Chris Chase,USA TODAY Sports
Super Bowl security was as effective as the Superdome power grid. That's the main takeaway from a viral video that chronicles two Savannah State University students sneaking into last week's game.
The young men recorded their undercover efforts and recently posted the clip online. They snuck past numerous security personnel to get into the stadium in time for Beyonce's halftime performance.
To start, they walked past more than a dozen police officers who were manning a street barricade, drawing almost no attention to themselves. It proves that acting like you belong is always an effective way of fitting in. Later, the pair navigated tunnels, snuck into a door by acting like they were wheeling in video equipment and mingled in large groups before casually walking through doors that led to the field.
The NFL is aware of the incident.
"NFL security is conducting a review and following up with the appropriate authorities in New Orleans," spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement.
The whole thing looked way too easy for the two students. It just goes to show that if you lie to people, follow a labyrinthian series of underground tunnels or stairwells and give each other subtle code names like Kobe and LeBron, you too can sneak into the game of the year.
When tickets run $1,500 a pop, the temptation is understandable. The decision to record the affair and tease a future release of more footage (as was teased at the end of the video) makes less sense.
I guess they could get in trouble -- maybe by police, maybe by their school -- but the violation of the gatecrasher omertà is the biggest violation. Don't give away secrets! A magician never reveals his tricks and dudes sneaking into the biggest sporting event in the world don't highlight their exploits on YouTube.