In light of US tragedy, I need sports. I hope games resume soon.

KeithH

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I understand the reasons for cancelling major sporting events scheduled this week, but I hope the games will resume soon. While there are security concerns and a need to focus our thoughts on those who suffered in the tragedy today, the US will need to show the world that we will press on. With all the depressing news on all day, I could use some sporting event as a distraction (a distraction is not the same as forgetting). The Penn State-Virginia football game scheduled for Thursday night has been cancelled. As a Penn State alum, I had been looking forward to this game for over a week, but as a saddened American, now I needed this game. I don't mean to sound insensitive to what has happened in our great nation today, but I hope the games will resume soon.
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They should go on.
Bud Selig has made another terrible choice. These events offer the chance to bind people together and give diversion for those in pain and suffering.
We need to show the world that we won't stop living our lives as we wish because of their misguided actions. We cannot do anything to prevent what has happened and must look to the future in all aspects of life including sports, politics, transportation, etc. I'm not going to let "them" win by living my life in fear.
 

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I disagree. I think Bud Selig made the only choice you can make in light of this tragedy. There are bigger concerns right now than baseball.
Just the logistics of travel & security for each team, as well a the safety of the fans attending any public event with 50,000+ fans is of great concern right now. Holding off the scheduled games for today is the right move. And it wouldn't shock me if we don't see baseball for a week or so.
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I fully understand why the games where put on hold and agree with the decission.
I agree that it would be nice to have something like a football or baseball game to help ease our nerves or take our minds off of things for a few hours.
 

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After spending close to 8 hours now immersed in shocking image after shocking image, I can't believe how much I feel a need, a craving, to think of something, anything else.
Bud Selig made a good chase to put baseball on hold...for today. It's a good, symbolic gesture of respect. After today (and possibly tomorrow depending on travel limitations), stopping play just makes people's anxieties worse. The show must go on, the sanity of a grieving nation needs it to.
 

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I completely agree with shutting the games down for today. Out of pure respect for the horror of the day.
But yes, we need to resume our "everyday" practices as soon as possible, if for no other reason than to try to feel normal again. we cannot let this act of terrorism succeed.
 

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If only to place more than a few hours' distance between the games and the horrific events of today, I completely agree with the decision to suspend the games, security issues notwithstanding. The players and the fans both need a little time to take a collective deep breath, and reflect upon the enormity of the tragedy that has occurred.
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I agree that the games and other events of the day should have been canceled. I would have been shocked if any major regularly scheduled event went on. About the only things going on right now are prayer vigils.
But I would hope that everything can resume "normal" soon. Like Houston Mayor Brown said, don't let the terrorists think that they've won. They like to cause chaos and a sense of fear. If we huddle in our homes glued to news coverage then they have won. I mean, let the investigators and intelligence people do their jobs. If someone comes up with something that hasn't been rehashed over the previous four hours, report it.
I fully understand and sympathize for those who lost loved ones today and wouldn't expect for them to be so quick to recover.
It got too depressing seeing the same replays of a plane ramming the tower over and over. I actually was surprised that they kept showing it. They were in effect showing real people hurtling to their death.
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I'm glad to see we're basically in agreement. It was definitely the right decision to cancel tonight. I would be perfectly content if MLB (which I haven't paid much attention to of late due to the miserable Reds) didn't resume until Friday. If transportation is an issue, which it could be, okay then.
I do think the NFL should play Sunday. (The college games provide more difficult challenges.) If anything, people will need something to break the relentless sadness of this tragedy. Give us something to allow us to look away from the ugliness for a few hours.
I was initially conflicted about going to the movies tonight. I had my advance pass for Serendipity with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. I sat around and watched the news practically all day long. I wasn't going to do myself any good continuing it through the night. It was nearly like a ghost town at the theater. I called ahead to make sure they weren't going to be closed. They might as well have been, considering how few were there. The film was a bit uncomfortable since the bulk takes place in New York and some plane trips occur. I'd also interject that if it were a better film it would have distracted me more. I came back tonight and caught up. It sure was good, though, to get away from it all for a couple hours.
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Like KeithH, I'm also a Penn State alum and look forward to Nittany Lion games, and love sports in general. That being said, I think cancelling sporting events today was the correct choice and really the only thing to do. How can anything else today seem relevant in light of what's happened? I felt so horrible for everyone today that I could barely bring myself to eat, let along do anything else.
That being said, I agree with KeithH and other prior opinions that we need to show that we, as a country, are not defeated, and return to business as usual as soon as possible, including scheduled events. And I say that to mean absolutely no disrespect to anyone who was directly affected by today's horrible tragedy. I can certainly understand that the grievance time may be much longer for them. I'm only thinking that I don't want America to give the sick SOB who did this any satisfaction.
Argh - just heard that the estimated # of deceased inside Pentagon is around 800. Think I'm gonna be sick again.
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The film was a bit uncomfortable since the bulk takes place in New York and some plane trips occur.
My sister and I were watching the coverage this afternoon, and flipping through the channels, we saw the opener for Law and Order playing on A&E. The opening credits include, as you might expect, the NYC skyline. And we got to thinking; that image is EVERYWHERE. Movies, openings of TV shows (David Letterman is one that comes immediately to mind), postcards, etc. It will be difficult to escape the image of these two landmark buildings - every time people see them, it'll be a reminder.
 

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FYI - UCLA and USC have canceled their Saturday games, and I hear the NFL is canceling this Sunday's games. With the potential security risks I cannot blame them.
I will, however, be spending a lot of time playing Madden 2002.
Everyone take care of yourselves.
 

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Its going to be difficult watching my FSU v GA Tech game this weekend and feeling the excitement that I otherwise would have had. That said, no weekend games should be cancelled anywhere. Life must go on, otherwise those bastards will have won.
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I thought my initial post here might be construed as insensitive in this time of crisis, but I am glad that I am not alone in my need of a distraction from the news. The flipside of all of this is that when sporting events resume, they will likely be spectacles we will never forget like Super Bowl XXI in January of 1991 (Giants vs. Bills). I am not a Whitney Houston fan, but I will never forget her singing of the National Anthem. I felt so incredibly proud to be an American that night. We need that kind of feelgood spectacle on national TV to unite the nation in this trying time. Please bring back sports soon.
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Frankly, I find this the only positive result of today's horrific events. Ahh, the smell of sports-free airwaves
We could have this all the time people!!!!!!!!!!!! Bliss!!!!
 

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quote: Frankly, I find this the only positive result of today's horrific events. Ahh, the smell of sports-free airwaves
We could have this all the time people!!!!!!!!!!!! Bliss!!!![/quote]
Yeah, I'll take the airways clogged with grim details of yesterday's events in New York and Washington any day over sports. Bliss. Yeah, right.

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