Today marks the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and there is no denying that the world has changed drastically since then. Certain aspects, like increased airport security, are obvious examples of how 9/11 has shaped the way we live. But like all tragedies, there were other effects, albeit far less significant, that led to people having to make adjustments and changes. Here are 11 examples of those effects, specifically in sports and entertainment, in the aftermath of 9/11.
No Baseball, Then Late Baseball
When the gravity of what had just happened to our country sunk in, nothing else seemed to matter, not even America's pastime. Sports seemed insignificant, and baseball postponed games for six days, starting up again the following Monday. The NFL also canceled all games the weekend following 9/11 and rescheduled them for the end of the year. These events led to the latest start date ever for a World Series (until 2009) and the first Major League Baseball games to be played in November.
Ironically, because of what had happened to the U.S. and New York City specifically, many people who today would not consider themselves George W. Bush fans or New York Yankees fans were briefly both, especially when the president threw out the first pitch for Game 3 at Yankee Stadium.
The Boom of the News Ticker
You know that scrolling news bar that is at the bottom of almost every channel on television? Believe it or not, that has only been prominent since 9/11, as the Fox News Channel began using it that day to run continuous updates on the bottom of the screen (CNN and MSNBC followed with their own tickers shortly after). It was so well received that it became permanent on the channel, and is now used by many other news and sports stations.
"God Bless America" Becomes a Baseball Mainstay
For years, the only consistent songs sung at baseball games were "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the game, and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch. But after 9/11, it felt like there needed to be something more. So John Dever, who was then working for the San Diego Padres in media relations, had the idea of playing "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch as well. The idea made it all the way to Bud Selig, who approved and turned it into a league-wide staple that is now a tradition 11 years later.
Dave Matthews Band Makes Adjustments
Loyal fans of DMB probably already know this, but the third single from the band's album "Everyday" was not supposed to be the song by the same name. It was supposed to be the (much better) track "When the World Ends." But after the attacks, the dark title was thought to be inappropriate.
Furthermore, the Dave Matthews Band had to deal with another hit song, "Crash Into Me," being deleted from many radio playlists because of its title. Songs like "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2 and many others had a similar fate at the time.
Countless Movie Edits
Many films were either edited or delayed because of the sensitive nature of the 9/11 tragedy. Most commonly, movie companies, directors and producers had to decide what to do about content dealing with the World Trade Center. The most famous example of this involved the first "Spider-Man" movie. A trailer showing Spider-Man capturing a helicopter and hanging it in a web between the towers was pulled, a shot of the WTC in the movie was deleted, and a scene of Spidey hanging from a flagpole with a large American flag on it was added to later trailers and at the end of the 2002 film. Other noteworthy movies forced to make edits included "Men in Black II," "Zoolander," "The Bourne Identity" and "The Incredibles."
A Completely Canceled Movie
Around the same time as the 9/11 attacks, a Jackie Chan film titled "Nosebleed" was going to be shot at the World Trade Center. There was actually a rumor that they were supposed to be shooting the day of the tragedy, but this was not true.
The film was going to be about a window washer (Chan) who works at the towers and uncovers a terrorist plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty. The script may have included bombings at the WTC as well. For obvious reasons, this movie was axed.
Jimmy Eat World Changes Album Title
Although the rock band had already released their fourth studio album titled "Bleed American" in July of 2001, they decided to voluntarily change the name and re-release it after 9/11. The re-released album title was the eponymous "Jimmy Eat World," and the song "Bleed American" was renamed "Salt Sweat Sugar." This made for some confusing Napster searching back in the day, but the band was concerned about the album and song title being misinterpreted. In 2008, a deluxe version of the album was released with the original "Bleed American" title for both song and album.
Delay of the 2001-2002 Television Season
The 9/11 attacks fell on a Tuesday, and as Americans should know, any weeknight in September is a big night for television. Many shows make their series or season debuts around this time, and this kicks off the fall TV season. However, because of the attacks, all of this was put on hold. Shows like NBC's "Crossing Jordan" that were scheduled to make their debuts had to wait a few weeks. All late-night talk shows were also off the air for a while. Furthermore, shows like "The West Wing" and "Third Watch" produced special episodes to address the incident once they were back.
"Grand Theft Auto III" Pushed Back
The popular video game series "Grand Theft Auto" was set to release its third installment shortly after 9/11, but due to many factors, it was pushed back almost a month. The biggest reason for this was that developers' offices were located near Ground Zero, so they had to relocate. Also, the content of the game was set in a city based on New York. Last minute changes to the game included removing a mission that referenced terrorists, and changing the police-car design from a blue-and-white paint job that resembled that of the NYPD to a black-and-white design that looked more like the LAPD's.
The Strokes Remove "New York City Cops" From Debut Album
Speaking of the NYPD, there was originally a song about them on The Strokes' debut album, "Is This It." The song's chorus featured the lyrics, "New York City cops/They ain't too smart." However, after witnessing the "valiant response" of the NYPD during and after 9/11, the band decided to replace the track on the U.S. and CD versions of the album with the newly recorded song, "When It Started."
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Heightened Sporting-Event Security
We all know how much different it was and is after 9/11 going through airport security, but the same can be said for attending sporting events. When the MLB, NFL and college football decided to resume playing games after 9/11, security was at an all-time maximum. Ticket holders were encouraged to come to games early and be extremely patient, and at the time, everyone understood. Eleven years later, people are probably not as understanding, but it can still be argued that it is for our own good.