NEW YORK (AP) - You can turn off the lights, turn on the water, or fire up the snow plow. No matter what, the NFL show goes on.
Of course, disruptions may be cause for concern (blackouts). Or comic relief (sprinklers). Or confusion (bad calls). Right or wrong it all gets sorted out and the games proceed to a conclusion.
So, after a computer glitch in Miami on Sunday caused stadium sprinklers to douse Seahawks and Dolphins players and delay the game for a minute or two, we feel compelled to put forth a Pick 6 on inadvertent delays of game.
One game, however, merits special attention because it did not hold up the game, just the outcome: Seahawks 14, Packers 12 on Sept. 24.
It took replacement officials approximately 3 minutes, 15 seconds (by our stopwatch) to rule that Russell Wilson’s 24-yard last-play heave into the end zone was a winning TD pass to Golden Tate, not an interception by M.D. Jennings. But even after so much confusion and controversy, the officials missed another call on the same play _ offensive pass interference against Tate that would have negated the TD and given the Packers the win.
And now, without further delay, our Pick 6:
All Washed Up (Dolphins 24, Seahawks 21, Nov. 25)
With the sprinkler system erroneously working on a Saturday schedule, water came spraying out between plays during the third quarter. The crowd cheered, the game was held up briefly, the players smiled and toweled off, and Miami went on for a 24-21 win.
Dolphins running back Reggie Bush said it reminded him of the “old 18th hole trick where you send a rookie out there at 9 p.m. and the sprinklers come on.”
Turn out the lights (49ers 20, Steelers 3, Dec. 19, 2011)
A much-anticipated game at Candlestick Park took a little longer to get going when the stadium went dark twice _ just before kickoff and early in the second quarter.
With the 49ers hosting the Steelers in a game of playoff-bound teams, the lights went out about 25 minutes before the start of the Monday night game, delaying the opening kickoff by 20 minutes.
Thousands of flashbulbs went off as a sellout crowd of 69,732 sat in darkness (waiting for backup generators to kick in). The second delay came early in the second quarter and held up play about 15 minutes. No hitches followed and the 49ers went on to win.
Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who didn’t travel with the team because he was serving a suspension for an illegal hit, wrote on his Twitter account: “If I cant play then can’t nobody play… Lights out!”
Run away squirrel, run away! (Ravens 24, Browns 10, Dec. 4, 2011)