Seeing Clearly in the Dark

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That was a great Super Bowl. There were plenty of back stories, brother vs. brother, murderer vs. homophobe, lovely city by the bay vs. shit-hole. But the one that captured my attention was the blackout that changed the momentum of the game.

I don’t gamble much, but I do believe that the gambling world’s elite have a hand in shaping the outcome of games, and I have a theory that this was a stunning example of it. Having grown up in Cicero and spending a lot of time in New Orleans, I know there are plenty of “fixers” out there to control a situation, and this seemed like the greatest example since Ali vs. Liston. I can almost hear someone saying, “I’ll cause the distraction and buy you time. You make damn sure you talk to our guys on the field and get this game under control!” Yes, that implies mob guys were on the field collaborating with / intimidating officials, players, and coaches, but there were a lot of people down there. By shear numbers alone, some of them had to be mobbed up. I’m sorry, but it just makes the most sense to me.

If you look at all that happened after the blackout with suspicious eyes, the evidence is there. Granted, since this is a hairball theory, the “evidence” is more of a “Bigfoot hunter” caliber than “police investigator” quality. But a game that looked to be a blowout ended in a self-inflicted safety that let the Ravens win by 3. The point spread was 3 ½, last time I checked. That half-point makes all the difference in the world – the gambling world, that is. All this leads me to one hopeful conclusion: New Orleans, a city I love, may have their corruption back to pre-Katrina levels.


Ed Furman is a Second City alumni and a co-founder of the Annoyance Theater. He is a playwright and co-authored the hits Co-ed Prison Slutsand Rod Blagojevich: Superstar.