White Hart Lane’s Moving Minute of Silence

Premier League recognizes the Japanese after last week’s earthquake with a minute of silence at every match this weekend.

 

Tottenham and West Ham fans carried out a perfect minute of silence. Time was stretched and heavy. The camera cut from players to managers to fans, lingering a little on each. Football can do nothing to mitigate catastrophe, except confirm an event’s magnitude and gravity by confessing its own triviality, but it can do something to affirm the value of things continuing on. The 36,000 in attendance didn’t make a peep, and on conclusion transformed somber reflection into a massive burst of excitement. It was the best of minute of silence of the weekend.

At 40 seconds, a fan sees that he is caught on camera taking the moment too lightly and tries to become very very serious.

 

3/20/11

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