In the right frame of mind


September 14, 2001|By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor

This is supposed to be a column about sports, yet after Tuesday's tragic events the relevance of sports in our everyday lives comes into question.

The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon lead me to question everything about the life I knew before Tuesday and certainly put my passion for sports into perspective.

I can honestly tell you that when I went to sleep Monday night, the one thing on my mind was the collapse of the Boston Red Sox and the turmoil my team was in. There were other things I was worried about as well; whether my fantasy baseball team could win in the playoffs, whether Texas A&M had the firepower to beat Texas this year and which players I should start this week in fantasy football were certainly the things at the top of my mental checklist. Unfortunately that is no more.

Since early Tuesday morning, I have hardly thought about these things. And when thoughts about them have crossed my mind, these thoughts have been in a vain attempt to take my mind from what has happened on the East Coast. Simply put, just three days after these things were my biggest concern, they no longer concern me.


This brings me to the only issue, which seems to be relevant in sports these days and that is the issue of when the games should resume. I have no answer to this question.

The NFL has canceled this week's games. The PGA has done the same with its events. Baseball has yet to resume and college football seems to not really know what to do one way or the other. Some games will be played while others will not.

Who is right and who is wrong? That's really for each of us to decide. I probably think those who aren't playing are doing the right thing. On the other hand you can say by playing these games, which are so a part of our nation's culture, you will aid in the healing process. This is obviously the case. However, it seems that a period of time (a week would be a good length) should pass just out of respect for those who lost their lives.

Since this is supposed to be a column about sports I will close with an adage from my old football coaches (every one I ever had). You see during my time playing football, most of the teams I played on were pretty bad and we did our fair share of losing. So it became something of a tradition that after each game they would say to us, "Keep your heads up. We'll get 'em next time."

It has been these words of encouragement that have stuck with me for the past three days, for they seem to make this whole event easier to take. I offer them to each of you, as we all must deal with this most difficult of times. Take them as you will. However, I do advise that you use them. They have always worked for me.

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