Found February 03, 2013 on
A power outage at the Louisiana Superdome delayed the Super Bowl for over half an hour in one of the most surreal scenes in sports. Power was out in the CBS booth with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms and the network had to lean on sideline reporters Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcots for updates. On the radio side, Dial Global tweeted this picture of play by play man Kevin Harlan having to broadcast the power outage to the nation via landline phone. This may be one of my favorite announcing related pictures in history as Harlan looks like he's a 1950's news reporter instead of calling the biggest game in American sports. All he needs is an official old timey press hat. That was truly a power outage with no regard for human life.
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With 13:28 remaining in the 3rd quarter of the Superbowl, the Superdome abruptly lost power. Play resumed after about 15 minutes.
For those of us who are not huge Phil Simms fans, the power outage at the Super Bowl served as a small blessing. For the players, the power outage could be a serious problem. Tightening muscles, pulled hamstrings, you name it. The San Francisco 49ers have to hope that this stops the bleeding and keeps the Ravens off balance.
Super Bowl XLVII was far from the broadcast equivalent for Phil Simms of going 22/25 in Super Bowl XXI. CBS's top NFL analyst was caught contradicting himself repeatedly throughout the game and missed out on late game strategy. While not quite reaching Chris Berman levels, the Twitterati was left unimpressed. One of those newfound announcing critics was the NBA's best...
Good, bad, and ugly posts tend to naturally force writers to give the negative more coverage than the positive. Had NBC broadcast Super Bowl XLVII, that might have made things tough on me. But with CBS in charge and a 34-minute power outage in the mix, it was easy to find enough problems to fill the "bad" and "ugly" columns. This was not a smooth broadcast, but...