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Nationals have Military Appreciation Night; what other teams do after bin Laden’s death?

Updated at 1:37 p.m.

TNT reportedly will carry the national anthem, to be sung by Jim Cornelison, before tonight’s 8 p.m. NBA playoff game between the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks.

(It may be tough for Cornelison to top this national anthem as snow falls in Soldier Field.)

Filed at 9:35 a.m.

There were impromptu gatherings at the White House, mere blocks from Verizon Center, where a hockey game just happened to be ending, and at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, where “U-S-A!” chants broke out in the ninth inning of a 1-1 game.

But what does the sports world do now, the day after the news that Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid in Pakistan?

The Nationals, conveniently, happen to be hosting Military Appreciation Night tonight, in the finale of the series against the San Francisco Giants. Military personnel, the Nats say, will receive up to four complimentary tickets by going to the box office with a valid ID. The team also is planning a pregame show that will include a flyover and honorary first pitches.

I expect some epic U-S-A chants tonight at Military Appreciation night at Nats Park.less than a minute ago via Twitter for Mac Favorite Retweet ReplyDrew Storen

(If you’re wondering, the Giants will not be swinging by the White House on their only trip to D.C. this season.)

In Detroit, the Four Tops will perform the national anthem before the Tigers’ game against the New York Yankees and there figures to be more honoring of the troops and Sept. 11, 2001 victims before the games tonight. And no doubt Jim Cornelison is going to be a busy man.

With fans gathering for MLB and NHL and NBA playoff games tonight, what should be done to commemorate the day? A moment of silence for victims? Or is this one of those times when a simply-performed national anthem (recommendation: do not ask Christina Aguilera) is enough?

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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