With the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks upon us, there is no better time to reflect on some of the poignant sports moments following that day.
Sports were changed like every other part of life but it also provided America with a chance to escape, reflect and heal all at the same time. Sports helped the nation return to some sense of normalcy and greater appreciate our freedom.
We revisted some of those moments on the WGN Morning News. The video above is from the first Bears game at Soldier Field following the attacks. Before the game about 270 U.S. Navy personnel held an American flag 100 x 53 yards. It was said to be the largest American flag in the country. The Bears just so happened to win that game 17-10 behind back-up quarterback Jim Miller.
Listed below are links to video of some other patriotic moments in the world of sports, in no particular order:President Bush throws first pitch at game 3 of the World Series in New York City
President George W. Bush's first trip to a World Series game is one of the most patriotic moments in sports history. He threw a perfect strike from the mound and seemingly rallied the Yankees to 3 straight wins at home.
U2 performs the Super Bowl XXXVI halftime show
Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans was postponed a week due to the attacks. The New England Patriots were introduced as a team and went on to defeat the St. Louis Rams 20-17. But the most memorable moment was what is often voted the best halftime show in history. U2 gave a stirring performance of "Where the Streets Have No Name" with a 200-foot banner listing all of the victims from September 11.
Mike Piazza's game-winning home run during first game back at Shea Stadium
All baseball games were postponed for a week but the first sporting event of any kind in New York City was the Mets taking on rival Atlanta Braves on September 21. Fans at Shea Stadium were treated to some late-game heroics from Mike Piazza and his go-ahead home run in the eighth led the Mets to a 3-2 victory.
WWE show goes on two days after the terrorist attacks
While all professional sports were cancelled following September 11, the show still went on in the world of sports entertainment. The WWF/WWE Smackdown show was held in Houston on September 13 and was said to be the very first public gathering of its size since the attacks.