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December 3, 2012

Monday Morning Wrap Up

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Written by: jhudson
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There are times when, through sports, we are reminded of what’s important in life.

Those hours on end we spend watching, debating about and setting time aside to focus on a game seem trivial when real life tragedy strikes.

So when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed himself at the team’s facility on Saturday, just hours after murdering his girlfriend and mother of his newborn daughter, the entire NFL and sports world as a whole was in a state of shock.

While details continue to emerge, the lesson to be learned from this tragedy, among other things, is that while we look at athletes as larger-than-life figures, many deal with the same everyday struggles that we as “regular” people do. Life impacts our favorite player the same way it does you and me.

The Chiefs would play on Sunday, coming away with an emotional win over the Panthers. But for those who experienced the unthinkable a day before, the feeling of victory was overshadowed by the loss of their teammate. What Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli witnessed will be in their minds of the rest of their lives.

Wins and losses matter for sure. But games are just that – games. Sports are never a life and death situation.

Unfortunately, what happened on Saturday was. And fans should be reminded of that and know how to tell the difference.


3 and out

  1. Luck of the Draw: The Colts’ magical season continued and Andrew Luck wrote another chapter to his stellar rookie season as he led Indianapolis to a come-from-behind win over Detroit. Luck continues to show why he was the No. 1 pick this season and the Colts now sit at 8-4 and are in prime position to make the playoffs.
  2. Old Man Batch: Charlie Batch has been in the NFL since I was a junior in high school. I’m 30 now. Nonetheless the old reliable backup quarterback show on Sunday that he still can get the job done when called upon. Batch helped the Steelers snap their two-game winning streak and put them in position to finish the year strong with Big Ben on the way back.
  3. Seattle Slew: Are we paying attention to the Seahawks? Rookie Russell Wilson scored another big win leading his team over the Chicago Bears. You have to respect the job that Pete Carroll has done in Seattle. The Seahawks are in prime position for another postseason berth. With RG3 and Andrew Luck getting all the press, Wilson has been sort of the forgotten rookie QB, but if Seattle keeps it up he’ll be able to write his own story.

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About the Author

Jamar Hudson is a media professional with nearly 10 years of experience in journalism, communications, digital and social media. A former editor for ESPN.com, Hudson now works in Public Relations in the Washington, D.C. area. A graduate of Hampton University, Hudson has covered a wide range of events from high school sports to the Super Bowl.




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