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Ray Lewis doesn’t think Super Bowl blackout was an accident


One of the more surreal moments in Super Bowl history came in New Orleans last February when the lights went out in the Superdome in the second half of the game between the Ravens and 49ers.

The company responsible for supplying power to the stadium said after the game that faulty equipment was to blame for the blackout, but at least one player who was on the field during the game believes that there was another explanation. In this year’s installment of the America’s Game series by NFL Films, former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said that he doesn’t buy that the power went out accidentally in a game that the Ravens were winning handily before darkness fell.

“I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don’t know facts. But you’re a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out? No. No way,” Lewis said, via Nate Davis of USA Today. “Now listen, if you grew up like I grew up — and you grew up in a household like I grew up — then sometimes your lights might go out, because times get hard. I understand that. But 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 49ers came back from 28-6 down to close within two points in the fourth quarter, but the Ravens held on for a 34-31 win that likely kept the timing of the blackout from becoming fodder for a lot more discussion than it ultimately wound up becoming in the aftermath of the game. There’s no doubt that more than 30 minutes of waiting around for the game to get going again takes wind out of one’s sails, but the Ravens had just spent even more time in the locker room during halftime and it didn’t keep them from extending their lead on a Jacoby Jones kickoff return to start the third quarter.

Whatever the reason for the blackout, in other words, the Ravens had plenty to do with letting the 49ers back into the game.

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54 Responses to “Ray Lewis doesn’t think Super Bowl blackout was an accident”
  1. stoytashaan says: Sep 1, 2013 9:05 AM

    Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, science!

  2. tvjules says: Sep 1, 2013 9:07 AM

    What a coincidence. We don’t think misplacing a white suit was an accident, either.

  3. heyzeus143 says: Sep 1, 2013 9:07 AM

    Good day Mr. Lewis

  4. si1m says: Sep 1, 2013 9:07 AM

    and this is why neither Joe Flacco nor us Ravens fans knew what Ray was talking about 90% of the time. We don’t love him any less and his crazy talk worked, but …

    yeah I think we’re just dealing with old-fashioned incompetence here.

  5. stainlineho says: Sep 1, 2013 9:07 AM

    This guy. I hope ESPN sees a ratings drop for all shows affiliated with Ray Lewis.

  6. jf1339 says: Sep 1, 2013 9:10 AM

    I love it when people talk about things that happened in the past. The game has been over for almost 7 months, why do we need to start a “conspiracy” theory. Leave it where it needs to be, the in the past.

  7. eaglefan94 says: Sep 1, 2013 9:10 AM

    Yeah, having money makes you immune to power failures.

  8. skoobyfl says: Sep 1, 2013 9:12 AM

    I posted on the boards that a power outage is the only thing that can stop the Ravens from winning, a day before the Superbowl.

  9. doctorart2013 says: Sep 1, 2013 9:23 AM

    The Superdome opened in 1975, so the stadium is close to 40 years old, I believe it’s more that instead of somebody flipping the switch.

  10. gamecheck1 says: Sep 1, 2013 9:26 AM

    Really Ray?!

  11. 1phd says: Sep 1, 2013 9:30 AM

    Yet another reason to wish that the 49ers had won the game, besides the fact that it would have denied ‘nobody of nothing’ big mouth his second ring.

  12. buzzbeaubank says: Sep 1, 2013 9:42 AM

    The 2013 playoffs were defined by epic comebacks, some of which fell just short. This game was no different.

  13. loumannheim says: Sep 1, 2013 10:04 AM

    Ray Lewis don’t know nothing…

  14. cliffordc05 says: Sep 1, 2013 10:04 AM

    Ray Lewis is going to be paid for this type of insight ? !

  15. SparkyGump says: Sep 1, 2013 10:11 AM

    Better shut up, Ray Ray, your defense was holding in the endzone on the final play and got away with it. Want to talk conspiracies?

  16. camdenyard says: Sep 1, 2013 10:17 AM

    I love Ray, but sometimes he goes off the reservation.

  17. aces79 says: Sep 1, 2013 10:22 AM

    Super Bowl was Rigged regardless

  18. ravenunitas says: Sep 1, 2013 10:31 AM

    World Champion Baltimore Ravens !!!
    Deal with it…..

  19. kayakattack says: Sep 1, 2013 10:44 AM

    Bartlow Florida is a middle class town.. no ghetto’s and he went to a big name high school.. that produced a good 5-10 pro athletes in the last 20 years

  20. donmcg2012 says: Sep 1, 2013 10:46 AM

    Good ole Ray, another stab in the dark.

  21. Gordon says: Sep 1, 2013 10:48 AM

    Deer antler spray must destroy brain cells.

  22. bengalskuta82 says: Sep 1, 2013 10:50 AM

    Hmmm, Now I see what Joe Flacco was talking about when he said that the guys’ pregame speeches didn’t make sense

  23. anarchopurplism says: Sep 1, 2013 10:56 AM

    Didn’t the halftime show have problems in dress rehearsal too?

  24. forty9asty says: Sep 1, 2013 10:58 AM

    You know what? I think he may be onto something here… let’s have a do-over and go back and play that game again

  25. fiverings37 says: Sep 1, 2013 11:00 AM

    I agree, the game at that point had ROUT written all over it.

