Much is being made about the Steelers not being able to get hotel rooms and flying in on the day of the game. However, Giants players are faced with the same situations that thousands of their fans are faced with right now, the aftermath or a storm that has left thousands homeless and millions without power.
Mathias Kiwanuka was forced to move his family out of his home after flood waters brought gasoline and sewage into his house. Eli Manning has not been able to get into his home because of flooding in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Almost all of the Giants players have been dealing with gas lines, no power to their homes, or the many other inconveniences the rest of the New York-New Jersey area has been dealing with. To say life hasn’t been easy would be an understatement.
James Brewer took to Twitter to vent that he had gone out searching for gas only to end up with less gas than he started out with.
Steelers players and their fans might be lamenting the fact that their team had to fly in on the day of the game but that is nothing compared to what the Giants players have been dealing with all week. The Giants have had to prepare for this game not knowing about their homes or when they would be able to return to them.
Others are thinking about their families who are staying in homes that don’t have heat or electricity. Others have been moving into hotels or staying with teammates. However, not one Giant player thinks this game shouldn’t be played. They know this game might be the only respite for fans who have been dealing with the same things they have.
New York Giants fans will flock to neighbors houses or family member’s homes, bars, restaurants, or wherever else they can find the game and forget about their troubles for a few hours as the Giants do the same on the field. It is a solidarity that can’t be forged from just cheering on your favorite team. The Giants and their fans know this is about more than a football game, this is about a region coming together and trying to get back to a sense of normalcy. Sometimes, football is bigger than a game. Just like the New Orleans Saints in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the New York Giants will seek to help Hurricane Sandy victims forget, if only for a few hours.