Another Shocking Loss
For the second time in the less than five year history of this blog, I have the sad duty to report the untimely death of an active player on the University of Pennsylvania football team.
This team it was a captain.
Owen Thomas, a star defensive end who trailed only Columbia's Lou Miller in sacks last season was found dead in his room yesterday afternoon.
I expect the authorities to learn the cause of death sometime soon.
But "cause of death" is never enough in cases like this.
A 21-year-old young man with everything to live for and so much going for him is dead. What "cause" can explain that?
In 2005 when Penn player Kyle Ambrogi died, the first game after that sad event was a Penn-Columbia game at Wien Stadium. It may have been a road game, and Columbia Homecoming, but the crowd observed the most respectful moment of silence I have ever witnessed at a sporting event in Ambrogi's memory.
I never thought I would have to see something like that again.