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When Sports Takes A Back Seat


Not that you care because there are a lot more important things going on in this world other than sports, but if you logged on to our site seeking a distraction from the real world then I can’t offer much. I really don’t feel like posting anything or talking baseball. I’m saddened with what has happened at Newtown, Connecticut.

I am not a father but I am a brother with younger siblings, I have younger cousins and I teach four and five year-olds for my children’s ministry at my local church. So I am around young children all-the-time. Although I am not a father at the moment, this tragedy has pained me.

When I have a problem with life, I usually turn on ESPN or whatever game that is on to distract me from those problems. But not today. I did not care for ESPN or any sport for that matter.

I had my TV on CNN, ABC NEWS and all the other major media outlets. Just like I don’t want to miss a minute of a Padres game, I didn’t want to miss a second of the news coverage of what was going on at Newtown, Conn. I was glued to my cell phone constantly checking twitter for updates on what was happening.

I can honestly say today was the first time ever I didn’t check Padres.com, ESPN, or any sports Websites for sports information. I totally unplugged myself from the sports world and gave my full undivided attention to those children and parents who were affected by this horrific catastrophe.

I was thinking of a blog post I can add today for Chicken Friars. But I couldn’t think of anything, nor did I want too. I really, really wanted to post something Padres/baseball related but after finding out what happened at Connecticut, I just couldn’t bring myself to it.  Any sports news is miniscule compared to what has happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

This is not a blog to advocate for stricter gun control or to campaign for helping the mentally ill. This is just a blog to express how I feel about today’s tragic events.

Anyway, enough of my ramblings, I just felt that today baseball and the sports world  shouldn’t be the main story on Chicken Friars. Today, and the rest of our lives we will mourn those lives that were lost. Sometimes sports needs to take a backseat to the real world, and this was just one of those days.