SPORTS WATCH | Who or What Pulled the Plug on the Super BowI?
by Gus Jarvis
Feb 08, 2013 | 1489 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

After all is said and done, I think we can all agree that Super Bowl XLVII was one of the better Super Bowls in recent memory, and we should all give thanks to whoever it was who pulled the plug on the stadium’s power early in the third quarter.

It was that awkward delay in the game that made this Super Bowl so special. For me, the game, up until that point, was flying by. It seemed like the first half Ravens-dominated football was nothing but a blur. Beyoncé’s halftime show was even more of a blur. For an event that’s basically a holiday, the game was simply going by too fast.

So when Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown, bringing the Ravens’ lead to 22 points, not only was the game going by too fast, it was also getting out of hand. Somebody needed to do something, on behalf of the 49ers and football fans around the world who just want a decent football game to watch before our football river dries up for the season.

Just when the collective groans of San Francisco fans joined with those of fans across the nation because this game was getting out of hand, somebody hit the switch and cut off the power to the Superdome. I don’t know who was behind it, but obviously, some higher power was in charge.

My first thought was that the bookies in Vegas were behind it. I don’t have a clue as to what team or what over/under money was put on before the game, but when the lights go out on a blowout, it most likely has something to do with money. Vegas money.

Of course, CBS would stand to lose ratings if the game went on like that, so maybe the executives at CBS pulled the plug? Not only did they need great ratings (which were down from last year, by the way) for the Super Bowl, CBS needed viewers to hang around for its mystery drama, Elementary. I should say the producers of Elementary needed viewers to hang around and watch the show, before the CBS executives pulled the plug on it. Or maybe the Elementary crew pulled the plug? Judging from what little I saw of the show, they need all the help they can get.

Or maybe the Harbaugh parents, Jack and Jackie, were to blame for the power outage. With their sons Jim and John (damn, that’s a lot of J.H. initials in that family) coaching against each other in the Super Bowl, the only thing the parents didn’t want to see was a blowout. Feeling that Jim’s 49ers were on the ropes and headed to a nasty blowout, they did what any good parent would do, and somehow cut the power to give Jim a chance to breathe and collect his team. Now that’s loving, thoughtful parents, right?

Or it could be that God really is a football fan. He or she could have decided that enough is enough with this blowout, it’s time to slow this game down a bit and give the 49ers a chance to make it interesting. God doesn’t pick sides, he or she just wants a damn good football game. Or, perhaps, since Ray Lewis has said God will be his judge many, many times in the past, this was God’s first opportunity to lay down some judgment on Lewis for his previous run-ins with the law.

One tweet I read during the power outage suggested that Beyoncé had “sucked all the energy out of the place.” That seemed about right.

Or the power outage could be a sort of paranormal revenge from Manti Te’o’s girlfriend? Somehow, I’m guessing that wasn’t it.

Anyway, NFL officials after the game said the power outage had something to do with a blown circuit breaker or something of the sorts. There is no way I will ever believe that. Somebody was behind that power outage, plain and simple. To have it happen during a Super Bowl is one thing. To have it occur after a returned kickoff by the Ravens to start the second half that signaled the start of a nasty blowout is another. This power outage was rigged.

Not that I am mad about it or anything. In fact, I would like to thank whoever or whatever took charge for the action. It clearly worked to get the 49ers back in the game, and it almost worked to enable them to win, as well.

In the end, it came down four plays in the red zone, and the 49ers were unable to punch in a touchdown to win the Super Bowl. It was exciting as hell. The power outage undoubtedly helped slow the Ravens’ momentum and gave the 49ers a chance to regroup and get their asses in the game. Of course, everyone in the Bay Area is talking about the final offensive play of the game for the 49ers, when Michael Crabtree was clearly held by the Ravens defender as he tried to catch a fade pass in the corner of the end zone.

It was clearly a foul. Fox’s NFL officiating guru Mike Pereira said it wasn’t a foul. He’s wrong. That said, the 49ers can’t blame their Super Bowl loss on that one play. You can’t go down by 20-some points in the game, and then be pissed you lost by one non-call. (It was a huge non-call though.)

Can you imagine what we would be talking about this week if the 49ers had managed to come back and win the game? Believe me, there would be an investigation, on behalf of the Ravens, as to why the power got shut off. As it turned out, with the Ravens victorious by a score of 34-31, no investigation was needed, and now, we may never know who pulled the plug on the Super Bowl.

I’ll put it down as one of the great mysteries of the world.

 

gjarvis@watchnewspapers.com

Twitter: @gusgusj

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