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Four years later, Bill Leavy apologizes to Seahawks

A trip to Seahawks camp on Friday gave referee Bill Leavy a chance to get something off his chest that he’s probably wanted to say for a while.

“It was a tough thing for me,” Levy said in reference to his infamous performance in Pittsburgh’s 21-10 win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.  “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.”

(It’s right about here Seahawks fans say: Only two?  The Darrell Jackson pass
interference in the first quarter
and the upheld Ben Roethlisberger
touchdown late in the first half also looked questionable.)

“I know that I did my
best at that time, but it wasn’t good enough,” Leavy continued. “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.”

We’re not sure how Seahawks fans will feel about Leavy’s mea culpa, but we give him a lot of credit.  The game clearly haunts him like it probably haunts Matt Hasselbeck, Mike Holmgren, and Seahawks fans.

Leavy owned up to his failings.  Four years later, the city of Seattle may as well admit Leavy was just one of many reasons why their team lost.

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  1. ohmygato says: Aug 6, 2010 10:26 PM

    Oh come on we had just gotten over this. At first most of us Hawk fans were all rabid over bad calls and some even claimed the fix was in. But when you replay the game and have to fast forward through bad clock management and dropped passes to get to the bad calls, I would say my Hawks lost that game pretty well on their own.
    If anything, the bad calls just made a bad situation glaringly worse….

  2. BigBenRapesDefenses says: Aug 6, 2010 10:27 PM

    I bet Florio strips naked before he reads this.

  3. oyoy84 says: Aug 6, 2010 10:28 PM

    Lots of bad calls in the Steelers v. Cards super bowl that favored Shitsburgh too… hmmm
    6 championships* 4 thanks to steroids and 2 thanks to the refs.

  4. DirtMcGirt38 says: Aug 6, 2010 10:28 PM

    The refs made some mistakes in that game, but Seattle played terribly. They were by far the superior team but lost it by making stupid mistakes. Missed field goals, bad clock management, and a slew of dropped passes by Jerramy Stevens just added to the bad calls.

  5. Oregon2000 says: Aug 6, 2010 10:29 PM

    Actually, the ref made the correct call both times, no apology needed. On the Jackson pass interference call, the Seahawks receiver clearly pushed Ike Taylor in the chest, that call is made every week in the NFL.
    On the Big Ben TD, he did cross the plane. Even if he didn’t, it was only third down, a fact some seem to forget. The Steelers would have certainly punched it in on 4th down. Case closed, the Steelers were just the superior team that day, 11 points better.

  6. TFBuckFutter says: Aug 6, 2010 10:34 PM

    It was Holmgren’s fault…..for criticizing the officiating earlier in the season.
    The only people that don’t recognize that Super Bowl as a full on rig-job are Pitt fans.
    And it speaks volumes about that “championship” that the Seahawks did perform so badly but still would have had a shot at winning had it NOT been for the awful officiating.
    So really, what does that say about the Steelers performance? If both teams equally choke, shouldn’t the outcome then also be fair? But yes, we only look at OTHER reasons the Seahawks would have lost rather than reasons the Steelers performance, minus the officiating, would probably have lost them the game.

  7. davidc45629 says: Aug 6, 2010 10:35 PM

    “Step up and and own them”…4 years too late. You are not Jim Joyce, Bill Leavy. Never will be. Put your sorrys in a sack, mister.

  8. FredB says: Aug 6, 2010 10:36 PM

    Bad calls are part of the game. They happen every week in every sport. No one ever goes back and corrects the mistake, just ask the young pitcher that was robbed of a no hitter. It’s done, it’s over, move on because it will happen again.

  9. TFBuckFutter says: Aug 6, 2010 10:36 PM

    “# Oregon2000 says: August 6, 2010 10:29 PM
    On the Big Ben TD, he did cross the plane. Even if he didn’t, it was only third down, a fact some seem to forget. The Steelers would have certainly punched it in on 4th down. Case closed, the Steelers were just the superior team that day, 11 points better.”
    4th and goal from the 1 is converted 68% of the time.
    That is closer to half than “certainly”.

  10. odell says: Aug 6, 2010 10:38 PM

    So i guess i’m not the only one that saw the crappy referring that game, the refs saw it too…. Steelers cheated to get there and the refs helped finish off a GREAT season for a CRAP franchise/team/coach/fans. But Karma catches up to you and hence the rapid decline of this crap franchise. Rapistboerger in all his glory, keep it up Steelers your doing GREAT!

  11. JapDouds says: Aug 6, 2010 10:39 PM

    I liked the calls.
    What’s the problem?

  12. davidc45629 says: Aug 6, 2010 10:40 PM

    Hey Oregon2000… Leavy has had sleepless nights and you made it all better…you are so smart!

  13. SethGecko says: Aug 6, 2010 10:42 PM

    @ Oregon2000
    You’re crazy dude, that receiver sooo did not not push off, you obviously know nothing about football, there is contact like that on every play yes, but that was not interference. You have to let the players play. And Ben did not come close to breaking the plane at all. It absolutley matters no matter what down it was. maybe you’re foreign, or just don’t know much about football, or worse a Steelers fan!!!!!!

  14. Cake Or Death says: Aug 6, 2010 10:44 PM

    I’ve had Steeler fans tell me they didn’t deserve to win that game.

  15. Macadamia says: Aug 6, 2010 10:44 PM

    What’s this now? The Stillerz got help from the refs to win a SB? You don’t say. I never thought that would happen ever.

  16. Igottz5onit says: Aug 6, 2010 10:45 PM

    @oregon2000
    absolutely right
    not to mention the missed pass interference call on Jeremy Stevens in the 3rd quarter(I think).

  17. sergep says: Aug 6, 2010 10:46 PM

    Eff you bill leavy I wish you and your beloved city of pitsburg where they love their rapists parish!! Worst officiated game EVER!! Plenty of bad calls and it was a ripple effect on the whole game.

  18. steelersnlakers says: Aug 6, 2010 10:47 PM

    Champions win, losers whine. If the Seahawks were a real team, they would have used their first Super Bowl experience to learn and improve for the next time. There was no next time. The legacy is Holmgren whining like a bitch, when a real coach would suck it up and come back with vengeance. Six, baby!

  19. Oregon2000 says: Aug 6, 2010 10:49 PM

    TBuckFutter-
    Your fourth down percentage fails to include a hall of fame bound runner, in that case it’s 99% certain the Steelers punch it in even if Big Ben is ruled down shy of the goal line.
    Bottom line, Seattle had plenty of chances, the Steelers just proved to be the better team. 11 points better, 21-10. For Seahawk fans to complain about this now is like the Germans upset about WW2.

  20. gotsix? says: Aug 6, 2010 10:51 PM

    as every little league football coach says..”only losers blame their loss on a blown call.” another favorite, more often used by highschool coaches is”if you were in a position to let a blown call or a dropped pass cause the loss of a game than you had lost that game long before the particular incident.” My coach said. “stop being such crybaby.”

  21. cmich06 says: Aug 6, 2010 10:54 PM

    Seahawks need the refs to allow holding on passing plays to even keep the game close…if the Seahawks had to play man up they would have taken Hasselbeck to the hospital

  22. MitchBergerSaysKissTheRingBitch says: Aug 6, 2010 10:54 PM

    Darrell Jackson pushed off clear as day. How can you say that was questionable call? Fatass Madden and his shitty commentary somehow convinced the everyone that offensive pass interference and holding shouldn’t be called in the Super Bowl. The guy was bitching about textbook penalties and ESPN took it and ran with it.

  23. flake13 says: Aug 6, 2010 10:57 PM

    odell says:
    “Steelers cheated to get there”
    And they did this how?
    And how come no one remembers that awful call in the Colts playoff game that year when they took an interception away from Polamalu that would of sealed the game. That call was so bad that when Joey Porter accused the refs of being paid off, the league declined to punish him.
    Or the end of the Jacksonville playoff game in ’07 when the league admitted that Harrision was held when Garrard scrambled for 40 yards on 4th and 10 that lead to Jax winning score.
    Or when Tennessess’s kicker Nedney admitted he was acting on the roughing the kicker penalty in OT that cost the Steelers the ’03 playoff game.
    You people are pathetic, whining losers, who root for loser franchises!

  24. thepuretruth says: Aug 6, 2010 11:05 PM

    Calls get made everyday in games that make a difference, the Steelers beat the Seahawks fair and square. I can’t believe that Seahawk fans are big babies. Whine to someone who cares. The Raiders had to suffer “the Tuck rule” for the beloved Tom Brady. Stop whining!!!!

  25. godlovestebowbuthatesyou says: Aug 6, 2010 11:07 PM

    I lost money on this game, Mr. Leavy. Forgiveness, never….

  26. KolbFan says: Aug 6, 2010 11:11 PM

    Its sucks that, as fans, we buy into, feed off of, and create an insane ammout of personal interest in NFL football only to have its ultimate prize deceided by human error(s).
    I feel for you hawks fans cause anyone who wasn’t a steelers fan saw how they robbed you pretty clearly.
    Its enough to make any fan wonder out loud how far away the NFL can be from a its own NBA referee/gambling scandal. The NFL has got to be much more pro active on reducing its human error thru technology imho.

  27. TFBuckFutter says: Aug 6, 2010 11:11 PM

    “Oregon2000 says: August 6, 2010 10:49 PM
    TBuckFutter-
    Your fourth down percentage fails to include a hall of fame bound runner, in that case it’s 99% certain the Steelers punch it in even if Big Ben is ruled down shy of the goal line.”
    A) an “average” never fails to account for anything. It’s an average.
    B) Your point is even more stupid because in 2005 an AVERAGE running back ran for an AVERAGE of 4.0 yards per carry. Jerome Bettis AVERAGED 3.3 yards per carry. Which means Jerome Bettis was 82.5% as good as an AVERAGE running back. Which means the AVERAGE of 68%, when figuring a running back who is only 82.5% as good as the whole pool of running backs would actually DECREASE the odds of success considerably. Bringing it down closer to 55%.
    But at least you tried. And that’s what’s important.

