This isn’t a story about healing. It’s not about politics or war. It’s simply a story about someone I used to know.

It’s odd that I can vividly remember so much about that day, but I can’t remember how I found out about Marty – only that he was in one of the Towers.



PAUL FLANNERY

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Former Red Sox outfielder Carl Everett was arrested last week on family violence charges in Texas, the latest run-in with the law for the controversial baseball player. The 40-year-old, who was arrested in April for allegedly pointing a gun at his wife's head, was taken into custody last Friday morning at the home he shares with his wife in Colleyville, Texas. He was charged with assaulting and injuring a family member.

Forbes magazine published its annual ranking of the most valuable franchises in the NFL. Based on 2010 evaluations, the Patriots are worth $1.4 billion and rank third behind the Cowboys ($1.85 billion) and Redskins ($1.55 billion).
The Cowboys are second in the world to only the English soccer team Manchester United, valued at $1.9 billion.

Terrell Owens has some advice for Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson: Sit out Week 1. Jackson, making $600,000 in the final year of his rookie deal, was late in reporting to Eagles camp because he wants a new deal, but he has been with the team since early August. Said Owens: "I guarantee you, if he goes out and gets hurt, God forbid, he's not going to get the contract that he probably would have gotten if he held out."

Jets coach Rex Ryan and his twin brother Rob, the defensive coordinator for the Cowboys, face off against each other when their teams open the season Sunday night in New Jersey. On Monday, Rob was asked about the foot-fetish video of his brother that surfaced in December, which Rex never directly commented on.

NORTON -- Webb Simpson beat Chez Reavie on the second playoff Monday to win the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. Simpson birdied the 18th hole in regulation as well as in the playoff and then birdied the 17th (the second playoff hole) to earn the victory. Both golfers finished the tournament at 15-under par.

Patriots fans interested in seeing their team open the season in Miami next Monday might want to check for bargains. According to Barry Jackson in The Miami Herald, Dolphins season ticket sales are in the 40,000s, the worst in 28 years. It continues a downward trend, as the team sold 51,000 season tickets last season, 10,000 less than in 2006.

NORTON -- After the day began with three players tied for the lead at 10-under par, none of the three could distance themselves from the field, creating a crowded leaderboard at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton. Bubba Watson shot a 1-under 70 to finish at 11-under for the tournament and lead by one over five golfers.

2003 Deutsche Bank champion Adam Scott headlines the five players one stroke behind Watson heading into Monday's final round. The others are Jason Day, Brendan Steele, Chez Reavie and Jerry Kelly. There are also five players at 9-under par, two strokes back.

NORTON -- It was a good day for scoring at TPC Boston for the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, as three players were tied for the lead at 10-under par.

Adam Scott fired the low round of the tournament at 8-under 63 to earn his spot at the top of the leaderboard. Bubba Watson and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel share the lead with Scott. Watson shot a 7-under 64, while Schwartzel matched yesterday's round with a 66.

NORTON -- As the third-to-last player in the field, Troy Matteson certainly proved that he belongs at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton as a part of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup. He carded an opening round 6-under 65 to hold a one-shot lead over four golfers.

Matteson carded seven birdies and one bogey on his round. Only the top 100 players in the FedEx Cup Standings qualified for the tournament, and he sits at No. 97.