The Seattle Seahawks game against the Miami Dolphins game was delayed on Sunday after the field’s sprinklers turned on, which is being blamed on a computer glitch.
Close to the end of the third quarter of the Sunday afternoon game, with the Seahawks leading 14-7, the suddenly amused crowd cheered when the sprinkler system at Sun Life Stadium came on covering a large majority of the field in between plays, hitting players and officials.
“The computer was erroneously working on its Saturday schedule,” a Dolphins spokesman said after the game.
Use to playing in soggy conditions in Seattle, Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson said of his team’s reaction to the delay, “I think they’re used to the rain.”
After both teams and officials retreated to the sidelines the sprinklers were quickly turned off a few minutes later and the game resumed with the Dolphins coming from behind to win the game 24-21.
“I never saw that before, not even in high school,” Miami receiver Davone Bess said. “It was pretty cool.”
“You know what? In all my years of football, that’s a first one,” Dolphins running back Reggie Bush said after the game. “It kind of reminded me of the old 18th hole trick where you send a rookie out there at 9 p.m. and the sprinklers come on.”
Former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard, who was at the game and tweeted, “I’m at the Seahawks/Dolphins game…and with 1:44 left in the 3rd the sprinklers on the field came on. You can’t make this stuff up.”
And referring to a similar scene in a TV commercial USC beat writer Scott Enyeart tweeted, “The sprinklers just turned on during the Seahawks-Dolphins game. No joke. Buffalo Wild Wings style.”