  28. steelcarrot says: Aug 6, 2010 11:11 PM

    flake13 says:
    Well said…You hit the nail on the head. These asshole jealous winers all cry about this superbowl, but say nothing when the steelers get jobbed. Both teams played bad football in superbowl 40, but the steelers were 11 points better.

  29. flake13 says: Aug 6, 2010 11:16 PM

    And by the way…
    The Steelers and Seahawks played the next season. Final Score:
    STEELERS 20
    SEAHAWKS 0

  30. CDAseahawk says: Aug 6, 2010 11:18 PM

    Not to mention the phantom holding call that denied Seattle a forty yard completion to the goal-line in the third quarter on third down only to get picked off the following play on a third and way long. Way more than two blown calls in that game more like 6 or 7 that just happened to occur at crucial game-changing moments.

  31. 2000TJ says: Aug 6, 2010 11:22 PM

    There are always bad calls. Sometimes I hate the refs, sometimes i love them. It all balances out in the end.

  32. dandrol says: Aug 6, 2010 11:22 PM

    Maybe he saw the respect MLB ump Jim Joyce got when he blew the call on Gallaraga’s perfect game and was hoping for the same. The big difference, Joyce saw the replay after the game when he fessed up to the blown call. Four years later doesn’t really garner the same respect.

  33. footballfan says: Aug 6, 2010 11:23 PM

    I laugh every time I hear this stuff. I am not a steelers fan whatsoever but they won the game. If LEavy felt so bad about it he woulda done something about it during the game. Bad call happen all the time but when they go your teams way it is amazing how fast you forget them. The seahawks need to get over it. Where the hell was their defense when fast willie went 75 yards????

  34. JVult says: Aug 6, 2010 11:29 PM

    I love the steelers fans excuses. Flake great example using the score from a game from the following season. You are a loser Flake but unfortunately you won’t have a referee in your life blowing it declaring you a winner.

  35. Bob Nelson says: Aug 6, 2010 11:32 PM

    That admission of mistakes is worth the breath that exhaled it.

  36. gruntersdad says: Aug 6, 2010 11:44 PM

    Football officiating is becoming or has gotten as bad as NBA officiating. In the NFL you make a call. If someone doesn’t like it, they review it. if it gets overturned big deal. If there is no replay, you make a call and the game goes on. for the refs it’s a win-win proposition. They could care less. They get their paycheck, their free travel, free food, free hotels, and work a two day week. Wow. We should all be so lucky. If you could hear those conferences on the field, no one is talking about the play, it’s just a big show for the fans and TV. The ref says what did you see? The back judge says, blah blah blah, they all nod and announce a call, and everyone commends them for getting together to “get it right.” Bulls–t.

  37. sergep says: Aug 6, 2010 11:45 PM

    Sorry hawk fans everyone out side pitsburg knows seattle got screwed.

  38. fellasheowed says: Aug 6, 2010 11:45 PM

    cry losers cry! its all you can do, fortunately for you; losing with dignity, being a man about it, and having a stiff upper lip, much less a handle on reality, and all the calls those losers, and by proxy the other losers with steeler hate in their blood stream, not to mention crystal meth, are out of fashion in our society.
    so the guy goes on a p.r. mission to appease the crybabies, and the whiny criers take that as a tacit admission, instead of limited self-flagellation it really was…because you have nothing else.
    its a shame that crybabies and whiners get appeased at all, but that is the world we live in.
    go thunder! that kevin durant is well worth the price of admission but i guess folks in suicide city wouldn’t know that…ha HA

  39. Hailskinzz says: Aug 6, 2010 11:47 PM

    Seattle should have won that game they were the better team

  40. jshawaii says: Aug 6, 2010 11:48 PM

    Year’s later, that backstabbing jerk Hutch leaving town left a far worse taste in my mouth then the Super-suck bowl did.
    js

  41. stetai says: Aug 6, 2010 11:51 PM

    I don’t care how they played, how they managed or whatever, the facts remain if a few of those bad calls didn’t happen then the Seahawks would’ve won the Super Bowl.
    It is retarded to look for other faults, because in any game both teams make mistakes, the only difference is mistakes become meaningless for the team that wins because they won.
    The Seahawks got royally screwed and hearing a ref admit it years later does not take away the Steelers SB trophy like a USC national title.
    INSTANT REPLAY NEEDS TO BE ABSOLUTE TO GET ALL CRUCIAL CALLS RIGHT NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES DURING A GAME.

  42. Oregon2000 says: Aug 6, 2010 11:52 PM

    TBuckFutter,
    You misunderstood my point completely, a hall of fame back like Bettis scores 99% of the time in that situation. The ball would have been place about one inch away from the goal line, the Seahawks defense wasn’t exactly the 2000 Ravens. I don’t know why this concept is so difficult to grasp.
    Bottom line the Steelers were two scores better, and Seattle failed to take advantage of numerous opportunities in that game unrelated to those close calls.

  43. HandsofSweed says: Aug 6, 2010 11:53 PM

    Yep. They totally forgot the 2-3 steps taken by Stevens after a catch (on the Seattle FG drive) in which he was popped and fumbled, recovered by the Steelers. Replays showed clearly that he had possession and took multiple steps first. Ruled incomplete? Horseshit.
    Or what about Ben getting drilled in the back between the shoulderblades on Seattle’s looooooong INT return that set up the TD they scored? That’s a spot foul penalty that puts Seattle barely inside Steeler territory around the 45 yard line instead of deep in the Red Zone to start. Horseshit.
    In reality, both teams played poorly. Pittsburgh just played less poorly than Seattle did.

  44. Matt says: Aug 6, 2010 11:54 PM

    # TFBuckFutter says: August 6, 2010 11:11 PM
    “Oregon2000 says: August 6, 2010 10:49 PM
    TBuckFutter-
    Your fourth down percentage fails to include a hall of fame bound runner, in that case it’s 99% certain the Steelers punch it in even if Big Ben is ruled down shy of the goal line.”
    A) an “average” never fails to account for anything. It’s an average.
    B) Your point is even more stupid because in 2005 an AVERAGE running back ran for an AVERAGE of 4.0 yards per carry. Jerome Bettis AVERAGED 3.3 yards per carry. Which means Jerome Bettis was 82.5% as good as an AVERAGE running back. Which means the AVERAGE of 68%, when figuring a running back who is only 82.5% as good as the whole pool of running backs would actually DECREASE the odds of success considerably. Bringing it down closer to 55%.
    But at least you tried. And that’s what’s important.
    *******************************************
    I wouldn’t go sarcastically criticizing others “for trying” with an argument based on statistics when you display a lack of rudimentary knowledge regarding how to use statistics. 3.3 / 4.0 = 82.5% does not translate into the inference that “Bettis was 82.5% as good as an average running back,” which requires information regarding variability in yards per attempt and assumptions regarding the the YPA distribution. 3.3 could be far worse or far better than 82.5% in the league. I would actually guess that a 3.3 would put him below the 82.5% percentile (which potentially supports your point, although see below), but that’s merely a guess – again, you need to know more about how YPA was distributed that year. Either way, I’d not go around citing numbers like an arrogant fool when you don’t know how to use them to make your argument.
    Second, if you’re going to try to take it that route, show me Bettis’ situational numbers, not his global YPA. It’s a poor proxy in the grand scheme, but to illustrate, Bettis’ 1st Down% compared favorably in 2005; amongst those with 100+ total rushing attempts, he ranked fourth in the NFL (behind Vick, Shaun Alexander, and Larry Johnson). Note also that Vick, Alexander, and Johnson all had far higher YPA than Bettis that year (they were all over 5.0), which reinforces the point that YPA is not the correct statistic to make your argument with. Even 1st Down % is not good, because it’s not situational enough given the question.
    But at least you tried. Schmuck.

  45. CharmCityRavens says: Aug 6, 2010 11:55 PM

    There were so many bad calls in that game it’s hard to recall them all, but the two that stand out:
    Big Ben’s TD that wasn’t a TD.
    &
    The bogus pass interference call on the Seahawks that negated a TD.
    That’s a 14 point swing in the score which puts the game in favor of the Seahawks.
    I consider that SB win more tainted for the Steelers than their 70’s SB wins, ’cause at least with those they can say other teams were using steroids too during that era.
    Peter King said it best in his article after that game: The Seattle Seahawks were the better team for 60 mins. that night.
    Can’t wait to see the yinzers get worked up over this one!

  46. LebronJeremy says: Aug 6, 2010 11:57 PM

    The pass interference call was, by the letter of the rule book, a good call. But Leavy also kicked every non-holding call when Clark Haggans was rushing. You would think Haggans was Lawrence Taylor because he was dragged down by his collar on every play, as if that was the only way to block him. It’s Haggans; he probably could have been blocked in a legal manner.

  47. In & Out Burger says: Aug 6, 2010 11:58 PM

    There has never been a NFL game played in which a ref made didn’t make an incorrect “call” or “no call” that impacted the game. Such is football.
    There were a lot of “close” calls in that game but one call I am sick of people complaining about is the Ben touchdown. I don’t know if he made it in or not, but it was a very close call on the field and there is no way there was enough evidence to overturn it.
    Also in the last Steelers Super Bowl they overturned a Ben touchdown that, by all means, looked like a touchdown without a lot of evidence to the contrary. My point is that, if the refs are “fixed” they aren’t very good or consistent.

