From the former fireman Buscemi to the Mets-Yankees derby: this is how US sport remembers 11 September

There are many ceremonies that will surround the weekend football and baseball matches. On Thursday there was instead the classic ice hockey challenge between firefighters and New York police, which this year had a special meaning

Every Saturday in the fall (and late summer) in the US is religiously dedicated to college football. Today, however, will be a different day also on the university fields, which have returned to fill up with the public (in the face of an epidemic that is far from retreating in those parts). Everywhere will remember that morning twenty years ago that changed the world, a dividing line between what our lives were like before Osama Bin Laden upset them, and how they have become since then.

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The NFL, whose championship started early Thursday between Tampa and Dallas, has planned a video tribute produced by CBS and Fox before the kickoff of tomorrow’s races at 1pm (East Coast time, 7pm in Italy). Actor Steve Buscemi, from 1980 to 84 firefighter in the Engine Co. 55 district of Little Italy in Manhattan, will lead the film, while music therapist Juliette Candela, whose father died in the collapse of the Twin Towers, will perform the national anthem from the 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero. Teams will have stickers on their helmets and pins on their shirts in commemoration of that tragic day. The Giants and the Denver Broncos will face off at the Met Life Stadium in New York. On the sidelines, players and staff will wear caps from the police and firefighters of the Big Apple, as well as those of Jets and Carolina, who will face off in Charlotte.


The return to life after the attacks in 2001 was symbolized by the first game played in New York after the attacks, the one between the Mets and the Atlanta Braves on 21 September. It is no coincidence that tonight (1 hour in Italy) it will be the two New York franchises that will compete on the diamond. At Citi Field the Mets will host the Yankees. The first launch will be made by the two managers who led the teams in 2001, Bobby Valentine and Joe Torre. Among the guests also Mike Piazza, former catcher of the Metropolitans, author of the home run that gave the victory to his team in the match of 21 September 2001 at Shea Stadium, the old facility now demolished. Before the start, the paramedics and the police who lost over 400 “brothers in arms” in that tragedy will be honored.


There was talk of college football. Navy and Air Force, or the Navy and Air Force teams, have agreed to anticipate today the meeting that should have put them in front of October. It is played at the Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, home of the Naval Academy, for the first race of the “Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy”, a trophy that goes to whoever wins the most games in the triangular which also includes challenges with the Army. Many other universities have also planned ceremonies to honor the fallen of that tragic date.

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In Flushing Meadows tonight (22 Italians) the women’s final of the US Open will be played between the two “girls”, Emma Raducanu (18 years old) and Lehyla Fernandez (just turned 19). Since the beginning of the tournament the Usta (Us Tennis Association) has been celebrating the memory of those who have disappeared with various initiatives. Above all that of the 100,000 acts of generosity, in support of the “9/11 Day Organization”, which will become part of the 20 million targeted by the charity. On Thursday, the classic ice hockey game between the Fire Brigade and the New York Police, the “Hockey Heroes”, was played at Madison Square Garden, canceled last year due to the pandemic and for the first time going live on national television in prime time on Espn2. The heartfelt “derby” has been held for 47 years, but since 2001 it has obviously taken on a much deeper meaning.

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From the former fireman Buscemi to the Mets-Yankees derby: this is how US sport remembers 11 September

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