The Right Call

Mayor Bloomberg just announced that the Nets opener tomorrow night against the Knicks has been cancelled.  This was absolutely the right decision to make.

The fact is, New York City is a mess right now. Parts of the city are still underwater. The subway isn’t running and even when service is restored tomorrow it won’t be running between Brooklyn and Queens.  Power is out in Manhattan below 34th Street and trying to drive anywhere is a bad, bad idea.

Furthermore, some chuckleheads have decided to choose this moment to conduct some looting of local businesses in the outer areas of Brooklyn and Queens.  We need to the cops in those neighborhoods and not patrolling around the Barclays Center. If fact, the NBA should do the right thing and cancel the Knicks-Heat game on Friday, the Nets-Toronto game on Saturday and the Knicks-Sixers game on Sunday. I would also recommend they cancel the NYC Marathon on Sunday, but so many people come to New York to participate in it that it wouldn’t be fair.

Sports are a wonderful distraction in times of trouble and I hope we can get back to enjoying them in the NYC area soon.  But with so many people affected by this tragedy, we need to focus on getting life back to normal.  Cancel the basketball games in this area or move them on the road. They packed 66 games into a NBA season that started on December 25th last year, so rescheduling two or three games shouldn’t be a big deal.

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  • blmeanie  On October 31, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    my company has an office on W33rd, we have power, no flooding but the people that work there live all over the city, jersey, etc. and it is a mess. Next week is a “market” week, customers/vendors travel into NYC for meetings etc. and with the state of the trains, subways, airports, cabs etc. not sure if people will be coming in next week.

    Agree with the basketball cancels. Tough to cancel the marathon but not being familiar with the route they take I can’t comment on it either.

    • nysportsfanatic  On October 31, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      BL

      Yeah, most of us who don’t live in Manhattan can’t really get there right now. Normally, it takes me 5 minutes, but the tunnel I use is underwater!

      The marathon course is through all five boroughs, but it is away from most of the flooding (In Manhattan it is from 59th Street up to the Bronx and then back into Central Park) so I think they will be ok. The biggest problem will probably getting people to the buses that are supposed to take them to Staten Island.

  • blmeanie  On November 15, 2012 at 7:56 am

    you going to the Nets game tonight against the C’s ?

    • nysportsfanatic  On November 15, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Nope, why pay money to see two teams I don’t like?

      I am however thinking about going to Georgia-Indiana on Monday.

  • blmeanie  On November 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I assumed Brooklyn would become your new favorite by default. But the cool-aid must be really strong at 5-0…

    • nysportsfanatic  On November 15, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Nothing to do with their start. Just like you didn’t abandon the Celtics or other Boston squads when you moved to Atlanta, I am not about to abandon my childhood team eventhough there is a new team just down the block.

      Now, if Dolan hires Isiah to be the GM again, that’s a different story.

  • blmeanie  On November 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    is that still a possibility? I thought I read it was but that was a couple/few months ago at least.

    I think its fair about the childhood teams, interestingly though you haven’t really moved out of a region so a little different I suppose. Also having my “new” local teams outside of the divisions in each sport makes it real easy to root for both.

    • nysportsfanatic  On November 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      With Dolan anything is a possibility.

      Well, I lived in Texas for four years and Boston for ten, but I remained a fan of the Yankees, Giants, Rangers and Knicks, so I think I am safe.

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