Super Bowl Blackout: Top 12 Conspiracy Theories

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Super Bowl BlackoutSuper Bowl XLVII came to a standstill Sunday when the lights went out at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. What caused the unprecedented power outage, which delayed the big game for 33 minutes? Officials are blaming a faulty feeder line (whatever that is), but skeptics insist something’s rotten in Denmark.

Herewith are 12 of the most popular conspiracy theories…

1 | Sasha was so fierce she blew the power out!

2 | In a smart crossover, Elementary‘s Sherlock Holmes will solve this mystery live. Here comes Jonny Lee Miller, getting dropped in via helicopter….

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3 | Hey, Kelly Rowland was warned not to plug her curling iron into that sketchy dressing room outlet.

4 | NBC president Bob Greenblatt, dressed as a roving concession worker, pulled the plug to promote the midseason return of Revolution.

5 | CBS boss Les Moonves went to pay the electric bill, but had maxed out his American Express black card paying for that Broke Girls “spectacular.”

6 | The Ghost of Diana Ross’ Super Bowl weave strikes again!

7 | Eric Taylor still miffed about being passed over for the 49ers’ coaching job two years ago. And Riggins owed him a favor.

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8 | The stadium electrician, who looked suspiciously like diehard Niners fan Jennifer Garner, wanted to stop the Ravens’ momentum.

9 | A very poorly timed “viral” aspect to the Star Trek Into Darkness promotional campaign.

10 | At least I never called any of the players fat!” –Lance Armstrong, being taken away in cuffs.

11 | Uh-oh, Dan Marino’s wife just arrived.

12 | The bright stadium lights were wreaking havoc on a nearby night shoot for the Treme finale. Melissa Leo “knows a guy.”

What do you think caused the lights to go out? Hit the comments!



Comments (73)

  • I was waiting for Bane to walk out on the field

    Comment by strachpa – February 3, 2013 06:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My guess is that Marie Laveau didn’t like the half-time show.

    Comment by Maddy – February 3, 2013 06:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Best conspiracy reason ever!

      Comment by Cheri – February 4, 2013 07:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The illuminati

    Comment by Er – February 3, 2013 06:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ray Lewis wanted to commit murder. Did anyone do a head count for the 49ers?!

    Comment by Hmm. – February 3, 2013 06:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Too much bootylicious? Superdome wasnt ready for this jelly

    Comment by Missyd – February 3, 2013 06:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • kanye didnt want it to finish…beyonce had the best halftime performance of ALL TIME

    Comment by Carly – February 3, 2013 06:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s the power of 28. Division playoffs were lost at the score of 28 for those teams. The conference champs were won at 28. The Ravens are winning at 28 right now. So, it’s their fault.

    Comment by Marianne – February 3, 2013 06:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why the Dan Marino joke??? I’m lost

    Comment by Jo – February 3, 2013 06:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He cheated on his wife like seven years ago and had a love child he has been paying to keep quiet while taking care of the girl and staying married to his wife of thirty years and their six children. At least that’s my summary as a non Marino fan.

      Comment by Leigh – February 3, 2013 06:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Number four = awesome idea. :-)

    Comment by Tran – February 3, 2013 06:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Heard it was Saints fans getting back at Goodell for the Bounty scandal

    Comment by Maria – February 3, 2013 06:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s New Orleans. The power goes out if someone spits in the street.

    Comment by mm – February 3, 2013 06:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PBS wanted everyone to switch over to Downton Abbey…

    Comment by caren – February 3, 2013 06:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 2 Broke Girls Spectacular. Good one.

    Comment by Nick Russo (@npr1000) – February 3, 2013 06:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The locals are getting back at Roger Goodell for keeping our 2nd round draft pick. Who Dat.

    Comment by Addie – February 3, 2013 06:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Damn straight!

      Comment by Amanda – February 3, 2013 07:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • @Jo – it was just revealed that Marino had an affair that resulted in a child.

    Comment by forwarddad – February 3, 2013 06:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Buffalo Wild Wings didn’t want the season to end.

    Comment by tabithalconley – February 3, 2013 06:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Exactly. Someone at BWW did it!

      Comment by tp – February 3, 2013 06:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was Bane!!! D

    Comment by Monica :D – February 3, 2013 06:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OLIVIA DUNHAM and her CORTEXIPHAN powers!!!! :)

    Comment by Laura – February 3, 2013 06:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Police reporting Ray Lewis killed the lights…

    Comment by Maggie May (@MidloDem) – February 3, 2013 06:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kanye wanted a repeat performance of the best Super Bowl Halftime Show. Of. All. Time.

    Comment by Starr – February 3, 2013 06:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • #7!!!! or Buffalo Wild Wings owned a favor.

    Comment by V – February 3, 2013 06:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Buffalo WildWings definitely did it.

      Comment by Alex – February 4, 2013 06:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m glad I read this. Now I can adjust my dvr for Elementary.

    Comment by tp – February 3, 2013 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • #4 made me laugh the hardest. I also loved the Treme shout-out.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – February 3, 2013 06:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jackie needed to send a little reminder to her eldest that we “play nice” with the baby.

