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Terrell Suggs Claims Roger Goodell Played a Role in Super Bowl Blackout

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 1, 2013

Terrell Suggs believes NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was behind the blackout during February's Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers

In an interview airing Tuesday on ESPN's E:60, Suggs was quite candid about his thoughts on Goodell, via ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley:

I was like Vegas, parlor tricks, you know what I mean? I was like, ahh, Roger Goodell, he never stops, he always has something up his sleeve. He just couldn't let us have this one in a landslide, huh?

[...]

I thought he had a hand in it. Most definitely, he had a hand in it.

Well, that's one way to look at it. 

For those who may have forgotten by now, a Jacoby Jones kickoff return gave the Ravens a 28-6 lead over the Niners early in the third quarter right before the lights at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome shut off. 

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  A general view of the Superdome after a sudden power outage in the second quarter during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Following the unprecedented 34-minute delay, Baltimore's momentum was toast. San Francisco rallied for 17 straight points to end the third quarter and eventually cut Baltimore's lead to 31-29. 

In the end, however, the Ravens got a key red-zone stop and walked away with the Lombardi Trophy. 

So, yeah. Maybe Goodell saw that Baltimore was pulling away and decided to cut the lights at the Superdome knowing that would, of course, spark the 49ers to a massive comeback. 

Or perhaps it was Beyonce's mega halftime show, as many wondered and joked, per Meredith Blake of the Los Angeles Times. Blake's report indicates, though, that the blackout was most likely due to "improperly maintained equipment at the venue."

When it comes down to it, Suggs is fighting an unnecessary battle. His team won the game, and he comes off sounding quite nonsensical. Coming up with conspiracy theories against the NFL commissioner probably shouldn't be high on his to-do list. 

In the interview, Suggs also said that Goodell isn't making sure "everything is being played on an even playing field" and that he doesn't think the commissioner "should be making $10 million per year."

 

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