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Monday, November 15, 2010
Cue the lights

By Jane McManus

The summer of 2009, as the New Meadowlands Stadium was being constructed, linebacker Jonathan Goff did an internship there. He was on site as the lights went up to the top of the upper deck, and last night he was on the sideline when those lights went out.

"I did an internship there while they were putting all that up, when you put that much money into something you expect it to work all the time every time," Goff said.

Goff was an engineering major at Vanderbilt, and he made sure he got his degree before he was drafted. So he knows a little something about how the massive systems work, and why it cost $1.6 billion to build a stadium that went completely dark for 6 seconds in the middle of an NFL game.

"That's why you have the backup," Goff said.

It was a little disconcerting to several players. Tom Coughlin said he was on the fence last night about whether to resume play. He said the head referee and Dallas coach Jason Garrett were ready to go, but Coughlin asked three players what they would do. He said Eli Manning and one wide receiver were gung ho, but another Giant expressed reservations. The league stepped in at that moment, and made the decisions going forward.

Story on the blackout is here.

"I've never seen or experienced anything like that before," Goff said.

Chris Canty had a little fun with the situation, and while Manning was speaking in front of his locker he flipped the lights off.

Everyone groaned.

Ramses Barden is likely out for season with ligament damage and a fractured left ankle. He was briefly spotted in the locker room wearing a hard cast and walking with crutches. Ohm Youngmisuk's story is here.