Fleur-de-Links: February 4, 2013

Ronald Martinez

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Superdome officials still searching for cause of Super Bowl power outage, but more details are being reported.

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Turn out the lights. The season is over.

Superdome Official: Entergy feeder line could be the culprit - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports
At this point, it looks like an issue with Entergy, who supplies power to the building. Thornton says there are two feeder lines that go into the Superdome and that there was an issue with one of the lines.

moosedenied " Blog Archive " Dancin’ in the dark… to the radio of love…
Welp. I mean, of course wackiness was bound to ensue. Duh. It was inevitable. This! Is! New Orleans!

WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports - Video: Inside The NFL Control Room As Dome Lights Went Out
As the lights went out in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Armen Keteyian was inside the NFL control room and captured behind-the-scenes video of the handling of the incident.

NFL says it was ready with backup power system - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Superdome had a backup power system that was about to be used during the Super Bowl electrical outage but it wasn't needed because power started coming back at that time.

Goodell: Power outage won't hurt N.O.'s chances at another Super Bowl | wwltv.com New Orleans
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that the 33-minute power outage that occurred at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday night would not affect the league's opinion of New Orleans.

Superdome 2013 blackout not a result of emergency electrical work, Dome officials say | NOLA.com
Doug Thornton of SMG, the company that manages the Dome, told WWL-TV this morning that the Dome was actually using less power than usual when the blackout occurred because the cool weather meant the building needed little cooling.

Roger Goodell: Power outage won’t stop NFL from returning to New Orleans | ProFootballTalk

Sunday night's power outage was one of the more surreal moments in Super Bowl history, but it isn't one that will negatively impact New Orleans' chance of hosting the game again in the future.

The lights in the Superdome go out during the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN

He said the outage appeared to originate in a failure of equipment maintained by stadium staff. It occurred shortly after Beyonce put on a 12-minute halftime show that featured extravagant lighting and video effects.

NFL - Images from the Super Bowl blackout - FOX Sports Photo Gallery | FOX Sports on MSN

A power surge caused half the lights in the Superdome to go out early in the second half of the Super Bowl. NFL - Images from the Super Bowl blackout - FOX Sports Photo Gallery

New Orleans braces for fallout from blackout - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN

''A piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system,'' the statement said. ''Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue. ... Entergy and SMG will continue to investigate the root cause of the abnormality.''

Superdome blackout affects Super Bowl XLVII momentum - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN

"I heard it was because of Beyonce, man," Graham said. "She did so much out there, everything just went dark."

Super Bowl Power Outage: Lights Go Out At Superdome During Ravens-49ers Super Bowl

NEW ORLEANS — The Super Bowl was halted for 34 minutes because of a power outage Sunday night, plunging parts of the Superdome into darkness and briefly leaving TV viewers of the biggest game of the year with no football and no explanation why. The Baltimore Ravens were leading the San Francisco 49ers 28-6 when most of the lights in the 73,000-seat building went out with 13:22 left in the third quarter.

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Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII

John Harbaugh: "I way overreacted" to power outage | ProFootballTalk
Although Harbaugh didn’t get into specifics about what he was angry about, it appeared that he thought the 49ers were getting an unfair advantage because the power on their sideline wasn’t out, so they were still able to use their sideline-to-booth communications, while the Ravens’ communications system wasn’t working. Under NFL rules, if one team’s communications go out, the other team isn’t supposed to be able to use theirs.

Ravens' Super Bowl win sets likely ratings record - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Ravens Super Bowl win sets likely ratings record Ravens Super Bowl win sets likely ratings record

Colin Kaepernick blames himself for 49ers’ Super Bowl loss | ProFootballTalk
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick had an outstanding game in defeat at Super Bowl XLVII, with 302 passing yards and 62 rushing yards. But after the game, Kaepernick put the loss on his own shoulders. "I feel like I made too many mistakes for us to win," Kaepernick said, via CSNBayArea.

Frank Gore: Ravens "got away with one" | ProFootballTalk
In recent years, it's become something of a tradition for someone from the losing team of a playoff game to contend that the final score was not indicative of who was the better team.

Ravens will be forced to use exclusive franchise tag on Flacco | ProFootballTalk
On Joe Flacco, the Ravens rolled the dice and lost. But at least they won a Super Bowl along the way. Last year at this time, we explained that "Flacco probably needs to win the Super Bowl, and perhaps the Super Bowl MVP trophy" to get the kind of top-five money that agent Joe Linta said Flacco...

Michael Crabtree: I’m not going to blame the refs | ProFootballTalk
After the end of the 49ers' 34-31 loss to the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, their coach Jim Harbaugh started his press conference by saying he believed that the team should have gotten a fresh set of downs at the end of the fourth quarter because wide receiver Michael Crabtree was interfered with and ...

Jacoby Jones bought a bunch of couches last night | ProFootballTalk
Jacoby Jones earned a place in Super Bowl history with his record-breaking 108-yard kickoff return. But somebody got a free couch out of the deal, too.

Congratulations To The Baltimore Ravens! Now Pay Your Louisiana Tax Bill - Forbes
When the lights went out in New Orleans, did anyone confirm the whereabouts of exiled Saints coach Sean Payton? I like to imagine that he exacted his revenge on the NFL by pulling the plug on the league’s greatest spectacle, a la Johnny from Airplane.

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SaintsWin gives a brilliant summary of the 2013 NFL season.

SaintsWin: Opinion & Analysis: On Roger Goodell and the Media
It’s clearly not a coincidence that, suddenly, article after article repeats a familiar message that goes something like this: Goodell saved the Saints and the Superdome after Katrina, or; Goodell is faced with making tough choices to "change the culture," or; Goodell is a good-humored guy because [insert incredibly lame anecdotal story from 25 years ago here], or; Saints’ fans shouldn’t embarrass their city by expressing their disdain for Goodell.

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On to the 2013 season

2013 waiver period opens | ProFootballTalk
It's the day after the Super Bowl, which means that all teams can now release players. For the 20 non-playoff teams, their rosters froze at the end of the regular season. Then, as each of the 10 non-Super Bowl teams lost in the postseason, their ability to cut players ended, too.

Who Dats hold jazz funeral to put Saints season to rest | wwltv.com New Orleans
On Super Bowl Sunday in Mid-City, Saints fans buried the hatchet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to try to put the frustrating 2012 season behind them.

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Lagniappe

The Sports Guy on performance-enhancing drugs - Grantland
If everyone is secretly suspicious of so many athletic achievements in the 21st century, why aren't we talking about it?

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: I would 'absolutely' let my son play football - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Asked by Bob Schieffer on Sunday whether the league hid the risks of head injuries, Goodell said, ''No.''

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