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Mike Pereira: Bill Leavy didn't hand the Steelers the Super Bowl

Bill Leavy, the referee at Super Bowl XL, apologized to the Seahawks last week for mistakes that helped the Steelers.

But Mike Pereira, the former head of officiating who was Leavy’s boss at the time, insists that Leavy isn’t the reason the Steelers won the Super Bowl.

“Did Leavy’s calls determine the winner of Super Bowl XL? Absolutely not!” Pereira writes at FoxSports.com. “In truth, there were missed calls that went against both teams. Let’s all put aside our allegiances and go back four years and look at the game objectively. If we do, we will see that the Seahawks did not play well and neither, actually, did the Steelers.”

Pereira goes on to write that “The officials also did not have a great game,” but he thinks Leavy is actually wrong about one of the “kicked calls” he owned up to. Leavy regrets flagging offensive tackle Sean Locklear for a holding penalty that negated a big play for the Seahawks, but Pereira says Leavy actually got that call right.

Ultimately, two things stand out from Pereira’s perspective: “Bill is one of the best referees we have in the NFL,” Pereira writes, and “the team that deserved to win won.”

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  1. GRpatriot says: Aug 10, 2010 7:32 AM

    Maybe this explains why a QB with the worst numbers in SuperBowl history’s Team won that SuperBowl. Could it be the NFL has a little NBA problem??? Did the umpire have a little wager on that game? Interesting?

  2. brasho says: Aug 10, 2010 7:35 AM

    So what could have Pereira said? “The fix was in… NFL refs make the NBA refs look competent AND honest.”
    The truth is, is that as a fan with no horse in that race, I saw 3-4 calls that were blown in the game that if they were made/not made COULD have affected the outcome of the game… or at the very least, made it far more competitive from start to finish.

  3. GRpatriot says: Aug 10, 2010 7:36 AM

    Mike Pereira, the former head of the spin control of Officiating demonstrates yet again….
    Do you believe your eyes or my version of the story???
    Every wednesday on the NFLN watching this guy spin why this Ref. or another Ref. blew a call and watching him spin it would make even the most experienced Politicians proud!
    This guy missed his calling! Should’ve been a Chicago politician…

  4. Bob says: Aug 10, 2010 7:39 AM

    This game happened 4 1/2 years ago. The Steelers have won another Super Bowl since then. Can we let it go?

  5. Slim Charles says: Aug 10, 2010 7:39 AM

    Hear that, whiny Seahawk bitches? Put some booze in your latte, that’ll help.

  6. TheDPR says: Aug 10, 2010 7:41 AM

    And this is why Mike Pereira will not be trustworthy as a TV analyst any more than he was as head of officiating. He’s an apologist for the officials who gives them great credit for a great job but on the other hand will not credit the HUGE influence they have on outcomes of games.
    Even just one bad call can turn the game. Saying a bunch of bad calls doesn’t influence who wins is borderline retarded.
    Pereira has no business in front of a microphone again. Ever.

  7. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Aug 10, 2010 7:42 AM

    Baghdad Bob Pereira at his best.

  8. lieutenant Dan's Ice Cream says: Aug 10, 2010 7:56 AM

    Locklear didn’t hold on that big run by Alexander that would have given the Seahawks the ball on the one yard line.
    But, the steeler who lined up against Locklear on that play was also lined up in the neutral zone…
    Way to miss that one Leavy…

  9. jersey73 says: Aug 10, 2010 7:58 AM

    Mike Pereira showing why he’s in charge of the officials…always giving the political answer.

  10. Wonka says: Aug 10, 2010 8:00 AM

    Come on, it isn’t like one team stole the other team’s signals and cheated their way to multiple titles. Now that would be something to be OUTRAGED about…
    The whole controversy over this game makes me laugh. There was at most 1 blown call against Seattle that game, the low block on Hasslebeck.
    The holding call was clear and legit, as was the offensive PI on Darrell Jackson. He got 2 hands on Chris Hope, extended his arms and pushed Hope back 2 yards to create separation to make the catch, a clear penalty.
    Seattle missed FG’s, Seattle had horrible clock management, Seattle gave up the longest TD run in SB history, Seattle completely and utterly sucked in that game, and that is why they lost.

  11. Steeler fans are tools says: Aug 10, 2010 8:05 AM

    Bill Leavy didn’t hand the Stoolers the SB? Sure, and Stooler fans aren’t annoying.

  12. macaw says: Aug 10, 2010 8:09 AM

    Yes the holding penalty was legit, but there is holding on every play. By penalizing a routine hold at a time that negates a key play, the refs certainly swung the game in favor of the Steelers.
    I too had no horse in that race, and, in fact, had preferred the Steelers to win, especially after the refs screwed them in the previous game. But the way the refereeing swung the Superbowl to the Steelers was so blatant that it has to be acknowledged.

