After consultation with local officials, the Giants-Jets preseason game has been moved to Monday at 7 p.m.
Although one can look at this as a smart decision, which it was considering the growing anxiety over the approach of Hurricane Irene, it really was the only decision they could make. With New Jersey and New York closing down its transit systems Saturday at noon, with bridges and tunnels sure to close later in the day after winds hit 60 MPH, there would be no way for fans to get to or leave the game.
Playing Monday will only leave a day of practice before Thursday's preseason final in New England. But there could be a move of that game, too, as the teams do have time. A total of 10 days separate that game from the Giants' Sept. 11 opener in Washington, so pushing that game back a day or two would not put either team at a disadvantage going forward.
The Patriots, in fact, open on Monday, Sept. 12 against Miami.
"Along with the NFL office and the Jets, we have closely monitored the hurricane and the forecast and its potential impact on our area for the past several days," Giants President and CEO John Mara said in a statement released by the team.
"After conferring with (New Jersey) Governor (Chris) Christie, (Jets owner) Woody Johnson and (NFL) Commissioner (Roger) Goodell, we have determined the best course of action for the safety and well being of all is to move the game to Monday night."