Chik Chatting / We (finally) got him
Updated 2:50 pm, Thursday, May 5, 2011
Much in the same way that even ESPN's SportsCenter downplayed Sunday night's sports happenings in favor of first informing citizens of the killing of Osama bin Laden, "Chik Chatting" is going to put sports on the back burner in order first comment on what we've all been talking about this week: The killing of Osama bin Laden.
Sunday night represented one of those extremely rare "Where were you and what were you doing when you found out that..." nights. Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs, and it's unlikely that any of us will forget where we were or what we felt upon hearing the news.
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I was relaxing on my couch, taking in a 1-1 battle between the Phillies and Mets on Sunday Night Baseball when ESPN suddenly broke the news. Much like many of the other groundbreaking news stories, it didn't seem real at first. In fact, when the announcement first started, I feared the worst. It had an ominous feeling, much like whenever someone starts to say, "Hey, did you hear about so-and-so?" It's almost always something bad.
But instead, we received the news that most of us have wanted to hear for almost a decade: bin Laden had been taken out. I continued to flip back and forth between the baseball game and various news coverage of bin Laden's demise, and I must say that it was quite a riveting scene at Citizen's Bank ballpark. All of a sudden, a "game of the week" battle between the Phillies and their hated division rival Mets seemed quite inconsequential, and it was actually pretty humorous watching the reactions of players who clearly had no idea why a "U-S-A" chant has spontaneously erupted.
One of the aspects which made the announcement so unique is that none of us could have possibly been expecting it, especially after nearly a decade of futility in trying to locate bin Laden.
If there was even the smallest of silver linings following the 9/11 attacks, it was the unity and togetherness that we felt as a country. Sadly, that feeling seemed to disseminate over time. However, with the death of bin Laden, you could almost sense the country letting out a collective sigh of relief (or chants of relief in the case of the Mets vs. Phillies game).
So, let's not get overly caught up in details such as whether or not they should release pictures of bin Laden's body, how much or how little credit President Obama deserves, how much or how little credit former President George W. Bush deserves and whether or not the killing of bin Laden would or should warrant Obama's re-election.
Politics aside, let's first take some satisfaction in the fact that the man responsible for so much pain and suffering in our country has finally paid the ultimate price.