49ers Blackout: Life Imitates Art

Categories: Media, Sports
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All things considered, a few more candlesticks would have helped out at Candlestick
If nothing else, yesterday's lights-out performance by the San Francisco 49ers' defense offered sportswriters the chance to make gratuitous puns. The hometown side folded, spindled, and mutilated the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, despite a pair of lengthy -- and embarrassing -- power outages. No lights? Well, they don't call it Candlestick Park for nothing.

The blackouts forced football fans and broadcasters to suddenly cope with the wholly alien situation of dealing with vast amounts of dead time in the midst of a professional football game. This led to much gnashing of teeth and pointing of fingers between the 49ers and PG&E.

It also led to amateur conspiracy theory-mongering -- as if the 49ers needed to pull a stunt like this to prove Candlestick Park is a dump, and as if PG&E needed an excuse to blow up its clientele.

What was missed in all the inaction, however, is that the scene at Candlestick Park eerily resembled a 15-year-old commercial -- featuring the 49ers.

It never ceases to boggle the mind what you can find on YouTube. But, sadly, I cannot locate the 1997 Ericsson commercial in question. Here's a story from Advertising Age about the spot, however, just to prove I'm not imagining the whole thing.

In the ad, a power outage hit Ericsson Stadium -- home of the Carolina Panthers -- while the ball is in play during a game with the Niners. Fans hold their phones aloft -- much as real fans did at The 'Stick last night -- illuminating the field of play. The light from the legion of cell phones is so great, the 49ers and Panthers are jarred to chase down the loose ball.

That's not how it went last night. Instead, everyone twiddled their thumbs, while national web troglodytes bashed the 49ers' facility -- certainly a way could be found to blame this gaffe on "libruls" -- and locals bashed PG&E.

Those at the stadium, undoubtedly, played with their luminescent phones -- which glow much brighter and offer one much more to do than back in '97, incidentally.

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Chuck  Zito you are such a coward writing how you can beat me on your face book page and then banning me from accepting the challenge . Then  after you know I found out what you did you erased your comments like a coward. your such a rich man's play bitch chuck your all mouth and a big ass to boot


 This electrical fiasco proves that  FRISCO aint what it used to be.  its just another bottom feeder city like all the rest are in America are. the good old days are gone with the winds of time.

Joe Eskenazi
Joe Eskenazi

"...while national web troglodytes bashed the 49ers' facility -- certainly a way could be found to blame this gaffe on 'libruls'..."

Life imitates art imitating life. Thanks for reading!



  They should buy and use American made electrical tape for their wiring problem instead of the cheaper china made product brand from china sold in most 99 cent stores around the good ole USA!

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