OTTAWA — The Stanley Cup doesn’t matter that much.
This was my only thought late Monday, when, after talking with one of the Trib editors, I learned of the devastation in Oklahoma.
Fifty-one people died on Monday. Their lives ended, and the lives of their loved ones were forever changed.
Let that simmer, as I did for about 15 minutes on Monday.
I learned of that news late in the day, but into the evening I was still getting emails from Penguins fans about the Game 3 loss to the Senators.
That makes sense. Sports are the distraction. Sports is my livelihood, so I’d be a hypocrite for knocking the people who take sports seriously, even too seriously.
Still, as I read an email early Monday evening from a reader who felt it necessary to use obscenities when sharing his fanatical opinions on Dan Bylsma and Evgeni Malkin, I could not help but wonder if maybe there are moments when sports should not be a distraction.
Maybe paying attention more to everything else would be good for all of us and serve as a necessary reminder that these games that are played, covered and obsessed over are, well, just games.
Life is a bigger, and it ended tragically for too many innocent people on Monday.
My thoughts and prayers are with everybody in Oklahoma – as I hope theirs would be if the situations were flipped, parts of Pittsburgh was in rubble, and the Thunder were only ahead 2-1 in an NBA playoff series.
Anyway, the #TribHKY links…
= Josh Yohe offers an observation about Matt Cooke, specifically as it pertains to the noise that surrounds him in Canada’s capital city: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4050253-74/cooke-game-penguins#axzz2TvqTpdrB
= Dejan Kovacevic’s column dares to ask what so many have been thinking. Why exactly did the Penguins trade for Jarome Iginla only to use him like they have? http://triblive.com/sports/dejankovacevic/dejancolumns/4050274-74/iginla-penguins-neal#axzz2TvqTpdrB
= A breakdown of the The Breakdown that changed, temporarily, the narrative of this Penguins-Senators series: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4050259-74/penguins-alfredsson-senators#axzz2TvqTpdrB
= Difficult to mistake Monday was the Penguins’ collective resolve to not let Game 3 mean too much in the long run – at least, the result of Game 3: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4050259-74/penguins-alfredsson-senators#axzz2TvqTpdrB
= By the way, that was some big-time history that happened here on Sunday night. Blown leads like that in a situation like that just haven’t happened a lot in the NHL: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4054449-74/game-series-lost
= Senators players have found their mojo. Yeah, baby, yeah! http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4050305-74/senators-game-ottawa
= And, finally, notes about the Pens: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4050264-74/penguins-game-jokinen#axzz2TvqTpdrB
Notes about the Sens: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4050306-74/senators-ottawa-maclean#axzz2TvqTpdrB
That is all for this morning. Both clubs practice, starting with the Senators at noon.
Go vote. Hug somebody you love before and after. Pray for Oklahoma.