Posted October 01, 2013

Terrell Suggs believes that Roger Goodell was behind Super Bowl blackout

AFC South, Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl XLVII
Terrell Suggs during the Super Bowl blackout.

Terrell Suggs during the Super Bowl blackout. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis really churned it up when he insisted that there were ulterior motives behind the Superdome blackout that delayed Super Bowl XLVII for 34 minutes.

“I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don’t know facts,” Lewis said in the 2012 Ravens’ America’s Game documentary. “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.”

“They” were the San Francisco 49ers, who were down 28-6 when the lights went out in the third quarter, and managed a furious comeback after play resumed. The Ravens won the game, 34-31, but Lewis isn’t the only Ravens player in that Super Bowl who’s still bothered by the alleged machinations of that blackout.

While talking to Lisa Salters for an upcoming E:60 documentary, current Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs went beyond Lewis’ “I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing” stance and said it outright — he believes that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was behind the curtain when the lights went out. The NFL claimed that an “abnormality” in the system caused the power to snap, but Suggs thinks he knows just how abnormal it really was.

“I was like Vegas, parlor tricks, you know what I mean?” Suggs told Salters. “I was like, ahh, Roger Goodell, he never stops, he always has something up his sleeve. He just couldn’t let us have this one in a landslide, huh?”

“So you thought Roger Goodell had turned the lights out?” Salters asked.

“I thought he had a hand in it,” Suggs said. “Most definitely, he had a hand in it.”

Suggs’ conspiracy theory has its roots in something that happened before the Ravens’ 38-35 double-overtime divisional playoff win over the Denver Broncos on Jan. 12. Suggs saw Goodell talking to Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, and he was not amused.

“It’s like, ‘Hmmm.’ I thought, your commissioner is supposed to be neutral,” Suggs said. “He ain’t supposed to be on one side or the other; he’s supposed to be in the box. I saw him on their sideline and I was like, ‘Huh, I know who he’s going for.”

We’re not sure if it matters, but it’s perhaps worth mentioning to Mr. Suggs that the Ravens won that game, as well.

115 comments
Peter39
Peter39

" Earth to Suggs. Earth to Suggs. Come in please. "  "No response. He must be way out there."

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

Wow , now Suggs proves his lack of intelligence with the thug Ray Lewis. Last I knew the 49ers had the same blackout!Dumb and dumber!

packfan78
packfan78

didn't the niners have to sit through the delay as well?  just because they came out of it ready to play and you didn't mr. suggs, how exactly does that make it a conspiracy against one team?

Jean
Jean

This Idiot also believes that Stabbem Lewis and Oj didn't do it.

EdStephens
EdStephens

If someone has the guts to destroy evidence in a criminal investigation, turning out the lights is just child's play.

ronald4
ronald4

I believe you Terrell Suggs just like I believe that Joe Flacco  5 ints to the Bill defenders on purpose.  You and the scare crow from the Wizard of Oz have something in common no wait a minute he finally found out he had a brain. 

joe6647
joe6647

When the Toxic Avenger speaks, people listen

RCH
RCH

The whole thing was part of a elaborate heist and nothing to do with fixing the game. I saw three Mini Coopers streaking out the back of the Dome. Pretty sure George Clooney and Brad Pitt were there too.

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

Jesse Ventura needs to look into this immediately! Oh wait, his show Conspiracy Theory was cancelled.  Never mind.

Bulk
Bulk

when these quotes are written and spoken is proper English I will fully understand what Ray and T-Sizzle are talking about.

scotto80
scotto80

"He is also the prime suspect in the Lindberg baby kidnapping, sure he wasn't even alive then but the dude can time travel."


-T. Suggs


Kristian
Kristian

They lost a big part of the viewing audience during the half hour delay who didn't want to stick around during a blackout but came back when the score got close.  To intentionally delay the game for 30+ minutes would be a bad business and that's just not something Goodell would do. 

And LOL @ the idiot conspiracy theorists. 