  48. StealerzRock says: Aug 7, 2010 12:00 AM

    Comical!!! He says “I know that I did my best at that time” but then apologizes! F@#$ing Hilarious! Truth is the Steelers won fair & square. Now, someone clearly has offered him a big chunk of change $$$ to make a news story ourt of it. If you belive this BS story, you’re either nieve &/or a complete dumb ass! One word…VIDEO!!! He reviewed those calls & tape supported the calls. There wasn’t irrifutable evidence to change the calls which is what’s required. The NFL & NBA are becoming more & more like All-Star Wrestling every year. Acting & made-for-TV moments.

  49. lieutenant Dan's Ice Cream says: Aug 7, 2010 12:02 AM

    Bout time this turd apologized. I’m not even a Seattle fan and I resented the NFL for ruining that game. Its the SB for gods sake! They should do the right thing and give Seattle the win. They outperformed Pitt in every category that game, except for bribing the refs.
    Look at Holmgrens teams, they are always among the least penalized teams year in and out. Total BS.

  50. Rick says: Aug 7, 2010 12:04 AM

    I’m not a Seattle fan or Pittsburg fan, but those were good calls. The ball clearly crossed the front plane of the goal line, that’s a TD. The receiver pushed off so hard on the pittsburg defender he jumped back a step. That was a push off and a good call.

  51. scmorg says: Aug 7, 2010 12:05 AM

    F@CK YOU BILL LEAVY AND THE STEEL CURTAIN YOU RODE IN ON!

  52. hendeeze says: Aug 7, 2010 12:09 AM

    As a niner fan I say, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    Must suck to lose the superbowl huh…..
    L on YO FO-HEAD
    ps the seachickens suck, your the next years Rams once P Willy gets a lick on Hasselbeck again.

  53. FumbleNuts says: Aug 7, 2010 12:15 AM

    Seattle got robbed! No doubt about it.

  54. jd says: Aug 7, 2010 12:21 AM

    The Seahawks were in a Superbowl???

  55. Mike_My_Ditka says: Aug 7, 2010 12:40 AM

    Did a bad call effect the Seahawks giving up a 75 yard td run?
    How about a 40 yard trick play td pass?
    Im sorry, but you get owned like that on two big plays and no amount of whining about a holding call or a bad 15 yard penalty call matters.

  56. andy reid's belt says: Aug 7, 2010 12:58 AM

    I have always maintaind that half of Pissburgh’s SB victories have been because of controversial calls and finally at least one ref has admitted as much so. Dallas and San Francisco are the legit leaders in Super Bowl victories. No one has ever been able to produce un-deniable evidence that Santonio Holmes had control of the ball AND both feet in bounds with his supposed winning catch in last Stealer super bowl

  57. The Devil says: Aug 7, 2010 1:05 AM

    shittsburg sucks sluts ass!!!(period)
    biggest NON _ CALL of the day was a non-called BLOCK IN THE BACK at the 30 yard line that allowed the ROIDED up DPOY to score a TD – clearly a BLOCK IN THE BACK _ watch the play on youtube – simple- on the running back – DONE!
    no one can ever argue this was not a block in the back – or they took it up the ass – not sure which occured first
    Slutsburgh sucks anything

  58. LvSteelersH8Ben says: Aug 7, 2010 1:16 AM

    Ben did NOT cross the plain and any Steeler fan that says he did is a homer. However, it was only 3rd down and you better believe we get that inch on 4th. To the homer Seahawk fan that says he didnt push off. SHUT UP

  59. Capt. James T. Kirk says: Aug 7, 2010 1:37 AM

    You didn’t see Steelers whining when O’Donnell threw the Dallas Super Bowl. Literally, he threw the game with suspect interceptions.
    I’m sorry that people feel like since it’s the playoffs, they should be allowed to get away with more. You can’t. Rules are rules, and pushing, in the endzone, with a ball coming, will be nailed every time. If Seattle wants to point to something as the reason they lost, point to their defense getting caught flat-footed after halftime and letting parker spring it.
    As for you bitches on here that whine about Steelers getting bennies from refs: Kiss the six, my sweet bitches, then youtube the Big Ben td pass against arizona. Feel your red asses burn with jealousy as you realize he wears black and gold, not purple, or brown, or orange.

  60. Mel Kiper IV says: Aug 7, 2010 1:39 AM

    This POS fixed the game. Everyone knows it. I’m not even a Seattle fan, but his actions were criminal. The mere fact that he is even allowed near a football field is amazing. Dude, no one with 1/2 a brain believes you. You are a liar, a thief and a cheat. Just kill yourself! You suck. Everyone hates you! EVERYONE!!!!!

  61. seahawk2005 says: Aug 7, 2010 1:39 AM

    I am a die hard Seahawk fan and i don’t think the Seahawks care about that about that game i am pretty sure its all about this year, and Steeler fans that say Seattle fans are cry babies, at least are team out rapping like rapsburger, what a guy you have there, Everybody knows who really won that game. Pittsburg fans are upset that a referee came out and said he blew it in that game.

  62. dbara43 says: Aug 7, 2010 1:47 AM

    The facts are these: The official who called Jackson for the penalty -negating a touchdown- was born and raised in Pittsburgh.
    Ben Rothswhatever didn’t get in the end zone. That was obvious on the replay, but Leavy still allowed it.
    Darrell Jackson caught a pass at the end of the first half where he got one foot in bounds and the other foot hit the goal line cone. If a running back touches a cone with the ball, it’s a touchdown. In this case they ruled it an incomplete pass. The NFL changed the rule the next season to specify that one foot + cone = touchdown.
    The ‘holding’ call on Sean Locklear, negating a completion ot the 2 yard line; it’s clear on the replay that Leavy was reaching for his flag BEFORE LOCKLEAR EVEN TOUCHED THE STEALER HE SUPPOSEDLY HELD ILLEGALLY. John Madden even comments on this during the replay.
    Sports Illustrated never even printed a Seahawks Super Bowl Champion edition before the game; only a Steelers one.
    $400 million dollars bet on the Steelers came into Las Vegas the Friday before the game from ‘East Coast betters’ – according to an ESPN report.
    And lastly, the retiring Paul Tagliabue got to hand the Vince Lombardi trophy to his best friend in the league, Dan Rooney.
    But no, the game wasn’t fixed. How could that happen? Bill Leavy just made some mistakes.
    Right.

  63. nofunleagueNFL says: Aug 7, 2010 1:51 AM

    Not A Seahawks or a Steelers fan… but Seattle was screwed royally. The fix was clearly in and the holier than thou NFL is just as corrupt as the NBA. Furthermore, Mr. Goodell and Mr. Stern are both of a similar mindset… “we’ll” decide who “we” want to be champs and if that means getting a few calls “wrong” during the big game, then so be it.
    Our refs are human and make mistakes, right? Yes, bad calls are a part of any game… but in this Super Bowl it was very obvious what was happening out there. Integrity was not wearing a striped shirt that day.
    Sounds as if Mr. Leavy has a guilty conscience. If I were the Seahawks, his apology would have fallen on deaf ears.

  64. rjsjr says: Aug 7, 2010 1:52 AM

    Did he apologize for the monetary kick back he earned for those calls?

  65. Mav69r says: Aug 7, 2010 1:54 AM

    SOOO… is his name “Leavy” or “Levy”… I’m confused… are we Talking Bill or Marv

  66. LighTsouT says: Aug 7, 2010 1:55 AM

    Rams fan here, I lost $300 that game. I blamed the refs, all the Steeler fans were like no you’re just dumb. Half of em have viewed the game again on NFL replay and all say I’m right. I still haven’t gotten my money back.

  67. Backlund in 2012 says: Aug 7, 2010 1:56 AM

    godlovestebowbuthatesyou says:
    August 6, 2010 11:07 PM
    I lost money on this game, Mr. Leavy. Forgiveness, never….
    Did you bet on the Seahawks to win or for the Steelers not to cover the spread?

  68. sergep says: Aug 7, 2010 2:11 AM

    Plain an simple Seattle got screwed!

  69. IronCityChampions says: Aug 7, 2010 2:12 AM

    Seattle was not the better team. Ben just laid an egg in the Super Bowl … which was odd since he played awesome leading up the the big show. Seattle had plenty of chances and didn’t execute, looked sloppy … but there is no doubt getting some big calls always helps.
    Oh well.

  70. cunn9305 says: Aug 7, 2010 2:17 AM

    Ummmmmmm … SIX !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! … Woo Hoo !!! … Here we go Steelers here we go ………..

  71. Ncel17 says: Aug 7, 2010 2:20 AM

    Oregon2000 has reading problems. Those two were listed as ADDITIONAL questionable items. The main problems were the horrid 4th quarter judgments, where an apology definitely was needed.

  72. sharkattack says: Aug 7, 2010 2:41 AM

    Pittsburgh fans are either stupid of blind. I can never figure out which. That was the single worst officiating I have ever seen. It’s magnified by the fact it was a Super-Bowl.
    Pittsburgh is one of the best-ran franchises in the NFL. They have a history to kill for. You can never count them out, even when they have a rappist with 4-games of rust on his right arm. They are one of the greatest teams in pro-sports. They have 5 other championship’s.
    So why Steeler’s fans? Why can’t you admit that one of them was bullshit?

  73. Wildcats55 says: Aug 7, 2010 2:50 AM

    @steelersnlakers
    You are a douche. You just happen to be a fan of two of the most successful franchises in all of sports even though they are on opposite sides of the country. Obviously, you lack loyalty to whatever local market you live in, because you are such a narcissistic, yet insecure piece of sh1t that you will claim two amazing teams as ‘your own’ because you want to be able to brag, because in your pea brain that somehow makes you better than others. You talk about being a real team? How about being a real fan douchebag. Not some fair weather retard with a tiny d1ck.

