Let me set the scene for you guys: It’s a beautiful night in Los Angeles, California. A nice 75 degrees, not too humid, perfect weather for a baseball game. Thousands of fans put down their surfboards and reefer for a couple hours to unite over Dodgers baseball. The suspense is high. It’s the bottom of the 12th inning. Matt Kemp is on second base and
Uncle Chaps Justin Turner is up at the plate, a big time masher of the baseball. Electricity is in the air. Then all of the sudden, the electricity disappears. Literally.
— Dave (@davelanzarin_) August 26, 2018
There’s a short delay as the outage gets figured out. Then the very next pitch, this happens.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 26, 2018
What a ruse. The ole power outage in the stadium trick. Never forget when Ray Lewis turned the power off at the Super Bowl so that he could win another ring. *insert Ray Lewis murder joke here* Now obviously the stage isn’t quite as big, but the principle is the same. The Dodgers shut off their power so Justin Turner could pop a couple greenies really quick and blast one to the moon (hit a blooper) and win the game for his team.
Folks, the last time a power outage had this big of an effect on Los Angeles, Aquaman almost didn’t beat Spidey.
Rolling blackouts are a bitch.
(That’s the type of reference that would make Trey Wingo have to change his shorts.)
Sorry, I digress. But I think this should be a more regular thing in sports. Teams should be unplugging the lights every time their team is in a tough spot. It’s the perfect crime. There’s no way to prove it wasn’t a random power outage. Even more, I say allow teams one power outage a season. Once a year, every team should be allowed to shut the power off in the whole stadium. Mental warfare like you read about. The other team will be terrified of what’s coming out of the blackout. Strategy also comes into the blackout. Should you save it for the playoffs? In a close game against your rival? If you’re struggling in the first round of the postseason do you use your blackout right away or risk it and save it for a bigger game? All questions that need answered.
S/O to the Dodgers for pulling my new favorite move in sports. The Blackout.