Attack Put Sports In Perspective

While there were no sports scores or games to report on, the impact of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon really put sports in perspective for me.

Suddenly the crying game between running back Marcus Houston and running backs coach Eric Beneimy really didn't matter. The story that had taken over the newspapers and radio talk shows for weeks simply faded away in the wake of the worst terrorist attack in history.

Originally being from Long Island, New York and having friends and family members still living back East, my focus turned from reporting on what was happening in Boulder, Colorado, to investigating if any family members were in the Twin Towers.

I am one of the fortunate ones to have found out that my family members were not in the city September 11th, but too many people were not as lucky. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and friends of all the victims.

I apologize for the web not being updated, but to me the University of Colorado football program was not the priority in my life. Sports weren't a priority either. This was the first time in 10 years that the first section I grabbed out of the paper was not the sports page. I pray that this horrible incident brings our great country together and puts sports into perspective for fans, players, coaches and owners.

I am very pleased that the sports world cancelled this past weekend's games so the people of this country, including players and fans, could grieve and deal with this tragedy personally. But as the President has said, it is time to go back to work. It is definitely not business as usual, but it is an attempt to take care of business.

The University of Colorado has announced that this Saturday's game against the University of Kansas Jayhawks will also serve as a fundraiser for the American Red Cross.

Donations will be collected at each gate of Folsom Field with the goal being to raise a minimum of $50,000. Jeannie Potts-Dixon, CU's Assistant Athletic Director for Community Relations, said "we hope to get at least $1 per person for everyone planning to attend the game".

The game against the Jayhawks is scheduled for 1:30 pm MT and is part of the annual parents weekend. If ever there was a time for children and parents to be together it is now, and may the football game that takes place be a temporary distraction to events that took place last week.

The priority is not football; it is life.


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