  74. dave says: Aug 7, 2010 3:04 AM

    @TFBuckFutter
    “4th and goal from the 1 is converted 68% of the time.
    That is closer to half than “certainly”.
    Yeah, but when a team gets the ball back at their own goal-line they often punt when they don’t get a safety scored on them. They can give up up to 9 points in the worst case. Steelers would have won the game either way. stop whining. It was a 50-50 call and it happened to go against the Hawks. Deal with it.

  75. cball77 says: Aug 7, 2010 3:17 AM

    Oregon2000 says:
    Read the article over again (you clearly need to), those 2 calls (Rothlisberger TD and Jackson PI) weren’t the calls Leavy’s apologizing for. Those two plays are the calls that Rosenthal referred to in addition to Leavy’s comments – it’s important to read the article before you post to avoid looking like you read at a Grade 2 level. Masybe next time before you post read the article over 2 or 3 more times.
    Leavy never actually says what the 2 calls are but I believe 1 is hugely obvious – the play where James Farrior is a foot and a half offside, Hasslebeck complete to Stevens at the Pittsburgh 1, and he calls a phantom hold on Locklear than none of the 1500 cameras at the game were able to come close to catching – clearly the worst and most important call of many that day. The second call who knows, too many too think about.
    Seattle wasnt the first team to get jobbed by bad calls, but the frequency of them at terrible times in the game spelled for some of the worst luck in Superbowl history. Nice to see that finally someone from the officials/NFL side is acknowledging it.
    Seattle is not the first team to outplay the other team and lose – it just happened to be on the biggest stage of them all.

  76. Pongo says: Aug 7, 2010 4:14 AM

    Seatle won that game easy. The Ref spotted the stealers 21 points.
    I thought it was amature home town boxing refs or something.
    Horrible, to horrible to be a mistake.

  77. hawksnest says: Aug 7, 2010 4:15 AM

    Though bad calls are made in EVERY nfl game, in a superbowl it is UNACCEPTABLE. The biggest game of the year should not be decided on the ref’s whistle or flag or what have you.
    Yes the Seahawks had more chances and opportunities to win that game. If they had even played somewhat decent i believe the results would have been different, but i also believe that the ref’s had decided the winner by halftime.

  78. pshrug says: Aug 7, 2010 4:36 AM

    We got over it awhile back. It took some people awhile. But as a Seahawks season ticket holder the following year, it really annoyed me to see the “protest booth” outside Qwest Field, trying to get people to — I don’t really know what, sign a petition? Yeah, that’s effective.
    We had a right to be ticked off about the late calls in the game, but by that time the Seahawks had all the fight sucked out of them. The offensive PI call on Jackson, as ticky-tacky as it seemed, wasn’t wrong. I couldn’t tell whether Roethlisberger crossed the goal line; he claimed he didn’t think he did.
    Thanks for the apology, anyway. What our team brought on themselves the next few seasons kinda made it irrelevant and every ‘Hawk fan I know forgot all about it.
    And hey, it’s a new day. (Um, again.)

  79. Nambla Limbaugh says: Aug 7, 2010 4:42 AM

    Oh pockycock that contest was called to perfection. Not unlike the perfection of trickle-down theory! You see, tax cuts for millionaires & billionaire GUARANTEES the creation of more american jobs and not Chinese/Indian/Mexican/name yer 3rd world shiitehole sweatshops that pay peanuts. Really. No seriously it works. I swear on the souls of the dead boys under my bed!

  80. bbq says: Aug 7, 2010 5:12 AM

    thepuretruth said:
    “The Raiders had to suffer “the Tuck rule” for the beloved Tom Brady. Stop whining!!!!”
    Yeah, they did. Because it was the correct call.

  81. Cup says: Aug 7, 2010 5:16 AM

    Bad calls happen to every team, Steelers have gotten screwed plenty just as any other team has. Were there some shitty calls in that Super Bowl, yes… The loss was not due to those calls though…. Lets take away the Ben TD, STILL the game is 14-10.
    The 2 things that killed the Seahawks, falling for a trick play that EVERYONE in the league knew the Steelers ran all the time and allowing Willie Parker to break the longest run in SB history. The refs did not “Win” that game for the Steelers, the Seahawks chocked it away….
    Plus, I forgot how obvious the call was, but the Pass interference call is offensive pass interference, straight from the NFL Rulebook
    “It is pass interference by either team when any player movement beyond the line of scrimmage significantly hinders the progress of an eligible player of such player’s opportunity to catch the ball.”
    Jackson clearly impacted the defenders ability to reach the ball by pushing him away. That fellas, is Pass Interference…. I guess Leavy didn’t see the replay lol. The Ben TD was upheld by replay WTF is the problem???

  82. DirtMcGirt38 says: Aug 7, 2010 5:56 AM

    “And by the way…
    The Steelers and Seahawks played the next season. Final Score:
    STEELERS 20
    SEAHAWKS 0″
    Sorry failstar, totally different teams, means nothing.

  83. username says: Aug 7, 2010 7:39 AM

    I give him a little bit of credit for admitting it now. But nearly as much as I do to Ed Hochuli who admitted his mistake in the SD-Den game quickly.

  84. Supersonic says: Aug 7, 2010 7:41 AM

    Did he really say he was sleepless in seatle!

  85. JimmySmith says: Aug 7, 2010 7:43 AM

    It’s good to know that the Rooney’s money to fix the game did not go to waste. You don’t just get a nickname like Fixsburgh; you have to pay for that privilege.

  86. steelerfan9598 says: Aug 7, 2010 7:55 AM

    Jeramy Stevens. PERIOD.

  87. godlovestebowbuthatesyou says: Aug 7, 2010 8:23 AM

    # Backlund in 2012 says: August 7, 2010 1:56 AM
    godlovestebowbuth atesyou says:
    August 6, 2010 11:07 PM
    I lost money on this game, Mr. Leavy. Forgiveness, never….
    Did you bet on the Seahawks to win or for the Steelers not to cover the spread?
    —————————–
    To not cover the spread. I believe it was 6 1/2 or something like that.

  88. brasho says: Aug 7, 2010 8:23 AM

    I thought it was terrible officiating at the time but every Steeler fan I talked to defended the officiating as if the officials were a part of their team… now, an official comes out and basically said that he sucked and blew calls and you still have Steeler fans defending the officiating… that’s effing crazy! Are you moros illiterate? The guy that blew the calls just admitted he blew the calls and you guys STILL can’t accept the truth. Freaking amazing!

  89. deeps says: Aug 7, 2010 8:24 AM

    flake13 – you nailed it. If you are a steeler fan you could go back to SB XXX (Cowboys vs steelers) Woodson makes a miraculous comeback to play in the game. He is about to pick off a pass and irvin interferes…could it have changed the game maybe. it was close. Steelers did not play great in the game against the seagulls but they were better. everyone gets bad calls.

  90. odell says: Aug 7, 2010 8:35 AM

    @steelcarrot says: August 6, 2010 11:11 PM
    flake13 says:
    Cheated by ripping Carson’s knee off 2nd play of the game, deuche pumps… And then by obviously paying the refs from there on out..
    and admitted to by the refs themselves…

  91. BlitzburghGator says: Aug 7, 2010 8:36 AM

    LMAO at anyone who thinks a couple of borderline calls that didnt go Seattle’s way equates to cheating by the Steelers.
    Games like that are usually won by big plays, and Pittsburgh made more of them. Time to get over it..

  92. 12thman says: Aug 7, 2010 8:39 AM

    The stealers, in black and white stripes.

  93. 3octaveFart says: Aug 7, 2010 8:42 AM

    “# Cake Or Death says: August 6, 2010 10:44 PM
    “I’ve had Steeler fans tell me they didn’t deserve to win that game.”
    No you didn’t.

  94. SeriousRadio says: Aug 7, 2010 8:59 AM

    I had forgotten how obnoxious and ignorant Steeler fans can be until I read the comments for this post. It’s pretty well accepted that the Steelers / Big Ben played poorly that day, and that Seattle was the superior team on that day. Momentum in a SB is a big emotional plus, but bad officiating at key points of the game stole momentum from Seattle and gave it to Pittsburg.
    Seattle fans don’t whine about it years later, but Steeler fans refuse to recognize and acknowledge what a ref is now willing to admit.

  95. Tomthebombtracy says: Aug 7, 2010 9:37 AM

    It was a not a very well played game on either side. Dropped passed killed the Seahawks. Steelers were driving inside the 10 and go up, what 13 points, when Big Ben throws a rope…not a rainbow…to wide open Randle El and it gets returned almost for a TD…leading to a TD.
    The Fast Willie Run and the El pass to Ward were the big plays.
    In a badly played game….like this one….big plays caused by big mistakes often are the difference.
    Seattle made too many big mistakes.

