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08:04 AM ET 02.05 | Mystery solved? Fearful of a blackout not unlike one that marred a nationally televised San Francisco 49ers game in late 2011, officials from Entergy and the Superdome embarked on a last-minute, multimillion dollar effort to ensure such a spectacle wouldn't be repeated at this year's Super Bowl. But the 11th-hour upgrades to the Dome's electrical system, intended to bolster the stadium's electrical reliability, may have contributed to the 34-minute power outage that left New Orleans feeling a bit sheepish in the afterglow of the big game. In December, a little more than a month before the Super Bowl, Entergy New Orleans was in the process of completing a $4.2 million upgrade to the stadium's electrical system, changing it from "redundant" to "tertiary."

The Times-Picayune

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February 5, 2013  08:14 AM ET

Okay...but I was leaning towards the rubberband broke on the mouse wheel theory myself......good morning peeps.....

February 5, 2013  08:16 AM ET

That's what I call an upgrade!!! You did a great job of testing it!!!!!

February 5, 2013  08:26 AM ET

"The Tertiary period begins with the catastrophe that killed off the dinosaurs, about 65 million years ago, ..."

February 5, 2013  08:29 AM ET

Funny how this could give God Goodell the opportunity to snatch the Super Bowls away from New Orleans.

February 5, 2013  08:35 AM ET
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Funny how this could give God Goodell the opportunity to snatch the Super Bowls away from New Orleans.

Wow, I'm surprised that Fan Nanny let you use that word.

February 5, 2013  08:44 AM ET
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"Why the Superdome lost power"George Bush doesn't care about black people!

<crickets>

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February 5, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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You can slap fancy car names all over that thing but its still an outdated facility whose greatest contribution was serving as a glorified campground during Katrina

Glorified? The place was a crime-infested hellhole, as I recall. The good citizens of NOLA who took refuge there did more damage than the flood.

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February 5, 2013  09:10 AM ET

SI HEADLINE BREAKING NEWS!!

"WHY DID THE SUPERDOME LOST POWER?"

February 5, 2013  09:16 AM ET
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Okay, I was trying to be diplomatic. It was the world's largest urinal

OK, we're on the same page.

February 5, 2013  10:14 AM ET

"Entergy New Orleans was in the process of completing a $4.2 million upgrade to the stadium's electrical system, changing it from "redundant" to "tertiary.""

Well, judging by the results, it appears it's actually both. It's "redundant" and form the "tertiary" period.

February 5, 2013  10:21 AM ET

Because someone wanted to collect on a Vegas prop bet.

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February 5, 2013  10:32 AM ET

Look at the name, the dome worked about as well as the car

February 5, 2013  11:39 AM ET
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Blame the power loss on Ray Nagin the old mayor. Nagin probably stole the power also.

Don't dis Nagin, he was just following a long tradition of Lou. politicians by getting rich off of kick backs, bribes, voter fraud, etc. Same as in Il. Is there any other explanation for the election of the current administration?

 
February 5, 2013  01:14 PM ET

Why does the NFL only fear power outages in games the 49ers play in?????

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