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Sports and the legacy of 9/11

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Usually the sports world is insulated. Usually the games go on no matter what. But what happened in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, was not usual.

In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, ballparks, arenas and other places where Americans play, such as PNC Park, were transformed into impromptu cathedrals where players gathered to deal with the tragedy , like everyone else. (Peter Diana, Post-Gazette)

The business of playing games came to a near-total halt almost immediately after the terrorist attacks, in part because air travel was stopped and the teams couldn't travel but mostly out of solemn respect for an overwhelming chapter in history.

A year later, the memories remain vivid and haunting.

Sports Columnist Chuck Finder:<br>Effects of 9-11 alter high school

Keith Osik:
'You appreciate what it is to be an American, how much we have to cherish'

Steve McKenna:
Walking down a deserted Seventh Avenue was an 'eerie feeling'

Musa Smith:
Georgia RB suffers as father's dark secret is revealed

Lloyd McClendon:
'The really important things in life are family, friends and life and health itself'

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