  13. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Aug 10, 2010 8:14 AM

    As Dan Jenkins once said, “Refs gone Dixie!”
    Seahawks won that game. Of course, if you admit that, you’ve got to address the “tuck rule” too. Sometimes there’s just so much to hate in the NFL.
    As a fan of whatever team, all I want, all I’ve ever wanted was the correct call. Good, bad or indifferent, human or computer, just get it right. Do you think I care that might take some fat-ass insurance agent out of the limelight aka: an NFL referee? Does it sound like I care? No. I just want the right call, the right spot all the time. Commissioner Goddell are you listening?

  14. Kaz says: Aug 10, 2010 8:22 AM

    I believe my own eyes, and my eyes saw the Steelers steal one for the thumb.

  15. HULKSMASH! says: Aug 10, 2010 8:22 AM

    So the defense of the bad calls were that there were even more bad calls that Seahawks fans (or just fans of letting teams play without dicking them over) aren’t pointing out?!?
    Seriously?
    I didn’t care for either team and by the end of that Superbowl, I was pissed that the refs stole it.

  16. Corey says: Aug 10, 2010 8:34 AM

    he ways there were bad calls both ways but that they did not affect the outcome of the game.
    is that possible? each and every call causes a stop in the flow of the game, allowing a tired defense to recover, bringing back a big play, or granting a team a rather large sum of yards that they perhaps didnt earn.
    to sum it up, each and every call affects a football game. whether its the right one or not.

  17. dietrich43 says: Aug 10, 2010 8:36 AM

    If the fix was in, the refs didn’t do a great job. Despite an 11-point win, I never felt like Pittsburgh was running away with the game – one or two big plays, and Seattle was right back in it.
    Did the refs somehow arrange for Fast Willie to run untouched into the end zone? Did the refs somehow cause Jeremy Stevens to have crocodile arms? The Pittsburgh defense stiffled the Seattle offense, and the Pittsburgh offense had enough big plays to score some TDs.
    And the refs were horrible.
    Blaming the refs never works. Didn’t work in high school or college, although I can’t attest to it at a pro level. The first quarter, it was always a learning game of how that crew was going to call the game (holding, interference, etc.), and the other three quarters, you adjusted if needed. The SB crew was inconsistent, which made it all even worse.

  18. Suitcasehead Golic says: Aug 10, 2010 8:44 AM

    Suck it Haters!!!—6 Lombardis!!—–Did the ref blow it on Willie Parkers 75 yrd TD run—Or Randell El’s toss to Hall OF Fame bound Ward??—I didn’t think so—Once again SUCK IT HATERS..

  19. lieutenant Dan's Ice Cream says: Aug 10, 2010 8:56 AM

    Seattle dominated in that one. Pitt didn’t have an answer for Hasselbeck, but the NFL sure did…

  20. ncoolong says: Aug 10, 2010 9:00 AM

    Face it, there’s no conspiracy, the refs, like the players on both teams that day, were not at their best, but I agree 100 percent with Pereira, the call on Hasselbeck was the only blown call of the game.
    Both teams were poor that day, but they only play it once, you either make the plays you need to make to win, or you go home to Seattle, cry for half a decade (and counting) and stay buried at the bottom of the league.
    Winners win, losers blame the refs, neutral fans who claim conspiracy are gutless windbags.

  21. bwisnasky says: Aug 10, 2010 9:04 AM

    Isn’t Mike the same guy that backed up Walt Coleman in the fact that Brady didn’t fumble?

  22. billygoat says: Aug 10, 2010 9:10 AM

    Great teams overcome bad calls.

  23. SeriousRadio says: Aug 10, 2010 9:18 AM

    “And this is why Mike Pereira will not be trustworthy as a TV analyst any more than he was as head of officiating. He’s an apologist for the officials who gives them great credit for a great job but on the other hand will not credit the HUGE influence they have on outcomes of games.”
    I agree that Pereira should also come clean to have cred for his new job. He always was an apologist for all officials. He isn’t going to change his stripes now. He is a poor hire for TV analysis of officiating.

  24. hank moody says: Aug 10, 2010 9:18 AM

    The fix was in and it was obvious when watching.

  25. Rick says: Aug 10, 2010 9:24 AM

    Hey Wonka how is it stealing signals when 60 thousand fans are seeing the same signals? Face it the Steelers were given that SB by the refs and will forever have an asterisk after their name. BTW has Ben crossed the goal line yet? According to the refs he did but everyone watching the game knows he never did.

  26. The Real Shuxion says: Aug 10, 2010 9:29 AM

    No matter how it happened everyone can agree. That was the WORST Superbowl in history.
    Horribly played, boring as hell, terribly officiating, fans who were not in the game because it sucked, halftime show probably sucked too (Didn’t watch it), just awful.
    That Steeler team is the worst Superbowl winner in history.
    And Wonka, stealing signals is not against the rules. You must be a Steeler fan.

