NEW YORK – The storm of the century in the northeast has finally effected NFL football. After the Giants vs. Jets game was re-scheduled to start five hours earlier today at 2:00 PM from 7:00 PM, the game has now been postponed until Monday night at 7:00 PM EST. Hurricane Irene is a monster, there is no question about that. Anyone who saw the satellite images from NASA knows we are dealing with a very angry mother nature. The rain has already started to fall in the New York area and people all across the east coast have been advised to evacuate, some of the towns have even ordered mandatory evacuations. Head Coach Tom Coughlin expressed concern about the storm for the Giants staff, coaches and players yesterday at a ceremony in Bryant Park commemorating the renaming of Giants stadium to the MetLife stadium.
I think both teams have made a very wise decision to postpone the game. I’m not sure how many of our readers have ever experienced a hurricane and the after effects but I can assure you that it is very unpleasant situation to find yourself in. Try to imagine not having electricity, running water or gas for a week. I survived a hurricane down in South Florida in 2005 called Hurricane Wilma and although it wasn’t as devastating as Hurricane Katrina, it was bad enough that they retired the name. I have seen things you would not believe in the aftermath. Imagine there being no running water, no air conditioning, no microwave, no refrigeration, no gas stations, no stove, no house lights, no shower, no computer, no video games, no TV, no phones, no street lights and no toilet bowl. These are just some of the things I remember but there are more. How would you make a cup of coffee? How would you cook food? How would you stay clean? How would you see at night? These are all things you have to prepare for and think about. It is better to have supplies and not need them, then to need them and not have them.
We can only hope that Hurricane Irene calms down and slows down before arriving in the New York area. I also pray for any of the other towns along the coast that it has already effected. Fans must also consider the fact that the Giants vs. Jets game could be cancelled for good at some point. If the hurricane does hit full force, the probability of the game being played anytime soon goes to zero. The storm is expected to hit us sometime tomorrow afternoon. I urge all of my readers to prepare now with the last few hours you have before this storm hits. There is no shame in preparing for the worst and looking out for your family or friends. Keep the kids calm and prepare to entertain them in the stone age with books and crayons because all of the electricity could be gone. Also be sure to check your local town government website right now, for tips on what you should do if things get bad. Be prepared, be safe and God bless!
Do you think Hurricane Irene will force the NFL to cancel the Giants vs. Jets game entirely?
RD – nygreporter.com
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