Super Bowl Blackout: Top 12 Conspiracy Theories

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.”

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73 Comments
  1. strachpa says:

    I was waiting for Bane to walk out on the field

  2. Maddy says:

    My guess is that Marie Laveau didn’t like the half-time show.

  3. Er says:

    The illuminati

  4. Hmm. says:

    Ray Lewis wanted to commit murder. Did anyone do a head count for the 49ers?!

  5. Missyd says:

    Too much bootylicious? Superdome wasnt ready for this jelly

  6. Carly says:

    kanye didnt want it to finish…beyonce had the best halftime performance of ALL TIME

  7. Marianne says:

    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.

  8. Jo says:

    Why the Dan Marino joke??? I’m lost

    • Leigh says:

      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.

  9. Tran says:

    Number four = awesome idea. :-)

  10. Maria says:

    Heard it was Saints fans getting back at Goodell for the Bounty scandal

  11. mm says:

    It’s New Orleans. The power goes out if someone spits in the street.

  12. caren says:

    PBS wanted everyone to switch over to Downton Abbey…

  13. 2 Broke Girls Spectacular. Good one.

  14. Addie says:

    The locals are getting back at Roger Goodell for keeping our 2nd round draft pick. Who Dat.

  15. forwarddad says:

    @Jo – it was just revealed that Marino had an affair that resulted in a child.

  16. Buffalo Wild Wings didn’t want the season to end.

  17. Monica :D says:

    It was Bane!!! D

  18. Laura says:

    OLIVIA DUNHAM and her CORTEXIPHAN powers!!!! :)

  19. Police reporting Ray Lewis killed the lights…

  20. Starr says:

    Kanye wanted a repeat performance of the best Super Bowl Halftime Show. Of. All. Time.

  21. V says:

    #7!!!! or Buffalo Wild Wings owned a favor.

  22. tp says:

    I’m glad I read this. Now I can adjust my dvr for Elementary.

  23. Britta Unfiltered says:

    #4 made me laugh the hardest. I also loved the Treme shout-out.

  24. Jess says:

    Jackie needed to send a little reminder to her eldest that we “play nice” with the baby.

  25. john says:

    They needed the jaws of life to remove Beyonce’s spanks and blew a fuse.

  26. Ravens Fan says:

    Las Vegas book makers

  27. scottymac says:

    FEMA forgot to send the full voucher for New Orleans Utility Co….

  28. Tran says:

    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”.

  29. JC says:

    Point spread…gamblers who know people in high places.

  30. Grace says:

    A friend of mine saw a “UFO” going toward NOLA over Baton Rouge soon before the power went out..

    • Jim Deardorff says:

      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?

    • Sean says:

      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!!

  31. Amy says:

    It was all those 49ers fans at buffalo wild wings

  32. Lea says:

    Iron Man. Enough said.

  33. jimbo says:

    It’s the MERCEDES-BENZ Superdome. An electrical failure was to be expected.

  34. Jeff says:

    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.

  35. Francis says:

    The little guys won tonight. Goodell & the NFL unfairly tore the Saints apart w/ “BountyGate”. Who do you think runs the SuperDome???

  36. Jim Ross(JR) on Twiiter commented that had the gong gone off that everyone should run for their life

  37. Lauren says:

    The Illuminati leaving their mark after their #1 female media mogul performed.

  38. Chris says:

    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?

  39. cjeffery7 says:

    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.

  40. dee123 says:

    BMW did it.

  41. Nessie says:

    Hey, who turned out the lights!? #VashtaNeradaatthesuperbowl

  42. LynnH says:

    One of the sponsors was ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness.’ Coincidence? I think not.

  43. Troy says:

    Tagliabeau couldnt stand the thought of Ravens winning another Super Bowl.

  44. Kim R says:

    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? :)

  45. Bob says:

    Harrahs casino was being robbed by a crew mimicking the plot of Ocean’s 11

  46. Linda says:

    I also thought of Mom Harbaugh version of a “timeout”!!

  47. Terry says:

    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…

  48. #OpSuperbowl That is all.

  49. B says:

    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….

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