By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media
Morning, lunatics …
>> The TribLIVE Radio show today — 1-2 p.m. — will feature Brandon Sutter of the Penguins. The Trib’s Mark Kaboly will the media guest, and he and I will debate the Emmanuel Sanders match. And, of course, local Twitter icon @suckmeter will do his thing.
I want you involved, too. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-320-7925.
>> Honestly, that’s about all I’ve got in the way of sports. Prayers and thoughts to all affected in Boston, as well as appreciation to the heroic first-responders and best of luck to law enforcement officials.
In the interim, a stark reminder of how close these tragedies tend to touch from one of our very own blog denizens, which I proudly share here in its entirety …
I’ve been reading your work on a daily basis for years. I had to leave the Pittsburgh area nine years ago and have missed it terribly. When you did the best-parts-of-Pittsburgh series, I teared up when I read about the “boomerangs.” Each morning I wake up, read some Scripture and have the privilege of reading your blog.
Tomorrow seems extra special. Today, I was at the Boston Marathon with my wife. We made our way to see a friend at the finish line around 2:47 p.m. We passed Exeter Street and were within 100 feet of the first explosion. I grabbed my wife and ran. We stumbled after the second explosion but made it out of the area with just a couple of minor cuts. I called my dad in Pittsburgh to let him know what happened and that we loved everyone because I had no idea what would happen next. We walked the length of the city to get a cab to take us home. We are all right considering everything.
This really reminded me that life is a gift from God and our families are the precious jewel. Hug your wife and kids a little tighter today, and remember us boomerangs who never forget the joy of Pittsburgh!
Patrick T. Keeley
Pastor Youth & Family
Community Church of East Gloucester