Monthly Archives: April 2013

Boston and Sports

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I go to school in North Carolina but I’m from Boston. After this week, with the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday and the showdown at Watertown on Friday, I’ve gotten a lot of questions from people in NC about why it matters that other city’s sports teams show support for Boston teams. Especially since what happened had nothing to do with sports and the teams weren’t anywhere near the Boston Marathon. Since I’ve gotten so many questions, I figured I’d write a little something here incase other people are wondering the same thing. Personally I feel like sports are a catalyst for hope. I can’t explain it but to have the New York Yankees say “hey, we got your back” feels truly amazing. It helps me deal with what’s going on in a way that seems almost normal. What happened in Boston is a big thing for anyone to wrap their head around. Sports are a way to heal from that. Another thing is that Boston sports teams are a huge part of the Boston community. We think of the Red Sox, the Bruins, the Celtics, and the Patriots as our boys. We stand behind them 100%, and in return the athletes have a huge space in their hearts for the people of Boston. So even though they’re from all around the country and the world, they’re all Bostonians. And when someone attacks our home, everyone is affected. To see other teams show support for our’s feels really great. We know they’re being taken care of. Here are some examples of support from this week. These are only a handful out of many. Ballparks across the country also played Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond before, during, or after games. Sweet Caroline is a Fenway favorite.

Chicago Tribune’s sports page on Tuesday

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Phillies Outfielder Ben Revere

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Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle wears a warm up jersey with the name Martin Richard, an 8 year old boy killed in the blast at the finish line

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Hats worn by Mississippi State’s baseball team

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Pittsburg Penguins’ helmets

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National Anthem tribute by the New Jersey Devils

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Heralded as the biggest rivalry in sports, the New York Yankees stand with Boston

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A 7 year old Cleveland boy gave Red Sox’s 2nd baseman, Dustin Pedroia, this note before the Boston Red Sox played the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Dustin hung it in the dugout.

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Rocky Balboa Speech

This is my all time favorite speech from a movie. It’s been a long, tough week and I found myself listening to this again. I used to listen to this to get myself pumped up before games back in high school. It really it homes. Give it a listen. Text is at the bottom.

Sylvester Stallone in Rocky Balboa [2006]

The World Ain’t All Sunshine and Rainbows Speech

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!” – Rocky Balboa

 

 

Boston

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The tweet above was posted by a Batman parody account yesterday and I can’t express how true it is. By now everyone has heard about what happened in Boston on Monday. I’m currently going to school in North Carolina so I was thankfully a thousand miles away. But my family and friends were there. My Dad was at his office three blocks away. My friend crossed the finish line 3 minutes before. Another friend was standing about 500 yards away. I’ve been experiencing a lot of emotions over the past two days and I’m not really sure how I feel. There is one thing I do know. I have NEVER been prouder of my city (even after the 2004 World Series). I’ve always known Boston to be a community that stands united and displays extreme resilience and perseverance. And now the whole world will know the same.

7-Year-Old Cancer Patient Scores Touchdown

I love sports, like many people. I believe sports are a great way to learn teamwork, sportsmanship, and humility, and of course have some fun while you’re at it. But the biggest reason I love sports is that it has the ability to transcend past just one player, one team, and one game; it has the ability to reach out and paint a bigger picture, to touch humanity and remind the world of what’s really important. Yesterday during Nebraska’s Spring Game they sent out a player who fights for a greater cause, 7-year-old Jack Hoffman who is currently fighting brain cancer. With 60,174 people watching from the stands, Jack took the field.

Check out the full story at ESPN by clicking here.

Batman and Philosophy

Batman and PhilosophyI just finished reading this book for the 5th time. This is one of my favorite books to read when I’m in the mood for some fun. I love philosophy and Batman is a fascinating subject. Each chapter is written by a different philosopher so there are many different perspectives that are combined. This book will satisfy a die-hard Batman comic fan and yet it’s still comprehensible for someone who has only seen the Christopher Nolan movies. I highly suggest!

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