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The Morning Shoutout

Posted on: May 2, 2011 8:20 am
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OSAMA BIN LADEN: There will be no grand statement about his death. This isn't the format. But this is the time to remember 10 years ago what happened after the attacks. What happened in the football world, the sports world, and how it played a part in the healing process.

I was a reporter for the New York Times and watching athletes in New York come together remains one of the more striking memories of my career. Giants and Jets players spent the initial days paying tribute to the heroic police and firefighters who died saving lives. Football players, and of course the Yankees and Mets, were in some ways leaders after the attacks. So were the sports leagues themselves. Paul Tagliabue, then the commissioner, made the wise decision to postpone games that weekend out of respect for the dead. He also listened to the wishes of players in the New York area who wanted the delay. Jets and Giants teammates, at Giants Stadium, could still see the smoke rising from the devastation days after the crisis.

Then, Tagliabue just as wisely got the games going again."The NFL is part of American life," Tagliabue said at the time. "We play one role in the healing process by playing our games, honoring the victims and heroes, and by saluting brotherhood, diversity and tolerance."

Giants players I interviewed were in tears on the phone. I've never heard Michael Strahan so emotional about anything and haven't since. I've known him for over 15 years.

The baseball players wore "NYPD" and "FDNY" hats during games. In the months to follow, New York football teams were cheered at the beginning of games in every stadium they entered.

I said sports can heal. In some ways, I understand part of that statement is ridiculous. Sports cannot heal a 9-11. Sports cannot bring back the dead but I saw firsthand how sports did allow people to express their pain, sympathy and patriotism.


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Category: NFL
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tiredofcrap2
Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 12:06 am
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Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:09 am
 

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Tiredofcrap2 looks like he pisses himself scared of the next bin Laden.. its ok that you're a p*ssy... go hug a tree or your boyfriend & leave being a man to the men who know how to do it.  So what if another steps up in his place.. he'll get smoked too. And so will the next, the following & all that come after him.  They will all meet their demise... I do not live in fear that the next one is coming just because we killed this one... so what if he does... so the f*ck what?  He comes.. he dies.  You live in fear, you piss your pants when you walk down the street.. and cry yourself to sleep.  



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:04 am
 

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White devil uh?  Go enjoy your entitlements & casinos & shut the f*ck up.  Just because your ancestors got their asses kicked & land took means nothing to me... maybe if they would man up they wouldn't had gotten punked out & had their stuff taken from them.  The white man walked in your house & raped your woman & killed your family & your ancestors couldn't do a damn thing about it.  Now that bin Laden is dead... I say this could be a one day national holiday.. why the f*ck not... not celebrated every year, but just for one day, take a break & absorb all this in... rejoyce in the fact that he's gone... that some wounds can begin to finally heal.  



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 2, 2011 5:01 pm
 

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Bin Laden is dead, kids shouldn't be at school, people should be off work.  We should be celebrating, everyone.
That's a bit much. A national holiday because we killed a guy, even a terrorist like Osama, makes us look bad. Celebrate if you want, but I do not believe that people should be off work for this.


tiredofcrap2
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Posted on: May 2, 2011 3:11 pm
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Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2011 3:05 pm
 

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Props for trying to rain on our celebration with a racist rant. Fortunately, it is so ignorant and misguided that it comes off as comedy. Funny stuff!


tiredofcrap2
Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: May 2, 2011 2:37 pm
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Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: May 2, 2011 2:07 pm
 

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I could not agree more, sports helped me and likely millions of others to step away from a tragedy that was hard to comprehend.  The innocent people that died that day, due to some fanatical terrorism group that capitalized on our being unaware, so they poked the sleeping beast and we have now finally received justice so many have demanded.  You can run, you can hide but at some point in time we will find you and we will hold you accountable for the atrocities you committed. 



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: May 2, 2011 1:51 pm
 

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Freeman... today you get a pass.  Bin Laden is dead, kids shouldn't be at school, people should be off work.  We should be celebrating, everyone.  Not a bad story.



Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: May 2, 2011 9:58 am
 

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Sports absolutely played a HUGELY important role for many Americans in the healing process, myself included. The sporting events provided a much-needed form of escapism and relief of tension for people that needed it just to detox, in a way, from the sheer gravity of the situation.

Also, they provided a grand arena to show the terrorists the fact that they can't bring us as a nation down. For one, they provided an avenue to the return of normalcy and routine that Americans had before the attacks. Plus, what better way to display our patriotism than to have tens of thousands of people in a stadium both moved to tears and chanting "U-S-A" loudly?



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