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December 19, 2011

Lights Out at Monday Night Football: The Monday Night Football game in San Francisco between the 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers has been delayed twice because of a power outage at Candlestick Park. A transformer explosion caused the first outage before the game. Another began at approximately 9:30 p.m. Eastern with the 49ers leading 6-0.

posted by Bonkers to football at 09:58 PM - 15 comments

Dear Candlestick Park (or whatever it's called nowadays):

Please pay your power bills. And look at your electrical system.

Love,

The NFL.

posted by Bonkers at 09:54 PM on December 19

When a fan ran out onto the field during the second delay, Ben Roethlisberger said to a teammate, "Where's James Harrison when you need him?"

posted by rcade at 10:07 PM on December 19

Harrison posted on Twitter: "If I cant play then can't nobody play... Lights out!"

posted by rcade at 10:08 PM on December 19

Candlestick by name, candlestick by nature.

posted by etagloh at 10:38 PM on December 19

Is there still any controversy about the new stadium? My cynical nature inspires me to suspect a conspiracy here. A little "crappy old Candlestick is an embarrassment to our fine city!" might go a long way in that department.

posted by feloniousmonk at 11:30 PM on December 19

How was Roethlisberger determined to be healthy enough to play? He couldn't really have been better than Batch at that point. I assume Tomlin watched the same warm-up as we did. Roethlisberger could barely move, and it showed -- 3 ints and 1 fumble.

posted by bperk at 07:02 AM on December 20

As a Steeler fan, I have some serious issues with last night. First, is a 75% Ben better then a healthy Charlie Batch or Dennis Dixon. The way the 49ers were coming after Ben, someone a little mobile may have been helpful. Second, if you decide you want to play him, fine, but in mop ujp time with 4 min left, down 3 scores, I think it is tiome to sit him down. Ben healthy is the only chance this team has.

posted by Debo270 at 10:08 AM on December 20

Second, if you decide you want to play him, fine, but in mop ujp time with 4 min left, down 3 scores, I think it is tiome to sit him down.

Makes sense to me. I'd even think about sitting him for these last two games. If I'm counting correctly, it would be almost impossible for the Steelers to get knocked out of the playoffs, and damn hard for them to get bumped back to 5th seed (and they're not gonna win the division, so...).

posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:33 AM on December 20

Dear Candlestick Park (or whatever it's called nowadays)...

Well yesterday it was Candlestick Dark.

posted by BornIcon at 10:37 AM on December 20

Steelers need Ben and Pouncey healthy to have a shot this year. I didn't notice last night - was Hines Ward inactive, or just irrelevant?

posted by cixelsyd at 10:39 AM on December 20

It was slightly funny watching the talking heads trying to find something relevant to say during the outages.

posted by Folkways at 11:09 AM on December 20

was Hines Ward inactive, or just irrelevant?

Irrelevant. Hines has been banged up but has slowly moved from the #3 to the #4 or 5. The steelers have a great young group with Wallace, Brown, and Sanders, and Jerico Chochery(sp) has been solid too. I really think they just want to ghet Hines his 1000 catches and hope he hangs it up after this year.

If I'm counting correctly, it would be almost impossible for the Steelers to get knocked out of the playoffs, and damn hard for them to get bumped back to 5th seed

They are def in the playoffs and now would need another Ravens loss to get back into the top 4. They are almost def not going to win the division, but yes it would be hard to fall to the 6 spot. I would sit Pouncey and Ben as well. Get healthy for a run.

posted by Debo270 at 12:01 PM on December 20

Barring a major collapse from the Ravens the Steelers are the 5 seed travelling to Denver for the 1st round.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:08 PM on December 20

Would love a game in Denver. Thats like a bye.

posted by Debo270 at 12:11 PM on December 20

The new stadium in Santa Clara is progressing fine, the financing was just put in place; even so opening day is not supposed to be until 2015.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:24 PM on December 20

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