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9/11 Plus 6

Posted by Ryan on September 11, 2007

Study Hall was just finishing up and I was getting ready for my next period class when I saw a number of teachers and students congregating around a TV in the library.  My curiousity had been piqued that morning, increasingly as more news and information was coming out.  I’d heard about planes hitting the World Trade Center and rumors about explosions all over Washington DC and even more hijacked planes.  Even though I had students to watch, I needed to find out what was happening.  Many people really didn’t understand what was happening.  I didn’t.  Who could in those first hours of what would later be called the “War on Terror?”  While I watched the coverage on TV, I saw the first tower collapse and suddenly the problem of saving people from the fiery buildings turned into a nightmare worst-case scenario of countless dead as thousands of tons of concrete, steel, and humanity were careening down into the newest embers of “Ground Zero.” 

I was sitting in a high school library about 170 miles away from New York City.  These people weren’t.  It is hard to image what it must have been like losing someone on that day in New York, at the Pentagon or in Shanksville.  It’s sobering to realize how much our world has changed since then.  We’ve all made sacrifices, some small others large.  From new delays getting on a plane, to giving to a new charities, to feeling empathy for people going through a tragedy, to losing a loved one in a far off war defending our new and old interests in this new and difficult-to-understand world.  9/11 may be fading away as the calendar moves ahead, but our world and this era is forever colored by those events.  But, we’re a strong people.  While there have been successes and failures since 9/11, we persevere, we thrive, and we remember that the threat is not gone, the fear is not fake, and the gumption to live normal lives makes us stronger and more prepared in case we’re challenged again. 

AP photo.

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Patriots Under a Cloud

Posted by Ryan on September 11, 2007

Rumors are flying that the Patriots got privileged information on Sunday against the Jets through using video surveillance to spy on the Jets’ defensive signals on the other side of the field.  The allegation is pretty serious, since the Patriots could know in advance what defense the Jets are going to use, making it much easier to adjust and beat it.  There were sometimes when it seemed like Tom Brady had forever to throw the ball Sunday.  It was most likely that stellar offensive line, but these allegations put a damper on the Pats’ convincing 38-14 victory. 

However, the Pats had been warned about this before.  The person videotaping the Green Bay Packers in that instance did not have the proper credentials, was tossed, and the issue was eventually dropped.  The NFL’s rule against this kind of video surveillance is designed to keep the teams honest.  I think the Pats could have beaten the Jets on sheer talent anyway, but this allegation is going to harm the legitimacy of that victory and stigmatize them as cheaters in future games.  In the top link, there’s a video showing LaDainian Tomlinson from the San Diego Chargers (who the Pats play next week) saying that the Patriot’s motto was something like “if you ain’t cheating, you’re not trying.”  LT and the Chargers lost a very winnable playoff game against the Pats last season and still sound quite sour. 

Knowing the Pats like I do, it’s only going to get them more energized to defeat the Chargers, which admittedly will be one of the toughest games of the year, next Sunday night.  Also, knowing the sports-talk media, even if the Pats are cleared the stigma will remain like a cloud for the rest of the season, especially if the Pats beat high-profile teams or advance in the playoffs.

Pic from Pulled My Groin blog.

UPDATE:  Yup, they did it, as determined by the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  Fines and punishment to follow, probably by Friday.

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