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11-01-2012, 06:20 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/pit/pittsburgh-steelers) will fly to New Jersey only hours before playing the Giants on Sunday because of a travel disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy.

The Steelers' hotel in Jersey City still doesn't have power since the superstorm hit the East Coast, and the team can't find another hotel to accommodate the organization in the area.


The Steelers now will fly into Newark, N.J., on Sunday morning, have a pregame meal at a hotel near the airport and bus to the stadium, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kickoff against the defending Super Bowl champions is 4:25 p.m.
The Steelers will charter home later Sunday night.

11-01-2012, 06:26 PM
Apparently there's no hotels in NY/NJ for the Steelers to stay there Saturday night. So they'll be making the trip to NY on Sunday for the game.

I'm not sure I like the sounds of this. Travel is taxing. I'm not sure I like making the players wake up the day of the game earlier than normal. Break some typical game day habits. Get them out of their comfort zone/routine.

Sounds like it could be a recipe for disaster.

Maybe the NY players will be consumed with family/friend issues on the homefront and this will even out?

11-01-2012, 06:43 PM
This is so wrong..... The NFL should have them play here in Pittsburgh. I'm sure Goodell looks at this as allowing the Steelers to take a negative hit. If this was the Cheats playing the Giants, Goodell would be spitting nickles to allow the Cheats one more home game.

11-01-2012, 06:56 PM
I really don't think it's that big of a deal. New York is only about an hour flight from Pittsburgh and by the Steelers NOT staying the night in a hotel room Lawrence Taylor doesn't have an opportunity to send any of they guys a prostitute.

However, it does provide a good excuse if we lose.:-D

Captain Lemming
11-01-2012, 07:03 PM
I am also "concrned about the Giants".

Poor guys have to play the Steelers this week. They might get a whoopin. :)

D Rock
11-01-2012, 07:04 PM
the travel routine the team had wasn't working too well for them this year, so maybe this little shake up to the plans will get them all more focused.

11-01-2012, 07:13 PM
They should be concerned. The Giants are the SB champs and have found ways to win in tough circumstances this year. I would argue that they have one of the best organizations in the NFL. Look for them to play inspired ball- much better than what they were against the Cowboys.

11-01-2012, 07:41 PM
I'm certainly glad now that the game was scheduled for 4:25 instead of 1:00. Also, consider that the actual flight time from Pittsburgh Airport to the Newark Airport is 37 minutes in the air (and the team's chartered flight isn't subject to all the same hassles that us common folk have to deal with flying coach on Delta or whatnot). The team will likely spend more time on busses from their Pittsburgh hotel to the Pittsburgh airport and from the Newark airport to the Meadowlands complex than they will spend in the air on Sunday morning.

11-01-2012, 08:05 PM
No hotel for the Steelers in the area. They have to fly out Sunday morning and back Sunday night. Talk about screwing up your game day routine!

11-01-2012, 08:22 PM
oh, there is plenty of room at that hotel. the problem is they still have no power...

11-01-2012, 08:41 PM
Being friar Tuck called out our entire OL by saying they 'hold' all the time and don't get called for it, this contest is shaping up to be a good one.

11-01-2012, 08:59 PM
We all know the NFL wants a Manning vs. Manning SB so why fight it?

11-01-2012, 10:52 PM
I live on the East Coast and just got my power back so I'm not surprised the Steelers are having hotel issues. But you would think the NFL would make other arrangements. Play the game in D.C., or some nearby college that wasn't affected. Having a team travel on game day is crazy.

11-01-2012, 11:03 PM
Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols)

Posted Friday 2nd November 2012 from Twitlonger


Class by the @Steelers brass: Spoke to a team official about Steelers flying in 5 hrs before Sunday game vs Giants, as first reported by @EdBouchette. Official said once hotel they'd planned to stay at Saturday closed due to power loss, "we decided we just didn't feel right about asking employees at [the open] hotels to start making a bunch of extra efforts to accommodate us, when so many of them are having issues themselves. There are a lot of very difficult things going on for a lot of people in that area; us having to fly in and out on the same day as a football game is no hardship in comparison."

For those who haven't seen the details, large groups of homes around the Meadowlands are still without electricity or heat. The area is now also dealing with gas shortages; cars were waiting up to 3-4 hours in gas lines.


11-02-2012, 02:55 AM
Will Late Arrival Hurt Steelers?

Nov 1st, 2012by Craig Gottschalk


Teams traveling to the away stadium in the NFL are, by rule, supposed to arrive at least the day prior to the game This Sunday the Steelers will be showing up just mere hours before game time. The Steelers were meant to stay at a hotel in Jersey the night prior and then head to MetLife Stadium. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many parts of New Jersey and NYC are just devastated. The team has decided, and subsequently granted by the NFL, to not burden those who are trying to recover from the hurricane and spend the night in the ‘Burgh before heading to Jersey. The Steelers will arrive in time to have a pre-game meal and then off to warmups at MetLife.

Certainly a good will move by the Steelers and the NFL by allowing them to remain in Pittsburgh only mere hours before kickoff. However, will this hurt the team in any way – whether it be physical, mental or emotional preparedness?


11-02-2012, 05:35 AM
I not as concerned about this as some people are. The players will sleep in familiar surroundings in an area where there was minimal impact from the hurricane. As it has been said, the flight to NY is short. There won't be time for players to get drowsy or too cramped from sitting. The players from NY might have a greater impact living in conditions where power outages are rampant and Sandy created havoc.

11-02-2012, 05:39 AM
Steelers don't have a chance against Giants

Giants winning makes a good headline...a fairy tale ending. Goodell will make sure Steelers don't win this game.

11-02-2012, 05:47 AM
I dont think you can get Jet-Lag on a 20 minute ride....I could be wrong

11-02-2012, 05:54 AM
I was kinda hoping a game of flashlight tag in NY/NJ might be what this team needed to come together and head on to win Lombardi #7.

11-02-2012, 09:42 AM
Steelers don't have a chance against Giants

Giants winning makes a good headline...a fairy tale ending. Goodell will make sure Steelers don't win this game.

Nah, I don't feel that way, like I have in the past, when something effects another teams city...

I mean, I could be wrong, but the Giants have gotten some lucky wins in the last 2-weeks, and it's time
for their luck to run out...


11-02-2012, 10:15 AM
Good thing it is a 4:00 game