  27. HamBurghlar says: Aug 10, 2010 9:32 AM

    @ncoolong and @billygoat: Great teams DO overcome bad calls… AMEN! Whether it be pretty or ugly, a win is a win, especially in the Super Bowl. Again, bad clock management, horrible D and not being able to convert killed the Seahawks, not the refs.
    The real funny thing is that you don’t hear the TEAM or COACHING STAFF from Seattle saying anything. Maybe because they know they lost? Hmmmmm….

  28. StillMadAtSlobber says: Aug 10, 2010 9:33 AM

    Lousy teams whine and go home to Seattle.

  29. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Aug 10, 2010 9:36 AM

    billygoat says:
    August 10, 2010 9:10 AM
    Great teams overcome bad calls.
    ___________
    Right, great teams overcome bad calls. The Seahawks were not a great team. They were the better team, but they still weren’t great. Those may be two of the worst teams to ever play head to head in a superbowl. That being said, the refs totally snow-jobbed Seattle. Pittsburgh has 6* superbowls.

  30. Jeremy says: Aug 10, 2010 9:38 AM

    There’s just no way of knowing what the results would have been had the officials made the correct calls.
    For me, it’s easily the least satisfying SB in my lifetime as a neutral fan. Bad play and bad officiating. It’s like Highlander 2. I’d just like to pretend it never happened.

  31. Jeremy says: Aug 10, 2010 9:42 AM

    billygoat says:
    August 10, 2010 9:10 AM
    Great teams overcome bad calls.
    ____________
    That’s a popular thing to say, but really when you reach the SB, you’re already facing a daunting task of playing another great team. It’s simply unrealistic to expect a team to have to play with the severe disadvantage of not only having to fight against another great team, but the officials as well.
    It’s like saying, “I’ll race you, but you have to run 1 1/2 miles and I only have to run one. If you’re really great, you’ll beat me anyway.”

  32. Blast Furnace says: Aug 10, 2010 9:42 AM

    “Great teams overcome bad calls.”
    And the Steelers did just that in their run to that Superbowl championship (see Indy and Denver games for considerably worse calls than those made in the Superbowl). For those of us from Pgh, the HATERS among you really make us laugh. Envy only breeds contempt. Too bad, but history speaks for itself.

  33. LebronJeremy says: Aug 10, 2010 9:44 AM

    Yeah I have no clue why everyone says that holding call was bogus. First of all, if it was a bogus call, it only makes up for all of the other non-calls on Locklear throughout the game. It looked like Haggans was unblockable because Locklear put the clamps on him when it didn’t even look like he needed to. Secondly, that is a textbook definition of holding. People only have a problem with it because Madden says it was bad…Madden, who has hated the Steelers for over 40 years now.
    Now the call on Hasselbeck for unsportsmanlike conduct was bull by any standard.
    And the touchdown, well, I have a chalk line on my teevee that says it was good. (I only drew it to settle a bet.)

  34. 4rings+2*!=sixburgh says: Aug 10, 2010 9:46 AM

    Bob says:
    August 10, 2010 7:39 AM
    This game happened 4 1/2 years ago. The Steelers have won another Super Bowl since then. Can we let it go?
    ———————–
    Never. Especially when the next one that they “won” against the Cardinals also reeked of scripted officiating.

  35. jbraider says: Aug 10, 2010 9:46 AM

    Funny how just the other day, the NFL reiterated that the game was “officiated correctly” and now Baghdad Bob Pereira (thanks BernardPollardIsAnAss) claims “the officiating wasn’t the best but it didn’t decide the game”
    You have to laugh
    I had a mild preference for the Steelers as the AFC rep, but the refereeing bias towards Pitt was so blatant that I felt sick afterwards

  36. joe6606 says: Aug 10, 2010 10:09 AM

    “Secondly, that is a textbook definition of holding. People only have a problem with it because Madden says it was bad…Madden, who has hated the Steelers for over 40 years now.”
    Exactly.
    We would not be talking about this had Madden, who has had a long, long hatred of the Steelers since his coaching days, kept his big, fat mouth shut.
    The ONLY blown call against the Seahawks was the 15 yd against Hasselback. Meanwhile there were numerous non-calls which would have benefitted the Steelers including the blatant block in the back on the int return, and about a million holding non-calls where Harrison was horsecollared.

  37. IV:XXMileHigh says: Aug 10, 2010 10:14 AM

    Bitchburgh Squeelers were handed two super bowls! It makes me laugh to hear the Squeeler fans still try to justify having a rapist QB while having to defend their BS-SB title four years ago. Seems like everyone but Squeeler fans know that SB was fixed. Take that Lombardi and shove it Bitchburgh!!! Cheaters!

