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Super Bowl 2013: Power Outage a Blessing in Disguise

By Alan Schechter

Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; General view of the power outage during the third quarter in Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

We all lived through it on Sunday night, it took 34 minutes to recover from. It will go down as one of the stranger events in Super Bowl history, and clearly, for whatever reason, changed the momentum of the entire game. Of course, I am talking about the 34 minute blackout. The game was about to get away from the 49ers, and it came back to them following the blackout.

There were a whole lot of emotions that went through the building during the incident, even from the normally reserved head coach, John Harbaugh. There were also a lot of questions immediately after the incident, and have continued after the game. How did it happen? Did Beyonce’s show cause the problem? How do we prevent it in the future? All of these questions come up, and it has darkened what should be a great day, after a great Super Bowl.

But it wasn’t. It’s unfortunate, but in a sense, it is a blessing in disguise for us in the New York/New Jersey area. Why? it showed the world that a problem can happen at ANY Super Bowl, not just an open-aired, cold weather city Super Bowl. Sunday’s incident is about as clear of an example as any, of the theory that “life happens”. If a problem occurs, we work through it, no matter where it takes place.

I’ll say it before and I’ll say it again. The odds of a major weather event in the NY/NJ area on the night of the Super Bowl are not that great. Could it happen? Sure. It’s just about as likely as a freak power outage at the stadium, which by the way, MetLife didn’t have even in a hurricane. If there is bad weather, we will deal with it, just like New Orleans dealt with a power outage.

Anything can happen at any Super Bowl. The power outage reminded us of that, and took the heat off of MetLife, so for us, it was a blessing in disguise.