Dealing With Unexpected Death is a Challenge

Dealing with any type of death is difficult. Even the idea of death is not something many people want to dwell on.

As a city, we have had two tragedies in two days. First, the passing of longtime Cavs play-by-play announcer, Fred McLeod. Next, Browns DE Chris Smith getting into a crash and losing his girlfriend, Petara Cordero. The two just had a baby girl together.

On a personal note, I recently lost someone unexpectedly that I knew and was very fond of…

Today is 9-11.

18 years ago 3,000 people woke up and went to work thinking it was going to be another normal day. That would be their last…

It’s hard to think about this idea that any day could be your last. You don’t want to live your life in fear and paranoia about that idea even if it is true.

As I’ve said many times, Fred McLeod was such a great announcer and brought the game to life. So many people had outstanding things to say about him.

Chris Smith, a defensive player for the Browns, was living the life in the NFL with a new baby. Now, that little girl has no mother.

It makes the actual games seem so small to the realities of life and how it can come to an end in the blink of an eye.

Now, I didn’t know Fred or Petara on a personal level, but it still hurts. It’s hard to come to grips with the fact that the man I watched/listened to is gone. And, that a man on the team I love so dearly lost someone so close to him in such an awful way.

A big reason why people love sports, for us, Cleveland sports, is because they serve as a distraction. Yeah, it gets emotional at times, but it doesn’t dictate our lives.

That’s what makes these even harder to swallow. They are people involved in what usually is to take us away from our personal problems.

It is important to appreciate every day and make sure to cherish your loved ones. I’m not always perfect at that, but it’s a work in progress.

Rest in peace.

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