  38. MikeBara33 says: Aug 10, 2010 10:23 AM

    In a sense, Bahgdad Bob Pereira is correct. Leavy’s calls alone didn’t effect the outcome of the game, but all 6 of the refs combined calls did. That game was 27-10 Seahawks, at worst, without all the holding calls, the missed offsides by Stealers defenders on key plays and all of the obvious but ignored holding by the Stealers O-line. Check out Alan Faneca on the Roethlisberger non-touchdown sometime.
    What Pereira never mentions is that on the Locklear “hold,” Clark Haggins was waaay offside. Somehow he missed that. When Hasselbeck saw the flag, he was sure it was for a neutral zone violation.
    Anybody who thinks these calls were just “missed” has to believe that on the Hasselbeck “block below the waist” call, all 6 of the referees missed the fact that there had been a change of possession several seconds before, making Hasselbeck into a defender and his “block” a tackle, and that not one of them saw this and brought it up in the referee’s huddle after Leavy’s unbelieveable call. Sure.

  39. PFTiswhatitis says: Aug 10, 2010 10:23 AM

    Mike P is about as honest as your average lawyer.

  40. WhoDeySood5 says: Aug 10, 2010 10:24 AM

    they why is this still being talked about if everything was handled properly??? Every single football fan who’s not a pissburgh squeeler fan knows they got handed that Lombardi….

  41. smgeorge says: Aug 10, 2010 10:25 AM

    “Great teams overcome bad calls.”
    A holding call against the Steelers deep in Seahawk territory backed the Steelers up to a 3rd & very long. How did they respond? By completing a long pass to Hines Ward inside the 5 on the very next play.
    A holding call against the Seahawks deep in Steeler territory backed the Seahawks up. How did they respond? By throwing an INT on the very next play.
    Against the Cardinals, bitch about the refs if you want, but they didn’t throw a pick 6 at the end of the first half. Neither did they allow the Steelers to drive the length of the field (after a holding penalty on the first play of the drive) for the winning score. Neither did they allow Warner to get sacked and fumble during the Cards final drive.
    People will always see refereeing bias when their team loses. The reality is for every example of how their team got screwed, I can show you an example where their team benefited from a questionable call. Ultimately, the players on the field make the plays to win (or lose) the game.

  42. BleedGreenMtState says: Aug 10, 2010 10:38 AM

    Pereira is the worst. According to him the refs NEVER miss a call. After watching him week after week explain how everyone was wrong and the ref actually got it right I decided I better stop paying attention to ANYTHING he says. It was only going to make me hate the refs more.

  43. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Aug 10, 2010 10:47 AM

    “Hall OF Fame bound Ward”- You would agree then that T.O. is also Hall of Fame bound?
    I will never understand the “OUTRAGE” Steelers’ fans have about Belichick and the Patriots. The games are televised and filmed by the teams for scouting purposes. They weren’t solving a mystery or breaking an impossible code. Fans will move on from the Seattle SB as soon as Steelers’ fans stop saying Belicheat and making “Ray Lewis is a murderer jokes.”
    On a side note, I know a lot of fans get particularly annoyed with Steelers’ fans for constantly using the “6 Lombardi’s!!!!!” claim for every single freaking thing. As I watched the Dick Lebeau HOF speech, I was similarly annoyed. 4+4=8. 8-2=6. 6= Lombardi’s!!!!!! the Steelers have. Where the F did the 2 come from! Is that 2 years of not making the playoffs following the latest 2 SBs? Or 2 wins in the AFCN in 2009?
    I guess I’m a hater, and have to go “suck it” because I’m jealous of the Steelers “6 Lombardi’s!!1!!!1 WHooooo!” By the way, DTF on a name tag doesn’t equal consent.

  44. HandsofSweed says: Aug 10, 2010 10:49 AM

    Seattle and neutral fans looooove to convieniently forget the horrible calls that went their way on both Seattle scoring drives.
    On the FG drive, their TE caught a pass across the middle, had possession, took 2-3 steps, got hit hard and fumbled. Pittsburgh recovered and they inexplicably called it a incomplete pass.
    On the long INT return that set up the Seattle TD, Ben was drilled between the shoulder blades while trying to make the tackle around his own 35-40 yd line. That’s a spot foul and the ball goes back to within 5 yds of midfield, not down inside the 20.
    So, if you REALLY want ALL bad calls reversed, that’s okay by me. Pittsburgh still wins.

  45. FayetteCounty says: Aug 10, 2010 10:54 AM

    The 2 best teams in the league met that year in the afc divisional playoffs. Steelers vs Colts. The Steelers prevailed. Get over it.

  46. LebronJeremy says: Aug 10, 2010 11:01 AM

    “Never. Especially when the next one that they “won” against the Cardinals also reeked of scripted officiating.”
    Explain where…I seem to remember a holding penalty that took away a first down on the game winning drive. I seem to remember a pick play that wasn’t called against the Zona. I seem to remember Woodley being unblockable–only blocked if he was held. It’s also questionable whether Fitzgerald caught that pass over Ike Taylor and maintained possession.
    Quit your whining, please. And learn the rules of the game.

