Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Today marks a very somber anniversary for the city of Boston. This time a year ago, at 2:49 PM ET two pressure cooker bombs tore through a crowd of spectators and runners at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon on Boylston Street, killing three and injuring hundreds.

Through eyewitness accounts and surveillance cameras from nearby businesses, investigators were able to identify two Chechen brothers- Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev shitstain- as the main suspects. Days after the Marathon attack, the two shot and killed an MIT campus policeman in an ambush, carjacked a motorist in Cambridge and led police in a high-speed chase through Watertown, MA where Tamerlan was shot by police and run over by his younger brother as he fled. The two had more explosives on their person and a wounded Dzhokhar managed to elude searchers for the better part of a day until he was spotted hiding on a sailboat kept under a tarp in a Watertown residence and taken into custody after a standoff.

Even before the Patriot's Day bombings, the professional sports teams around Boston was a justifiable point of pride for many New Englanders. After the attack, the "Boston Strong" phenomenon was a means for the teams and individual players to reciprocate that pride...and none more bluntly than Red Sox DH David Ortiz.

To their credit, ESPN has been running a special this week on the bombing, it's aftermath and how Boston's beloved sports teams became a focal point for a grieving and apprehensive city to rally around. Perhaps I'm biased, but it's clearly worth a look [which is why I embedded it- NANESB!].

Patriot's Day- a civic holiday that is only celebrated in Maine and Massachusetts- is observed on the third Monday of every April, which means it will be on the 21st of April this year. In Boston, the occasion is marked by the running of the marathon and a Red Sox day game, weather permitting.

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