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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- It was just after halftime Super Bowl Sunday that I was overcome with fear. In general I'm not a paranoid person and yet, still, I couldn't help but cycle through images in my mind, horrible images, that have been engrained in my memory, as well as our nation's memory, in the recent past.
I was sitting in the media workroom in the Superdome when all the televisions zapped out to black.
I, like every other person in the workroom, hustled out to the concourse to figure out what was going on, as I received a number of text messages from friends and family at home asking what had happened inside the stadium.
There were no answers supplied to media on the concourse and my knowledge of the situation was reduced to more text messages from people watching at home, getting updates from the CBS on-air team.
As time passed during the nearly 35-minute power outage, I couldn't get those horrible images and disturbing questions out of my head.
This was the Super Bowl and the stadium's power supply had been powered down. It was just too abnormal. It was just too weird. It was just too eerie.
My guess would be that others shared some of those thoughts at the Superdome on Sunday.
While my Internet connection back in the workroom was in and out, I did manage to log onto Twitter where I saw that "Bane" was trending, referring to the villain who takes over a football stadium with an army threatening a terrorist attack in The Dark Knight Rises.
I might have thought this was a funny joke years ago when our country didn't struggle with random acts of mass violence, but on Sunday I didn't find it funny at all.
I might have thought this was a funny joke before Adam Lanza, in true video game fashion, strutted into Sandy Hook elementary school and uncorked shot after shot on Connecticut youth, but on Sunday I found it creepy.
I might have thought this was a funny joke before James Holmes mimicked Batman's "The Joker" and took a dozen lives by firing on a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, but on Sunday I found it freaky.
This is the world we live in: A world where nothing can be taken for granted as being coincidental, a world where fear has come to the forefront.
Maybe I was paranoid on Sunday, but when the lights went out at America's biggest event, I couldn't help but think that we were in trouble.
We might never know what really happened during the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII, but the fact of the matter is that I had those thoughts, and I'm pretty sure I wasn't the only one.
And that's the sad truth about our country today.