In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, those in the New York-New Jersey area are still scrambling for gas and awaiting their lights to turn back on. Yet despite the hiccup, the Giants-Steelers game Sunday is slated to go on as scheduled.
Sunday was also supposed to be the date of the annual New York City Marathon, but after announcing the race would go on throughout the week Mayor Michael Bloomberg had no choice but to cancel it yesterday afternoon.
The cancellation of the Marathon begs the question of whether all sporting events should be postponed in light of the area’s cleanup efforts.
While the Marathon won’t go on, the Knicks played host to the Heat last night — and subsequently made a state in the Garden.
There are mounting questions regarding whether fans will be able to attend the game given their situations in their homes. But it’s in my opinion that the fans who can be there, will be there. And the show must go on.
Obviously, the tragic events that took place 11 years ago on September 11 are not exactly comparable to that of Hurricane Sandy, but both had devastating results. The New York Jets and Giants, Mets and Yankees continued to play games, and perhaps it was their triumphs that helped to lift the spirits of the New Yorkers and New Jerseyans.
I support the fact the Giants and Steelers will play on Sunday, not only from a football fan’s perspective but that of a New Yorker and that of a realist.
As a fan, obviously it would take Martians landing on the 50-yard-line of MetLife Stadium for me to question whether there should be a kickoff. Even then, perhaps the visitors from Mars would be excellent special teams players.
As a New Yorker (with power or access to a TV), I would want things to return to as close to normal as it can. A distraction from insurance claims and worrying about the lights turning back on is just what I’d need to feel like it was a traditional Sunday.
As a realist, which I pride myself on being, the true essence of the situation is that people are inspired by these athletes. They serve as role models, and it’s their play each week that gives us something to look forward, something to discuss at the water cool Monday morning and an iPad screen to scream at when Eli Manning throws a touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett instead of Victor Cruz.
The show must go on.
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