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When the world experiences a tragedy, something that jars us and makes us want to hug our kids or call our parents, people in the sports world talk about how, “at times like these,” you remember that “it’s just a game” and “there are more important things in life.”
In one sense this is true. The results don’t really matter very much, and many sports fans forget that too easily.
In another sense, however, this is not true. Sport unites us in a way that nothing else does. That may bother you. You may prefer that 35,000 people would show up at the Symphony every single night to hear Beethoven, rather than watch a couple of baseball teams. And you may prefer that instead of beer and hotdogs, they spent their disposable income at a bookstore. And you may have a point, but unfortunately for you, that is not the case.
The fact is, aside from an occasional concert, the only thing that can bring 60,000 people together in one room at the same time on a regular basis is a sporting event. And for that reason, when terrible things happen, that’s when sports matters most.
With that, I give you this scene from the TD Garden in Boston last night before the hockey game between the Bruins and Sabres:
In a couple of weeks people will start politicizing the Boston Marathon bombing and dividing us up into interest groups again. But for now everyone is united, and it feels nice for a change.