Wednesday was September 11, 2013, the 12th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in our nation’s history. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, sports helped to remind the nation why we were stronger than any enemy. The NFL postponed one week of games, but when the league returned to action on September 23, it brought about a host of incredibly powerful images of patriotic pride and national unity. Citizens of all political persuasions watched President George W. Bush take the mound at Yankee Stadium before Game 1 of the World Series and fired what is surely, given the circumstances, the most impressive and important first pitch in baseball history. America watched these moments and began the slow healing process.
Two days ago, on the eve of that 12th anniversary, I stood in a cramped soccer stadium in Columbus and watched yet another example of how sports bind our nation together in common purpose. [Read more...]