NFL Pro Game gets full power as Tennessee residents suffer freezing temps and rolling blackouts

Residents in Tennessee were furious at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on Sunday as the state suffered in a deep freeze and people were left cold on Christmas Day replete with rolling blackouts while the NFL’s Titans game against Houston was granted full power usage.

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The temperature in Nashville on Sunday ranged from 16 to 30 degrees. The cold air put a significant strain on the TVA’s power grid and in response, the power authority implemented rolling blackouts in Memphis and Nashville. The Nashville Electric System (NES) also mandated reductions in power consumption just when it was needed most to keep residents warm. Over a million residents were told to limit the power they used to stay warm in freezing temps while millionaires cavorted on a football field for a billion-dollar enterprise.

As if the rolling blackouts and mandated limits weren’t bad enough, there were periods where there was no power at all during the below-freezing winter day.

The NFL allegedly got preferential treatment on power usage and was allowed to fully tap into mega-wattage for the game at Nissan Stadium. While a million residents shivered in their homes, 66,634 attendees luxuriated in buying tickets to a football game.

“I’ve been informed that TVA’s unilateral rolling blackouts will continue,” Nashville Mayor John Cooper said after requesting that the game be postponed. “All non-essential businesses should reduce power usage. I’ve asked the Titans to postpone their noon game in solidarity with our neighbors. TVA needs to invest in infrastructure to withstand extreme temps.”

The NFL arrogantly ignored Cooper and those left out in the cold although they did move the game from Saturday to Sunday which did nothing to help those with no power.

Twitter lit up with Tennesseeans who were extremely angry at the TVA’s kowtowing to the NFL and the obvious disdain for the masses.

One resident demanded the Titans cancel its game and consider the health and safety of citizens. Others were even hotter under the collar over the issue.

The most astute observation came via one social media user who pointed out a salient fact, “Four Biden appointees just confirmed and appointed to the TVA. Rolling blackouts in 7 states. What a coincidence.”

The whole incident looks really bad for Tennessee and the NFL. Treating potential fans as peasants while you carry on with a football game in a new stadium as they huddle in the cold is something that tends to bring to mind torches and pitchforks.

Residents expressed their outrage at TVA, the NFL, President Biden, and Democrats over the power outages:

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