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jbeezy
08-06-2010, 11:50 PM
RENTON, Wash. -- NFL referee Bill Leavy acknowledged he made mistakes in the Seattle Seahawks' 2006 Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The veteran official began an annual training-camp rules interpretation session with the Seattle media after practice on Friday by bringing up the subject without being asked.

"It was a tough thing for me. I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and I impacted the game, and as an official you never want to do that," said the veteran of 15 NFL seasons and two Super Bowls.

"It left me with a lot of sleepless nights, and I think about it constantly," Leavy said of the game in February 2006. "I'll go to my grave wishing that I'd been better."

Several calls went against the Seahawks in their 21-10 loss to the Steelers. It was Seattle's only Super Bowl appearance.

This week is the first time since that game Leavy has been in Seattle with the Seahawks. He and a mini-crew arrived Thursday to help with the team's practices and give it a rules presentation.

Leavy didn't specify which plays he "kicked" that day in Detroit.

Early in the fourth quarter, tackle Sean Locklear was called for holding on a pass completion that would have put the Seahawks at the Pittsburgh 1, in position for the go-ahead touchdown. After the penalty, Matt Hasselbeck threw an interception, and then was called for a low block on a play that ended with him tackling Pittsburgh's Ike Taylor on the defensive back's return.

The penalty moved the Steelers from their 29 to the 44. Pittsburgh used its better field position to score the clinching touchdown four plays later.

The next day, then-Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren told fans at a civic gathering at Qwest Field, "I knew it was going to be tough going up against the Pittsburgh Steelers. I didn't know we were going to have to play the guys in the striped shirts, as well."

Holmgren, now a top executive with the Cleveland Browns, has since said he's gotten over that game.

But Leavy hasn't.

"I know that I did my best at that time, but it wasn't good enough," said the retired police officer and firefighter in San Jose, Calif., who became an NFL referee in 2001. "When we make mistakes, you got to step up and own them. It's something that all officials have to deal with, but unfortunately when you have to deal with it in the Super Bowl it's difficult."

When high-profile referee Ed Hochuli visited the Seahawks' training camp in the months after that Super Bowl, he and his crew took good-natured ribbing from players.

"The Super Bowl was one of those games where it seemed the big calls went against Seattle," Hochuli said in August 2006. "And that was just fortuitous -- bad fortuitous for Seattle.

"The league felt, actually, that the Super Bowl was well officiated. Now, that doesn't mean there were no mistakes. There are always mistakes, but it was a well-officiated game."

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5444048



Wow gotta suck for you guys :shrug:

NateyB24
08-07-2010, 01:16 AM
Don't forget that Jackson touchdown he robbed us of...Don't know why hes apologizing just bringing up bad memorys of one of the most controversial Super Bowls.

furmat60
08-07-2010, 01:34 AM
I'm glad he admitted it...now Steelers fans can shut the **** up!

Fitzhawk
08-07-2010, 01:42 AM
great article! thanks for posting.

OH What Might Have Been. where would we be today had just one of those plays gone the other way?

Blazerfan88
08-07-2010, 02:32 AM
i want to kidnap him and take my anger out on him

Seattle4Ever
08-07-2010, 02:51 AM
We should have won and brought some pride to Seattle :facepalm:
Kinda like New Orleans.

drew_ellis_23
08-07-2010, 07:38 AM
Not telling me anything I didnt alrewady know. We all watched the game :(

Thebudler
08-07-2010, 11:24 AM
This is a wound that keeps re-opening! It is great to hear it from him that he screwed up, but is that supposed to make me feel better? It just makes me even more irritated that in the biggest game in Seahawks history, a victory was stole from us! Makes me sick!!! Every time I think about it I get even more mad!

Hawksfan2010
08-07-2010, 12:35 PM
Heres an idea if you get it right the first time you wouldn't have these regrets or sleepless nights lol... Why now why did he say nothing when Seahawk players and coaches were criticizing the officiating after the game or the weeks that followed.. Just makes my blood boil that he waits 4 years to admit what we all saw... My buddy is a Giants fan and was making fun of me last night over this.. I told him imagine if Eli was ruled in the grasp against New England then you would know how this feels.

furmat60
08-07-2010, 02:25 PM
This is a wound that keeps re-opening! It is great to hear it from him that he screwed up, but is that supposed to make me feel better? It just makes me even more irritated that in the biggest game in Seahawks history, a victory was stole from us! Makes me sick!!! Every time I think about it I get even more mad!

This.

kalel
08-07-2010, 03:09 PM
I'm kind of getting tired of the argument that people keep making saying that teams should play through the calls. That is kind of hard to do when the ref either takes away touchdowns, kills touchdown drives with penaltys, or gives worthlessburger a td.

furmat60
08-07-2010, 04:21 PM
I'm kind of getting tired of the argument that people keep making saying that teams should play through the calls. That is kind of hard to do when the ref either takes away touchdowns, kills touchdown drives with penaltys, or gives worthlessburger a td.

That is more or less for soccer....a referee usually will play the advantage, so if you maintain possession of the ball and don't flop, you have momentum and could score.

normandale56
08-10-2010, 09:22 PM
How rediculous. I liked it better when refs did not talk to the media. He screwed and now he feels guilty. Any ref that speaks out to the press should be suspended. Does he think that nobody noticed he screwed up until now? I hope he feels better about himself now. I still think he blew it.

Hawksfan2010
08-10-2010, 10:15 PM
Does anyone know if Holmgren or any of the players that spoke up after the game were fined? If so I hope the NFL is gonna give them a refund. Im with you kalel that phantom holding call on Locklear brought us back from a first and goal. That touchdown would have put us on top. 17-14 who knows if that would have been enough but it did screw us.