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ROCKIES AND NUGGETS POSTPONE GAMES AFTER COLORADO TRAGEDY
Published April 21, 1999
The Rockies and Nuggets both postponed their scheduled games last night after yesterday's tragedy at suburban Denver's Columbine High School. Earlier in the day, the Nuggets were planning to go ahead with the game along with a moment of silence and a request for blood donors, but the decision changed after news surfaced of the severity of the events. Nuggets GM Dan Issel: "When we heard the extent of the tragedy -- at that point, athletic contests hold little meaning after that." Rockies C Jeff Reed, after Rockies Chair Jerry McMorris addressed the team and announced the cancellation: "It shocked me at first, but it shows that our ownership is not all about money. They showed a lot of class. Like he said, 'We're a community.'" It is "believed that a major-league game had never previously been called off because of outside tragedy" (DENVER POST, 4/21). McMorris: "It's an emotional time, a highly charged time of mourning. We reached out to everybody that we could reach out to make the decision, which, in our heart, was right. Our players don't want to play. Nobody in the organization wants to play" (CO Springs GAZETTE, 4/21). Issel pledged financial assistance to the victims from the charitable arm of the Nuggets and Avalanche (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 4/21). AVALANCHE TO DECIDE TODAY: The Avalanche and the NHL will "wait until today" before making a decision whether to postpone Game 1 of its Stanley Cup Playoff series tonight against the Sharks (DENVER POST, 4/21). In Denver, Mike Littwin writes, "You have to hope that once the enormity of the situation is understood, the NHL will realize what must be done. ... The NHL must postpone because teams tell us every day how much they are part of our community. Because postponement says that we are a community" (RMN, 4/21). REAX: In CO, Lynn Zinser: "With remarkable swiftness and clarity, two professional sports understood their place in the world. It's a place that takes a back seat to real tragedy in a real world often rocked with real heartache. Or at least it should" (CO Springs GAZETTE, 4/21). FSN's Keith Olbermann said last night that the "teams and leagues deserve great credit for the signs of respect represented by the cancellations" ("FSN," 4/20).