Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Steelers-Giants Game to Go on as Scheduled; as New Jersey Digs out from Sandy, Game Will Be Played; NFL

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Steelers-Giants Game to Go on as Scheduled; as New Jersey Digs out from Sandy, Game Will Be Played; NFL

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The NFL game between the Super Bowl champion New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday will be played despite transportation and power issues and growing concerns for weary and heartbroken residents displaced and devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday and Christie assured him that game would not divert any major resources from relief efforts.

Speaking at a news conference at the opening of a FEMA office, Christie said only a few state troopers are assigned to the game and it was really a decision for the NFL to make.

If they are ready, absent any change in circumstances, that we should go ahead with the game on Sunday, Christie said, adding that during a tour of storm damage in nearby Moonachie, no one asked him to postpone the game and a couple of Giants fans urged him not to do that.

There have been 53 deaths associated with the storm in New York and New Jersey and more than 2 million people were still without power on Friday. There have been long lines to purchase gas throughout New Jersey and New York and power is still being restored. There will be no rail service to MetLife Stadium, the Giants said.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin always felt the game would take place, and believes his team will be ready to lift the spirits of the people of New Jersey and New York.

I think the mission will be quite clear, Coughlin said. Trying to provide a few hours of enjoyment for so many that have been devastated. I think theyll do a good job of that.

The Steelers changed travel plans because the hotel they booked in New Jersey did not have power. The team will fly in Sunday morning and leave after the game.

Coughlin said the Steelers decision not to stay in a hotel overnight was noble because it will give space to those who lost their dwellings.

When you look at it, its a minor inconvenience considering what those people in New York and New Jersey went through, Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks said Friday. You have seven million people without electricity, and a football game pales in comparison to that. You just hope you can do your best to take their minds off such a travesty for a couple of hours by playing some football.

Pittsburgh defensive end Brett Keisel said the one-day trip is nothing compared to what those hit by the storm are handling.

Not having power to go to and from work, theyre really fighting through it, so this is minor compared to what theyre going through, Keisel said.

The Giants urged fans attending the game car pool and arrive early for the 4:25 EST game. There will be no train service to MetLife Stadium, which normally brings some 9,000 fans to the stadium.

Free parking and shuttle service will be provided from two nearby locations.

Once at the stadium, fans can donate non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. …

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