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Off to NYC

We’re packing up and moving out to the Big Apple today, so the next time we see you it’ll be on East Coast time.

Be sure to check in on Heisman Central — the big icon on the right — as it’s going to be our one-stop-shop for all your Heisman ceremony needs. There’s going to be some fun stuff happening, that’s for sure.

If you really need a fix of HP in the meantime, you can follow us on Twitter @HeismanPundit or @HeismanPunditJr

I’ll leave you with HP Jr. and his Christmas wish list….

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Heisman Pundit on Dan Patrick

Heisman Pundit was on Dan Patrick this morning breaking down Johnny Manziel’s chase for the Heisman and explaining why the Heismandments are soon going to need a Heismendment. If you missed the interview listen here:

Heisman Pundit on Dan Patrick

 

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Heisman Links Roundup

No gimmicks for Te’o in Heisman race

Heisman watch: Could Miller benefit from losses?

Manziel and Heisman? Sumlin says compare numbers

Robert Griffin III talks Heisman Trophy

USC’s Marquise Lee Worthy Of Heisman Consideration

Hairopoulos: Could Johnny Manziel win the Heisman before his first interview?

Aaron Murray’s Heisman case

Can Manti Te’o make history?

Manziel looks to show Missouri why he’s Heisman front-runner

5 Reasons WVU’s Tavon Austin Should Be Considered for Heisman

Freshman Manziel sitting pretty late in Heisman race

Heisman ’experts’ ignoring Austin

Heisman watch: Manti Te’o could overtake Johnny Manziel

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Heisman Links Roundup

Heisman Watch: Optimus Klein vs. Johnny Football

Baylor QB Florence Has Comparable Numbers to RG3

Stanford vs. Oregon: How Cardinal Will Kill Kenjon Barner’s Heisman Hopes

NIU sends statement to Top 25, Heisman voters

Aggies officially hyping Manziel for Heisman

USC Football: Heisman Candidate Marqise Lee Carrying Trojans To The Finish

Mariota joins the Heisman race

Texas A&M hushes the Heisman hype

Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o isn’t done writing legacy

Johnny Football has Aggies riding high in SEC

Texas A&M Hushes the Heisman Hype Over Manziel

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Heisman Weekend Preview

I can’t write the Heisman weekend preview this week because the county of Los Angeles thinks my time would be better spent waiting to not be picked for jury duty.

HP and I will be putting up our weekly picks later in the day and we’ll both be live tweeting all of the games tomorrow as well as putting up some quick hit stories on the best performances of the day. Enjoy your weekend!

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See You on Saturday…

HP Jr. put up his weekend preview a couple posts below, but you can catch my thoughts at CBSSports.com on the most compelling games to watch (for Heisman purposes) right here.

Also, be sure to check in here at HP on Saturday as we’ll be updating our thoughts on the the Heisman with some ‘quick hits’ as we go, as well as snarking away on Twitter (@heismanpunditand @heismanpunditJr).

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The Heisman through the Lens of 9/11

Each year on this day we are reminded that there are more important things than sports. We are reminded that nothing should be taken for granted, that the freedom we are blessed with does not come without a cost. Eleven years ago today the worst foreign attack on American soil was perpetrated by terrorists bent on destroying our country.

Looking back on that day, I distinctly remember thinking that the world I lived in had changed forever. Our sense of domestic security was threatened that day in a way it had never been before. We felt vulnerable as a nation. I felt vulnerable as 10th grader in rural New Hampshire.

Sports didn’t matter that day. The Red Sox had just finished a three game series with the Yankees, but the morning of September 11th neither team existed in my world. Two things mattered, my grandparents who flew out of Boston that day and my two older brothers who were in the military at the time. My grandparents ended up being safe and while one of my brothers ended up in Iraq, the both finished their military service unharmed.

September 12th felt much the same as the previous day with one exception, instead of thinking solely about the horrors of the previous day, we collectively began to think of how to return to normal or at least accept a new normal. By the weekend the decision had been made to cancel all sporting events (remember, airports were barely beginning to re-open in the Northeast). The decision was necessary, sports were still irrelevant when compared to the tragedy we had just suffered, but sports would eventually return and would have to find a place in the new normal.

When all sports seasons resumed the following week the teams and sports took on a different meaning. First, it helped with the healing of the nation. The displays of patriotism and remembrance each team performed as they returned to the field for the first time united the country in a sort of vigil for those who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks. Second it marked the first time many Americans were able to turn off their over worked brains and enjoy something again. Sports began to help us form the new normal.

The Heisman would be awarded in December of 2001 to quarterback Eric Crouch of Nebraska just three months after the attacks. Unfortunately the ceremony would be affected by the events of September 11th.

The Downtown Athletic Club was located just a half mile from the World Trade center and while it did not suffer any damage, the building was forced to be evacuated and closed for an extended amount of time. Because of the forced closure the Downtown Athletic Club had to declare bankruptcy and was closed.

Seventeen Heisman winners collected their trophy in that building, and then went on to serve in the military to preserve the freedoms the terrorists sought to destroy eleven years ago. A majority of those men responded to a similar attack that changed their lives, the attack on Pearl Harbor.

HP and I travel to New York every year to attend the Heisman ceremony and we normally stay in the financial district just blocks away from Ground Zero. This year on an off day we walked down to the WTC memorial, passing by the closed Downtown Athletic Club. HP, a Navy veteran, and I talked about how our lives had been changed by the event and how the world we lived in was drastically different.  We didn’t talk about sports.

We didn’t need to. Sports are part of the new normal.

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