Where were you when the lights went out?
If you’re a conspiracy theorist, you may believe the power outage during Super Bowl 47 wasn’t an isolated incident.
Although the Baltimore Ravens edged the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in the National Football League championship game, the score wasn’t even close when the lights went out.
The Ravens were dominating the 49ers before the stands turned dark early in the second half of Sunday’s contest in New Orleans. Baltimore led San Francisco 28-6 after Jacoby Jones returned the second-half kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown.
Moments later, the power went out. Jones’ 108-yard touchdown run, by the way, is a Super Bowl record.
The power outage resulted in about a half hour delay. After play resumed, the 49ers outscored the Ravens 25-6.
Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Despite the crazy finish, I don’t rank Sunday’s game as one of the best Super Bowls. One of the craziest perhaps, but the delay early in the second half left a sour taste in people’s mouths.
It’s also hard watching a team come so close to completing the comeback only to fall short. Yes, I’m a Niners fan. If I was rooting for the Ravens, my feeling may be a little different.
As you’d expect, dedicated Twitter users used their mobile devices or computers to express their opinions in the form of Tweets. During the second half, the hash tag #BlackoutBowl became widely used. Search it, and you’ll get a bunch of responses, several which make reference to Halftime Show performer Beyonce.
Here are a few:
Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD): If the 94ers come back and win this thing we call it the “BlackOutBowl and Disney makes a movie about it. Come on 49ers!!!
CJK (@leadsheep1): Was “Stadium Power Outage” an option on the prop betting? If so, someone just made a LOT of money. #blackoutbowl #superbowl47
Jen (@WhyCLE): I think Beyonce’s blow dryer blew a fuse. Happens to me too. #SuperBowl #BeyonceBowl #BlackoutBowl
On Monday, the NFL was still investigating the cause of the power outage. The Superdome in New Orleans confirmed that Beyonce’s halftime performance ran on generated power that wasn’t using the power inside the stadium.
I guess Beyonce’s performance didn’t burn out the lights.
The 2015 Canada Winter Games team will be holding a special two-year countdown event this month.
The celebration will take place on Feb. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Canada Games House.
With each passing day, Prince George gets closer to holding the largest sporting and cultural event in its history. The Games are scheduled for Feb. 13 to March 1, 2015.
As we get closer to the event, reminders become more prevalent. Since landing the Games in 2010, Prince George has seen the hiring of a CEO, formation of a Games’ management team, opening of the Canada Games House, the start of capital projects for the Games and recruitment of volunteers.
As the Games approach, Prince George will see more test events. On the weekend, cross-country skiers visited the Otway Nordic Centre for provincials, while Tabor Mountain welcomed the BC Snowboard Association Provincial Series. Both events acted as Canada Winter Games test events.
Landing the Games has offered the city a better opportunity to land high-level sports competitions. Several provincial championships are coming to the city this year.
Getting excited yet?