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Morning links: The most hated man in Seattle sports?

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 14, 2011 at 7:21 am with 14 Comments »
September 14, 2011 7:43 am
Referee Bill Leavy reviews the play after Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's one-yard dive was called a touchdown during the second quarter of play against the Seattle Seahawks at the Super Bowl XL football game, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Detroit. The call stood as a touchdown. The NFL defended the officiating in the Super Bowl two days after the Steelers beat the Seahawks 21-10. Tthe league said Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006 that no mistakes were made by the game officials, although Seattle coach Mike Holmgren might disagree. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Jim Moore of ESPN 710 Seattle wants to know what the NFL was thinking by assigning NFL official Bill Leavy to the Seahawks-Steelers game on Sunday.


“Personally, I don’t have a problem with the man calling the game on Sunday. But he’s in a no-win situation. There will certainly be questionable calls in the game, as there are in every NFL game.

“And when there are questionable calls, if they go the Steelers’ way, Seahawks’ fans will be thinking: “There he goes, screwing us again.”

“If the calls go the Seahawks’ way, Steelers’ fans will be thinking: ““Look at this guy; the public apology wasn’t enough. Now he feels like he has to give Seattle some makeup calls.”

Here’s my story on Seattle signing fullback Eddie Williams, which includes this note on the team’s struggles back East — Since 2007, the Seahawks are 1-10 in games in the Eastern time zone, with the lone win a 28-24 victory at Philadelphia on Dec. 2, 2007. Seattle has not really competed in any of those losses, losing by an average of 15.4 points a game. Pete Carroll is trying the usual tactics to get them ready for the time zone change, including moving up meetings and practice to earlier in the day.

Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant’s younger brother and Tacoma native Isaiah Trufant is doing some big things for the N.Y. Jets. Isaiah Trufant returned a blocked punt for an 18-yard touchdown in the Jets 27-24 win over Dallas last week. Check out the play here.

Clare Farnsworth of previews Seattle’s upcoming game against Pittsburgh.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that quarterback Tavaris Jackson’s survival skills make him perfect for the job.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald continues his look back at former Seahawks most memorable performances with a profile on Shaun Alexander.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that improvement along the offensive line will take more time.

The Seahawks took a tumble in this week’s power rankings.

ESPN’s group of panelists place Seattle at No. 31.

Elliott Harrison of has Seattle as the worst team in the league.

And so does the National Football Post.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has Seattle at No. 31.

Rookie Marcus Gilbert will start at right tackle for the Steelers, with Willie Colon out for the season because of a torn triceps.

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  1. These idiots who rank Seattle as the worst team in the league haven’t really watched the team play. They just see the name “Tarvaris Jackson” and hear a voice that says: “With the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select Andrew Luck …”

  2. Not even close. It’s a 3 way tie between David Stern, Clay Bennet & Howard what’s his name of Starbucks.

  3. Re eastern time zone, I’ve been saying this for years: the east home team has a HUGE advantage with morning games against a west coast opponent. I consider that a fact. The solution is that ALL East coast games with a West coast visiting team need to start in the late afternoon or evening.

  4. Ewalters7354 says:

    Canfan,I agree totally.Looking at the name Tjack makes the team look like the absolute worse.If we do get Luck hell I’ll be happy.Truly surprised Prisco has us ranked one spot before worse lol

  5. Speaking of east cost struggles, who’s going to have the pleasure of watching the Giants game in NJ with me next month?

  6. From PFT on Tuesday tryouts: “In Miami, Brian Westbrook (as he tweeted) got a tryout, along with running backs Julius Jones, Kevin Smith, Dimitri Nance, and Thomas Clayton.”

    Thomas Clayton would bring something to Miami’s offense that the other running backs won’t.

    Yes, biceps-flexing.

  7. MadSweeney42 says:

    Still waiting to see any angle that shows anything but Roth coming up short. However, in the litany of poor officiating in that game, this one is inconsequential, other than as yet another piece of evidence how terrible they were. With half a yard to go and Bettis, no way they don’t go for it and 99.5% chance they get it in. So no effect on the goame other than to show how absolutely terrible Leavy was in the game.

    Sorry, but the NFL not fining Holmgren for his comments is far, far, far more telling than Leavy admitting he was wrong. They were handing out fines that year like they were candy, and Holmgren should’ve been hit for $50K but got….nothing.

  8. “Howard Schultz, hands down”


  9. i’ll be at the Giants game pabuwal. and i cannot wait! i’ll be the guy wearing the Largent jersey and a button that says “It’s OK, I hate the Cowboys too.”

  10. I agree Leavy would rank somewhere below Howard Shultz as the most hated in this town.

    But while people want to pile all the blame on Leavy, you should know that its not just Leavy who blew those calls. When the Ref has his head under that hood, he is on headphones talking to two officials who are up in a booth feeding him the replays and discussing with him. The Ref supposedly has final say, but there are two other officials involved in each review.

    Just makes it more amazing they got those calls in XL so wrong.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Right on Stevo. Aand not only that, Seattle still had opportunities to win that game despit the nonsense. Look, the Hass call was one of the most mid-numbingly bad calls in NFL history. A defensive player attempting to make a tackle flagged for blocking below the waist??? But it had no real bearing on the game. The real damage was already done.

    On a side note; for the love of god Eric, please stop quoting and linking Jim Moore. The man is an imbecile. He never has a thought provoking or insightful take (at least from what I can tell). “Easiest takes possible” would appear to be his motto. Or at best, the most sensational takes. Either way, I understand he’s a colleague and perhaps you even like him personaly, but he dumbs the entire conversation down. Every time. The literates here bid a hopeful adieu to anymore of Moore.

  12. Southendzone says:

    This is a total non-story. There’s nothing Leavy could do in this week’s game that would ever make up for the superbowl.

    On that day we split into a parallel universe where the Seahawks lost. In the original one, life goes on as it should with everyone knowing the Hawks were the better team that day.

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