessed with a few hours of peace. Because it's in reaching that peace, or even in just attempting to, that we are best able to fight the hatred that fuels the mass murder of innocent Americans.
Today has been as tragic a day as this country has ever seen. The loss of life is staggering, and the impact that June 12, 2016 will have on the lives of the thousands of friends and family of the hundreds of dead and wounded will endure always. If you are lucky enough to enjoy the American past times and traditions of the evening, you should embrace that chance.
Things will be difficult in the days and years to come as our country continues to battle for the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for every American. Hatred will be spewed and anger and frustration will rise, and it will all be hard to argue with. I am merely a sports writer, and I do not claim to be anything more or less. I can't change the world or heal the souls of the brokenhearted; no matter how much I wish I could.
All I can do is remind you to love your life, to live it with respect and dignity and to turn to whatever provides you with comfort. If you love sports, immerse yourself in that. Fight terror by spending time with those that matter to you and by savoring every moment of your freedom, because that is what the people in Orlando gave their lives for.
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