This is an interesting take on the "spooky" tech issues that arise for visitors at Gillette Stadium.

An article on the Pittsburgh Steelers official team website insinuates that the New England Patriots may play games with the communications systems, because the audio communications problems come and go depending on if someone important is around.

“This is the kind of stuff that happens to the visiting team in Gillette Stadium all the time,” the article said. “From the start of the game through the opening 14 minutes of the first quarter, the Steelers’ coaches’ headsets were receiving the Patriots Radio Network broadcast of the game. The broadcast was so loud that the Steelers coaches were unable to communicate, and the NFL rule is that if one team’s headsets are not working the other team is supposed to be forced to take their headsets off. It’s what the NFL calls the Equity Rule. Strangely enough, whenever an NFL representative proceeded to the New England sideline to shut down their headsets, the Steelers headsets cleared. Then as the representative walked away from the New England sideline, the Steelers’ headsets again started to receive the Patriots game broadcast.”

It’s not an official release from the Steelers, but you have to believe the writer (Bob Labriola) had the blessings of team officials.

The NFL was in a hurry to take the blame for communication issues, saying “the problems on Thursday night were a technical issue that got fixed early in the game.”

By Glenn Erby

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