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Referee Admits Blown Calls In Super Bowl XL

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Soon after this blog first started, I wrote a piece on just how fortunate the Steelers had been during their Super Bowl XL and XLIII victories.

Such a theory evolved over the 100 yard advantage in penalties the Steelers earned over those two Super Bowls.

Apparently, someone agrees about one of those games in particular.

While working as an official at Seahawks training camp of all places, Super Bowl XL head referee Bill Leavy admitted to blowing calls during Pittsburgh’s 21-10 win over the Seattle in 2006.

Leavy did not mince words on his Super Bowl performance:

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.

While this doesn’t provide much solace for Seahawks fans, it at least confirms something they (and the Seahawks) believed all along. The officials robbed them of a Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Meanwhile, the Steelers did not seem sympathetic when Leavy’s words reached their side of the fence.

Offensive lineman Max Starks said Leavy “should go ahead and retire” if he is so upset over what happened.

Ouch.

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