  47. TIMEsteelersfan says: Aug 10, 2010 11:08 AM

    This conversation is adorable. Just sour grapes, nothing more. Fact is Pittsburgh made big plays and Seattle didn’t, that’s all it is boys and girls. You can whine about the refs all you want, you can wallow in pity for the Seahawks all you want, that’s your right. It’s sad though, really sad. The most pathetic, laughable argument of all is the “Ben never broke the plain” argument… that’s just precious. There’s no way of telling from watching that footage if he really does or not, period. No, you can’t tell despite thinking you can. The eye sees what it WANTS TO SEE. You guys WANT to see Ben stopped short so that’s what you see. Get over it, the better team won.

  48. Johnny Chico says: Aug 10, 2010 11:15 AM

    I wish Pereira would shut up. There were calls against the Steelers but nothing approaching the gravity of what undeservedly went against the Seahawks. I’m a Raiders fan and don’t care about either team but that game was so bad that I started questioning other influences on the refs for the first time. It took me a long time to put that game out of my mind.

  49. Bdrunk says: Aug 10, 2010 11:44 AM

    XL is popularly regarded as one of the worst SB’s in history, while XLIII was regarded as one of the best (at least until the next year). The difference? Seattle wasn’t in the good one.
    I see a lot of folks posting through the tears in here today. Bad show all around. Sorry Hawks, you’ll just have to get back there and try again. Or not. Whatever.

  50. Bdrunk says: Aug 10, 2010 12:03 PM

    hineswardcriesafterfumbling says:
    August 10, 2010 10:47 AM
    “”Hall OF Fame bound Ward”- You would agree then that T.O. is also Hall of Fame bound?”
    ————————-
    Why do you need someone else to agree with you to form an opinion?
    “I will never understand the “OUTRAGE” Steelers’ fans have about Belichick and the Patriots. ”
    ———————–
    Psst. There’s really no “OUTRAGE” against the P*ts. It’s done for the same reason you post “By the way, DTF on a name tag doesn’t equal consent.” To bust balls.
    But then you go on to explain why it’s not cheating, etc etc when everybody has already heard the explanation, so at this point you’re really just trying to convince yourself.

  51. TT+3 says: Aug 10, 2010 12:22 PM

    Hey, Wonka, Douche, Wonka…All 32 teams “steal” the other teams signals. This has been going on since your great-grandfather was dropping the soap on purpose in the Civil War showers. Oh, no, it’s just the Patriots that do it! How come before the defensive squad was allowed to have a speaker helmet in the huddle, there were THREE defensive assistants sending in signals for the next play? Huh? And guess what…this attempt at deception was going on in all the other 15 games every week that the Patriots weren’t playing in. Hater. You got your head so far up your arss that you have a glass belly-button so you can see out.
    You want to talk about bad officiating?
    Pats-Broncos Playoffs 2005 – On his Int. return, Champ Bailey gets crushed at the 1 yard line by Watson and fumbles the ball out of bounds through the end-zone…Pats ball at the 20 yard line, right…NO…Touchdown Broncos
    Same game – Asante Samuel gets tackled in the end-zone by the Bronco receiver attempting to break up a sure interception and AS gets flagged for PI. First & goal at the one.
    SB – 2007 David Tyree’s catch is actually an incomplete pass because the tip of the ball super-glued to the top of his helmet HITS the ground (Three different camera angles show this, but within two minutes, no challenge available), and don’t even talk to me about the TWO non-holding calls and Little Dufus in the grasp on the same play. That’s OK though, The Jints played good enough to win. My therapist made me type that.
    Love the Tuck Rule…you know why? Cause it’s a RULE, dumbass.

  52. thebigdawg says: Aug 10, 2010 12:49 PM

    Mike Pereira is such a tool. The guy was a loser piece of crap when he worked for the NFL, still is now. That game had the worse officiating ever for any NFL game. Pereira should be beaten like a red-headed step-child. The guy is clearly a joke.

  53. smgeorge says: Aug 10, 2010 1:05 PM

    “SB – 2007 David Tyree’s catch is actually an incomplete pass because the tip of the ball super-glued to the top of his helmet HITS the ground”
    Sorry, but you’re incorrect on that one. The new rule (implemented after Tampa Bay lost to St. Louis in the NFC Championship game a few years back) is that the ball can hit the ground as long as the WR has possession of it; as long as the ground doesn’t assist the WR in catching the ball.
    That was a legitimate catch.

  54. 6lombardisandcounting says: Aug 10, 2010 1:06 PM

    Maybe this explains why a QB with the worst numbers in SuperBowl history’s Team won that SuperBowl. Could it be the NFL has a little NBA problem??? Did the umpire have a little wager on that game? Interesting?
    ——————————————–
    Quit reading comments after the first sentence. Roethlisberger had the lowest PR of any WINNING QB but not even close to the worst numbers in SB history.

  55. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Aug 10, 2010 1:16 PM

    @Bdrunk
    I don’t need someone else to agree to form an opinion. My opinion is that TO is Canton bound, while Ward isn’t a lock. It seems to me that the person stating Ward is HOF bound is probably screaming his head off somewhere that TO doesn’t care if he gets in because he knows he won’t- and shouldn’t.
    If crying about “Belicheat” and the Pats is breaking balls, then I stand corrected. I don’t see fans from other teams saying we should be OUTRAGED. Just whenever the legitimacy of a Steelers SB is questioned, then I see Steeler fans and the “Belicheat” laments.

