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In the wake of the tragedies in New York City and Washington, D.C., the sports world decided to take a pause for the better part of the week. I felt that by the weekend, the games (in all sports) should have gone on, with the only logical exception being New York and Washington.

The part of the scenario that gets me upset are the athletes who think they should be held to a different standard than the average American. Many said they didn't feel they were up to playing. I don't have a problem with the NFL and MLB canceling the games, but it is not the players' choice to decide if they want to play or not. Americans everywhere are hurting, and myself and millions of others kept working on Tuesday and went back to work on Wednesday.

My parents were one of many who were in the air that fateful morning (to Los Angeles). They landed safely, and then flew home several days later. Millions of people had to fly home. Why should these athletes be any different? In a way, sports could have served as an escape for those who were ready for a few hours to take their mind off the horrific scenes that have been played through our heads. These games can serve as a reminder of the way of life we are trying to preserve, and that no act can destroy this. Not only is the sporting event important, it is that act of congregating and mourning with thousands of others that helps in the healing process. It's time that the athletes set an example and lead, instead of continuing to whine and complain.

The real heroes are those who perished in the rescue effort, as well as the soldiers who will help to preserve the freedom that we take for granted everyday.

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