The Super Bowl blackout gave a black eye to the NFL, the Superdome in New Orleans and the Entergy Corporation that delivers power to Louisiana. When the lights went out Sunday night, the flat-footed CBS broadcast team went silent because they could not even produce live audio from announcers Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.
Personally, I enjoy Nantz and Simms a lot more when I can't hear them.
Nonetheless, the Super Bowl blackout should be rightly regarded as the single most gigantic screw-up in the history of the game. Entergy released a statement Monday attempting to explain why the blackout happened during one of the Superdome's biggest and most important moments. Unsurprisingly, the energy company is blaming the Superdome staff, not themselves, even though they are the company responsible for providing power to the Superdome facility.
Entergy's statement explaining why the lights went out at the Super Bowl basically claims that lights went out because their equipment works too well, and the Superdome's equipment didn't work well enough.
"Shortly after the beginning of the second half of the Super Bowl in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, a piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system," Entergy said in their statement. "Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue."
See? Entergy's equipment "operated as designed." Nothing to see here. Especially because their power is out and it's too dark to see anything.
"Backup generators kicked in immediately as designed," Entergy insists in the press release. Were the generators designed to not restore full power for 34 minutes? And why did Entergy spend 34 minutes telling CBS over and over and over that the power would be back in 15 minutes?
Entergy also claims that "[t]he fault-sensing equipment activated where the Superdome equipment intersects with Entergy's feed into the facility." Their argument here, perhaps accurate, is that New Orleans' infrastructure at big public facilities like the Superdome is not fully rebuilt from Hurricane Katrina.
Hey, liberals can still blame Bush, even for the Super Bowl blackout!
You have to wonder if that Beyonce halftime show, which concluded just 14 minutes before the blackout, might have put the electrical system under additional stress. The NFL has released a statement saying the blackout was not because of the Beyonce performance.
Of course, this is the same Ms. Beyonce Knowles-Carter who did not come clean on her Inauguration Day lip-synching until a full ten days later.
Entergy concludes its statement about the enormously embarassing 34-minute Super Bowl blackout by saying, "There were no additional issues detected." That's sort of like coming home to find you lost part of your house to a fire but "no additional issues were detected."
Superdome officials, by the way, are directing the blame back at Entergy. Fox 8 in New Orleans spoke with a Superdome official early this morning and said, "At this point, it looks like an issue with Entergy, who supplies power to the building."