Sandy Forces NFL To Push Trading Deadline; More Superstorm Notes
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Hurricane Sandy didn’t stop the Giants from making it home, nor did it prevent Jets coach Rex Ryan from facing the music in a Monday morning conference call.
But early effects from the superstorm forced Knicks coach Mike Woodson to cancel a crucial practice on Monday with the season opener in Brooklyn just three days away.
Woodson said Sunday that he wanted to practice no matter the conditions, but it became clear that travel to Westchester wouldn’t be possible for Manhattanites Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and others.
Other stormy notes from around the Tri-State sports landscape:
— NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league will push its trading deadline from Tuesday to Thursday at 4 p.m. EDT. The NFL’s offices in Manhattan were closed Monday and will be shuttered again Tuesday.
— Organizers of the 2012 ING NYC Marathon said they were “extraordinarily lucky the marathon is not today.” The course should be ready in plenty of time for Sunday’s race, according to NYRR president Mary Wittenberg.
— NHL offices in Midtown are closed possibly through Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Look at the good news, at least there won’t be any bad news – like further cancellations — for a couple days.
— The Mets’ offices in Flushing were closed Monday, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reported. But have no fear, front office personnel are working from home, according to Martino. After all, there are those pesky contract extensions for David Wright and R.A. Dickey to figure out — and the clock is ticking.
— The Yankees had no issue starting the offseason despite closing their offices. The team announced Monday they had picked up the options on Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and David Aardsma.
— Nets coach Avery Johnson said his team had “more butterflies about Sandy” than Thursday’s opener at Barclays Center, according to the New York Post: “Once that passes, I’m sure obviously the game is on their mind. But that’s the first thing one of my guys said … his family hasn’t been through anything like a terrible storm before. That’s normal for a guy to have that on his mind, but as a coach, I’ve got it all on my mind.”
Meanwhile, the Rangers and Devils urged their fans to stay safe with Sandy bearing down.
“For all our Blueshirt fans in the path of #Sandy along the East Coast please stay safe,” the Rangers tweeted.
Added the Devils: “Hurricane Sandy is scheduled to hit New Jersey shortly, #DevilsArmy stay safe. #JerseyStrong.”
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