A power outage at the Louisiana Superdome delayed the Super Bowl for over half an hour in one of the most surreal scenes in sports. Power was completely out in the CBS booth with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms and the network had to lean on sideline reporters Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcots for updates. On the radio side, Dial Global tweeted this picture of play by play man Kevin Harlan having to broadcast the power outage to the nation via landline phone. Hooray technology!
This may be one of my favorite announcing related pictures in history as Harlan looks like he's a 1950's news reporter instead of calling the biggest game in American sports. All he needs is an official old timey press hat. That was truly a power outage with no regard for human life.
The weird thing about the Power Outage, was that it didn't affect the Live CBS Studio team of James Brown, Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, Boomer Esiason and Coach Bill Cower however!!!
Next year when Fox has the Super Bowl with Buck and Aikman, all of you Simms haters will be absolutely clamoring to hear Phil.
First time I've had a chance to hear entire game with Nantz/Simms. Thought all the criticism I'd heard would prepare me. It didn't......what is CBS thinking?
Anyone who's announced high school sports has had to do something like this at some point. (Earlier this year I called an entire second half on a borrowed cellphone after mine died.)
CBS should consider the announcerless game, like NBC did all those years ago. Better than Phil Simms.