When tragedy struck on Patriots' Day in Boston, lives changed in an instant. The aftermath means anguish and hardship for the victims and their families, along with far-reaching uncertainty for the United States and world. This is not at all a sports story ... and yet, on a very basic level, it is. ... The Red Sox could play a unique role in the development of civic resolve. They are more closely associated with Patriots' Day than the other pro teams, because their early start is designed to allow fans to exit the ballpark and watch the leading runners pass through Kenmore Square. The bombings were an attack on their sacrosanct day, too. And while marathoners must wait until next April to defiantly weave through Boston's streets, baseball is played on the same interval at which the city will cope: daily. (FOX Sports) Comment
How quickly things changed on Monday for Rangers prospect Dylan McIlrath. [McIlrath] had planned to spend a relaxing off-day in Boston but instead spent the afternoon running from danger. McIlrath, who plays for the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League in Hartford, was walking toward the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday afternoon with family friends when he realized the rest of the crowd was rushing past them the opposite way, "some people crying, in panic mode." ... "We were around the MIT campus, heading over the bridge, heard a couple of loud noises -- which obviously were the bombs -- and then there was a rush of people crossing the bridge. We didn't know what was going on at the time." (New York Daily News) Comment
Before even playing a down in New England, Danny Amendola will have made a great many fans in the region. Following the horrific events surrounding the Boston Marathon on Monday that killed three people and injured over 100 more, Amendola is pledging to help in the relief efforts. ... [Via Twitter:] @DannyAmendola I will DONATE $100 for EVERY pass I catch next season to whatever "Boston Marathon Relief Fund" there is. And $200 for any dropped pass. ... Amendola has averaged 64 catches a season in years when he's been able to play at least 10 games. ... If he can build a strong connection with Tom Brady, Amendola might end up donating close to $10,000 to the fund by season's end. (Pro Football Talk) Comment
At the Barclays Center in New York City, the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards observe a moment of silence for the people who were injured and killed in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
From The Boston Globe, the carnage and chaos of the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.