SMG Says Super Bowl Blackout Was Prank Played By Employee

Super Bowl blackout

Photo from Sunday’s Super Bowl blackout at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

New Orleans, LA — The mysterious blackout during Sunday’s Super Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans is not a mystery any longer. SMG, the Superdome’s management company, told reporters this evening that after careful review of their tapes, the culprit has been found.

Paul Covington of SMG explained the situation and how they were able to determine who was responsible for the power outage. “We thoroughly reviewed the security videos from Sunday and during this time witnessed 34-year-old Paul Horner, one of our now ex-employees, setting a timer on the lights,” Covington said. “At first Horner denied the accusations but after viewing footage from the video has since confessed. He claimed to have done it as a tribute to Black History Month.”

Earlier today NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke at a press conference denying rumors that the halftime show somehow caused the blackout. “There’s no indication at all that this was caused by the halftime show,” Goodell said. ”Absolutely none. I know that’s been out there, to say that Beyonce’s halftime show had anything to do with it. That’s not the case from anything we have at this point.”

One of Horner’s longtime friends told reporters they suspected that he was the one responsible for the blackout. “We all knew Paul worked for the company that ran the lights at the Superdome. We also knew how much he loved pulling pranks, well this is his masterpiece I guess,” 39-year-old New Orleans resident Lori Dynneson said. “For him to do it, saying it was a tribute to Black History Month is just classic Horner. I don’t think Paul even has one black friend.”

SMG immediately terminated Horner’s employment after he confessed to being responsible for the 35-minute blackout during Sunday’s Super Bowl. Police have yet to determine if he will face criminal charges or not.


  1. Dave Jenkins says:

    They don’t know if he’s going to be charged criminally? Are f*cking serious?!!

  2. Who cares… It gave me more time to drink beer

  3. Anonymous says:

    Black History Month… classic Horner

  4. So awesome!

  5. Nicole L. says:

    I still think it was Beyonce

  6. Best, prank, ever.

  7. Dave's house says:

    Classic Horner…

  8. And this too will be history….

  9. Sweet Brown says:

    A 35-minute blackout at the Super Bowl?

  10. Milton's stapler says:

    This dude is going to federal pound me in the ass prison

  11. You know what they say…. once you go blackout, you never go backout

  12. Devin Shire says:

    This is like the best prank in the history of the United States. A Super Bowl blackout?? That’s epic

  13. Anonymous says:

    Super Bowl XLVII Power Outage | Undertaker Entrance

  14. Black History Month says:

  15. He shut the lights off and they are thinking about filing charges? What charges would they file. Everyone in the world better be charged with something for shutting lights off. He was fired… I understand why. I think that is enough!

  16. Massive Disco says:

    They need to put Horner in jail for a long time. This scared a lot of people and wasted a lot of people’s time. He needs to learn his lesson.

  17. Stephen Colbert says:

  18. 60 Minutes says:

    Super Bowl: What was happening in the control room

  19. Dat smile.

  20. Hey you know, he did The network and the stadium a favor. The game was so lopsided it wasn’t funny. People must have ate and drank more stuff during the outage. The game became more interesting after the break. The people who may have thought they were going home may have booked another night. So he was fired. he got his due, but really int the background the money people probably were saying AWESOME. Thumbs UP HORNER!

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