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Daily News Roundup: National Holiday?

Daily News Roundup: National Holiday?
Jesse Squire

Forget baseball. This is where it’s at.

A few days ago Budweiser announced it was leading a petition to make baseball’s opening day a national holiday. USA Today then added six more sports days that should be holidays to the argument (including “every day of the Olympics”).

Here at the Daily Relay we know that all these other sports are pale imitations of the real thing. Track and field and road running and cross country are the only sports worth getting the day off work. But which days?

Until two years ago the NCAA Cross Country Championships were nearly always on a Monday and I was never at work if the meet was within driving distance. But it’s been moved to a Saturday now.

As far as a weekday goes, there are two that jump to mind. One is Patriot’s Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts and the day of the Boston Marathon. It should go nationwide. I’ve burned a vacation day or two so that I could watch America’s greatest race.

The other weekday that should be a national holiday very often comes just four days later: the Friday of Penn Relays and Drake Relays week. Like the first two days of the NCAA tournament, it’s a day of total sports immersion and nonstop action all day and all night.

Both of these occasions have something in common with Opening Day: a celebration that spring is finally here. Most of the country has had a pretty nasty winter and we’ll be ready to celebrate once it’s over.


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Video of the day

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