Terry Foster: A Unified Celebration, But This Time It’s Not About Sports

By now you’ve heard about the death of international terrorist Osama Bin Laden. And you’ve seen the celebrations in New York at Ground Zero and in Washington around the White House. We are together again, celebrating one event, a kill mission that was successful.

Bin Laden was the mastermind behind the worst attack on our country and it took nearly 10 years to find him and erase him. It is a day many of us will never forget.

But I will never forget how sports pulled us through the pain of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. I remember President George Bush throwing out that first-pitch strike before Game 3 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium, the most important pitch in MLB history. He was strong and commanding. Bush put our minds at ease somewhat with that pitch.

“I wanted to make sure if I was going to throw the ball I was going to do it with a little zip,” Bush said. “I didn’t want people to think their president was incapable of finding the plate.”

Later he said: “I never felt what I felt that night. I felt the raw emotions of Yankees fans. It was overwhelming.”

We lost sports for a few days after the attacks and things did not seem right. But the NFL resumed business after taking a weekend off. Major League Baseball said it would play ball shortly afterward. We became accustomed to “God Bless America” in the seventh inning and pat downs before the first pitch.

Three weeks after 9-11 we had our own soul cleanser in the state of Michigan. That’s when the Michigan-Michigan State game that ended with the clock controversy added a sense of normalcy around here. The game sent Wolverines into a fit of rage. Spartans left that game with a sense of pride.

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  • buy silver

    Every Buckeye agrees a win over that team from up North is priority No. That means they could wind up meeting again for the conference championship a week or two later. Not in the Big House or the Horseshoe but on a neutral field. Basically we decided to go with the final season date because that was a way to maintain the tradition Delany said.

  • U of M Supporter

    Now that a Michigan-Michigan State article has been invaded by an Ohio State opinion, lets not forget Coach Jim Tressel’s philosophy on player corruption. Use a star quarterback who sells off his personal items and then cover it up. Yes sir, we’ve got a scarlet scandal from that team down South. We also see their priority.

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