Originally published Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 06:05a.m.
A reader who lives on the 300 block of North Sheldon wrote in this week. Like many other Americans, they had planned a party for the Super Bowl, inviting people over to enjoy the game, good food, the commercials, and even the halftime show together.
As most of us know now, it was a great game, filled with lots of lead changes and late-game heroics.
Our reader missed the first half of it. Arizona Public Service decided to shut down the power in his neighborhood from 3:30 to 6:38 p.m. to replace a pole and a transformer.
The Super Bowl began at 4:30 p.m.
Anne DeGraw, a spokesperson for the utility company, said they tried to warn residents in advance by knocking on doors, and leaving door-hangers for this non-emergency work.
“We obviously understood what time it was happening,” DeGraw said. “Anytime we have an outage, particularly on the weekend, we try to have face-to-face conversations with customers.”
We would like to have spoken to the reader, but they did not leave a name or phone number.
DeGraw didn’t have a number of how many homes were effected. Obviously when you have a house filled with guests all looking forward to the big game, and no power, there is a problem.
There are a few times each year when nearly every American is sharing a similar experience. Christmas and Thanksgiving are easily at the top. The Super Bowl is not too far behind.
Even non-football fans attend Super Bowl parties, for the great companionship and to watch the commercials and halftime show.
APS knows this.
It is great the company tried to warn residents in advance, but obviously not everyone got the message. The best thing to do is to recognize that Super Bowl Sunday has reached close to a national holiday status. It would be shocking if there is any neighborhood in the country where there isn’t at least one Super Bowl party underway.
The best thing APS could have done would to give its employees the day off to watch the Super Bowl with their friends, and not messed with anyone’s power during the game. If it absolutely had to be done that day, then it should have been done well before kickoff.
It’s common sense, and it shouldn’t take an editorial in the local newspaper for company officials to make the right call. All it takes is wondering how you would feel if you had a house filled with guests and no power at kickoff.