Try to remember: it’s only a game

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Pair of youth deaths brings make us re-think our priorities

By Bobby Brockman


We all sometimes get too carried away about who or what team is winning a sporting event. We sometimes show ourselves in the heat of the athletic moment.
However, real-life happenings bring us back to earth in quick fashion.
A pair of youth deaths in the last couple of weeks make us realize how short life is and how often outcomes of sporting events are somewhat meaningless when compared to losing a son or daughter, a sister or brother, a mother or father, a grandson or a granddaughter, a nephew or niece, a classmate or a friend.
Kevin “K.J.” Richerson and Cameron “Big Cam” Smith passed away last month five days apart at the young age of 12 and 13 years of age, respectively.
K.J.’s battle was a long, tough one and Cameron’s was abruptly quick, but it does make us realize we have to live each day to its fullest.
It doesn’t make either situation any easier since time, how long or short, never fully prepares us for us losing someone.
We do know sports is not “life and death”, however we are thankful that we have that crutch to fall back on and, along with our beliefs, help us move on with our everyday lives after tough tragedies.