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The Los Angeles Kings remember two scouts that were on United flight 175. Both died when the plane crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11.
The Los Angeles Times has an obligation to its readers to discuss the events of 9/11. It is the single day that no matter what separates us as citizens, that we all gather and say with a single voice, "We will never falter. We'll stand our ground." The Times manages to do so, even in sports. 

The Times, however, did not have a prominant story to display. A blog reporting athletes tweeting about the 9/11 attack was next to the photo of the main headline. In the story, it is just the text of tweets from Los Angeles athletes, such as Kobe Bryant, Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks, and Shane Victorino of the Los Angeles Dodgers. I would have preferred screenshots of these tweets, but the text still shows how athletes still remember those attacks 11 years later.

After searching the site, I found a story that hits more home with me. The story is the LA Kings, 20112 Stanley Cup Champions, remembering two scouts that died on United Flight 175. Those two scouts were Mark Bavis and Ace Bailey. Bavis was with the club for only one year, but recommended two players to be drafted, Mike Cammalleri and David Steckel. Both are still in the NHL today. Bailey had been with the club for eight years, and had seen success being a scout for the Edmonton Oilers when they won four Stanley Cups in five years. Both are honered by the Kings by both having foundations in their name (Ace Bailey Children's Foundation and Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation) and the team also has team awards in their names. 

While I might not have the story that the Kings have, I still remember the events of Sept. 11, 2011, very clearly. I remember being in class when my principle announced over the PA system that there was an attack on the World Trade Center, and that there would immediately be a prayer service in the hall. Being at a Catholic grade school, having a prayer service wasn't out of the ordinary, but I knew that this one was a little bit different then the last. The teachers and priest seemed to be at a lost for words, but we were in the hall for a long time. After the prayer service, we went back into the class room and watch the news play videos of a plane hitting a building. 

Sept. 11, 2001, is a day that every American remembers exactly what they were doing and where they were. The 9/11 terrorist attacks were a tragedy that stopped the country completely, except for one network, ESPN. SportsCenter, ESPN's flagship program, was halted to cut to the immediate aftermath of the attacks, but continued on with programming. Later that night, SportsCenter reported on how games had been cancelled and venues were on lockdown. ESPN were jouralists, covering their field while everyone else was focused on the tragedy. Sports proved that once and for all, that it could be an escape from the pain and suffering of the real world.
 





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