Posted August 31, 2013

Ray Lewis: ‘You cannot tell me’ Super Bowl blackout was an accident

Baltimore Ravens
Ray Lewis was able to celebrate after the Super Bowl, but he isn't convinced the blackout was an accident. [Ezra Shaw/Getty Images]

Ray Lewis celebrated a Super Bowl win, but he isn’t convinced that the blackout was an accident. [Ezra Shaw/Getty Images]

The Baltimore Ravens led by 22 when the lights went out in the Superdome during Super Bowl XLVII. Ray Lewis is convinced that bizarre occurrence was far from a coincidence.

On the Ravens’ “America’s Game” documentary, Lewis hinted without much subtlety that the power outage may have been a ploy to help the 49ers regroup.

“I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don’t know facts,” Lewis said, according to USA Today. “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 occurred early in the third quarter, shortly after Jacoby Jones’s 108-yard kickoff return gave Baltimore a 28-6 lead, delaying the game for 34 minutes. San Francisco then scored 17 unanswered points once the contest resumed and eventually pulled within 31-29 in the fourth quarter. The 49ers also had a chance to take a lead in the waning seconds of the game, only to fall five yards shy of the end zone.

The blackout was an unprecedented moment in Super Bowl history. As the Superdome staff scrambled to correct the issue, which was later blamed on an “abnormality in the [electrical] system that services the stadium, most of the players took a seat on the field or sideline. They were given a few moments to stretch out again as the lights slowly came back on around the Superdome, before the game resumed.

Had San Francisco managed to complete its comeback, the wild course of events during the game likely would have been debated for ages. Perhaps fortunately for the NFL, the Ravens managed to hold on or the win — leaving the conspiracy theories to Lewis.

380 comments
R8
R8

as an electrical engineer it makes no sense what so ever. Its like saying the jiggawatt modulator went offline ...... see it makes no sense.

AdamCrawford
AdamCrawford

I think what he is saying makes perfect sense. I am a 49er fan, but on ALL nights for this to happen, with as many viewers as they had they would've made sure there's no power outage. Especially for as long as there was.

mackeson71
mackeson71

Who the heck is this clown anyway?  Does anybody really care what this fool says?

chinamike
chinamike

Waaaa! Waaaaa! Shut up whiner. What a nimrod! Makes all that money and has to complain about the lights THIS LONG AFTER the fact? What a cry baby.

Don43
Don43

Now, you know Ray.

Don43
Don43

It was actually a voodoo ritual for "forgiveness" we WhoDat Nation fans were performing for the NFL to let go of any negative feelings we had for being black-listed in the bounty scandal BS that destroyed our season.

Dan M2
Dan M2

It was racist Ray, racist I tell you!  LOLOL  Pfffffff to your dumb opinions ..

cowboysfan50years
cowboysfan50years

I expect that its to be understood that no one could "tell" Ray Lewis anything. And who'd want to? 

RevisGoodworth
RevisGoodworth

LIsten to the thug who managed to avoid a murder rap and jail time whining about something that might seem unethical or inappropriate.


Ray Lewis - if you were to put together a prison football team, you'd just need to change the Ravens' uniforms to Texas Prison Pink.

Rabble
Rabble

A "zillion dollar company" with equipment, circuit boards and wiring all MADE IN CHINA.  Of course it could happen.  Sh*t breaks all the time, Ray, you simpleton.  Sort of like your mind.  

Jay43
Jay43

What does a 'zillion dollar company' have to do with anything? I guess Ray assumes the only time our electricity can ever go out is when we don't pay our bill. LMAO! 

RD
RD

Hey Ray-Ray, ‘You cannot tell me’ that you didn't have anything to do with the murders in Atlanta!

brisby1
brisby1

If  Obama had a daddy he would look and act like Ray Ray !  Apparently neither one needs facts to assess a situation . "The police acted stupidly " " The lights going out was no accident "  - Morons 

captaincone9
captaincone9

Ray maybe just maybe.....The game was going from a match-up of, super stud teams to a 1990's blowout superbowl and Gooddell just wanted some excitement on his grandest  stage...... And he got it.....Gave the 49ers time to regroup and took all your momentum ....And behold, a last play for all the marbles!

bytheway
bytheway

Why do I think of Aaron Hernandez when I see or hear the delusional Ray Lewis.   Just askin?  And did the Baltimore Ravens and their owner  and Brian Billick take as much grief sustained from the national media (except SI) than the Patriots. OH. Boy.

JohnnyRusso
JohnnyRusso

Quick question, if the refs were in on the fix, why the heck didn't they call a pass interference on the last play? funny thing is I'm a ravens fan and I love ray ray. we won homey, don't make yourself sound retarded.

