Notorious local Super Bowl event

Posted on February 2, 2009. Filed under: Culture, Games |

I wasn’t going to write about Football anymore, honest, but apparently a local Tucson embarrassment has become national, and therefore international, news.

But, before I get there, since I am writing about Football, I just want to take a moment to congratulate The Pittsburgh Steelers, the latest Super Bowl champions, and the only 6-time winner so far. They played a great game and deserve the honor.

However, I’m very proud of our home team!  The Arizona Cardinals were ahead with less than two minutes to go, after being riddled with unfortunate penalties, and did a splendid job, particularly in the 2nd half. They made the Steelers work for their victory, and proved again their worthiness to be in their first Super Bowl ever!

Now…if you’ve scanned news websites today, such as CNN, for instance, you will have seen the headline about how some local Tucson residents were treated to surprised by an interruption in the broadcast near the end of the game Sunday evening. It was during the fourth quarter; the game was nearly over. Just after a great play by my state’s team, the scene changed abruptly. Twice. The first time, I saw movie credits rolling by for a film I did not recognize. Then, we were back at the game for a little bit, and then…oh, my!

Let me point out that I don’t actually live within the city limits of Tucson. I’m in a little town nearby. I do, however get my television cable service from Tucson, and I was one of several thousand people who were suddenly watching a scene from another film. An adult film. A way-X-rated film. I’d thought the football game was pretty exciting up to that point, but this was a sort of excitement, frankly, that I wasn’t quite looking for right then. It was only for a few seconds (most reports say 10-20 seconds) and, there wasn’t actually any, um, explicit activity going on in the film right at that moment—although it looked as if this were about to commence. What I saw was a young lady unzipping a young man’s jeans, and there was nothing left to the imagination once his jeans had been removed. That’s all. Back to the game.

I turned to my nearest companion, and noticed everyone had a rather stunned expression. “Did I see what I think I just saw?”   “Uh-huh!”   “Um, wow!”   “Uh, yeah!”   …you can see we were not particularly coherent immediately after this occurred. There were no further disturbances of that nature for the rest of the game, but it was kind of hard to concentrate after that.

At that point, we didn’t know if this, uh, “bonus” scene was local, state-wide, national, or international. I logged on to our local news website, which reported they’d received hundreds of phone calls (I can just imagine) and that the scenes originated from one of our local service providers, not the NBC network, or our local NBC affiliate. Only some subscribers in the local Tucson metropolitan area were provided this brief (haha) viewing opportunity.

Comments on the news website were predictable: “My children were watching that game!”   “Someone’s got to be responsible for this!”   “Oh, yeah, you let your children watch 4 hours of violence a night, but one little glimpse of a %$*&#, which half the population has one of, anyway, and it sends you into fits.” Etc.

I will say I’m glad I didn’t have any children in the house with me. It did make me wonder who on earth was hacking into our local cable provider’s stream—a cute prankster computer sciences major from the University, perhaps? An intern at the cable company left alone to push the buttons while the rest of the staff was home watching the game, and who was watching that “art film” instead, and accidentally pushed the wrong button? 😳

If you didn’t know, the American Football Super Bowl event is the most watched sporting event amongst my countrypeople. Many watch it who are not even particular fans of the sport, because advertisers choose to put their best, most creative ads on display then. There are contests for the “Best Super Bowl Ad” each year. (I thought this years’ ads were just OK.) The other big draw is the Halftime Show, which has been getting bigger and more explosive each year. This year’s show featured Bruce Springsteen, and he really rocked the house! One of the best I’ve seen. So, there were already plenty of exciting happenings, other than the game itself, before the “incident” occurred.

It certainly caused the game to be a notable television viewing event in my neck o’ the woods, even more so than the famous “wardrobe malfunction” during Halftime a couple of Super Bowls ago. For me, it was rather distracting. Otherwise, well, life goes on. It’s just that now, in addition to my state having the 2nd best Football team in the US right now, we’re also now known as the “Football Smut” capital of the world! 😮

Ah well. This too shall pass. 😉

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First, I’m sorry “our” team lost. I finally noticed Pittsburgh’s logo looks like Alcoa’s, and if that’s not lame and a reason to lose I don’t know what is. 🙂

So who can we blame for the cable interruptus? A disgruntled employee? A bitter Arizona voter? Rush Limbaugh? (Yah, Rush!)

quick, what’s the youtube link??


this still doesn’t beat janet jackson’s wardrobe malfunction even though it’s less um, revealing in that sense.

