Sandy Vagine: How The Hurricane Effects Upcoming Sporting Events
The worst of Hurricane Sandy is behind us, but the sports world will still feel its effects in the coming days. Even in the past two days, Sandy managed to hit the "Publish" button on an MLB.com admin page and push the NFL trade deadline back two days. Here's how the coming days will play out, sports-wise.
1. People might not be able to get to the Knicks-Nets opener at the Barclays Center.
The New York City subway is completely shut down for the next few days due to massive flooding, and the MTA is saying, "Our transportation system has never faced a disaster as devastating Hurricane Sandy, which has caused an unparalleled level of damage." Well, then. The Barclays Center is located right at the Atlantic Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, which is the second busiest station in all of New York City. And if that's shut down, New Yorkers will have a hard time getting over to the arena. Even though most bridges connecting the boroughs are open, the subway is New York's preferred method of travel. I mean, I don't even have a driver's license.
2. Giants-Steelers at MetLife Stadium will not change.
The New York Giants-Pittsburgh Steelers showdown in New Jersey this coming Sunday remains on schedule, at this point. We have no doubt Roger Goodell pupeteered the entire hurricane to avoid disturbing all NFL commercial opportunities. Don't forget to buy your breast cancer awareness gear!
3. The New York City Marathon, scheduled for this Sunday, November 4th, is still a go, for now.
The New York City Marathon, a race which typically clogs roadways throughout the city, actually won't run into that problem because there's so much shit everywhere and cars aren't out and about. That said, race officials are working with NYC to determine whether the course, day or anything else is in need of a change before the race.
Other random fun fact: you can watch Sunday's marathon on ESPN2.
4. The Boston Celtics left a day early for Miami to avoid Sandy.
I know, I know. I wanted to see Kevin Garnett scream racial epithets at Sandy too.
5. The Philadelphia 76ers are still hosting the Denver Nuggets tomorrow.
The Philadelphia 76ers will still host the Denver Nuggets tomorrow night, even though Philadelphia was one of many cities affected by the hurricane. As of yesterday, Denver's travel plans remained unchanged, and there are no reports that the Nuggets missed their flight this afternoon. So we'll be getting that Andre Iguodala-Philadelphia reunion after all.
6. Other random northeastern high school sports nuggets.
"* In New York, the Section 1 football semifinals have been postponed from Tuesday to Wednesday.
* In Connecticut, a ban on athletic events taking place on Sunday was lifted in order to get events moved up. The CIAC, the state's governing board, moved up many of its events from this week to Sunday because the last date to complete the regular season is Thursday.
* All events scheduled today in Rhode Island have been postponed, according to the Rhode Island Interscholastic League.
* The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association plans to reschedule many of its region tournament games in several sports. Once the weather clears, "there are no days off if the tournament is behind schedule, except Sundays," the office posted on its website.
* In Massachusetts, the Boston City League soccer and volleyball playoffs were postponed. "
You cannot bring down sports (not totally, at least), Mrs. Hurricane.
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