Just three months ago, an edgy America wondered whether the baseball World Series might be the occasion for terrorists to attack again.
Sunday, we kept our fingers crossed once more amid intense security, fearing that another national institution, the Super Bowl football championship, would be a target.
In both cases, America was blessed not only with peaceful events but with classic sports epics that made our heavy hearts soar.
Just as the upstart Arizona Diamondbacks vanquished the proud New York Yankees in the bottom of the ninth in the seventh game of the World Series, so the underdog New England Patriots edged the St. Louis Rams juggernaut in the very last seconds of the Super Bowl.
It was as if some author of cosmic children's books had scripted these events to lift our spirits and remind us of how happy life can be in this blessed country.
For once, the sports hype was just right, for this moment in history and for the caliber of play the teams delivered.
The first World Series and first Super Bowl post-Sept. 11 were not only great baseball and football.
They were triumphant renewals of two beloved American institutions, in defiance of the murderers who hate our way of life.
-- The News-Press, Fort Myers, Fla.,
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