Originally Posted by McGinley
I don't have a dog in this fight as I'm not from the east coast, but I really don't see the problem with playing the game since it'll only last a few hours.
I can see how many would have this view, but if you were experiencing this my guess is you'd say otherwise. The resources and man power used at the game or that dumbass marathon are unbelievably sorely needed elsewhere.
I'm in Manasquan (jersey shore) w/o power. Currently blaring my 1600 watt tailgate generator to power a space heater in my sister's room. It's amazing how much power those little heaters pull. 1500 watts. Enough to power a fridge, big screen tv, cable box, few lights, chargers... Basically day time have a little comfort then choose heat. Then a fireplace to try to keep rest of the house above 55.
My neighbors are two women (mother n daughter) and they don't have a generator. So my Jet van has basically turned into a generator for them. 4 deep cycle batteries, 2000 watt inverter and idling all night to let them run a space heater n a light or two.
AND WE HAVE IT GOOD
I've spent the past couple days in Union Beach where my brothers house was flooded. He lucked out it was only flooded. We'be been gutting the place but that neighborhood looks like a damn war zone. National guard, local n state PD, sheriff... Homes burned, collapsed, flooded and smell like **** that still have people living in them because they have no where else to go or anyone to help.
Yesterday took my van and tailgate setup there to help my bro n neighbors. A bus goes around and hands out blankets and PB&J sandwiches but that doesn't help much when you've lost EVERYTHING with no power in a flooded home when the temperature drops to tbe 30s at night. This is happening up n down the shore to 100s of thousands. Looting and crime running rampant... and they wanna play a game for those who are fortunate enough to be able to attend. So they can have a break from their bad week of going a couple days w/o power and long gas lines?
F#ck that. The cops and resources are badly needed to help out.
The first day I went to my bro's to begin gutting his place I just took my car. After seeing the situation, I went back with my van n setup to share some power, grilled warm food, electric n propane heater with his neighbors on what's left of the street.
This weekend shouldn't have an event that takes resources away from the devastation that currently exists. (And no, devastation is not an exaggeration). Once we finish up with the house tomorrow, it's off to help others in any way we can... not to watch football.
Lend a hand to these people this weekend if you can.