by Barry Burch Jr.
Is anyone else a little curious about the mysterious Super Bowl blackout, or is Ray Lewis all alone in his assumption that the glitch was in all seriousness, a ”conspiracy theory?”
Well, regardless of whether you choose to believe Lewis or not, the Baltimore Ravens did in fact, lead by 22 when the lights suddenly went out in the Superdome during Super Bowl XLVII. Ray Lewis, in particular, seems to be more than partially convinced the bizarre occurrence was no coincidence.
In a documentary centered on the Ravens,’ called “America’s Game,” Lewis hinted obviously that the power outage was most likely an attempt to help the 49ers to better position themselves for a comeback. According to USA TODAY, Lewis said, “I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing – because I don’t know facts, but you’re a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out? No. No way.”
“You cannot tell me somebody wasn’t sitting there and when they say, ‘The Ravens [are] about to blow them out. Man, we better do something.’…That’s a huge shift in any game, in all seriousness. And as you see how huge it was because it let them right back in the game.”
The outage, which occurred early in the third quarter, following a 108-yard kickoff return by Jacoby Jones, which gave Baltimore a 28-6 lead, delayed the game for approximately 34 minutes. San Francisco was able to capitalize on the change of events and scored 17 unanswered points once the game started up again. The team eventually pulled within as little as two in the fourth quarter. The 49ers actually could have won the game in the last few seconds, had they not fallen shy of the end zone by just five yards.
Needless to say, the blackout was an unprecedented happening in Super Bowl history. Most players sat on the sidelines as the Superdome staff scrambled to fix the problem. When they finally reached success, the players were given only a few minutes to stretch before returning to intense play.
Luckily for the NFL, the Ravens came out on top. Had it been the other way around, Lewis, would be accompanied by a multitude of fans sharing his sentiments.