ShermanShermanov
ShermanShermanov

Ahh... Yet more proof that the domain of Conspiracy Theorists is located at the intersection of stupidity and anger.

chad96
chad96

Just be cool and let him rant unless you want to get stabbed.    

stantak
stantak

“I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don’t know facts,” Lewis said

 Okay, no facts, so what are you talking about Ray? Paranoia?

Take your ring and enjoy it. Don't taint the win by bitching about how you won. Another sign of a very slow news week.

jim2walter
jim2walter

I agree...just like the Denver safety falling all over himself to get Ray Ray past the divisional round.  Both conspiracies, and travesties against the American public.  I ain't accusing no one cuz I don't know facts...I'm just sayin conspiracy at every turn.

JosephStehlin
JosephStehlin

Well apparently Ray Lewis doesn't think to highly of his fellow defensive players if he knows that all it would take to shake them up is to turn the lights off......

x72
x72

Gotta agree with Ray Ray on this, def a conspiracy was at work.

natesl09
natesl09

Interesting.

I'm not sure about the "conspiracy" angle, but I read through most of the comments below and not one person mentioned this: Gambling & Advertising.

Did you look at the Vegas lines? You pretty much have to agree that the game was heading to a blow out before "Light Gate". With the end result 31-29 - neither team covered the spread. 

As for the advertising - if the game was a blow out - all that fourth quarter advertising money would be up in smoke. By the middle of the 3rd we would be searching for a movie to watch on Netflix. Ravens lost their momentum - 49ers recovered. 

The house always wins.

Joe88
Joe88

Am I missing something?  How would only one team benefit from the power outage?  Yeah, definitely a conspiracy at work here.

rangers74
rangers74

Ray Lewis- a typical excuse making liberal moron.   Thank you for continuing to be a moron.   You just confirmed to me that your show will NEVER be on in my house.  JUST like a Coors Light will never be in my hand again due to the very UNfunny and stupid ice cube commercials. 

InCaseYouDidntKnow
InCaseYouDidntKnow

You can not tell me Ray was innocent in the murder incident over a decade ago and you cannot tell me he didnt take deer antler. Ray is such a phoney. He should be happy he got two rings, millions of dollars and people forgetting his troubled life. The blackout offset the fact the Ravens were loaded up on PEDs. They won, so move on Ray.

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

The mere fact that the game was held in New Orleans easily explains the level of incompetence associated with a black out.  I lived in Louisiana for several years, and after that experience, it amazed me that they spelled "Louisiana" correctly on the license plates.  As for Ray, if this is what I can expect from ESPN this year, I guess I will need t find my NFL pre-game elsewhere.

Richard40
Richard40

This article is why I have always hated Ray Lewis, still hate Ray Lewis, and will always hate Ray Lewis.

Richard40
Richard40

Ray, you cannot tell me that you were completely innocent in that little matter in which people got shot.

Anderson
Anderson

@R8 Agreed, I'm a Master Electrician and "abnormality in the [electrical] system..." is no explanation.  There had to be a reason and none has been forthcoming.  If the problem came from outside the stadium then there would have been problem with other parts of the stadium. 

Jay43
Jay43

Good stuff!  ...Someone ought to remind Disney and ESPN though, I think they forgot.  ...Who would have guessed helping your friend(s) get away with murder was a resume padder. I guess in this day and age obstruction of justice shows loyalty and team building skills.

D.E.
D.E.

@brisby1HAHAHA! You make a statement like that and call someone a moron??? People are funny.

GL3
GL3

@JosephStehlin It is called momentum. It is a very important aspect of the game.

bserious
bserious

@rangers74 Heh, yeah, you never hear right wingers talking about conspiracies or anything, nooo, one never hears that from people on the right.  For example, saying that the newspapers from decades ago which reported the birth of Obama actually happening in a hospital in America are fake or whatnot was totally a liberal thing as I recall.  Yours was a great comment, totally fair and balanced.

YouReallySayThat?
YouReallySayThat?

@rangers74 liberal?!?!?!?!  have you ever heard him speak, or are you just one of those morons that automatically labels people when you don't agree with them?


x72
x72

@Richard40 Why do you hate the greatest MLB to ever play the game?

ImmaCommenter
ImmaCommenter

@Anderson @R8 It says nothing about coming from outside the stadium. It's perfectly reasonable to accept there was a failure in the system. Happens all the time.

JoeFugyoo
JoeFugyoo

brisby1 was attributing the very stupid statements "The police acted stupidly " and " The lights going out was no accident "  to morons, because they were indeed spoken by morons. And D.E., you are also a moron.

D.E.
D.E.

@JoeFugyoo You are a moron also. So I guess we should just have a moron party!