  56. Nard100 says: Aug 10, 2010 2:26 PM

    Mike P is right about one thing. That was HORRIBLE game from a play standpoint. I have to believe most of us were happy when it was over.

  57. ReebobKwakuBaah says: Aug 10, 2010 2:39 PM

    As if Mike Pereira is ever going to admit that one of his crews turned a game? This guy’s job, for half a decade, was to spin terrible calls into something palatable. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes, nobody, absolutely nobody was fooled.
    One classic example is Walt Coleman. He’s the genius who invented the “tuck rule,” for which Tom Brady will forever be grateful. Pereira defended that one. A few years later, Coleman decided, on the spot, to change instant replay from “irrefutable evidence” to “Santonio Holmes might have crossed the line, and if we had the right camera angle, I could see it. Maybe.” And steal the AFC N from the Ravens and give it to, surprise, the Steelers. Pereira outdid himself on that one, commissioning some computer graphics company to DRAW a frame of the ball crossing the plane… because no camera angle actually showed it.
    Coleman is just the most flagrant example of a series of useless refs over the past few years — who reported to Pereira. Thank God he was forced to “retire” this year, and he can’t do any more damage, just blow more hot air from the Fox Sports studios.

  58. FrankoBollo says: Aug 10, 2010 3:03 PM

    It’s funny how the Steeler haters always miss the most blatant blown call… the push in Ben Roethlisberger’s back on the interception return.
    The world saw it. Somehow the refs didn’t.
    Somehow the haters didn’t either.

  59. FrankoBollo says: Aug 10, 2010 3:51 PM

    Funny how Bill Leavy chose to bare his soul in Seattle where he was busy working — like walking into the boss’s office to brown-nose.
    Butt-kissing Bill has the credibility of a used-car salesman. Only the lamest Steeler hater takes his words seriously. Why don’t you own up to the blown call on the clip on Roethlisberger, you know, the one that allowed Seattle’s lone TD? Huh Bill?
    I guess he’ll wait til he’s in Pittsburgh to announce that one.

  60. Beer Cheese Soup says: Aug 10, 2010 4:05 PM

    Why all this damage control, in the offseason, by a man who is no longer an employee of the NFL?
    Oh yeah, that’s right, Leavy confessed to impacting the outcome of the game the other day. The league can’t have that, it may spark a deeper investigation that should have come years ago. We all have a pretty good idea what that investigation would reveal, and no one wants that
    As evidenced by these boards, polls and surveys taken all around the country immediately after the game, and the comments by Pittsburgh’s own players and announcers, no one on earth, except for a select number of Steeler fans, considers this an actual win.
    Goodell should call off Pereira and find a way to fix this himself. The prospect of a federal investigation into illegal sports gambling and a rigged championship, combined with a looming lockout, would cause irreparable damage to the league as a whole, and none of us wants that.

  61. steelers rule says: Aug 10, 2010 4:32 PM

    People only remember what the media wants them to remember!
    1. Talk abotu Seahags 2 missed fgs!
    2. Talk about Holgrems bad clock managemeny before the half!
    3. Talk about the 4 dropped passes by Jeremy Stevens!
    4. Talk about the Willie Parker 75 yd td run!
    5. Talk abotu Ward being wide open on the Randel -El pass!
    6. Talk about it was ONLY 3RD down on the Ben TD run, not 4th!
    7. Talk abotu Alexander being shut down during the game!
    See Seahag fans, you have never been the same since!

  62. Beer Cheese Soup says: Aug 10, 2010 10:35 PM

    steelers rule says:
    People only remember what the media wants them to remember….
    Seahag fans, you have never been the same since!
    ____________________________________
    Your username and failure to acknowledge the Seahawks’ actual moniker make it very hard to accept what you say as being unbiased. Therefore, your opinions mean absolutely nothing.
    I am still waiting for any non-Steelers fan to tell me they legitimately won that game. I have been waiting nearly five years now though. Maybe I should just accept that it will never happen. Just as YOU should accept the truth: without the officials, you would only have five rings. Perhaps even four, but that’s another story.

  63. Deb says: Aug 10, 2010 11:44 PM

    My 7-year-old niece lost something through her own carelessness then declared life’s not fair and she was cheated. I told her she sounded like some football fans.
    The game speaks for itself. Just watch it. Bad calls went against both teams. Neither team played well. Ben sucked. But the Steelers came up w/two big plays: Willie Parker’s longest TD run from scrimmage in SB history and Randle El’s TD from a trick play. The Seahawks’ defense gave up those plays while the offense missed field goals and dropped balls.
    Then check out SBXXX–a game with a closer score. Dallas scored a TD when officials failed to flag an illegal pick by TE Jay Novacek. Remember Steelers fans whining about Jerry Jones fixing that game? No. Adults know bad calls happen and their losses with dignity.
    Beer Cheese Soup says.
    “I am still waiting for any non-Steelers fan to tell me they legitimately won that game. I have been waiting nearly five years now though. Maybe I should just accept that it will never happen.”
    Apparently you didn’t read PFT’s first Leavy thread where a couple of stand-up Seahawks fans said the Steelers legitimately won the game. Sports analysts have reviewed the game in the years since SBXL and said the same. But you can’t or won’t hear anything that doesn’t fit your agenda. Strange and sad.

