- Associated Press - Sunday, February 2, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Amid the revelry of Super Bowl week, there is at least one spot in New York that remains quiet and reflective.

Ground zero.

Thousands of football fans trekked to lower Manhattan to visit a memorial to the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, which includes two cascading fountains in the footprint of the former World Trade Center towers.

On Saturday, with sunny skies and the warmest temperatures of the week, a long line of mostly Denver and Seattle fans toured the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The same folks who had been partying in Times Square heeded the requests to pay proper respect to nearly 3,000 victims, whose names are engraved along the outer edge of the fountains.

People decked out in Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman jerseys posed for pictures in front of the fountains. Others rubbed their fingers softly across all those names, some shaking their heads as they tried to comprehend the magnitude of the human loss. A few visitors peered through windows of the museum, which is still under construction and scheduled to open this spring.

The hushed voices and muffled sounds of the surrounding city were only broken when a man suddenly broke into a rousing rendition of the national anthem right in the middle of the plaza. A crowd gathered around, and cheered loudly after he ripped off the closing lines.

Then, just like that, it turned peaceful again.

Nearly everyone seemed moved by what they had seen.

“That was really powerful,” a Seahawks fans said on her way to the exit.

Once in the gift shop, people returned to the prevailing mood for the week.

“Omaha! Omaha!” a Broncos fan screamed out, mimicking Manning’s now-famous audible call at the line of scrimmage.

Just like that, it was back to football.


PARTY REPORT: Of course, it wouldn’t be a Super Bowl without some super parties.

The Big Apple certainly delivered in that department.

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