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Official Bill Leavy admits to Super Bowl miscues

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 6, 2010 at 5:21 pm with 26 Comments »
August 6, 2010 8:29 pm
NFL official Bill Leavy works a Seattle Seahawks training camp practice (Elaine Thompson/AP)

NFL official Bill Leavy, who has been at the Seattle Seahawks facility the past few days working with the rest of his crew, addressed reporters here this afternoon to go over the new rule changes for the upcoming season.

Before we got started, Leavy made a surprising statement, admitting to getting two calls wrong during the Super Bowl in 2006, a 21-10 Seattle loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

One of those calls, of course, was the clipping penalty called on Matt Hasselbeck on making a tackle after throwing an interception. Sean Locklear’s holding call as the Seahawks were going in for a score also has been questioned since the 2006 game.

Here is Leavy’s statement:

“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. It left me with a lot of sleepless nights and I think about it constantly. I’ll go to my grave wishing that I’d been better. I know that I did my best at that time, but it wasn’t good enough. 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.”

Leavy, an NFL official since 1995, has not worked a game in Seattle since the 2006 Super Bowl.

Officiating, Super Bowl
Leave a comment Comments → 26
  1. badcat63 says:

    Nice to hear what we already know from the horses mouth. That officiating mess still sticks in any Hawks fan memory.

    Did he say what he was paid for those calls…. ; )


  2. Don’t even tempt me to get started on this one…

  3. Dukeshire says:

    The Hass call was irrelevant. (In addition to the fact that it’s impossible to clip someone in an attempt to tackle them. And if the holding call isn’t botched, it never happens) But I would rather have lived the rest of my life thinking that he felt the Lock holding call on Haggans was the right call, than to hear now that he knows to was wrong. Cost the ‘Hawks the ball at the 1. Oh, he had sleepless night? It was tough for him? Fu*k off Levy. (In all my posts here, I have never said a cross word about him, but I mean it; Get fu*ked Levy.) Back to 2010…


  5. wabubba67 says:

    …and he never again will work a game in Seattle. (surprised the NFL decided to sneak him into training camp)

  6. JRocket says:

    Couldn’t have said it better Duke.

  7. variable575 says:

    We need another national gay scandal. Bill leavy with the foot tap in an airport bathroom stall. Instead of being greeted by a gay politician, roethlisberger jumps(of course leavy creis rape) in and of course stuart scott breaks the story because of nothing more than the dumb luck of taking a dump in the adjacent stall…….so he says.

    What is he doing in seattle now if they avoided bringing him here since SB XL?

  8. JMSeaTown says:

    I’d dump my $8 hef on his dome if he came to Quest

  9. GoHawk76 says:

    Bill Leavy did call a game here in 2007 and it was highly publicized. He also admitted his mistakes and aologized then. He was booed everytime he called a penalty. I still will never forgive him and will for the rest of my life know that we were the best team in Superbowl 40.

  10. Too little, too late, screw you Bill Leavy!

  11. pabuwal says:

    The clipping call was big because it gave the Steelers 15 more yards so Cowher could pull his BS trick play (so much for “smash mouth”) that sealed the game – without that they would have been buried deep in Seahawks territory and he said he wouldnt have risked that call.

  12. GoHawk76: What game in 2007. I just went through all of the game books and couldn’t find Leavy. Are you sure it was ’07, or were you drunk?

  13. GoHawk76 says:

    I am sure I was drunk, but I swear I remember him being out here since the superbowl. I have been to all the games in the past 17 years so I am not sure which one. Maybe it was preseason?? I just remember talking about him being here and remember a game that we booed the refs much more than normal.

  14. Flew my brother to New Mexico from North Idaho so I would have a homer to watch the game with. Guess the money would have been better spent if I’d slipped it under Levy’s hotel room door.

    I do appreciate his apologies, but I was content without it. Now, I think the NFL is trying to win back the hearts of Seahawk fans disillusioned by collusion.

    btw S*ittsburgh, how does it feel to hear you not only were GIVEN a Super Bowl trophy, but know the QB who helped burgle it is someone harden prisoners think is a douche?

  15. HawksKD says:

    I also remember bill leavy being here since…. 2007 sounds right and it was later in the season because it was a cold game…

  16. My apologies, Mr. LEAVY. Noticed I misspelled your name.

    If only you would have realized and ‘fessed up to your “mistakes” as quickly …

  17. raymaines says:

    I’m as bitter as the next guy about the super bowl, but it’s nice to hear an admission of having made a mistake, rather than the arrogant stonewalling that most officials stick with. No I really can’t get over it, but now at least the burden is on me.

