SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: American spirit remains strong

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 16:03 PM.

Last Monday was a typical busy day for me.

I got to work around noon and knocked out a story about the Old Spanish Trail Rodeo. I then went about some afternoon tasks before heading to the District 2-6A softball tournament for the game between Crestview High School and Choctawhatchee.

Midway through the afternoon, sometime shortly after 3 p.m., I was checking something on espn.com when I saw the news of the bombing at the Boston Marathon.

At that moment a cold chill ran down my spine much in the same it had Sept. 11, 2001. But at the same time it felt all so different.

The Boston Marathon is one of the great sporting events in the nation. It might be, along with the Super Bowl and World Series, the most recognized sporting event in the country. There is no denying it is the most famous running event in the United States.

I can think of few more strategic places for terrorists to hit this country than at a major sporting event. And what better venue to plant homemade bombs than on the streets of a major city where hundreds and thousands of spectators were lining the sidewalks?

We all know the story by now. Two bombs exploded, three people were killed and hundreds wounded.



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