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May 2, Osama is Dead, the Mets Win for New York, & America Unites Again

Hey guys,

So as we all know by now, Osama Bin Laden has finally been brought to justice. Bin Laden was killed in a firefight with Navy Seals, and the world is now a safer place because of it. I fear for the immediate reaction to this event from those who will seek vengeance, but with the central figure of Al-Qaeda eliminated, the terrorist organization will surely never be the same. Throughout history, the death of a people’s leader has led to lamenting, and often the sense of vengeance, but the loss of a leader like Bin Laden can also lead to their decline. Without a unanimous central leader, groups often dissolve and divide in the pursuit of direction. Power grabs will likely be made by multiple figures in Al-Qaeda, which hopefully can destroy their unity and resolve. The organization will surely never be the same now that their leader has expired.

FDNY, NYPD, and the Port Authority Police. Thank you for the sacrifice you made. IMAGE // http://www.douglasfiredept.com

That being said, as I do on most nights, I was watching baseball when the news broke. The game was between the Mets and the Phillies, and suddenly for me it seemed like the Mets needed to win this one. It was a moment that I felt would cap off a great redemptive night for New Yorkers. The Yankees had won earlier in the day, but the Mets were actually playing when it all went down. I turned off the volume to the game, and threw CNN on the other screen. Though I couldn’t hear what was going on at the game, it was clear that Philadelpians were jubilant and celebratory of the news. I was personally surprised they didn’t pause the game for Obama’s speech. It struck me as funny when Obama was speaking that he said something of the nature of, “we must continue to fight Al-Qaeda and their affiliates,” a line that I heard as, “we must continue to fight Al-Qaeda and the Phillies.”

It was one of those moments that sends chills down your spine as you watched the fans in Citizens Bank Park start a chant of, “USA!” It really reminded me of the baseball world around the time of 9/11, when players, fans, and citizens of the country rallied together in celebration of the American Spirit. With all the things in the country and world that create division among us American citizens, it was refreshing to see the unity that we all seem to harp on only in the face of tragedy and triumph. Whether you’re a conservative, a moderate, a liberal, a Republican, or a Democrat, one thing we all have in common is the love of our land, and the sorrow in our hearts for all the lives lost on the single greatest disaster in American history.

VIDEO: Philadelphia Reacts to the News of Bin Laden’s Death

This is my petition to make September 11, a national holiday. The most somber day in American history should be commemorated as a National Day of Remembrance. A chance for us all to remember just how lucky we are, and a chance to celebrate the lives of those lost on 9/11, rather than lament the tragic nature of their final day.

I know that I have already featured this video in previous posts, but this really seems like an appropriate time to rehash the memories of life immediately after 9/11. Check out these two videos, one of President George W. Bush’s visit to Yankees Stadium on game 3 of the 2001 World Series with some really awesome interactions between Jeter and the Commander in Chief. The other video I wish I could embed, but i simply can’t. It is of the Mets first game back after the tragedy. I urge you to check it out. It really was an amazing time for American unity.

VIDEO: Piazza’s Healing Home Run

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April 22, The Giants and Jets to Open the Season on 9/11. Will Face Off on Christmas Eve

April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

For the 2011 NFL season, the Giants and Jets will both open on September 11. There were talks early on the day that the schedule was announced that the two New York teams would face off against one another on the anniversary, but the league elected to have their match-up on Christmas Eve.

My initial reaction was disappointment when I heard that the two New Yorkers would not face off to start the season, but I’ve since decided that it’s not such a bad thing. This way both teams have a chance to seize victory on this somber anniversary.

So for all you New York football fans out there, take a look at this season’s schedule for the Giants and Jets.

The season opens with The Big Blue Wrecking Crew facing off with the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field at 4:15. Gang Green also faces off with an NFC East opponent in the Dallas Cowgirls at the Meadowlands in primetime.

This of course all hinges on the idea that there will be an NFL season in 2011, and that it will start on time.

To shift gears completely as far as sports go, the announcement of the tenth anniversary of 9/11’s football schedule brings me to today’s videos. The two videos that I picked out for today are of the Mets and Yankees once play was resumed following the attacks. Unfortunately, since the MLB has a tight grip on all of their video content, you will have to leave the site to see the Mets video. It’s pretty amazing the way that the Mets and Braves got together and united with national pride. The Yankees video is also a great watch, and you get to take a look at some behind the scenes interactions with our then president George W Bush. Bush and Jeter’s interactions before the game were awesome.

[VIDEO] The Mets first game after 9/11