  64. TIMEsteelersfan says: Aug 11, 2010 8:14 AM

    Somehow the Steeler haters seem to think it’s fact the Seahawks would’ve won this game. That’s just laughable at best. Nobody knows what would’ve happened if certain calls were reversed. Suppose they marked Ben short of the goal line on third down… who’s to say they would’nt have scored a TD on the next play? Suppose the Seahawks weren’t called for the blatant hold and they were set up at the one yard line… they could’ve fumbled the very next play. The point is, Steelers haters are assuming the Seahawks, who couldn’t do jack squat all day, would’ve somehow found their groove and been able to convert these opportunities.
    The Wilie Parker run, Randle El’s completion for a TD to Ward and Big Ben’s 3rd and 27 conversion to Ward are perfect examples of just how much Seattle deserved this game. Get over it.

  65. TIMEsteelersfan says: Aug 11, 2010 8:18 AM

    One more thing… anytime the Steelers win it’s because of the refs, and anytime they lose it’s because the other team was better. That’s how pathetic this whole thing is. Some of you guys are just flat out homers.
    What about the worst blown call of the past several decades? The overturned Troy Polamalu interception against the Colts in the divisional round 2005? Pitt still won the game, did they pack it in and give up like the seahawks only to cry about it later? No.

  66. BoHicaInPIT says: Aug 11, 2010 8:29 AM

    It is common for fans of losing teams in any sport and in any game to place blame on anyone or anything because their team lost a game. After all, their team is so great it should be able to beat any team on a ‘level playing field’.
    But that field does not exist. Bad calls and missed calls are a part of the game. Maybe Earl Hickey’s karma will even things out over the long run, but during any one game they probably will not.
    So bad calls are a part of the game just like all the other bad things that can happen to a team. Those are all conditions that a team has to overcome to be a winner.
    In the Super Bowl XL it was the Steelers. They proved that they were the better team that day overcoming enough obstacles to win.
    In Super Bowl XXX the Cowboys were the better team that day and found a way to beat the Steelers.
    If either game were played a week or 2 later the results may have been different, or not. Bottom line – The better team will find a way to win no matter what the situation.
    So all you Steeler haters need to get over it . The only thing you need to be concerned about is if the Cowboys or 49ers will win their 6th before the Steelers win their 7th.

  67. Beer Cheese Soup says: Aug 11, 2010 8:47 AM

    TIMEsteelersfan says:
    Somehow the Steeler haters seem to think it’s fact the Seahawks would’ve won this game. That’s just laughable at best. Nobody knows what would’ve happened if certain calls were reversed.
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    I agree, and I find it refreshing to hear someone else say that. Now, don’t you wish the same calls WERE reversed, so you didn’t have to be here defending a trophy?
    You’re right, Seattle played like crap too, you may very well still have pulled off the win. Too bad we will never know.

  68. FrankoBollo says: Aug 11, 2010 10:43 AM

    Uh, I don’t think you’re exactly unbiased yourself, Beer Cheese Soup guy — I’ve read your anti-Steeler remarks before. But go on acting like you’re all objective ‘n stuff.
    The difference in that game was how each team reacted to adversity. The Steelers — and listen closely — also had a questionable offensive pass interference call pulled on them. They responded by converting a third and very long. Seattle responded to their holding penalty by throwing a pick.
    FYI Pereira went on the NFL Network after that Super Bowl with the tape and showed why yes Locklear DID hold, despite what anyone else thinks.
    Bill Leavy did nothing more than ingratiate himself in Seattle — what a butt kisser. Like I said, he has the credibility of a used car salesman.

  69. VaSteel says: Aug 11, 2010 2:01 PM

    Face it, Seattle. You lost because you’re soft. You can’t play a team straight up, so you have to hold. When you get called for holding, you whine. Come to think of it, you never stop whining. You’re old coach whined. Your players whined. And every Seattle fan has been whining for years.
    You better get a lot better at blocking, tackling, game planning, etc. before you can get back to a super bowl. You embarrassed the NFC in super bowl XL. If you played in the AFC North, you’d finish fifth, and we only have 4 teams.
    You don’t have a fan base in Seattle to support a winner. The fans are not knowledgeable. If I owned the team, I’d move.
    In fact, you heard it here first. This franchise will relocate within 5 years. There wouldn’t be a franchise there but for the fact that the NFL want geographical diversity.
    I always thought that whining sound coming out of that part of the country had something to do with the airline industry. Now, I know it originates from the football franchise and their fanbase, or maybe moronbase.

