Between the Lines: The Super Bowl ‘Blackout’ Nobody Is Talking About


*Much ado is being made about a thirty-four minute blackout during what was, at the time, a blowout, in the nation’s most viewed annual sporting event, the Super Bowl.

They are still trying to figure out what caused it. The most obvious suspect was, of course, Beyonce. Seems like she can’t catch a break, after putting on a high powered, high energy, Destiny Child reunion halftime show that fried our ends—to no end. You can’t blame her for everything…she probably had a little incentive after the Inauguration thing. So she probably cracked the voltage up a few notches. She’s a baaaaad girl, and probably blew out a few of her halftime viewers’ circuits, but she didn’t cause the Super Bowl blackout. So who did? They still trying to find out.

Conspiracy theorists place the blackout at the bookies who wanted a closer spread. Whoever, and however, it was caused, it gave new life to a Super Bowl that was on its way to becoming one of the all-time dogs in Super Bowl history. Instead, it turned out to be one of the all time thrillers. The Ravens won a three point squeeker and all the attention was given to the Harbaugh brothers and Ray Lewis, but a more obvious blackout took place that night.

Very few people expected to see the Ravens in the Super Bowl this year. Not ahead of the New England Patriots or the Denver Broncos, both of whom have future Hall of Fame quarterbacks with points to prove. The Ravens didn’t have that kind of quarterback in Joe Flacco. The Ravens had a passionate defense and a flat offense. So flat that Raven coach John Harbaugh knew they weren’t going to get through the playoffs with this offense. So he pulled the plug on offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in Week 14 of the season, with four games left in the season, and hired former Indianapolis Colts head coach, Jim Caldwell. Caldwell woke up a dead Ravens offense with his attention to detail and reinstalling a running game that had literally been shelved under Cameron. And he got Flacco to stop throwing the ball out of the stadium. The results? More rushing yards per game. No interceptions. Higher scoring average. Trip to the Super Bowl. The unexpected happened. A Super Bowl win. Flacco was even Super Bowl MVP. That was really unexpected. Now let’s talk about something else that was unexpected.

Since the end of the 2012 NFL season, there have been 15 senior management position openings, eight head coaching positions and seven general manager positions. All have been filled. Not a single African American coach or general manager prospect was hired.

Not one.

The NFL has what is called “the Rooney Rule,” which says teams have to interview at least one minority candidate to ensure that diversity is, at least, a consideration in teams hiring schemes. Some teams are complying and some teams are not, but one thing has become obvious. The Rooney rule may not be working. Black coaching and general   


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