  96. TFBuckFutter says: Aug 7, 2010 10:04 AM

    “# Matt says: August 6, 2010 11:54 PM
    I wouldn’t go sarcastically criticizing others “for trying” with an argument based on statistics when you display a lack of rudimentary knowledge regarding how to use statistics. 3.3 / 4.0 = 82.5% does not translate into the inference that “Bettis was 82.5% as good as an average running back,” which requires information regarding variability in yards per attempt and assumptions regarding the the YPA distribution. 3.3 could be far worse or far better than 82.5% in the league. I would actually guess that a 3.3 would put him below the 82.5% percentile (which potentially supports your point, although see below), but that’s merely a guess – again, you need to know more about how YPA was distributed that year. Either way, I’d not go around citing numbers like an arrogant fool when you don’t know how to use them to make your argument.
    Second, if you’re going to try to take it that route, show me Bettis’ situational numbers, not his global YPA. It’s a poor proxy in the grand scheme, but to illustrate, Bettis’ 1st Down% compared favorably in 2005; amongst those with 100+ total rushing attempts, he ranked fourth in the NFL (behind Vick, Shaun Alexander, and Larry Johnson). Note also that Vick, Alexander, and Johnson all had far higher YPA than Bettis that year (they were all over 5.0), which reinforces the point that YPA is not the correct statistic to make your argument with. Even 1st Down % is not good, because it’s not situational enough given the question.
    But at least you tried. Schmuck.”
    Once again, someone fails to grip the concept of AVERAGES. You don’t need to break it down any further if you’re just trying to understand how LIKELY it was to become a touchdown based on the ENTIRE POOL. It’s assumptive. You can’t just say “they were definitely going to score” just because you love Jerome Bettis and have a lot of faith in him when the numbers don’t bear it out.
    Bettis was an awful runner in 2005, and they were far less than guaranteed to score. Especially when you figure the Seahawks were 2nd in the NFL defensively against rushing touchdowns, and 5th against yards and yards per carry. So, they allowed 3.6 YPC while the AVERAGE defense allowed 4.0.
    So we are looking at a substandard running back versus a very stout rushing defense.
    That also swings the percentages even lower than 56%.
    If you can show me that the Seahawks were particularly bad defensing their goal line from the 1 yard line that year, or that Jerome Bettis had a lot of success in that situation (He was successful in the one opportunity he had, but being that we’re talking averages, one isn’t really a significant sample).

  97. FlyinO says: Aug 7, 2010 11:00 AM

    Reading these comments shows how retarded Steeler fans really are. If a ref admits to losing sleep over ruining a Super Bowl, that means after reviewing the game he realized the wrong team won.
    Steroids + Refs = 6 tainted Super Bowls.
    Oh yeah, to all those idiots that say the Steelers outplayed the Seahags, just remember Roethlisturder set a record that game…for the worst Super Bowl performance ever.

  98. dbara43 says: Aug 7, 2010 11:34 AM

    Bottom line, Stealer fans: The outcome of the game was decided by the officiating, not by the players, and the referee of the game has ‘apologized’ for blowing calls.
    End of story.

  99. This is not news says: Aug 7, 2010 12:14 PM

    This is not news.

  100. Oregon2000 says: Aug 7, 2010 12:18 PM

    Bottom line, Whinehawk fans: The outcome of the game was decided by the superior team, and the more you complain, the worse you look.
    Conspiracy theorists + Jealous fans of other NFL teams = morons on this board.
    End of story, well not quite, since the Steelers will win more super bowls in the years ahead!
    21-10, deal with it.

  101. MikeBara33 says: Aug 7, 2010 12:28 PM

    OMG, “one of many reasons?” Florio, did you WATCH this game? It was the ONLY reason they lost. The Steelers made 1 un-assisted scoring play all day, the Willie Parker run. I’ve watched this game over and over. Worst case scenario for the Seahawks is a 27-10 win. They dominated this game in every phase.
    Only Leavy and the other zebras kept it from happening. Which just happened to be the outcome Paul Tagliabue and the league wanted. Gee, what a coincidence…

  102. VaSteel says: Aug 7, 2010 12:47 PM

    Ley’s see how we can fix this for you, Seattle fans. The final score was 21-10, right?
    But #7 really didn’t get the ball over the goal line. That makes it 14-10.
    Bad interference call against Seattle resulting in a TD. That gets the score to 3-10.
    Seattle TE drops a sure TD. That makes the score 3-17.
    Fat coach is inefficient with clock. Can’t see pocket watch for belly. Could have scored another touchdown at the end of each half. That gets us to 3-31.
    Pittsburgh uses trick play to score TD. Not nice, certainly not in the spirit of the super bowl. Should have been a penalty for fooling superior team. Uh-0h! Can’t go to minus 4 for Steelers. Guess we’lll have to make it 0-31 now.
    No way #39 should have had a hole that big for the 75 yard TD run. There must have been holding on that play. Everyone knows that Seattle defense was the best of all time, better than the 2000 Ravens, the 1985 Bears and the Steelers of the 70s and the Cowboy Doomsday Defense. The holding would have set the Steelers back and Seattle would have gone down the field to score. Now, it’s 0-38.
    Time to make this right. New Super Bowl score: Seattle 38-Pittsburgh 0. Yeah! Seattle wins in a blowout!!
    Stay tuned, Seattle fans. Next week, we’ll fix the record for why you lost in the playoffs the other years you made it. If not for the referees, you’d have won, let’s say 8, maybe 9, super bowls in a row.
    You are the greatest team of all time. We will make sure that everyone knows why you have no Lombardi’s.
    It’s just not right.
    Let’s just hope you get one before that franchise moves to LA.

  103. LebronJeremy says: Aug 7, 2010 12:50 PM

    Everyone wants to say the pittsburgh uses steroids…they sued to, in the 70’s, like when everyone on every team did. And the Raiders, heck, they were practically allowed to bring weapons on the field. But as of now, no Steeler has tested positive for a banned substance other than weed. (Saints, Patriots, Vikings etc…)
    And if the refs just always fix the game for pitt, explain to me the worst call in nfl postseason history, when they overturned Polamalu’s interception.

  104. 8man says: Aug 7, 2010 12:57 PM

    Typical Steeler fans. Still refuse to accept what everybody knows and a referee himself admits.
    I’ve never seen a fanbase more entitled other than Yankee fans. Some day, you will get yours.
    If they start out 0-6, it would be one of my best Christmas presents ever.

  105. Fed up says: Aug 7, 2010 1:03 PM

    You Steeler haters will do anything to discredit the wins. It won’t work. I hope all Steeler haters get killed tonight in a car accident.
    HA!

  106. Joe C says: Aug 7, 2010 1:08 PM

    *voice of reason coming in here*…
    Can someone tell me if there has EVER been a SB decided by 11 points or less that DIDN’T have a blown/controversial call?
    This wasn’t Madden 2005. This was real life.
    There isn’t a championship out there decided by the slimmest of margins that didn’t have a marginal or blown call.
    What’s next? People are going to point out the strike zone was looser for the Yankees? Guys are flopping more on the Penguins? Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are carrying the ball (i.e. travelling) but not getting called for it?
    Where does it really end?

  107. TFBuckFutter says: Aug 7, 2010 1:20 PM

    “Fed up says: August 7, 2010 1:03 PM
    You Steeler haters will do anything to discredit the wins. It won’t work. I hope all Steeler haters get killed tonight in a car accident.”
    Why? So Ben will have a plethora of “willing” female companions who won’t file charges on him, thus negating future suspensions?

  108. BennyBoy says: Aug 7, 2010 1:21 PM

    Everyone commenting on this post, for the most part, is arguing over the pass interference call on Jackson and the Roethlisberger TD. Those aren’t even the calls that Leavy is referring to.
    I’ll throw my two cents in. The pass interference call was correct. While it does happen all the time, when a player is 6 feet from the back judge and he’s facing said player, the player isn’t likely to get away with it. I liked what Chris Carter said afterward. He said that as a wide receiver you always have to cheat a little bit or you’re not trying hard enough and that on that play Jackson just got caught. (Collinsworth agreed)
    As for the TD on the QB sneak on third down, I am not sure Roethlisbeger got in either. But I didn’t see anything on the replay that was conclusive one way or the other. When you don’t have incontrovertible evidence of a bad call on replay, you can’t overturn it.
    Back to the calls he’s referring to, the hold on Locklear has to be one of them. This was a correct call also. Although, Haggans did line up in the Neutral Zone on that play and the penalties should have offset on another. Haggans got that call because he had been held a number of times and bitched to the refs about being held. Happens all the time, and when it does refs start keeping an eye on a player to see if the other guy has a legit gripe. Hawks fans were upset because that was one of the few times Stevens actually held onto a ball that was thrown to him and they needed that 3rd down conversion.
    The other call was the very next play. It has to be the “illegal block” (?) called on Hasselbeck after he threw the pick to Ike Taylor. While tackling him, Hasselbeck threw his body in front of the lead blocker and blew up the return taking out blocker and ball carrier. Great tackle. Horrible call. I think most Steeler fans will admit as much.
    But there were a lot of blown calls that game that hurt both teams. Hasselbeck fumbled, Steelers recover in the 2nd quarter and the ball was blown dead, Seattle gets the ball back. Stevens carries the ball three steps after a catch and drops it, Steelers recover but the pass was ruled incomplete. Heath Miller is called for a phantom offensive pass interference penalty on the other side of the field, away from the play. Pittsburgh loses 15 yards instead of gaining 23.
    Bottom line is this though. If the Hawks players hadn’t dropped numerous passes, missed a couple kicks and the Hawks coach could’ve managed the clock correctly, they might have won. They did not and to this day Holmgren won’t own up to his role in that game or the fact that his players had opportunities they failed to capitalize on. That is why Hawks fans get no sympathy from Steelers fans. If we were to hear about the things the Seahawks could have done better and not just about a couple calls that didn’t go their way, we might feel differently. We’ve been on the bad end of calls that may have contributed to lost playoff games and even one Superbowl. But most of us don’t whine about it when it happens. We know that ultimately that isn’t what cost us the game. That and our team is in the playoffs almost every year so we know that there will be some blown calls (Yes, even in the playoffs) because the game is played by and refereed by human beings in all their imperfection.

  109. TFBuckFutter says: Aug 7, 2010 1:29 PM

    “Joe C says: August 7, 2010 1:08 PM
    *voice of reason coming in here*…
    Can someone tell me if there has EVER been a SB decided by 11 points or less that DIDN’T have a blown/controversial call?
    This wasn’t Madden 2005. This was real life.
    There isn’t a championship out there decided by the slimmest of margins that didn’t have a marginal or blown call.
    What’s next? People are going to point out the strike zone was looser for the Yankees? Guys are flopping more on the Penguins? Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are carrying the ball (i.e. travelling) but not getting called for it?”
    Except that it was a series of bad calls, all going in one direction.
    It would be more akin to a Yankee pitcher hitting 5 different batters and having each one called a strike. Or Lebron James dunking on the wrong basket and the Cavs getting credit for a 3 pointer.

