Keenan Singleton Audrey Warren
Game called ...
... on account of national tragedy.
As Americans awoke Tuesday to the news of the tragedies in New York
City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, their emotions ran the gamut --
fear, rage, shock, numbness. One thing was clear. The ordinary routines
of life, those things that we all take for granted, could not go on quite
as they had before. At
least not yet.
Those routines weren't limited to our workdays, our governmental functions,
our stock markets. In a time like this, those things that, in light of
the events, might be
called "frivolous" were put on hold.
The entertainment industry, one of America's biggest, closed up shop.
The second annual Latin Grammy Awards, scheduled for Tuesday night, were
53rd annual Emmy Awards were postponed. Hollywood movie studios closed
Another major American avocation, sports, also felt the effects of the
nation's grief. Major League Baseball, in the midst of one of the greatest
pennant races in its
history, postponed all its games until Friday. The last time pro baseball
had a work stoppage for reasons other than a labor dispute was in the wake
of the 1968
assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The minor league system also postponed games and, in some cases, cut
their seasons short and ended their playoff series.
Leaders of the NFL, just beginning its 2001-2002 season, are still deciding
whether to play this weekend.
"The NFL needs to take the lead," said Players Association executive
director Gene Upshaw. "It's just not appropriate (to play), in my opinion."
While the NHL is in the midst of its off-season, it may be the hardest-hit
of the professional sports. Two of its own, Los Angeles Kings Director
of Pro Scouting Garnet
Bailey and amateur scout Mark Bavis, were among the 65 passengers killed
aboard United Airlines Flight 175 when it was deliberately crashed into
one of the World
Trade Center towers.
For the most part, college athletics, including many marquee football
matchups, will play this weekend. As of press time, Saturday's UH-Georgia
game will play as
Still, the leaders of the sports and entertainment industries are right
to halt their operations for a while. America is experiencing a national
period of mourning. Yes, life
must go on, and it will.
But right now, attention must be paid.