As we near the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that crippled New York City, and brace for what could be the troublesome arrival of Hurricane Irene on the East Coast, we are reminded of the role sports seems to play for some in helping heal emotional pain and loss.

Seeing New York's beloved Yankees take the field for the first time after the attacks was a welcome sight for many -- a symbol of things "getting back to normal," if for at least nine innings. However, can we really say that a game played with a bat and ball, stick and puck or pigskin and pads can help heal our emotional scars? Especially for something as devastating as the loss of a loved one?

Cast your vote below and leave a comment about your opinion on how much sports help us heal. Your take may be featured in an upcoming edition of ESPN The Magazine.

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