A weird play occurred during the Sunday night game between the 49ers and the Seahawks. On a punt in the fourth quarter, a few whistles seconds before the snap. Several Seattle lineman stood up and looked around at the referees while Craig Dahl took advantage and blocked Jon Ryan‘s punt.
Deadspin posted video of the play and isolated the audio. You can definitely hear whistles being blown just before the play.
Weird coincidence? Not according to Birk.
Phantom whistle? What's next- the lights go out? Shady stuff @49ers
— Matt Birk (@BirkMatt) September 16, 2013
Interesting. Birk isn’t the only former Ravens player to suspect the Super Bowl blackout wasn’t an accident. Former linebacker/current ESPN talking head Ray Lewis spoke openly about the blackout during the 2012 Ravens edition of America’s Game.
Transcript below via Nate Davis at USA Today.
“I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don’t know facts,” says Lewis. “But you’re a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out? No. (Laughs) No way.
“Now listen, if you grew up like I grew up — and you grew up in a household like I grew up — then sometimes your lights might go out, because times get hard. I understand that. But you cannot tell me somebody wasn’t sitting there and when they say, ‘The Ravens (are) about to blow them out. Man, we better do something.’ … That’s a huge shift in any game, in all seriousness. And as you see how huge it was because it let them right back in the game.”
I’m with them both. I definitely think the blackout was caused by something or someone. Do you buy into the conspiracy theories?