Sunday's Week 12 matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium featured a brief delay late in the third quarter after the sprinkler system activated during the game, spraying players and forcing both teams off the field.
The report of a delay was confirmed on SportsCenter's Twitter page:
Dolphins and Seahawks just entered a brief delay after the sprinklers turned on DURING the game. #SprinklerGate— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 25, 2012
The Seahawks led 14-7 when the incident occurred. Of course, some conspiracy theorists will wonder if this was an attempt by the Miami grounds crew to prevent the Dolphins from dropping a second straight home game and fourth consecutive game overall.
Former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard was at the game and tweeted about the situation:
I'm at the Seahawks/Dolphins game...and with 1:44 left in the 3rd the sprinklers on the field came on. You can't make this stuff up.— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) November 25, 2012
The reaction from the players, coaches and referees was priceless. Most of the players just stood there in a harmless state of shock, while the coaches took advantage of the stoppage to talk strategy.
USC beat writer Scott Enyeart tweeted what everyone else was thinking as soon as the comical scene broke out down on the field:
The sprinklers just turned on during the Seahawks-Dolphins game. No joke. Buffalo Wild Wings style.— Scott Enyeart (@ScottEnyeart) November 25, 2012
Indeed, Sunday's scene was right out of a Buffalo Wild Wings commercial, only neither team benefited from this hilarious mishap.
Unfortunately for the struggling Dolphins, the sprinklers were eventually shut off and the game resumed.
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