Yesterday, I started working on my latest post for Sweet Home Sports, about the way the Blackhawks have played down the stretch, the goalie scenario entering the playoffs, and the impact of a healthy Marion Hossa. But yesterday with the horrific events that occurred at the Boston Marathon, it is impossible to focus on anything else. And as I’ve continued to listen to my morning sports shows today – Sportscenter, Mike & Mike – it reminded me that while we spend so much of our lives consumed in our craft, our responsibilities, our obligations, it is so easy to lose sight of the world around us. The real world. The world that has nothing to do with scores, injuries, winners or losers. A world that reminds us that our lives and the lives of our loved ones are precious. Sadly, it often takes a devastating event to remind us of these things. I think ESPN deserves a great deal of credit for handling covering this event the way they have, also openly admitting that on a day like this, the games that are played become so much less important when you’re faced with senseless acts of terror and the people who lost friends and loved ones to death or life-threatening injury.
I don’t have much else to say other than that my heart goes out to all of those who were lost or injured yesterday, as well as the families and friends of all involved. In the coming days we will return to our routines, we’ll argue about whether Derrick Rose should be playing or not, about the Wrigley renovations and the rooftop owners, and slowly we’ll settle back into our lives. But lets never forget how fortunate we are to even be here talking about those things, and continue to treat each other with more kindness, respect and love.