While it’s been five years, Seattle Seahawk fans are STILL crying over the loss to the Steelers in Super Bowl XL. As any Hawks fan, and they will say that the refs, lead by lead official Bill Leavy, robbed the team in the state of Washington of winning their first Super Bowl.
Sunday it’s the second time since Super Bowl XL the two teams will meet, and guess who will be the lead ref in the game at Heinz Field at 1pm?
Yes – it will again be Bill Leavy.
While to the Steelers and their fans having Leavy as the ref is mostly a non-issue, expect the Seattle faithful to once again raise a fuss over Leavy being involved in a game where their team is playing the black and gold.
Leavy went so far last year to address questionable calls of Super Bowl XL during a training camp visit to the Seahawks in 2010.
“It was a tough thing for me,” Leavy said last year. “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.”
Bottom line – Sunday, February 5th 2006 the Steelers were the better team, and deserved to win Super Bowl XL. End of story.
In case your wondering how Leavy ended up with the Hawks and Steelers Sunday – referee assignments are generated randomly by a computer.