There are individuals who can legally purchase beer on this nation who’ve by no means identified a world during which NFL video games haven’t been repeatedly used as autos for ham-handed 9/11 remembrances. Each flyover and large American flag that will get unfurled has its origins within the sickly patriotism of post-9/11 America, and the connection solely turns into extra overstated within the years when NFL video games occur to fall on the date itself. This has been happening for therefore lengthy that there’s now an unmistakable weariness to the entire efficiency. Simply ask ESPN’s Chris Berman:
It’s been 21 years (greater than 1 / 4 of Berman’s life!) and networks have but to determine that there’s no technique to jam a number of solemn phrases about 9/11 right into a spotlight phase, significantly one that’s actually designed to be spit out as quick as humanly attainable, with out sounding flip or disinterested.
Let Chris Berman relaxation! He’s been doing this too lengthy to nonetheless be pressured into saying, “9/11, Jets at dwelling, always remember, 21 yr, no person can overlook the assault…” after which utilizing each ounce of self-control to stop himself from blurting out… however Baltimore’s air assault was one to recollect on today!