EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Instead of shoes at the bottom of his locker, New York Giants safety Stevie Brown had a couple of power cords.
One carried a charge into his cellphone and the other into his laptop in somewhat of a crossing pattern. A flashlight was plugged into a nearby outlet.
While the Giants (6-2) prepare for Sunday’s home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-4), the electronic equipment at the bottom of the locker of the NFC defensive player of the week was a sign of another opponent the Giants are facing this week -- the aftermath of Sandy.
The superstorm devastated areas of New York City and New Jersey and it has left a number of Giants without power at home, something an NFL player needs to review videotape of upcoming opponents as well as to stay warm and comfortable.
Only some players and coaches said they had power on Wednesday. Receiver Victor Cruz got it back after losing it for a couple of hours on Monday. Guard Kevin Boothe never lost power so he hosted tight end Martellus Bennett and his wife on Tuesday. Coach Tom Coughlin believes he never lost his electricity, but said he hasn’t been home much since the team returned from Dallas early Monday following a win over the Cowboys. Coughlin has been busy working on preparations for Pittsburgh.
Sandy struck Monday evening and left a wake of destruction not seen in decades or ever.
"It’s definitely shocking," said Cruz, who
This storm destroyed towns and beaches, swamped cars, knocked down trees and left more than a million people without power.
Quarterback Eli Manning was one of them, and he moved out of his Hoboken residence and into a hotel after his lobby flooded.
"I saw a little bit once I got to the hotel and finally got power," Manning said Wednesday before practice. "Saw some images and pictures and news just about some of the tragic events and the deaths and the fires and loss of homes, whether in New York and New Jersey and all over.
"Just some terrible stories, and obviously you send out prayers to those families and those people who are still going through terrible situations right now. So I guess I feel fortunate that we can come in and come to work and be with our friends and teammates here. My family is safe, so I feel fortunate that we’re here today."
Having grown up in New Orleans, Manning is no stranger to hurricanes. However, his family tended to evacuate before major storms as a precaution. As a player, he couldn’t do that here.
"I didn’t really have that option this time of getting out of Dodge," Manning said. "You know it’s no joke and it can be very serious and you just hope . obviously in this situation you have to ride it out and just hopefully didn’t have major danger."
Bennett walked the streets of his West New York neighborhood, helping people before heading over to the Boothes, where he pained pictures with Boothe’s 2-year-old son.
"This is what this team is about," said Bennett, who lives by the water. "We have a great group of guys, and anytime you are in need of help they reach out."
"My son thought Martellus was there, solely to play with him," Boothe added. "They had a great time."
Linebacker Michael Boley has experienced tornadoes in the south and said he wasn’t too scared by the howling winds in Edgewater. He also isn’t worried about the storm taking some of the team’s focus. He said players will stay at the team headquarters longer so they don’t have a problem with power concerns in watching film.
"No a lot of things are going to change around here, storm or not," Boley said.