    Comment by Jess – February 3, 2013 06:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Best one I’ve seen (especially in light of the temper tantrums the baby was throwing on the sideline)!

      Comment by Lyndsey – February 3, 2013 08:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They needed the jaws of life to remove Beyonce’s spanks and blew a fuse.

    Comment by john – February 3, 2013 06:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Las Vegas book makers

    Comment by Ravens Fan – February 3, 2013 06:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • FEMA forgot to send the full voucher for New Orleans Utility Co….

    Comment by scottymac – February 3, 2013 07:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Who knew if they would’ve taking a page out of the TV series Revolution over at NBC. 50 days left before the series comes back at “full power”.

    Comment by Tran – February 3, 2013 07:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Point spread…gamblers who know people in high places.

    Comment by JC – February 3, 2013 07:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A friend of mine saw a “UFO” going toward NOLA over Baton Rouge soon before the power went out..

    Comment by Grace – February 3, 2013 08:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Grace, do you know anything more about that? How soon before the blackout was the UFO sighting over Baton Rouge? Which direction was it traveling towards? What was its appearance?

      Comment by Jim Deardorff – February 4, 2013 08:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What?? I was driving down burbank in Baton Rouge last with my girlfriend last night around 8:00 and we saw something flying in the sky so fast, made a “J” shaped turn and disappeared heading east!!

      Comment by Sean – February 4, 2013 01:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • *it was probably closer to 7:30

        Comment by Sean – February 4, 2013 01:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was all those 49ers fans at buffalo wild wings

    Comment by Amy – February 3, 2013 08:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Doesnt matter who’s fans it was, Buffalo Wildwings has done this before! Remember the sprinklers…

      Comment by Alex – February 4, 2013 06:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • blame bush

    Comment by Douglas Haase – February 3, 2013 08:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Iron Man. Enough said.

    Comment by Lea – February 3, 2013 08:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s the MERCEDES-BENZ Superdome. An electrical failure was to be expected.

    Comment by jimbo – February 3, 2013 08:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s obvious it was former Destiny’s Children LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson who were the culprits trying to sabotage the halftime show. They’re pretty well known for having bad timing.

    Comment by Jeff – February 3, 2013 08:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The little guys won tonight. Goodell & the NFL unfairly tore the Saints apart w/ “BountyGate”. Who do you think runs the SuperDome???

    Comment by Francis – February 3, 2013 09:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jim Ross(JR) on Twiiter commented that had the gong gone off that everyone should run for their life

    Comment by Bradley Martens (@BRJericho7) – February 3, 2013 09:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Illuminati leaving their mark after their #1 female media mogul performed.

    Comment by Lauren – February 3, 2013 09:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I watched the whole Diana Ross Superbowl Half-time show from Superbowl 30 and don’t get the joke. She did a great job from beginning to end, with no lip-synching and a huge set and four costume changes on stage. She flew out of the stadium in a helipcopter…what’s the problem with her show?

    Comment by Chris – February 3, 2013 11:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t NOT do this:
    The Ravens SURGED through the first half before Beyonce LIT UP the Superdome with her ELECTRIFYING halftime performance. After the technical difficulties, someone must have LIT A FIRE (#alternativeformsofenergy) under the 49ers. As the turn of events SPARKED a 22(ish?) point scoring streak for the Niners, the Ravens sideline seemed lacking in ENERGY. Long story SHORT, it was LIGHTS OUT for the Niners in New Orleans.The worst part of the evening? There wasn’t even a commercial for TRANSFORMERS.

    Comment by cjeffery7 – February 3, 2013 11:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • BMW did it.

    Comment by dee123 – February 4, 2013 12:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hey, who turned out the lights!? #VashtaNeradaatthesuperbowl

    Comment by Nessie – February 4, 2013 01:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One of the sponsors was ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness.’ Coincidence? I think not.

    Comment by LynnH – February 4, 2013 02:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tagliabeau couldnt stand the thought of Ravens winning another Super Bowl.

    Comment by Troy – February 4, 2013 04:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Totally unrelated to the black out but I’ve been trying to review the 2 posts regarding the ads and it automatically takes me to hulu. I can’t even read the article or the comments under it? What’s the deal? :)

    Comment by Kim R – February 4, 2013 05:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Harrahs casino was being robbed by a crew mimicking the plot of Ocean’s 11

    Comment by Bob – February 4, 2013 07:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I also thought of Mom Harbaugh version of a “timeout”!!

    Comment by Linda – February 4, 2013 07:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The electricity tried to ice the Ravens. Luckily they were able to recover and hang on for the win. If I had to hear “who has it better than us?” one more time…

    Comment by Terry – February 4, 2013 10:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • #OpSuperbowl That is all.

    Comment by Farijal Emanuels – February 4, 2013 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jay-Z yelled “Light’s Out, Baby!” and he tried to take the mic for a 2nd half-time show. Bey had to remind him, it wasn’t his day….

    Comment by B – February 4, 2013 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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