A spectator has a message for Hurricane Sandy before Sunday’s Eagles-Falcons game in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Some 30,000 feet above the Midwest somewhere, heading toward a Pacific Ocean sunset:
1. Hurricane Sandy was some piece of work. We had the displeasure of making its acquaintance, the so-called “storm of the century” that added three extra days of non-sight-seeing in New Jersey and Pennsylvania over the weekend. A big windbag with a nasty personality, coming and going as it pleases like many of those who already reside in the Northeast part of the country, it left some pretty graphic made-for-TV devastation, granted, if you had a TV powered up to see it. We were only inconvenienced by a lot of fallen trees, electrical surges transforming into outages, and a lot of scary noises in the night. No harm, no foul moods. Just lots of hunkering down and feeling bad for those much closer to the coast. What could have made it an even bigger sports mess is if the New York Yankees won the AL championship and were assigned to host the middle three games of the World Series. Game 5 would still be on hold – assuming the San Francisco Giants hadn’t swept them away as easily as they did the Detroit Tigers (a result we weren’t able to ascertain until early Monday morning because of blackouts). It would be kind of a flashback to the 1988 Earthquake Series between Oakland and San Francisco – meaning the Giants could have been involved in the last two World Series interrupted by a natural disaster, not counting the Bud Selig Frankenstorm that canceled the entire 1994 Fall Classic. Sitting here on a wifi-equipped flight back to L.A., crammed in a middle seat because that’s all that was available, with a carry-on bag full almost all of dirty laundry because of underwear rationing the last few days, there’s some guilt involved in just being to just pack up and leave the mess behind. The sports fans of this region will need their fix of Eagles and Sixers, Jets and Giants, Knicks and Nets, Celtics and Patriots, ASAP, if only as a diversion from the mess they’re in for the next weeks and months. No stunner that the Nets just canceled their Brooklyn home opneer. No way is it safe, on many levels, to expect people to be able to make it over there. Actually had time to take a cab ride into downtown Philly this AM, seeing the homes for the Sixers, Eagles and Phillies in one piece. Independence Hall was closed due to a lot of tree damage, but that’s to be expected. This one’s going to take awhile to dig out from.