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ESPN The Magazine Commemorates 10th Anniversary of 9/11


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Ten years have passed since 9/11, and how we cheer will never be the same.    Cover  |  Pictures

In the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine on newsstands Friday, September 9, readers are taken through an emotive journey of sports since 9/11 – what we remember and how we’ve changed.

The Mag takes a look at how major sports events were eclipsed by 9/11 in “A Whole New Game,” such as the Williams sisters squaring off in the US Open, Michael Jordan announcing his return to the NBA, Tom Brady’s ascent, and Barry Bonds’ home run record-breaking pursuit.

The issue also covers personal accounts of athletes as they relate to 9/11 including “When September Comes,” documenting the story of Eric Junge, who was called up to the majors September 11, 2002, one year after he lost three friends due to the events of 9/11, and is now back playing in the minors hoping to be called up again, despite it being a time of year he also dreads; and “It Still Feels Like Yesterday,” where more than 30 athletes share – in their own words – how they found out about 9/11 and how it has influenced them and their sport. Subjects range from those who were veterans at the time and have since retired such as Kurt Warner, to current stars who were only pre-teens in 2001, such as Kevin Durant.

Additional features include:

Industry of Fear
In the last 10 years, billions of dollars have been spent on stadium security. So are we safe yet? By Peter Keating

Rider in the Storm
Buzkashi, the Afghan national sport, is as brutal as the country’s trek toward postwar recovery. By Carl Hoffman

The Song Remains the Same
Over the past century, “The Star-Spangled Banner” and baseball have become inextricably wed. The song’s history explains how it has come to mean so much to the game. By Luke Cyphers and Ethan Trex

Do Sports Heal?
We asked, you answered. And, shocker, not everyone agrees.

Giving Pause
When his mom called on September 20, 2003, Rams Center Jason Brown knew why. Now, eight years after his brother died in Iraq, he is grateful for football but never loses his sense of perspective. By Seth Wickersham

Coming Home, Playing On
Four veterans from the Iraq conflict returned to pursue their collegiate athletic dreams. In the process, they became role models for their teammates. By Tim Keown

ESPN The Magazine’s 9/11 issue also takes a look into what makes FSU’s E.J. Manuel, protégé of Rhode Scholar and FSU alum Myron Rolle, tick as he enters his first season as the starter, with plans of one day being a surgeon in “Man of the Moments;” how being cheap often exposes corruption in Voices – from SMU to USC to now, Miami, once a guy feels like he’s not getting his due, he’ll come forward and expose whatever’s going on behind the scenes; and in Driver X, how with NASCAR’s safety precautions becoming so effective, drivers are becoming even more reckless.