Sporting events were created to spotlight the thrill of friendly competition, as well as the victories that can only come from both hard work and fair play. They should not be the settings for tragedies on a scale greater than that of the sporting events that display good sportsmanship.
Unfortunately, there have been sporting events in the past that’ve been overshadowed by tragedies that remind us of the many dangers that can’t be ignored in the real world – the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich is one example, and the double bombing that took place today after the end of this year’s Boston Marathon is another. The sad fact is – not even sporting events are immune to the carnage and heartbreak that can result from such tragedies. Even sadder, they can’t be reversed and/or erased, unlike certain decisions made by commissioners and committees serving in the sports world.
Boston certainly didn’t want a dual explosion to disrupt its way of life today – and especially on Patriots’ Day, which celebrates Massachusetts’ role in not only the American Revolution, but also our country’s destiny as a world power. But then, all of us learning about what happened today know all too well that such a tragedy could happen anyplace – and at anytime. There’s little doubt that Boston’ll bounce back from today’s tragedy – and that there will be a Boston Marathon as part as Massachusetts’ Patriot Day celebrations. We can only hope that history won’t repeat itself in Boston next year – on the other hand, we can’t predict the future. And as of right now, gaining that particular ability is unfortunately out of our reach.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons (published by iUniverse/Writers Club Press) and Chameleons To The Rescue (published by Lulu Books/Highroad Books), and the recently published short story e-book collection Tales Of The Psychiatrist (published by Booktango), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://johnlavernoich.sharepoint.com), as well as his pages on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn), his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad), and his own Profile Page on Amazon Studios‘ website (http://studios.amazon.com/users/59488).
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