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By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 12, 2001

Businessman and former Tampa Bay Storm owner Bob Gries is making his first foray into coaching this year at Gaither. Each Wednesday, he will share his views on the season from his unique perspective. Gries and Gaither beat Plant City 14-12 on Friday, but Tuesday, Gries talked about what was on the minds of everyone in the nation.

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TIMES: Practices were canceled in the wake of Tuesday's tragedies, and it must be difficult to concentrate on anything else. Have you had any thoughts at all today about football?

BG: I actually haven't given any thought to (football). I have a lot of friends and business associates who worked (in the World Trade Center). I've been afraid to call (New York City).

I'm just sitting here watching this and hoping and praying that those people I know weren't in the building or somehow got out of there.

I've been in those buildings many, many times, and those things are monuments. It boggles the mind that anything could bring those things down.

My father was flying from Hungary today, and I was worried about him until his plane landed safely. What happened today, well, you just can't think of anything else.

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