Sudden death

Sports simply stopped after the awful events of September 11

Updated: March 20, 2013, 10:32 AM ET
By Steve Wulf | ESPN The Magazine

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's Oct 1, 2001, issue. Subscribe today!

THESE WERE THE DAYS when heroism and villainy were redefined. This was the week when sports went dark, when its spotlight swung around to the firefighters who ran up the stairs, the police and EMS crews who braved the showers of destruction, the laborers who sifted through the debris of a cataclysm to find evidence of someone's life.

The clichéd descriptions we so freely bestow ...

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