Addressing the Tragic News From Colorado

When Sports Fail to Matter: Addressing the Tragic Weekend Events

7/22/12 in MLB   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Jan 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Members of the military hold a large american flag on the field during the national anthem before the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park. San Francisco defeated New Orleans 36-32. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

The last few days have been extremely difficult to think about sports.
When events in the news remind you of how tragic and fragile life can be the last thing on your mind is whether or not Dwight Howard will sign an extension. And while I am very aware that the purpose of a sports driven website is not to report the tragedies that take place in everyday life, the headlines that dominated the news this past weekend are difficult to ignore.
Life was quickly put into perspective when the tragic news coming out of Colorado spread. Movies and sports are put on the backburner when the weight of a human life is at stake. We as a society were reminded of how unimportant pop culture really is, and emphasis was placed on what is truly important in life- people.
The events that took place over the weekend were a sobering reminder that life is fragile and precious. It was a reminder that the little things in life are so unimportant, but at the same time are what make life great. It was a reminder that even in the face of a horrific tragedy, its still ok to enjoy the small things. And sports have been one of those small things that we as a society enjoy.
The beauty of life is, that it’s okay if we care a little too much about our favorite team. There is a place inside all of us where sports matter and wins and losses resonate through out our soul like a wave crashing into the sand. The events that took place reminded me that you want to spend your life doing the things that you love. And one of the many things that I love is sports.
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