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

Hell of a pass rusher.  And of course a moron.

EdStephens
EdStephens

Goodell was getting bored since he didn't have any more Spygate tapes to burn.

Tyler_Durden
Tyler_Durden

"I just dont think he(goodell) should be makin $10 million a year..."

Mr. Suggs, I feel its safe to say that most people think the same thing about you.

jimmercik
jimmercik

Just continuing that line of 'thought' .... I think it's only fair to also assume that Roger Goodell also made it so that the Ravens won that game. Why not... he was right there.

Mkmck
Mkmck

It's better to keep quiet and be though stupid then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Aguilas
Aguilas

This is actually pretty plausible considering how much revenue from Advertising was gained by the networks and the NFL during that time ....making it less about the game itself which would be a second reason.

Jon8
Jon8

These sports writers and personalities love to laugh at Tebow, but they accept these kinds of "tinfoil hat" accusations as having any validity?

You laugh in their faces! You call them ludicrous! No, not the rapper Ray!

What if the Ravens had scored 3 more unanswered TD's following the blackout and continued the rout!

What would these clowns have said then?!

beekay31
beekay31

Goodell burned the Spygate tapes.  You really think it's beyond him to cut the lights if he wasn't liking the outcome?  I don't think there was any foul play, but I wouldn't be remotely surprised if there was.

joelwexler
joelwexler

This guy needs a layer of tin foil in his helmet. And Professor Lewis agrees with him!

IsaacDoomkumWard
IsaacDoomkumWard

People are going to make a huge deal out of this and call Suggs stupid, but I think its just hilarious. No hate, the guy is funny and knows how to stir the media up. 

jbc123
jbc123

Look at the pictures that accompany this article. This fool is as stupid as he looks.

Whatever
Whatever

So Goodell isn't supposed to talk to the top executives from a team? Wow. Suggs should stop using his head to break his fall.

riley8
riley8

Someone needs to advise Suggs that when he starts to move his lips to speak that he stop immediately.

Jean
Jean

Blacks also believe that Bush blew up the levees in New Orleans---of course white property owners lost a hundred times what the blacks lost,but the "herd" is, well, a herd.

MOJO1
MOJO1

Come on man!  Doesn't ANYONE watch The Late Late Show?  It was Craig Ferguson that caused the blackout, when he plugged in a cell phone to charge.  I saw it myself.

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

This guy is so stupid that he should be neutered  We can't have such worthless stupidity polluting the gene pool.. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Take a step back, lads. He said it for publicity. Just to get a discussion started, which he has done.  I would  say ridiculous things to my boss just to see his face get red. It was a joke.

bd2
bd2

Both teams sat out the delay. Then, the Ravens played poorly. It's just that simple. There's no reason to expect rational thought from Suggs (insert your favorite synonym for moron here).

Marty2
Marty2

"The United States revealed on Friday that the government conducted medical experiments in the 1940s in which doctors infected soldiers, prisoners and mental patients in Guatemala with syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases."  

So, do any of you STILL think what 2 players now claim couldn't happen?  People in power are arrogant, and sometimes do stuff just because they can.  This should be looked into.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

At least sambo didn't wait to retire for the conspiracy b.s like fellow dumb azz ray

BlowMeow
BlowMeow

2002 - NBA Playoffs = fixed
2006 - Seahawks / Steelers Superbowl = fixed
2013 - Raven / Niners Superbowl = fixed

These are the ones I'm sure of....probably many more. As for the Raven / Niners one which most don't think was fixed after reading the comments, let's look at the facts.

1. TV cameras and announcers communications were unaffected. 
2. Half of the stadium lights still on (for safety) as opposed to the whole stadium going dark. 
3. Didn't go out during halftime (when probably most of the electricity was being drawn). 
4. Ravens just scored making it 28-6.
5. Till this day, no reasonable explanation why power went out. Why? Because if a detailed explanation was given, someone could called BS (Saint owner, local utility company, contractors, manufacturers, etc.) 
6. Televisions turn off after blowouts (especially for fair weather fans) and advertisers get pissed for lack of viewership.
7. Plenty of light for the game to have continued.

