The blackout during last season’s Super Bowl seems like a distant memory to most. But not to Ray Lewis, at least. The newly-retired, future hall of famer recently opened up to NFL Films’ America’s Game, according to USA Today, about that entire ordeal.
Lewis seems to think it was staged because the Ravens were on the verge of blowing out the 49ers.
“I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don’t know facts,” says Lewis. “But you’re a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out? No. (Laughs) No way.
“Now listen, if you grew up like I grew up — and you grew up in a household like I grew up — then sometimes your lights might go out, because times get hard. I understand that. But you cannot tell me somebody wasn’t sitting there and when they say, ‘The Ravens (are) about to blow them out. Man, we better do something.’ … That’s a huge shift in any game, in all seriousness. And as you see how huge it was because it let them right back in the game.”
That is quite possibly the silliest thing I’ve ever heard.
Where’s the accountability on the Ravens defense for allowing the 49ers to mount that comeback? When the power came back on and the scoreboard was fully lit again, it’s not as if there were miraculously extra points given to San Francisco. Now, that would be a conspiracy. Rather, Ray Lewis and his defensive cohorts allowed Colin Kaepernick to put points on the board. The blackout didn’t do that. Ray should start there.