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Strength in Time of Weakness

I travel a lot. And nothing annoys or frustrates me more than airplane security. The lines are brutal. There is always a chance of losing something or leaving something behind as I pull out my laptop out from my back pack, remove my belt, shoes, hat, and hooded sweatshirt. Since I usually refuse to go through a metal search because I have doubts of the safety of anything that involves radiation, I choose the pat down. It is not a good experience. Once I am done, I must rush to my personal belongings and hope someone does not grab something of mine. Ugh. Not fun.


But this is the way of travel all over the world now because of the terrorism and threat of terrorism that surrounds us.


The tragic events in Boston on April 15th rattled me to the core. How in the world can runners in the Boston Marathon and their fans not be safe? How can parents not drop kids off to school and know for 100 % certainty that their kids will be home at the end of the day? I still haven't recovered from Newtown, Connecticut yet-and I know that I am not alone.


As a sports enthusiast, as well as sports editor, broadcaster, camp director, and high school basketball promoter, I am glad that sports are always there after these tragedies. With the exception of the 1972 Olympics when the Munich Massacre occurred when the PLO gunned down and killed members of the Israeli team, I think all sports organizations have used good judgments when to resume games, and in commemorating acts of violence worldwide with ceremonies, moments of silence, anthem singers, flag raising, etc. In the 1972 case, there is no question in my mind the games should have been cancelled at that point. However, in all other cases, life, and sports need to go on. The only way terrorists win is if you change your life for them. I believe in the United States' strong stances after 9/11 and other horrific scenes like the one at the Boston Marathon.


At Monday night's baseball, basketball and hockey games, it was heart wrenching to see so much American pride and support for Bostonians in baseball stadiums all over the country. In the meantime, Americans will have to become accustomed to living like people in countries all over the world where random acts of violence by terrorists or crazed people can happen anywhere, anytime. In 2013, who thought that could happen?

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Jeremy Treatman - Contributor

Jeremy Treatman is the founder and co-director of the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classics and Sports Broadcasting Camps. Over 50 NBA players, including Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Rajon Rondo played in his events when they were in high school. Jeremy wrote high school sports for the INQUIRER for 10 years, and was the first TV reporter for the HIgh School Sports Show on Channel 29 from 1994-2001. He currently is Comcast's announcer for all high school games.

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