  26. jacobknicks says: Sep 1, 2013 11:02 AM

    It’s almost as if he’s saying that the Niners are a team that feeds on darkness and that this was the second half burst of darkness that they needed. Of only the lights had stayed off a few more minutes…

  27. steelcurtainn says: Sep 1, 2013 11:06 AM

    A do over and the ravens would get beat. They could barely hang on to a 28-6 lead. Their whole superbowl win was an accident.

  28. siggtacular says: Sep 1, 2013 12:07 PM

    Ravens won

  29. youcantmakemepickausername says: Sep 1, 2013 12:46 PM

    Damn, that reminds me, I need to pay my electric bill.

  30. kuranda84 says: Sep 1, 2013 1:02 PM

    I had no horse in that race, but it was very suspicious.

  31. blacksunday1 says: Sep 1, 2013 1:51 PM

    I knew it!! There’s a conspiracy going on in NFL.. Al Davis was right all along.

  32. billhicks666 says: Sep 1, 2013 2:05 PM

    It’s astonishing that, based on the ‘thumbs up, thumbs down’ responses, most people seem to actually buy into Crazy Ray’s conspiracy theory. I just have one question: are you people insane??

  33. nyneal says: Sep 1, 2013 2:06 PM

    Memo to Ray Lewis. Go back to school and learn how to speak English properly.
    Then find your white suit that disappeared and hand it over to the police. You know — the one you were wearing the night a murder happened.
    Then tell us how you lied to the police and told everyone with you to do the same thing to impede the police investigation.
    After you’ve done all that, maybe we’ll listen to you about the lights going off at a Super Bowl which the team you were on won.
    Sometimes you have to shake your head at how dumb some of these NFL players really are.

  34. prmpft says: Sep 1, 2013 2:09 PM

    Ray Ray was so mad he could’ve stabbed someone – wait…

  35. lawchick35 says: Sep 1, 2013 3:12 PM

    Thank You Ray for pubicly stating what most of us thought. Keep the haters on their toes!!

  36. nytitancl says: Sep 1, 2013 3:13 PM

    I guess the 49ers had more time to prepare a new offensive game plan during the blackout while the Ravens had less time to prepare a new defensive game plan? How much time was the game delayed? And who divided up that time in the 49ers favor?

  37. saintsfire says: Sep 1, 2013 3:14 PM

    the outage certainly helped Kaeper and Harbaugh gain some composure.

    Up to that point the Ravens had their # and the 49’s were stinkin it up.

  38. imodan says: Sep 1, 2013 3:35 PM

    Ray knows cheating when he sees it. Made a career out of it.

  39. dklyce44 says: Sep 1, 2013 3:59 PM

    I agree with you totally Mr. Lewis. That was definitely not an accident.

  40. broncobrewer says: Sep 1, 2013 4:37 PM

    The day Lewis announced his retirement I said the nfl would do everything to make him go out a champion. If you watch the game from then on their or many suspect calls and weird ball bounces. I still don’t get why they did it.

  41. bighurt228 says: Sep 1, 2013 5:09 PM

    Since when do we listen to anything this convict has to say??
    “”””””””””””””””””””BOYCOTT ESPN “”””””””””””””””””””””””””

  42. 12strikes says: Sep 1, 2013 5:41 PM

    Funny how someone who got away with murder would talk about conspiracy theories.

  43. mattw70 says: Sep 1, 2013 7:11 PM

    Ray doesn’t know the difference between a power outage and getting your power turned off from lack of payment.
    He said,“I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don’t know facts.” But that didn’t stop him from talking about it.

  44. tory707 says: Sep 1, 2013 7:36 PM

    Bighurt spot on dude!!!

  45. jdhein22 says: Sep 1, 2013 7:37 PM

    Well, deer antler spray only works so long. So, when the lights went down and the game got delayed, the antler spray started to wear out.

  46. bmoreballbuster says: Sep 1, 2013 7:44 PM

    Love him or hate him…HE WON YOU LOST!

  47. critterkiller33 says: Sep 1, 2013 9:12 PM

    I am surprised they didnt find someone stabbed to death after the lights came back on….

  48. northstarnic says: Sep 1, 2013 11:20 PM

    Where you suppose ray gets his PCP now that Hernandez is locked up?

  49. oddte says: Sep 2, 2013 2:35 AM

    oh sure, hate on Ray Lewis, but can you count to a zillion?

  50. buzzkill12 says: Sep 2, 2013 6:17 AM

    Hey Ray it was the Buffalo Wild Wings dude that shut off the lights! I saw him hit the switch they needed to sell 1 million more wings dude. But hey you pulled it out anyway. I told him not to push the sprinkler button that made you trip backwards when you got run over by that running back but hey lets stick with that ok.

    I hope everyone boycotts ESPN!

  51. mjhutmkr says: Sep 2, 2013 8:34 AM

    Ray, you’re an idiot and took too many blows to the head.

    Get over yourself, moron!!

  52. bighurt228 says: Sep 2, 2013 8:14 PM

    Right on …..!!

    “””””””””””””””””””BOYCOTT ESPN “”””””””””””””””””””””””””””””
    “””””””””””””””” BOYCOTT ESPN. “””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

  53. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 3, 2013 4:19 AM

    “I’m with Ray. ”
    Sincerely, Conspiracy theorist everywhere

  54. thejimthorpejamsession says: Sep 3, 2013 3:28 PM

    That thinking is short-sighted and self-involved. It’s not always about YOU Ray. Sometimes things just happen.

    If what he alleges were the case, then why in Superbowls past, where there were quite a number of blow-outs, didn’t similar interruptions take place?

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