- New Orleans: Never seen anything like it. Help if you can. Good list here of organizations mobilizing.
- Most else pales, doesn't it? Hug your kids, hug your family, take care of yourself. Be kind to each other.
On that note, for the love of all that's holy, can you people behave like adults? God, you're stupid. If we can't get along on the Comment Section Playground, maybe we should close it down. Idiots.
The looting is getting scary. I'm surprised there's not more military supervision. The local authorities are hopelessly overloaded.
Mike Lopresti puts it in good perspective for everyone so prone today to overstatement:
Invariably, it is like this in a crisis. When a sports culture that so comfortable and commonly uses words such as "disaster" and "adversity" and "loss" one day turns on the television and sees what disaster and adversity and loss truly look like.
That a place such as the Superdome suddenly sits amid foul waters and floating bodies, its inhabitants turned into refugees, the contrast is all the more jarring. The grand playground, suddenly a place where people have fled to for their very lives.
It was designed and built to be a giant sport jewel, impervious to every inconvenience and discomfort. Now it is too dangerous and rank even to be a life raft.
So at the moment, it is hard to drudge up much emotion over the usual ebb and flow of our games.
We could sit here and try to understand David Wells' tantrum, as he ranted about the baseball commissioner having the gall to suspend him for bumping an umpire, and the calamity — absolute calamity — that the All-Star Game ended in a tie a couple of years ago.
But then, better take another look at the pictures from Biloxi.
We could commiserate with the plight of Terrell Owens, who has claimed injustice and misfortune at the idea of a lousy $49 million contract.
But then, listen to some of the interviews from the survivors in Gulfport, Miss., with nothing left but stories to tell.
We could observe the players who invoke God in their home run trots.
But then, watch the reports from New Orleans, where prayers are truly needed.