and Sports In Perspective
From the Anchor Desk
Friday, September 14, 2001
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9
College Football and World of
Sports On Hold
To play, or not to play. That was the
question all week long, and the answers came in different waves.
In the end, though, common sense prevailed.
leads, other organized leagues follow
The NFL was first, deciding not to play
Sunday's games. Major League Baseball followed suit, postponing all games
College football was split on the issue. Originally, the Big East, the ACC
and the Pac 10 all cancelled their games for this weekend.
East Carolina and Syracuse both had open dates for September 29th, so that
game was rescheduled for then.
Meanwhile, the SEC, Conference USA, and other leagues looked to move
forward, to play the games on Saturday. Individual schools, however, were
given the option whether or not to play.
The SEC was the first to go public with plans to play. The idea was, as many
have stated, to help get the country back on its feet, to not give in to
terrorist plans to disrupt the country's functions and agenda.
But in reality, this is no time to play a game. How can we sit and cheer our
team to victory, when thousands have lost loved ones in the cruelest act of
terrorism that our country has ever seen?
different cause to rally around this weekend
Sports is very important to our society. It is a great outlet, it gives us
something to rally around.
However, this weekend should be spent rallying around the cause in New York
and Washington, D.C.
As I write this column, two other groups of terrorists were arrested.
Evidently, this horrible act isn’t over. If that’s the case, the sports
world may not be back for weeks.
This weekend should be spent thinking about what is really important in
This weekend should be spent in prayer,
in hopes that by some miracle, more survivors are found.
This weekend should be spent with loved ones, reassuring one another after a
week that we will never forget.
security measures to change forever
Sports takes a definite back seat to this extraordinary week. Sports will
also never be the same.
I remember just what security was like back in 1993, when President Bill
Clinton was in Charlotte for the Final Four.
We were told to be at the game at least two hours early, to go through
I actually arrived at about 4:30pm for the 9pm tip-off. I went through
several levels of security. My bags were searched and my camera was
completely checked out.
I took about 45 minutes to get through the security, and I was an early
arrival. Security measures like these are soon to be a way of life in
the United States.
To play or not to play?
I think we all want to get back to “business as usual.” The fall is meant
for football, for crisp Friday nights for the prep stars, to sunny Saturdays
at the Stadium for college football, to casual Sundays with the NFL on the
I agree that these terrorists shouldn’t be allowed to take away our way of
life. But we aren’t talking about canceling a season, just a game.
It IS just a game. But it is our game, and we hope and pray that no
one can take it away from us!
May God be with the families of the victims this weekend. Our prayers are
Bailey's C-USA Power Rankings 
Louisville…Best team in the league, to
date. Blasted Western Carolina last week.
Southern Miss…. Back to back off weeks
for the Golden Eagles.
TCU…. Was scheduled to host possible
future Conference USA member Marshall this week.
East Carolina….Pirates did come back
in a big way against Tulane.
Cincinnati….Slipped past Army for big
UAB….Blazers played Florida State
Memphis… Picked up confidence against
Chattanooga last week.
Houston…. Cougars also get another
Army…. Cadets had several chances for
upset over Bearcats.
Tulane….70 to BYU, 48 to LSU, 51 to
East Carolina…..Where IS the “D”?
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