Sports Should Be On Backburner This Weekend After Connecticut Shootings

By Andy Schmidt
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

I have had to take over a day to come up with words about what happened in Connecticut on Friday morning. It is something that puts life into perspective and proves that a sport is not something that is an everyday essential. It is weekends like this where sports are on the backburner for me. There are great games going on all weekend long but for me, at least for today I can’t wrap my head around anything sports-related.

The reason why this is so unsettling for me is because I suffer from depression and social anxiety disorder myself and tried to commit suicide when I was 19 years old. I have days where things are great and days like this one where everything seems wrong and I can’t get myself excited about anything. There are a lot of people in this country who make their lives be all about their respective sports teams and live and die with their every move. Those people end each day and each game either very happy or very sad about what their team just did. I have had many days like that after my favorite team has lost a tough game.

If you do just one thing this weekend though, remember that sports are not something that you must have in your life to be happy. There are greater things in life than seeing what a certain team does. You never know what the next day or next hour will bring so don’t wind yourself up if someone loses a tough game today. If you see a fan in your opponent’s jersey, it doesn’t mean you should mock them or want to beat them up for it. There is no reason for any of that. If you can’t co-exist with fans of a different team, you have a problem on your hands. We should all just take a break this weekend and enjoy life outside of the sporting world.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.

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