Okay, New Orleans. Let's talk about this blackout at the Super Bowl. A whole 34 minutes in the dark! (Or anyway, in auxiliary lights.) What happened? Did the 49ers pull the plug for an extra-long time-out? Was Beyoncé too hot? Was it the ghost of Katrina?
There is an "official" explanation, but it's incredibly vague: An "abnormality in the system" cased the Super Bowl blackout, according to Superdome officials. A piece of monitoring equipment picked up on the abnormality and shut off the lights so the issue could be isolated. The emergency generators kicked in immediately. But they don't know what caused that "abnormality."
Obviously that abnormality was the Destiny's Child reunion. Just saying.
Anyway, people in charge feel bad. "We sincerely apologize for the incident," says Superdome spokesman Eric Eagan. NOLA mayor Mitch Landrieu says, "The power outage was an unfortunate moment in what has been an otherwise shining Super Bowl week for the city of New Orleans. For us, the Super Bowl isn't over until the last visitor leaves town, so we're focused on continuing to show our visitors a good time."
As for the Superdome Light Crew, they got a little bit defensive via Twitter: "What people don't talk about is how the lights were on for the entire first half.. #smh #superbowl." Haha, it's just a joke account, you guys. @SuperBowlLights joined in to say, "The game was over anyway." Which it kind of was, right? I mean, the 49ers came back for a bit right after, but the Ravens still won. (I write, fronting like I was even watching the game, which of course I wasn't because it was Downton Abbey time.) So many funny tweets about that blackout.
But seriously, The Times Picayune found Superdome meeting memos discussing upgrades that needed to be made to the system before the Super Bowl. So ... good luck nabbing that Olympic bid, guys!
It wasn't the only crazy moment in the Super Bowl. Still, the images from the blackout are super disturbing. Those poor people stranded in the stadium! Hope the Red Cross sent out emergency food rations and flotation devices for them.
What were you doing during the Great Super Bowl Blackout of 2013?