Ray Lewis Suggests SBXLVII Power Outage was Planned


Be sure to set your DVR to NFL Network at 9PM tomorrow night for the next edition of America’s Game, featuring the 2012 Baltimore Ravens. The program is outstanding and it will undoubtedly be “must-see-TV.”

Adding to the shows allure is a little conspiracy theory served up by none other than Ray Lewis.

You’ve thought about it.

You’ve probably talked about it.

And I’m sure many, particularly fans of teams other than the Ravens dismissed the topic as silliness – perhaps even sheer lunacy.

And now Ray Lewis has said it and tomorrow night you will hear and see it for yourself.

Ray Lewis believes that the power outage during Super Bowl XLVII was the league’s way of not letting the game get completely out of hand, thus losing viewers and the thing the NFL covets most – MONEY!

“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,” Lewis said via USA Today.

”Now listen, if you grew up like I grew up — and you grew up in a household like I grew up — then sometimes your lights might go out, because times get hard. I understand that. But 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.”

Let the debate begin…

Do you think that the Super Bowl power outage was staged by the league so that they would not lose their audience?
No that's just silly conspiracy theory. (24%)
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13 Raves on “Ray Lewis Suggests SBXLVII Power Outage was Planned

  1. Chris Schob on said:

    Don’t get this argument. The Ravens were blowing the 49er’s out when the lights went out. At that point, many casual fans would turn away from the game in favor of some other programming (not good for the NFL). Further, it’s not as if the lights going out unduly impacted the Ravens more than the 49ers. What’s to say that the additional rest didn’t help the Ravens’ aging D through the rest of the game, including the successful goal-line stand when they shut down San Franciso from scoring? The power outage didn’t hurt one team more than another.

    • Jim Duncan on said:

      I disagree. When you are older, if you rest, you tighten up, you also would be more prone to losing your momentum. The Ravens could only lose from a power outage, the 49ers could only gain. I mean, could the 49ers lose momentum? They had none. So the only possible outcomes would be the game continues as a blow out, or the 49er’s get momentum.

  2. omar on said:

    remember the 1st SB ravens won, NFL doesn’t want a another blow out, that would screw up their ratings/$$$, so what u do, “lights out”,

  3. Brian Lease on said:

    And the back up generator didn’t work either right ? There was probably no other stadium more prepared for any type of outage than the Superdome due to the events that unfolded during Katrina. This was an inside job between the NFL and the TV executives.
    For the idiots that make any such argument that this outage would benefit the Ravens equally need to check their logic and then check it again. And if you still come to the same conclusion I have an antique special collectors edition of Pet Rocks for sale.

  4. paulie on said:

    I MIGHT – and only just might buy the conspiracy theory that it was Jack Harbaugh who done it so that his younger son Jim wouldn’t turn into a mass of goo cheese melt sandwich on the sidelines in front of 108.5 Million viewers. Haha!

  5. Jimmy Dundalk on said:

    I’m a bit skeptical of the entire scenario , it may or may not have been staged but it sure leads to great talk about our wonderful win , ain’t the beer cold,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,oh that’s baseball , sorry,,,,,,,,

  6. Carlos Brunson on said:

    If there was a conspiracy,the NFL will not acknowledge the fact they were in on it.WHO would lose the most by a blowout,the NFL,…loss viewers,rateings would go down ,etc….the NFL, and one of its signature franchise could not afford to let this game get out of hand…So to get back in the game and stop the momentum of the Ravens something had to be done … LIGHTS OUT….To much money at STAKE….IN OTHER WORDS,MONEY TALKS BS WALKS…..

  7. Rumor Ray on said:

    The real change in the game was when Haloti Ngata had to leave the game after 49er Alex Boone fell on his leg early in the 3rd quarter. The Ravens had been stopping the Niners for the first half
    and only allowed them one field goal each quarter. After Ngata was off the field the 49ers were able to move the ball and score in the red zone.

  8. JerryB on said:

    Few, if any of you, are old enough to remember the 1958 Championship game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants on December 28, 1958 in New York when someone deliberately “pulled the plug” that killed the TV transmission at a crucial point in the game that, according to legend, caused an NBC employee to rush onto the field to delay the game long enough to restore the transmission! So, such a theory is not unprecedented. That being said, it’s hard to imagine a deliberate power outage of the magnitude that hit the Super Dome. Not impossible, but not very probable either…..

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