After bin Laden Death, Sports Plays Big Role

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Of course one of the first spontaneous outbreaks of joy, relief and pride was at a baseball game in Philadelphia.

Of all the roles sports play in American life, for better or worse, serving as national village square in times of enormous national upheaval is right at the top of the list. So could anyone have been surprised that among the images sent across the country of reactions to the news that the U.S. military had killed Osama bin Laden Sunday night, the most prominent and indelible were from the Mets-Phillies game, where fans chanted “U-S-A, U-S-A’’ as play went on before them?

And from in front of the White House, where the crowd singing the Star-Spangled Banner was sprinkled with Capitals jerseys worn by fans who detoured on their way home from a playoff...

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