There was a post made about this, complete with the picture described. HA HA!
As for the motive of the prankster, maybe he was convinced that the Cardinals would lose so he changed, rather hijacked the cable! LOL

I wonder if anyone voted for this few seconds of unexpected activity as their favorite super bowl ad…

Call me old fashioned, but I think I would have been quite embarrassed if I were in a room with mixed company during the “revelation”. Yikes!

Thanks for the sympathy, ella, I gratefully accept. Our guys really did a great job, though, and there’s always next year! 🙂 Oh, Alcoa’s, right! Well they are the Steel-ers, after all. Although after Sunday’s game, we were tempted to spell it Steal-ers, heh! 😉 “Cable interuptus” {giggle} 😀

I read that the clip was up on YouTube within an hour of the game, sulz, but I didn’t go looking for it—once was enough for me! 😉 Well, sure, millions more people saw Ms. Jackson and Mr. Timberlake, but I am not in a prominent area of the US, and we all like to see our names in the news… 😛 Now we have our very own malfunction here. 😕

Oh, I don’t doubt that for a minute, poch. Great, for all those not *lucky* enough to have watched the game on southern Arizona TV, there is a way to experience our moment… 😕 😉

I’ll just bet there were a few “write-in” votes for that, tee. 😐 It was not among my most comfortable moments, I assure you! It happened so quickly I wasn’t sure I hadn’t been seeing things until I checked with my mates, though. Although if I had been (seeing things) I’d seriously wonder about myself! 😮 🙂

Hey, Muse! If you saw it on Comcast, you (or the subscriber) and get $10 because of it:

Ahem, I have no control over that url. I do think Consumerist’s link to an Arizona Star story is duh-funny, saying it was a malcious act. Gee, ya think?

I can just imagine the shock on people’s faces! Ahahahaha! And they thought Janet couldn’t be beaten! Too funny, Muse!

Um… yikes. I’ve heard of people hijacking broadcasts before, but never for anything like that! 😯 That’s a somewhat embarrassing reputation for your town. On the bright side, it’s only people from your town who saw it, right? 😆

It sounds hilarious, I haven’t seen because I don’t watch American Rugby, but I did read about it. Must have livened up the game a bit. 🙂

My husband had the game on..and I was working on my lap top and sort of watching the game. Maybe I need to pay more attention next time! ha, ha

I hadn’t seen that yet, ella; thanks for the link. (I think. The title, and some of the comments are pretty hilarious. The jokes are inevitable.) 😉 I see from your link that the story is even in the Wall Street Journal, now. 😮 After I read the article, I checked with some of my peeps. There is some muttering that the $10 payoff might include a provision precluding a lawsuit later. (“I need compensation for the great mental anguish and trauma I suffered as a result of this!” —you know the sort of thing.) I’ll have to check into the fine print. Oh, and, um, you may have no control over the url, but you certainly had control over your choice to post it on MY blog! Hah! 😛

It made an already quite entertaining event even…more so, bead. Oh, yeah, there were shock waves reverberating through the Santa Catalina Mountains. 😉

It is a bit embarrassing, B0bby. We’re mostly nice, normal people here…oh, wait, you know me…but don’t let that color your perception too much. 😛 Yes, it was only broadcast to a few thousand people, a fraction of the millions who watched the game—I was among the *lucky* few—but NOW, it’s all over the news, and YouTube, and I even read about it on BBC today. Humph! 😀

“Livened” is one way of putting it, Will! “American Rugby“!—cheeky! (Or, perhaps, I should use another expression given the circumstances.) 😀

Hi, gypsy-heart! Well, it seems you must move to Arizona in order to enjoy such post-half-time entertainment. Although, “Have YouTube, will travel”. {Hehe} 😉

I didn’t watch the game, because I don’t follow it too much, but when I first saw the “Porn airs during Super Bowl” I wondered why I didn’t tune in anyways 😆 Just kidding, but that’s just too funny. Did they ever say exactly why it happened or if it was just a technical malfunction?

I’ve been meaning to look up the ads from this one. I guess they weren’t as good as expected because I haven’t really heard much at all about them this year. But then again, maybe the incident drowned the ads out 😆

Haha, Shane, I don’t think the few seconds we saw would have been worth your while! 😉 They’re still investigating, it seems. Some local person just hacked into the system; they’re calling it an “isolated malicious act”. 😕 There were a couple of quite good ads, I think, but for the most part they were not that great. I usually look forward to the Beer/Clydesdale ones, but this year’s was bleh! 😀

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