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Lights out

October 20, 2008 - John D'Agostino
It had to be the most bizarre of the pro football games I have attended.

On Sunday, the Buffalo Bills played — of all teams — the Chargers from San Diego. For nearly half the football game, the power was out. No public address. No scoreboard. No time clock. No down and distance.

What happened? Fans in attendance actually did what they used to — they watched the game. No pumped in music. No petty contests on the Jumbotron. Just football.

It was a trip back in time. Even radio play-by-play announcers had to adjust. John Murphy broadcast from his cell phone and CBS had to switch viewers to the Cincinnati-Pittsburgh game. No electricity, no ability to transmit the game from Orchard Park.

Possibly the real highlight from the game was when the Bills took a 3-0 early lead. After the field goal, thousands — without assistance from the Jumbotron or the famous song blaring on stadium speakers — sounded a familiar tune. That was something to "Shout" about.


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