HOT BLAST: Playing games after JFK's assassination
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The Detroit Lions before a game on Nov. 24, 1963. (AP)
The Detroit Lions before a game on Nov. 24, 1963. (AP)
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John F. Kennedy's assassination transcended countless parts of American life in 1963. One of those was sports, particularly the NFL, whose season was still going that November.

The NFL did not cancel its games on Sunday, Nov. 24. (Recall the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the debate about what games should be played.) In today's column in the Boston Globe, Dan Shaughnessy does a good job of explaining how NFL leadership made the decision to play -- and how that decision backfired, some people believe today.

“Whether it was the right call, I can’t say,’’ former Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy told the Globe on Wednesday. “We were devastated by what occurred, but there has to be some notion that the country can recover.’’

-- Phillip Tutor

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