  110. TFBuckFutter says: Aug 7, 2010 2:17 PM

    “Matt says: August 7, 2010 1:15 PM
    By ignoring the situation, as you do, the conclusion is far different. Put another way, by focusing on global statistics, you end up with the conclusion that Bettis was “substandard” that year and that the numbers fail to “bear out.” I’m not claiming that he was a mindblowing RB (situational or otherwise; again, it was obvious he was well in decline); however, he was relatively effective in his situational, short-yardage role, which includes goal-line situations (note that I could get even more specific, but the numbers aren’t readily available and I don’t have the time to putz around). That also isn’t to take anything away from the Seahawks defense; I’ve always been a fan of defensive football and will always give credit where it’s due (even when supporters continue to whine about outcomes almost 5 years later). I’ve seen the rankings and the numbers; that said, your statements suggest some degree of overconfidence.”
    It was just a Q&D assumption based on readily available information. As you’ve said, the information you’d like to work with is not actually available, thus we are required to work with what IS available. And those are league wide averages of both overall performance AND performance in the specifically identified category.
    However, “and goal” stats ARE available for Jerome Bettis in 2005. He ran the ball 18 times total in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and goal situations.
    What was his success rate? 8 for 18. Granted, it’s not broken down by the yardage and some of those runs were obviously from beyond the 1 yard line (and factoring in penalties could have been from outside the 10, however, since he was a situational back, and I don’t recall specifics of how he was used in goal line situations, I would imagine the majority of those runs came from within 5 yards or even closer).
    8/18 = 44%. When factoring in the potential variables I have outlined above, PERHAPS it can be assumed he would have a slightly better than 50% chance of scoring.
    Which AGAIN is FAR from a certainty.

  111. Atlas says: Aug 7, 2010 2:28 PM

    Great, Fed Up. Why don’t you do the rest of Steeler Nation a favor… and keep your thoughts to yourself.
    People can complain all they want. At the end of the day, it’s sour grapes. Leavy’s admission doesn’t mean that the Steelers paid him off. It means he made crappy calls.
    Also, how can anyone assume that the Seahawks would have automatically won had some of them gone the other way? Don’t forget to count the Stevens’ catches in your fictitious scoreboard tally. The Seahawks’ equipment manager had a cousin who’s co-worker went to Saint Vincent College. The same Saint Vincent College where the Steelers hold training camp! DUN DUN DUN!
    Conspiracy theories are for nut-jobs. The books say 21-10.
    It was a pitiful Super Bowl. Hardly a fitting climax for such a great playoff run. But hey… I’m a Steelers fan. That’s my opinion.
    I love that people have nothing better to do than trade barbs with fans. Despite your best efforts, your grandchildren will know that Seattle lost Super Bowl XL. And nothing will ever change that.
    Sorry, but it is what it is. Blown calls suck. You’re going to have to stop watching sports if you can’t handle that.
    And I will agree that there were weak calls. Both ways. As in any game. There were also weak calls in Super Bowl XLIII… both ways.
    But disputting the Holmes’ catch is ridiculous. The Roethlisberger TD dive is questionable. The Holmes’ catch is undeniable and was a tremendous display.
    And to the guy that said that the Steelers are being bit by karma for that Super Bowl… really?
    They only went on to win ANOTHER and narrowly missed the playoffs last year despite a monumental collapse and stiff wild card contention. Trust me, the Steelers are just fine.

  112. steelers rule says: Aug 7, 2010 2:50 PM

    Did the ref miss 2 fgs?
    Did the ref throw the pick near the endzone?
    Did the ref make Stevens drop 4 passes?
    Did the ref try to tackle Parker on hsi 75 yard TD run?
    Did the ref make bad time management at the end of the 1st half?
    Did the ref miss the coverage on Randel-EL to Wards TD pass?
    Remember it was 3rd down on Ben’s td run and if they said no, Cowher is on tape saying he would go for it!
    Seahag fans get use to it, YOU SUCK AND YOU LOST!

  113. ohmygato says: Aug 7, 2010 3:34 PM

    Wow, it seems like Steeler fans are more upset about the game than any Hawk fans are now. You are right, we have a lot more to worry about than a game played 4 years ago.

  114. Tomahawk1 says: Aug 7, 2010 3:49 PM

    I am so sick of you Seattle fans whining about getting stomped on in that game. Leavy is just getting you fired up again for unknown reason since you lost then, now, and for all time. Get over it. These two calls would not have changed the outcome of you losing! Like you are the only team that ever had questionable calls?? Hear me Hasselback and Holmgren, big losers. Tired, tired, tired of it.

  115. julieinduvall says: Aug 7, 2010 4:00 PM

    Hey @In and Out Burger,
    Roethlisberger admitted in the press 48 hours after SBXL was over he didn’t cross the goal line, and did not make the touchdown.
    There’s your “proof”, whether you like it or not.
    Leavy’s four-years-past-due “apology” is nothing more than self-aggrandizement. He’s obviously angling for something. Everyone with a set of eyes outside of Pittsburgh, PA, (or Detroit, Michigan,) could see two blown calls that would have given the Seahawks the win that day.
    We’ll just have to remember next time we’re playing the zebras as well as the other team. And, oh, yeah, NFL, thanks for the four years of silence on this matter, too.
    They can suck it.

  116. TFBuckFutter says: Aug 7, 2010 4:10 PM

    “julieinduvall says: August 7, 2010 4:00 PM
    Hey @In and Out Burger,
    Roethlisberger admitted in the press 48 hours after SBXL was over he didn’t cross the goal line, and did not make the touchdown.”
    To be fair though…..Ben regularly says he didn’t force his way into places that he did. It’s just his natural reaction.

  117. Dont Taze Me Bro says: Aug 7, 2010 5:05 PM

    This thread should have been over after the first post. There were some questionable calls but Seattle killed themselves, it wasn’t the refs. I have since seen the game replayed on NFL Net and the bottom line is the Seahawks did not make plays. The Steelers did. End of story.
    Homlmgren shoud be ashamed of his clock management at the end of the half. Amateur hour.
    Seattle commentator Warren Moon agreed with the Locklear hold that would have taken Seattle to the 2. When you see the NFL Films angle, it is a blatant hold.
    Why is it assumed Seattle punches it in from the 2 after that play while it is also assumed that the Steelers fail to punch it in on 4th and 1 centimeter if the Ben TD was overturned?
    Ben’s scramble was called a TD on the field. That means there must be absolute proof that the ball did not break the plane to overturn. There is no way that call could be overturned.
    Nobody cares aboy the Seahawks. Most of the uproar is because lots of people were rooting against the Steelers:
    Bengal fans felt robbed because of Palmer even though Kitna played well and had a 10 point lead.
    Raven fans liked to pound their chest over their ONE Super Bowl vcitory.
    Cowboy and 49er fans did not want the Steelers to get number 5.

  118. one side only says: Aug 7, 2010 6:04 PM

    Few things annoy me more than the rehash of Super Bowl XL.
    First, offensive pass interference isn’t called as often as defensive pass interference, obviously. However, replays clearly showed Jackson initiating contact in the endzone. Here is a quote from the rule book, “(b) Initiating contact with a defender by shoving or pushing off thus creating a separation in an attempt to catch a pass. ” One could argue that the call was “ticky tack” or close to not being pass interference, or that Jackson already had enough separation to make the catch and barely touched the guy, but all of those points are irrelevant. The official saw Jackson’s arm extended while in contact with the defender. He saw and called pass interference. Case Closed.
    Second, I’ve watched replays of this game 20 times easily. There were a number of plays that the referees could have called holding on the Seahawks and didn’t. On the “controversial” call in question, the play was textbook holding. The “controversy” stems from the opinion that Haggans was offside. I haven’t seen a replay that shows an angle depicting him as moving past the line of scrimmager before the snap. Moving yes, but had he crossed the neutral zone? According to the official who stands astride the LOS, and who looks for encroachment on every play, no.
    Third, the “controversy” over the Roethlisberger touchdown came about as a result of the replay that shows Roethlisberger moving the ball forward after he is down, and the NFL Films sideline sounds of the game capturing a doubtful Roethlisberger’s comments. He didn’t think he scored. However, the replay revealed the ball crossed the plane as Roethlisberger dove, and at that point he scored, no matter what happened as he hit the ground. What would have happened on a potential 4th and goal is interesting to think about. I think it is wrong to assume Bettis would have ran the ball; more likely Roethlisberger would have sneaked it in. What happens in the next series if Seattle gets the ball on the 1 inch line? Safety? 99-yard TD pass? Maybe a three and out with the Steelers getting good field position. Doesn’t matter, because the ball touched the invisible plane, by definition a touchdown.
    My favorite program to watch regarding this game is the one replayed on NFL Network that features the Seahawk broadcast crew commenting on the poor clock management by the Seahawks at the end of the first half. The frustration in their voice comes across loud and clear. Classic.
    The only thing I would change about the game is the MVP. To me, Randle El gets it for the tackle on the interception and the TD pass.

  119. hotchick says: Aug 7, 2010 6:06 PM

    flake13 says:
    August 6, 2010 11:16 PM
    And by the way…
    The Steelers and Seahawks played the next season. Final Score:
    STEELERS 20
    SEAHAWKS 0
    This matters to the topic at hand as much as the score of any Red Sox/Yankee game does.

