February 4, 2013
Electrical hiccup jolted Super Bowl matchup to life
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

The Superdome is covered in partial darkness during a power outage in the third quarter of the Super Bowl game between the 49ers and Ravens in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)

In the Super Bowl era, modern technology has taken sports broadcasting from the horse and buggy days into a future-shock of images that would stun Vince Lombardi if he was alive to see it.

But, for all the computers and cameras, the amazing gadgets and high def that lets you identify a pimple on a fat lineman's butt right through his pants, nothing can still happen without good old-fashioned electricity. Just like the bad old days, television is still held hostage when that squirrel stops running on the treadmill down at ConEd.

Not even the well-oiled Super Bowl production machine was prepared when the lights went out in half the Mercedes Benz Superdome Sunday night, cutting power to the broadcast team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.



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