Fear and Loathing After 9/11: In Dark Times, People Turn to Sports

Posted: 11th September 2009 by David Xaviel is Mr. X in NFL
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(This story is intended to be an inspirational tale) Has it been eight years already? I realize that many of my articles have a tendency to be a form of gonzo history, in which I insert myself into the bigger picture of history. That might be because my AP History teacher (as a senior in 2001) would always tell me to see, "the forest from the trees."  Later that year, I could not help but notice a single dead tree within a forest along Old San Jose Road through the Santa Cruz Mountains. I was in New York on September 1, 2001, which is when I took the included picture from the Liberty Island Ferry, a day that fundamentally shaped my outlook and actions on the future, when I was still coming of age at 18.  It is also why I deferred from moving to NYC, and instead resolved to bloggi ...

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