By the end of anthem, a sold-out crowd stood as a beacon for the entire city. Boston wouldn’t go quietly into the night, they truly were ‘Boston Strong.’
Perhaps nothing else but sports could have offered a venue through which the city could rally. Only at that arena, on a national stage, could sports serve as the catalyst for a much bigger message.
There will forever be a stain on the Boston Marathon, a hallowed sporting event that has now been tarnished due to extreme cowardice and misguided violence.
But sports are also proving to be a rallying point, a place for a damaged city to respond and reply with a powerful message. Only through sports could Boston immediately show the nation, and the world, that it won’t be defined by the acts at Monday’s finish line.
An entirely new race has just begun, and Boston is the clear favorite.
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