New York Giants Ahmad Bradshaw is hoping to lift the people of New York and New Jersey's spirits after they were brutally hit by Hurricane Sandy. The game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants is scheduled for November 4, 2012 with a 4:25pm kickoff. Amid the current power outages and gasoline shortages in the tri-state area, many residents believe the game should not be played.
According to FoxNews, Bradshaw stated,
"We feel like we can spark New York. Just what we do, what we've done, I think we can also help everybody in New York and New Jersey that's going through this."
Not only will the New York Giants play on Saturday, but the Pittsburgh Steelers have changed their travel plans in order to avoid needing a hotel (their original hotel is without power). The away team will fly in before the game, play and then return home right after.
Understandably, people in New York and New Jersey do not believe that the region is ready for professional sports yet. Millions are still without power, heat and gasoline and areas surrounding MetLife stadium (Giants Stadium) have been especially hard hit. Moonachie and Little Ferry, N.J. are minutes from the stadium and had major flooding after Hurricane Sandy. Most residents have been displaced from their homes and relying on shelters to provide warmth in the dropping temperatures. However, should the resources used at the Giants vs. Steelers be used in recovery efforts? How could these resources be transferred?
Since many of the New York Giants live in New Jersey, they are feeling the effect of Hurricane Sandy as well. As recovery continues, is New York Giants Ahmad Bradshaw right? Will the game of professional football lift spirit in the area? Or is it too soon?