  120. RG Earl says: Aug 7, 2010 6:15 PM

    Some have said that Seahawk fans are whining.
    I am sure the people who say that would whine just as loud if it was their team that suffered the numerous bad calls.
    Any one of those calls could have made the difference in the final score of the game.
    Subtract the touchdown where Ben didn’t score… add the touchdown taken away by not calling pass interference on Steelers… that is a 14 point swing… which would result in a Seahawk win.
    At least 2 other momentum killing calls in the steelers favor.
    Game was pretty obviously thrown to the steelers by the referees.
    Now one has actually admitted it.

  121. Pervy *Harvin says: Aug 7, 2010 6:19 PM

    …..When will the refs from last years NFCCG come out and apologize for screwing the Vikings of a SB ?????? Assholes….

  122. sandy70 says: Aug 7, 2010 6:40 PM

    Oregon2000 says:
    Your fourth down percentage fails to include a hall of fame bound runner
    ———————————————–
    Right…..
    That same “HoF bound runner” never fumbles, but almost cost his team the opportunity to benefit from the bad calls a mere three weeks prior in Indy.
    Don’t revise history to try and downplay the fact that Seattle got jobbed.

  123. Allied Biscuit says: Aug 7, 2010 7:49 PM

    the last horse finally crosses the finish line

  124. FrankoBollo says: Aug 8, 2010 1:01 AM

    oyoy84 says:
    August 6, 2010 10:28 PM
    Lots of bad calls in the Steelers v. Cards super bowl that favored Shitsburgh too… hmmm
    —————————————————
    I love the slimebuckets who try to use XL to smear the last Bowl the Steelers won.
    Oh yeah, those big calls that went against the Cards in the most crucial part of the game… oh wait, that questionable holding call was on the STEELERS on their last drive.
    As I recall, Arizona wasn’t called for a SINGLE penalty the last quarter of the game.
    Amazing.

  125. tf1217 says: Aug 8, 2010 1:55 AM

    That game was officiated by the NFL front office. It was clear to me that the refs, all of them were directed to lean the field toward the Steelers. The hesitation in the calls, like Darrell Jackson offensive pi in the endzone, and the outright real time changes like Big Ben being called in the end zone when the original call was emphatically down before he got there. Leavy does not need to offer the Seahawkds fans an appology. The NFL does, and they owe it two everyone who wants a fairly officiated super bowl. It’s a black eye on the game an it likely cost Seattle it’s first championship.

  126. Beer Cheese Soup says: Aug 8, 2010 4:33 PM

    Wow. Tough offseason for the Steelers. The hits just keep coming.
    This isn’t really news.. Those of us that know football have said this from day one. Even to those who don’t, it’s pretty clear now what happened.
    Now, of course, Leavy will never admit WHY he “kicked those calls”, because that would result in prison time, but the fact is there in print: he does admit to having cost Seattle this game.
    How then, are Steelers fans STILL defending this “win”?? It was biased ignorance immediately after the game, now it is straight lunacy. I just lost more respect for the league’s most obnoxious and fairweather fanbase, and I didn’t realize that was even possible.
    To all Pittsburgh homers: hold your heads high. You still have five rings, and that is far and away more than most of the league. You have a proud winning tradition, and no amount of gambling, bribery, steroid use or off-field incidents can take that from you. Just please, PLEASE don’t continue to claim you won this game! You disgrace not only your own city, but the entire sport of football when you do.

  127. contract says: Aug 8, 2010 5:41 PM

    “How then, are Steelers fans STILL defending this “win”??”
    Scoreboard???
    Bill Leavy allowed himself to be intimidated by his surroundings

  128. dbara43 says: Aug 8, 2010 6:52 PM

    Ok, Stealer morons. If the game was all fair and square, then why is Bill Leavy confessing, uh, I mean ‘apologizing’?
    Why is he having ‘sleepless nights’?
    Because he knows poor officiating cost Seattle the Super Bowl.
    End of story.

  129. ncoolong says: Aug 8, 2010 7:29 PM

    dbara43 says:
    August 8, 2010 6:52 PM
    Ok, Stealer morons. If the game was all fair and square, then why is Bill Leavy confessing, uh, I mean ‘apologizing’?
    Why is he having ‘sleepless nights’?
    Because he knows poor officiating cost Seattle the Super Bowl.
    End of story.
    —————
    Since when do guilt-stricken officials have total say over who wins and loses? He never says “Seattle should have won the game.” He says he feels, in retrospect, he made some bad calls.
    This has been pointed out many times, but all anti-Steelers naysayers refuse to understand it: Pittsburgh had a call go against them in the divisional round that was so badly blown, the head of officiating admitted after the game the call was blown.
    The head of officiating said that game was called evenly between the two. It’s a bummer this ref now has an attack of conscience, but at the time, I only saw one bad call; the illegal block on Hasselbeck, which came AFTER the interception he threw.
    Obviously, all Steelers fans are morons, and you clearly are the most enlightened person on the planet. Do me a favor, educate me…how many points did the officials put on the board, as opposed to the two teams playing that day? Did the officials drop passes? Miss field goals? Give up 75 yard touchdown runs?
    How it is anyone thought Seattle played well enough to win this game is a complete moron. The fact of the matter is, they’re gutless and they don’t want to look inward for reasons they lost, and they choose to blame someone else for their shortcomings. They both played terribly, which is why everyone HAS to pin the result on the officials.
    It was said earlier…Pittsburgh played a little less bad than Seattle. It was a horrible Super Bowl, but a fair one.

  130. Allied Biscuit says: Aug 8, 2010 11:03 PM

    that was one of the most lackluster superbowls i can remember.

  131. Beer Cheese Soup says: Aug 8, 2010 11:52 PM

    contract says:
    “How then, are Steelers fans STILL defending this “win”??”
    Scoreboard???
    Bill Leavy allowed himself to be intimidated by his surroundings
    ____________________________________
    Yeah, THAT must be it… Right.
    Leavy confessed to, and I quote, “affecting the outcome of the game”. That means that the “scoreboard” in question did not say what it should have.
    I live in Seattle, so let me say from experience that nearly all Seahawk fans are disloyal bandwagoners. Back a few years ago when they were good, their fans were everywhere around here, all wearing their colors and being as obnoxious as possible. Now that they suck, the fans are nowhere to be found. The team is different, the coaching is different, and the fans are laying low and not even selling out games. No one would have “intimidated” Leavy. They simply don’t care that much.
    In a lot of ways, the Steelers got screwed over as well. Could they have won that game without referee assistance? It’s certainly possible, neither team played well that day.
    We’ll never know that now though, and so you are stuck with a very, very hollow championship that most NFL fans and players don’t even acknowledge. If that were my team, I would honestly prefer they had just lost.
    For that reason I feel sorry for you guys, but you all seem to make that harder and harder to do when you insist, even after every non-Steeler fan, your own quarterback, the announcers, the league competition committee, and now the referee responsible for the win ALL have said the game should not have ended how it did. What will it take for you guys to ever accept the facts?

  132. Deb says: Aug 9, 2010 12:50 AM

    @Beer Cheese …
    You’re so cute when you’re saying the same old, same old :) We’ve never denied the officials blew some calls (at least I haven’t). Some blown calls went against the Seahawks; some against us. It’s a fact of life in professional sports–not an evil conspiracy. All these people posting about the Rooney money are hysterical. The Rooneys made their money on the team–it’s their major asset. They’ve never had the kind of liquidity Paul Allen has and couldn’t possibly afford to outbid other owners in that kind of scheme.
    The 2 calls Leavy’s referencing didn’t change the outcome of the game. And Leavy didn’t force Jerramy Stevens to drop balls. He didn’t get the defense to open a hole that allowed the biggest TD run from scrimmage in SB history. He didn’t miss two field goals. He didn’t get fooled on a trick play and throw that TD pass for Randle El.
    The Seahawks played more than a small role in their own undoing.

  133. Deb says: Aug 9, 2010 1:11 AM

    @ohmygato and pshrug …
    Thank you for the classy posts. Good sportsmanship seems increasingly rare among NFL fans. Good luck with your 2010 season.
    @julieinduvall …
    Guess I finally know where Duvall is. So how are things at the Tastee-Freez? LOL

  134. ECS - Brougham Boys 74 says: Aug 9, 2010 1:28 AM

    Who cares. It was 5 years ago.

  135. SeaSteel says: Aug 9, 2010 2:43 PM

    If anyone thinks XL was rigged, why do you still follow the NFL at all? Jerramy Stephens and Mike Holmgren hurt Seattle far more than the officiating.

  136. paulajean26 says: Aug 9, 2010 3:02 PM

    I will start by saying I am a Seahawks fan. I think it’s funny that because an official came out and apologized for a couple bad calls it makes Seahawk fans whiners. You can say bad calls happen all the time in games. This wasn’t just a weekly game this was the SUPER BOWL and it was more than just one call in the game. I’m not going to say the Seahawks would have won if it wasn’t for the bad calls no one knows that for sure. I will say that they lost a lot of momentum because of those calls. There were mistakes in the game also for both teams as with any football game. There’s nothing that can be done about the game now so I don’t know why he would come out with an apology. Everyone knows there were bad calls called. I’ve had Steeler fans tell me there were bad calls and maybe even that they shouldn’t have one of course they also want to brag about how many rings they have. I don’t think you should brag about a win that the outcome may have been different if a few bad calls weren’t called may have impacted the outcome of a game. To anyone who wants to say that the Seahawks fans are whiners because we feel like some things in that game were going in favor of the Steelers aren’t real fans of any team. If a game like that happened to your team you would feel the same way and argue your point that does not make us whiners. Yes it was so long ago and I think a lot of the talk went away about this, but don’t turn it around on the fans like we brought this up again, we didn’t need someone to tell us they made bad calls we saw the game. I don’t think us Seahawk fans will ever get over that game, but I do think people should stop bringing it up like it happened yesterday. It’s over and nothing can be done about it now. Good luck to your teams in this upcoming season.

