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A whole new game

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

Updated: September 11, 2011, 9:44 AM ET
By Eli Saslow | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Sept. 19 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

LATE THAT SUMMER OF 2001, the New York Giants began referring to themselves as the NYPD Blue, running plays in practice with names like "rescue" and "explosion." They had lost in the Super Bowl the season before and expected to return and win. The captains recited an informal motto between 100-yard sprints at training camp: "Be ready to sacrifice."

Their season opener was scheduled for Sept. 10 in ...

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