Tomorrow’s game between the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers will be played tomorrow, after commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and confirmed the game would be able to be played. New Jersey and most parts of New York City were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.
The season opener between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets that was supposed to take place Thursday was postponed until late November. The NBA previously stated the game would go on as planned, but New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg urged the NBA to postpone it.
Bloomberg was ready to proceed with the New York City Marathon that was set to take place tomorrow as well. However, it became the source of a lot of controversy, and Bloomberg eventually decided to cancel the marathon, to the dismay of the participants who already flew into New York City for the event.
The Knicks officially got their season started at Madison Square Garden last night against the defending champions Miami Heat, but it didn’t appear as if players on both sides were on board with the game being played. Heat G Dwyane Wade publicly stated the game probably shouldn’t have been played.
There hasn’t been any public outcry to postpone tomorrow’s game between the Steelers and Giants. However, Hurricane Sandy is affecting this game as well – the Steelers were unable to get a hotel to stay because of the damage from the hurricane. The original hotel in Jersey City has been without power for the majority of this week.
The Steelers will now fly to New Jersey tomorrow and head right over to MetLife Stadium for the game. Many athletes love to stick to a particular routine, so this may complicate matters for the entire team. For Giants’ fans, getting to the stadium can be an issue as well.
With all of this being said, I think it is appropriate to play the game tomorrow. The Knicks have a game tomorrow at Madison Square Garden as well, and yesterday’s game still brought a sold-out crowd. In rough times and moments of despair, sports can bring many people together and bring a sense of normalcy back to North Jersey and New York City.