This author came to a rather shocking realization the other day while talking to his kids about September 11th, 2001. Sadly, my offspring and step-kids did not really know much about that day. Sure, they knew something bad had happened, and that lots of people died. They really did not know the details, though, like who carried out the attacks, where it all happened, and the other pertinent details. I, of course, explained it all to them and in the course of it, we somehow came to the topic of the first post-9/11 Super Bowl.
In February 2002, a stunned and still emotionally shattered nation tried to carry on as before, and get back to a sense of some kind of normalcy. What better way to do so than by tuning in to our yearly communal viewing of the Super Bowl? It remains one of the few cultural touchstones that the great majority of Americans can still rally around as one unified nation. Also, so soon after 9/11, it was especially important as a way for all of us to forget the horror of a few months prior, if even for just a few hours.
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