February 5, 2013

OUR VIEW: We don’t need a Super scapegoat


— Even before we hit the office Monday morning, this headline came rolling in from the national wire about Sunday’s Super Bowl power outage: “New Orleans braces for fallout from blackout.”

The famous Superdome went black for 34 minutes during the biggest game of the year due to an electrical override system. The end.

We seriously doubt there was a conspiracy by beer sellers and advertisers, as is already being tossed around. And that’s just one of many theories we saw floating around the web within hours of the incident.

From the sounds of it, it was a safety precaution that worked as designed. It was a mistake. Plain and simple. It was unfortunate, but all ended well.

Was it an ideal situation for New Orleans? No.

Is it something that America should turn its focus to and spend hours upon hours trying to discover who is to blame? No.

Speculation has already begun about whether this will hurt the city’s chances at nabbing another Super Bowl. It’s barely been eight years since the Superdome sheltered 30,000 residents who sought refuge there from Hurricane Katrina, which ripped the building’s roof off.

Let’s cut them some slack.

The city has clawed its way back, spending billions to spruce up downtown, the airport, French Quarter and other areas of the city. The stadium itself soaked up $336 million in repairs and renovations.

Yes, the power went out on Sunday, but we still think it’s a miracle the city has gotten as far as it has and put on a great show for the national stage.

We beg national media not to turn this into a witch hunt, seeking out who will bear the blame. Doing just that has fueled our society’s need for a scapegoat in every situation. We need someone to point the finger at and say it’s all their fault. Let’s not let that happen here.

Commentators, let’s not analyze the fallout for months. Instead, let’s follow the fans’ lead. They seemed to take the outage in stride.

“So we had to spend 30 minutes in the dark?” said Amanda Black of Columbus, Miss.

Thank you, Amanda, for the perspective.

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