Chicago fan murdered before Bears, Jaguars game in Jacksonville

Every so often, there's a story that makes us take stock of what is actually important. The murder of 42-year-old William C. Pettry is exactly one of those stories.

Pettry, according to CBS Sports was a Bears fan that lived about 50 miles from Chicago. He traveled to Jacksonville to see his Bears play the Jaguars last Friday. While at Fionn MacCool's, an Irish-themed restaurant in Jacksonville, Pettry was murdered while presumably enjoying a pre-game meal.

Matthew Hinson is being held without bond, and he's been charged with the murder of Pettry.

It's not immediately clear that Pettry was murdered because he was a Bears fan, but common sense seems to strongly suggest such a connection.

Regardless, the point here is that sports are great when we can watch a game, enjoy it (or perhaps be miserable through it) and move on. I realize that the overwhelming majority of fans never physically harm a fan of another team, but it seems appropriate to take step back and realize one important thing. This is a game. The Jaguars will almost certainly lose multiple games before the end of the season. It's okay. We, as fans, will move on.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Pettry's family and friends.

Shane Clemons

About Shane Clemons

Shane Clemons came from humble beginnings creating his own Jaguars blog before moving on to SBNation as a featured writer for the Jaguars. He then moved to Bloguin where he briefly covered the AFC South before taking over Bloguin's Jaguars blog. Since the inception of This Given Sunday, Shane has served as an editor for the site, doing his best not to mess up a good thing.