  18. ruminator1 says:

    after having to listen ad infinitum to Steeler and other nfl fans complaining about the Seattle cry babies, we finally get confirmation of what we knew at the time and have known ever since. so his “confession,” while it comes too late to do anything and unfortunately doesn’t include a similar NFL apology, only continues the burn. someone needs to face up to the fact that some officials are predisposed against some teams. and in my opinion, seattle is often one of those teams. not claiming Seattle is innocent– they ain ‘t saints and some things don’t get called on them, but i remain convinced it has not been an equal playing field.
    once again the anti-gay thing crops up on here. so stupid and so out of place.

    finally, thrilled to read about L. Washington and M. Williams, and yes, trufant. on williams–i have noted he is pretty consistent against our small defenders.

  19. I watched an NFLN special about the worst (controversial) calls in the history of the NFL this past winter/spring. Each was a controversial play. “Play” means singular. Except for one. They had Super Bowl XL. Basically, a bunch of plays. And these were not controversial calls necessarily… they were blown, horrible, sh!t, crap calls. What “luck” we had. And I was hoping to stay calm!!!

  20. SnakeDoctor says:

    A little late Leavey! 5 years later you admit it. A real man would have owned up to it that year. You would have not owned up to it if you weren’t in Seattle. Gutless mamsy pamsey.

  21. vichawkfan says:

    what a joke….why can’t all the Stealer fans buck up too.

  22. yellaman says:

    This just confirms what all of us seahawks fans already knew. I still remember being in Detroit to watch that game and I couldn’t believe how we got screwed all game long. Let’s just rehash for all time sakes Leavy @#$! ups

    Jackson touchdown called back ( refer to this call later with Hines wards non call for pass inteference)

    Holding call on a punt return that would of lead us to starting in the pitts territory

    Roethlisberger not scoring on 3rd down & goal (should have been 4th & inches- make them earn it)

    hines ward offensive pass interference on a big 3rd down play (never called)

    Holding call that would have put the seahawks at pitts 1 yd line ( drive started at seahawks 1or 2 yard line- we would have scored)

    clipping on hass after throwing int ( are you kinding me)

    These are just what I remember right now I’m sure there were more. But at least now I can say that a ref from that game admitted he #%^ed.

    Some people say I should get over it but I don’t care if people say that I need to get over it. because until we win one I wont get over it.

    Nolan T- town

  23. BenderHawkFan says:

    It’s like someone kicking you in the gonads and the saying.. ‘Oh, sorry ’bout that buddy!’

    F you pal, I don’t wanna be friends.

  24. jaybrank says:

    Nice for Bill Leavy to admit his mistakes after almost 5 years. Way to man-up.
    There so much bitterness about that game for Hawk fans it seems like it would have been better not to have gone. Our day in the NFL spotlight was tarnished. Among the too many things to mention: 1) playing in detroit, virtually a home game for the stealers 2) non-stop stories on the bus 3) jeremy stevens popping off before the game 4) poor clock management before half 5) darrell jackson running routes out of bounds 6) 3rd string strong safety takes poor angle leading to 75 yd TD 7) losing to a QB with a 22.6 rating. All that considered, its a 14-10 game in the 4th before the holding call and the INT.

  25. nighthawk2 says:

    Leavy didn’t call a game here until 2009, when Holmgren was gone. Dude was never here in 2007.

    He only admits to two blown calls? They only called 3 penalties on the Stealers the whole game, all in the first quarter. The play where Roethlisberger threw the bomb that set them up at the 1, and they got the phantom touchdown on 3rd down, there were at least two and maybe three Stealer offensive linemen past the line of the scrimmage when Roethlisberger threw it (Max Starks was at least 2 yards beyond the LOS). No call. On the trick play touchdown Roethlisberger did what Hasselbeck was stupidly called for, throwing a low block (how do you block a guy you’re trying to tackle after an INT??). No call. When Parker went 77 yards or so on the TD run, Bryce Fisher was pulled to the ground on what could generously be described as “holding”. No call. The referee that wiped out the TD to Darrell Jackson missed the safety, Hope, grabbing Jackson’s arm for defensive holding, Jackson was trying to pull his arm away from that hold and that’s what that ref flagged, late, after Hope started crying. BTW, the ref who took away that touchdown is from the city of Pittsburgh. And then there’s the bogus holding ball on Locklear. Yeah, you blew it alright Leavy, you scumbag.

  26. rramstad says:

    I’m actually a bit impressed that the guy finally felt that he had to get it off his chest and admit what we all suspected.

    It reopens old wounds, but then again, there’s no way that this thing heals without admissions from the people involved — and maybe eventually from the league itself — that the game officiating was botched.

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