Remember, the NFL is a business first, a sport second. Fans seem to forget that a lot. 














Kristian
Kristian

@Jon8 Who says they accept it?  They write about it and post it because it's outrageous and they know that it's going to generate clicks and comments which equals money.

Gamma1099
Gamma1099

He just did what Lucy Liu told him to do... like any man with a pulse would.

Jean
Jean

@Rickapolis Sorry, but this Idiot truly believes this,sorta like Bush blew up the levees during Katrina.

thexfiles
thexfiles

@Marty2 

Marty, you raise a good point as your first comment is fact and has been known for awhile. Additionally the gov't copped to the act. Are there conspiracies? You bet there are; Gulf of Tonkin, JFK & RFK assassinations, water fluoridation, but they need a  little more evidence than two players (winning players no less) saying they think that could have happened to make it so. 

Suggs thinks that Goodell talking to Bowlen is evidence of conspiracy? He's the commish, I'm sure he talks to every owner every game he attends. Besides the reason the Broncos lost that game was one lame play by a safety. Not a planned ending.

Here's one I heard in a bar Ray and Terrell....so it must be true.... after Elvis shot and killed Kennedy, the aliens took him off the planet so he could live his life out in peace on Mars with week-ends on the moon. its confirmed true because I saw it on the internet.

Dirty_Bob
Dirty_Bob

@Marty2 '

They revealed that on Friday huh?  I remember reading that admission in an article quite some time ago.

AnthonyS.Andrews
AnthonyS.Andrews

@Marty2 To answer your question Marty. No! Neither Ray Lewis or Terrell Suggs are what you would call "the sharpest tools in the shed", and their claims have no merit. Rather than be gracious about their accomplishment, they lower themselves to tactics that no true sportsman would ever stoop down to. It's funny how the 49er's are the team that lost the Super Bowl, yet have you heard them cry wolf? Have you heard any such claim from the 49er's as an organization? My advise, stop lending legitimacy to these morons. If it were not for football, they would both be in prison, and not at the helm of their own think tanks.

Kristian
Kristian

@BlowMeow There was a reasonable explanation given by an independent engineer.  Just because you're too stupid to understand it means nothing. 

Whatever
Whatever

@BlowMeow Yes, the NFL is a business THAT DOES NOT OPERATE STADIUMS. The Superdome is operated by the local government in New Orleans.

Oh, and they DID come out with a detailed explanation of why the power went out. Thanks for imputing absolutely no knowledge into this discussion.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

@BlowMeow You forgot that 9/11 was an inside job, and the Holocaust is a myth and Elvis is living with space aliens.


Please do not have children. The world is messed up enough.

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@Jean @Rickapolis Jean, you might be the bigger moron. How many times do you need to write the same comment? 

BlowMeow
BlowMeow

@Kristian @BlowMeow Source? And please refrain from name calling. It just makes you end up looking like the ignorant one. 

Whatever
Whatever

@BlowMeow Not only that, but the power outage was a HUGE black eye for the NFL's signature event, watched by more people worldwide than any other televised event. Sure, that makes a lot of sense that Goodell would want a cluster**** power outage to mess up the game. /s

BlowMeow
BlowMeow

@NoQNoSuperBowl @BlowMeow I don't think an NFL game is even close to 9/11, the Holocaust, and Elvis, but nice try. What you did there is called a strawman argument and it is invalid. Nice try though. Why don't you try addressing my points (with sources if need be) and we can start an intelligent conversation?

BlowMeow
BlowMeow

@Whatever @BlowMeow And yes, a power outage could be seen as a "cluster****" but at the same time, I could easily argue the opposite and say that a stadium powering down unexpectedly during a big game is drama that will keep viewers as opposed to a blow out that will lose viewers.