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Jokers turned off lights during Goodell’s talk to owners

Roger Goodell AP

The NFL is covering its bases for next year’s Super Bowl, conducting a simulation of electrical power demand in New York after the blackout in New Orleans plunged the Ravens and 49ers into darkness.

But while the league is taking their planning seriously, they’re also able to laugh at themselves.

According to Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal, someone doused the lights while Commissioner Roger Goodell made his opening remarks at last week’s owners meeting.

Those who weren’t given advance notice on the joke were surprised, but Goodell was laughing, letting everyone else in on it.

Of course, the lights were off for something less than the 34 minutes the Superdome went dark, and if it happens again in New York, no one will be laughing.

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23 Responses to “Jokers turned off lights during Goodell’s talk to owners”
  1. steelerchicken says: Mar 26, 2013 11:25 AM

    Snow, ice and freezing tempatures forcasted for this mess!

  2. mazblast says: Mar 26, 2013 11:26 AM

    I doubt that The Great Roger Goodell came up with the joke. It probably had to be explained to him. His response was probably, “Is this something I can fine someone for?”

  3. theageofquarrel says: Mar 26, 2013 11:31 AM

    Someone should turn off the lights on Goddell’s Reign of Crap permanently.

  4. thesmartestmanever says: Mar 26, 2013 11:32 AM

    Goodell is good at keeping people in the dark. Then again he is a sith Dark Lord and an ally of the darkside confusion is.

  5. ducksouped says: Mar 26, 2013 11:33 AM

    Everyone laughed except Jim Harbaugh

  6. cakemixa says: Mar 26, 2013 11:35 AM

    For his next trick, he pulled out some bounty evidence.

  7. swashbucklin says: Mar 26, 2013 11:41 AM

    All I’m gonna say is I’ve only ever seen two power outages through my years of watching the NFL, and the 49ers were the home team both times.

  8. EJ says: Mar 26, 2013 12:01 PM

    I don’t understand why so many people dislike Goodell? For the amount of problems this guy has to deal with, lawsuits, rules and regulations, player punishment, player safety and dealing with 32 Owners and their franchise needs, I’m shocked that he hasn’t gone crazy! Yes, he gets an unbelievable sized paycheck, but I believe he deserves every penny he earns. I also believe that he is doing the best he can with an NFL that is changing so much. Paul Tagliabue didn’t have to deal with half of the changes that the NFL is going through right now. I think that we should all cut him a little slack, he’s doing the best he can with what he has been given.

  9. modellforprez says: Mar 26, 2013 12:16 PM

    great job jokers, now if someone could just turn out the lights on goodell

  10. whatjusthapped says: Mar 26, 2013 12:22 PM

    The NFL is equally adept at making stuff disappear (Spygate tapes) as they are at making stuff up (Bountygate).

    Don’t underestimate the Wizard behind the curtain. They don’t pay him $30 mil for ordinary feats of wonder.

  11. murraysons says: Mar 26, 2013 12:35 PM

    Light dawns on marble head

  12. deathtoromo says: Mar 26, 2013 12:38 PM

    Goodell and Mara then proceeded to take more cap space from the redskins which created more laughter.

  13. rc33 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:39 PM

    Clearly we need to move the NFC and AFC Championship games out of places like Green Bay, Foxboro and Pittsburgh. Those games are just about as crucial as the Super Bowl and need to be played in warm climates. No more cold weather conference championship games.

  14. steelerben says: Mar 26, 2013 12:40 PM

    I would also like to put Goodell’s lights out. No joke.

  15. aldavis4president says: Mar 26, 2013 12:42 PM

    @ducksouped
    I don’t think he had an issue with the blackout. Considering they were getting man handled up until the black out and stopped Baltimore momentum.

    And to the guy defending goodell..yeah he has a lot on his plate. It’s a tough job, that obviously he cannot do. Get rid of him!

  16. flik44 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:56 PM

    I hate the Harlem Shake.

    But, I would pay good money to see the NFL owners do a Harlem Shake video.

  17. nothinbutathang says: Mar 26, 2013 12:56 PM

    Goodell’s lights went out a long time ago !

  18. leggett17 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:21 PM

    As far as the Super Bowl blackout goes. New Orleans is a third world city – I’m surprised they have electricity at all.

  19. upperdecker19 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:29 PM

    Verrrrrrrry funny. For their next gag, they’ll stick a match in his shoe and light it on fire, then slip a whoopee cushion under his seat.

  20. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:43 PM

    Why are Dallas fans still whining about the justified cap penalties that every other team owner voted for, but Jerry isn’t?

  21. cfeeley52 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:50 PM

    rc33 says:
    Mar 26, 2013 12:39 PM
    Clearly we need to move the NFC and AFC Championship games out of places like Green Bay, Foxboro and Pittsburgh. Those games are just about as crucial as the Super Bowl and need to be played in warm climates. No more cold weather conference championship games.

    That would ruin the second half of the season. There would be no point in playing for home field advantage so teams that have a playoff spot locked up would be sitting starters by week 12.

  22. skinsfansince71 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:13 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:43 PM

    Why are Dallas fans still whining about the justified cap penalties that every other team owner voted for, but Jerry isn’t?

    Why were the penalties justified?,neither team broke any rules.The NFL said that neither team broke any rules and they were still penalized for breaking the “spirit”of the rule.I have seen 2 list stating that 14 other teams did the same thing that the Redskins and Cowboy did why weren’t these teams punished?Can somebody please answer this question?

  23. citizenstrange says: Mar 26, 2013 3:16 PM

    I seem to remember a fairly recent – as in the last three years maybe – Steeler game where the lights went out. Am I crazy? Does anybody else remember this?

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