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Letter: Sports fans will rejoice when the games return

Sports can bring hope, sorrow, joy and everything in between for so many cities, families and individuals. The results can be spread across the globe. Sports can create arguments or even spark competition. Cautious optimism about our favorite teams, while talking to strangers, makes for a great night out.

It is very easy to forget about the billions of dollars at stake right now with our favorite leagues and teams being absent, especially with our own concerns. Monetary things don’t matter to sports lovers. There is no price for passion. We also can’t forget about the power of sports.

Whether it’s the 1968 Summer Olympics where Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists to support human rights or just the sadness of a beloved Kobe Bryant and others losing their lives to a random tragedy. It’s also the whole world knowing who MJ was in the 90s or in current times, the 2020 NFL draft bringing on long Zoom chats among lifelong friends because we miss sports and each other.

Optimistically, sports can represent having children or planning a family, and hoping they love the teams and games you also cherish. Sports can be as simple as a grandfather kicking a ball to his grandson or granddaughter and loving the moment in time. Sports can also be as complex as dividing nations and influencing politics.

There is one thing we can all agree on, and that is we all miss sports more than we could ever have imagined.

Josh Schulenberg

Tonawanda

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