  137. jamaltimore says: Aug 9, 2010 4:36 PM

    Fix was in that even a pittsburgh hater had to take steelers on the cover. It was good to watch the refs help the steelers beat someone other than the ravens. When thinking of steelers remember your 3 R’s Rigged, Roids and Rapists! That’s how you win championships!

  138. Beer Cheese Soup says: Aug 9, 2010 5:18 PM

    Deb says:
    @Beer Cheese …
    You’re so cute when you’re saying the same old, same old :) We’ve never denied the officials blew some calls (at least I haven’t). Some blown calls went against the Seahawks; some against us. It’s a fact of life in professional sports–not an evil conspiracy. All these people posting about the Rooney money are hysterical. The Rooneys made their money on the team–it’s their major asset. They’ve never had the kind of liquidity Paul Allen has and couldn’t possibly afford to outbid other owners in that kind of scheme.
    ____________________________
    Glad I could amuse you. I’m actually fairly cute in person too, or so I am told.
    Some bad calls went against Pittsburgh. The ones that changed the game obviously did not. No one, I say again, NO ONE except for a number of Steelers fans considers this a win. The fact that even the referee responsible has now confessed (at least partially) makes your position even more absurd. For heaven’s sake, give it up already!
    As I said, your team was done a terrible disservice in that game as well. You may very well have still pulled off a win without needing the help. Seattle’s vaunted defense wasn’t exactly playing up to snuff either, (though they still managed to make Roethlisberger look like Dilfer), and you are absolutely right about dropped passes and missed kicks. We will never know what would have actually happened if the powers that be had allowed the game to be decided on the field.
    I also said it must be hard, knowing you have the only “asterisk” ever attached to a Super Bowl win. What happened that day was really an insult to both teams. It becomes increasingly hard to pity you, however, when you keep going around insisting you won outright when the whole world knows you didn’t, and bragging up six rings that even you must realize you technically should not have.
    Also, leave the bidding war argument. It’s nothing but speculation and conjecture laced with the famous Deb Steeler-bias.
    Yes Virginia, Paul Allen does have more money than the Rooneys. He does not, however, have the league connections, the gambling interests, the history of moral indiscretions, or the seeming ability to overlook questionable and/or illegal activities by his employees.
    Not only that, who is to say it was Rooney himself who paid for the win. It’s clearly obvious someone did, but I’m not going to say for sure it was him.. That would be speculation on MY part, and I don’t do that. Anyone can make up stories. I argue with facts, video evidence, eyewitness accounts, and now, the outright confession of the man ultimately responsible.
    I’m not a fan of either team. In fact, due to the backlash I received from the locals for my comments after the 2004 “We want the ball and we’re going to score” incident (which I still laugh about) I actually wanted Pittsburgh to win that day. However, I wanted them to win legitimately, not the way they did, and that disgrace to the entire league is something I will never be able to accept.
    Now that my post is as long as most of yours, I’ll stop. It certainly wasn’t your fault that game was rigged. Your continued maniacal insistence that it was not rigged IS your fault, though, and you really need to just let it go.

  139. SeaSteel says: Aug 9, 2010 5:38 PM

    @ jamaltimore
    Have yet to see you post ANYTHING of substance. Presumedly you’re a Ravens fan. What is so interesting about a Seahawks and Steelers story. Enjoy your ONE championship. Sorry that your team doesn’t keep you occupied.

  140. Deb says: Aug 9, 2010 6:32 PM

    @paulajean26 …
    I don’t think most Seahawks fans are whiners. Doesn’t matter if it’s five years or 35, your fans should be upset about losing a championship–even if officiating were perfect. A diehard fan never gets over a loss like that, and there’s nothing whiny about it. I don’t even blame those who think they’d have won if the officials had done a better job– though I disagree. The whiners are the conspiracy theorists. That’s a child’s answer to losing: “You cheated!”
    Re your other points:
    * It’s a Super Bowl but the crew is still human. Some of these mistakes could be alleviated if the NFL would adopt NCAA policy of a having a dedicated replay official in the booth checking every call.
    * Leavy’s two bad calls and resulting momentum shifts didn’t decide the outcome of that 21-10 contest. The Steelers made big plays when they had to while the Seahawks missed field goals and dropped passes, failing to capitalize when needed. Our players and fans have a right to count and celebrate the win.
    * It has happened to our team. No matter how many Super Bowls Pittsburgh wins, I’ll never get over our SBXXX loss. The score was one point closer than in XL, and though I don’t blame the officials, Dallas did score a TD when they failed to flag TE Jay Novacek for an illegal pick. Someone else in this thread mentioned a non-call on offensive pass interference. And our QB seemed to think he was playing for the Cowboys. Jerry Jones is much more financially able to pay off people than the Rooneys are. But it’s hysterical to even go there. Sometimes you have to suck it up and realize a loss is just a loss.
    But thank you for not whining about cheating. And good luck to you this season as well.

  141. SeaSteel says: Aug 9, 2010 7:11 PM

    @ Beer Cheese Soup
    Specify the “moral indescretions” that the Rooney family is guilty of.

  142. Deb says: Aug 9, 2010 11:14 PM

    Beer Cheese, if you’ll stop those nasty and unfounded personal cracks and we might do okay.
    Don’t bet “NO ONE” believes the Steelers won the game. Only 3-7 percent of readers/listeners comment on blogs/radio shows–usually the most passionately inflamed. They’re not representative of the mainstream. Holmgren might bitch about Leavy, but not even he would say the game was rigged.
    Yes, bad and stupid calls insulted both teams. The Roethlisberger TD is the one I’d like to have back. It’s impossible to see whether he broke the plane in the air, but it was idiotic not to overturn the field ruling because of the landing spot. It would have been 4th and inches–an easy get for a QB that size as he’d shown throughout the season. But the visual of him several inches from the goal line created most of the controversy. I knew at the time it would haunt us.
    Leavy apologized for TWO calls; he didn’t say he threw the game. You’re reaching–something you should give up before you hurt yourself. We made big plays we had to; the Seahawks failed to capitalize on opportunities. The rantings of conspiracy theorists and bitter fans won’t change that. And in a 24/7 news cycle where networks now treat us to inch by inch by inch slo-mo shots of receivers falling as they jostle the ball, this won’t be the last SB controversy. If another team everyone loves to hate–like the Cowboys–is involved, it will be asterisks galore. (Sounds like a new Bond character.)
    Art Rooney won the money to buy the Steelers betting on horses at Saratoga. He was highly respected, remained living in the same neighborhood near the stadium even after it ran down, walked to mass then to Three Rivers every morning until he died.
    He left the team to his five sons and another family member, but Dan has run the Steelers since the late 1960s, and I’m not aware of him having gambling interests. Dan’s brothers owned racetracks, and recently began installing slot machines. That violates NFL policy, so the family was required to restructure ownership. Dan is now majority owner, and his brothers are out. I’m not aware of any “moral indiscretions” involving the Rooneys. Please provide details and sources.
    I’ve rewatched the game and read many commentaries on the calls–my typical research approach. Yet you’re slamming me for “Deb’s famous Steeler bias.” Really? We reached the same conclusion on Ben’s legal cases, but I also discovered he’s an ass and have supported his suspension. When others complained we missed the 09 playoffs because teams threw their final games, I posted we had ourselves to blame. I congratulate opponents on wins without whining about bad calls or hits and have done mea culpas w/others in debates when they’ve provided objective data proving me wrong. So how has this “famous bias” been demonstrated? By my not capitulating to your arguments?
    Beer Cheese, you disappoint me. Like every fan on these boards, I love my team. But that “famous bias” you’re babbling about is nothing more than a woman refusing to be cowed by men who have a lot of passionate self-righteousness but NO DATA to support their rantings. You’d get that … if not for your famous conspiracy theory biases ;)

  143. ccoolahan14 says: Aug 10, 2010 12:53 PM

    EVERY big steelers game is rigged- and EVERYONE who knows ANYTHING knows it. I’ve been saying it for FIVE YEARS and look at all the evidence that has come out since then!

  144. contract says: Aug 10, 2010 4:42 PM

    “We’ll never know that now though, and so you are stuck with a very, very hollow championship that most NFL fans and players don’t even acknowledge.”
    The NFL acknowledges it. In fact they gave the team a trophy and the players all got rings to commemorate the victory.
    “For that reason I feel sorry for you guys …”
    I really couldn’t care less what you “feel” or if it’s that time of the month for you. The scoreboard isn’t a mood ring, and it doesn’t respond to mood swings.

  145. TheSleepness says: Aug 10, 2010 5:07 PM

    don’t have a dog in this race..not a hawk or steeler fan but holy crap did was that a terrible superbowl…some of the worst officiating I’ve ever seen. Period. Not saying the Hawks woulda won but they damn sure coulda without some AWFUL/TERRIBLE calls
    but hey,
    Jerome Bettis won..so the NFL is happy..left a bad taste in my mouth for sure.

  146. Deb says: Aug 10, 2010 11:52 PM

    Oh my goodness, ccoolahan14!!! Thank heavens you’re hear to enlighten us! You’ve been saying it for FIVE YEARS?? And just LOOK at ALL the evidence that’s come out since then!!!
    Please list it. The evidence. Times, dates, places, SOURCES. Shouldn’t be any problem since so much objective, verifiable EVIDENCE of game-rigging has come out over the last five years.

  147. prezmtdewcamacho says: Dec 5, 2013 3:31 PM

    I don’t know what game the author thought he was watching. Seattle outplayed the Steelers that day.

  148. aceakking says: Aug 21, 2014 1:07 PM

    Bill Leavy and the Steelers are proof there is no justice in this world.

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