This weekend was filled with red-white-and-blue moments as the nation looked back on a day that shaped the last decade. Unity, patriotism and remembrance were key in every corner of the country.
It was true, too, in the sporting world.
At home we had the Patriot Bowl, a Marshall County first. Four football teams gathered on a night when first responders and National Guard troops were recognized for the sacrifices they make on a daily basis.
The event was coordinated by Sarah Telle. Telle has been making a video presentation to area schools in which responders relate stories of 9/11. Telle was joined on the field by dozens of troops and responders during a moment of silence for those who lost their life during the attacks in New York and Pennsylvania.
For sports fans, the remembrance continued throughout the weekend, notably with Sunday’s NFL games.
The halftime of the Jets-Cowboys Sunday night game in East Rutherford, N.J., was one of the stand out moments. The Cowboys– America’s Team– and the Jets, one of New York’s two franchises. Two human squares were formed representing the Twin Towers, along with a moment of silence. Former President George W. Bush praised rescue workers before taking honors of the coin toss.
The game couldn’t have ended any better if it had been scripted– a Jets rally for a 27-24 win.
On a sidenote, I’m just happy whenever anyone rallies against Dallas.
Sunday’s memorials are part of the culture that makes America and the sports we love what they are. We’re competitive. We strive to be fair, equal. We cheer for the underdog.
Unless it’s Dallas.