  70. Deb says: Aug 11, 2010 2:54 PM

    @Beer Cheese …
    On another thread you claimed the Rooneys have a history of “moral indiscretions” but didn’t answer when we asked for specifics and sources. You reference Rooney gambling interests. They’ve invested in horsetracks, but Dan, who’s run the Steelers 40+ years, isn’t active in track operations. When his brothers installed slot machines at the tracks, the NFL required the Steelers to restructure and they did. Horsetracks aren’t casinos. And considering Enron, Goldman Sachs, etc., I’d have greater ethical concerns about traditional enterprises. Research the history of Microsoft’s cutthroat competitive and employment practices. As for paying off people, again, the Rooneys have less liquidity than Paul Allen, Dan Snyder, Jerry Jones. They lost Chad Brown to Seattle because they couldn’t afford to match Allen’s signing bonus.
    You’ve said you waited five years for someone outside Pittsburgh to say we won the game. But Seahawks fans on PFT have said we won the game, and so have independent commentators. You claim the NFL also rigged SBXLIII. Why? The nation was rooting for the underdog and a Cards win would have increased ratings the following year.
    It’s reported that, despite everything, our QBs are having a good camp, and we’ve filled holes on the o-line … then here comes Leavy five years later with another distraction. Hmmm … wonder who payed him to bring this up now? It’s easy to look around and see imaginary dots everywhere and start connecting them. But no one has come up with an ounce of verifiable proof that SBXL was anything but a sloppily played and officiated game in which the team that best responded to adversity prevailed. Two people can keep a secret only if one is dead. In an actual conspiracy to throw an NFL championship, substantive proof would have leaked by now. You’re a bright person. If you didn’t have your own reasons for fanning these flames, you could admt that.

  71. Beer Cheese Soup says: Aug 11, 2010 3:59 PM

    FrankoBollo says:
    Uh, I don’t think you’re exactly unbiased yourself, Beer Cheese Soup guy — I’ve read your anti-Steeler remarks before. But go on acting like you’re all objective ‘n stuff.
    _______________________________
    I am unbiased. My only “anti-Steeler remarks” directly relate to Super Bowl XL. I don’t respect most Seattle fans, and I seem to be having issues with Steeler fans as well, at least recently, but I don’t actually hate either team.

  72. Deb says: Aug 11, 2010 5:40 PM

    @Beer Cheese …
    Yes and no on the unbiased issue. Have met many evil and dimwitted people on PFT, and many irrational Steeler haters. That’s not you. But people can become unintentionally biased w/out being haters.
    Shortly after getting my journalism degree, was caught up in a major news event, then saw the coverage. Left me jaded and committed to my own fact-checking. In the frenzy to feed the 24/7 news & blog cycle, truth is the first casualty.
    I watched the nonstop coverage of the SBXL controversies. It was persuasive, and once those ideas are planted, it’s difficult to uproot them. After it all died down, I watched the game again, went through each call, read commentaries from sports journalists, studied still photos. I’m confident in the win. Corruption is possible in any enterprise, but if anything pointed to a fixed game, someone would have looked into it. Paul Allen certainly has resources to investigate. Al Davis has long-standing enmity with Rooney. All these people wouldn’t just let it go.
    I’d guess you were heavily influenced by early media coverage and think a wrong needs to be righted. But you should watch the game again, freezing on every questionable play and making notes. If you’re serious about being unbiased, I suspect that would relieve your concerns.

  73. Beer Cheese Soup says: Aug 12, 2010 10:30 AM

    Deb says:
    @Beer Cheese …
    You’ve said you waited five years for someone outside Pittsburgh to say we won the game. But Seahawks fans on PFT have said we won the game, and so have independent commentators. You claim the NFL also rigged SBXLIII. Why? The nation was rooting for the underdog and a Cards win would have increased ratings the following year.
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    Upon further review, I’ll concede I was wrong about XL3. I even admitted that elsewhere on here once before.
    I did see those postings. You aren’t going to convince me those were real Seahawk fans though. They had to be trolls for some other team. All the Seahawk fans are on hiatus, or so it appears around here. No way do they poke their heads out of a hole to admit you won that game.
    They will probably reappear after the next playoff appearance, and pick fights with me and the local “other-teams” faithful once again, all the while telling us what hardcore, loyal fans they are.
    That was a joke, of course, but it isn’t far from the truth either. I hate fairweather fans, and Seattle seems to have a lot of them.
    Deb says:
    @Beer Cheese …
    Yes and no on the unbiased issue. Have met many evil and dimwitted people on PFT, and many irrational Steeler haters. That’s not you. But people can become unintentionally biased w/out being haters.
    I watched the nonstop coverage of the SBXL controversies. It was persuasive, and once those ideas are planted, it’s difficult to uproot them. After it all died down, I watched the game again, went through each call, read commentaries from sports journalists, studied still photos. I’m confident in the win. Corruption is possible in any enterprise, but if anything pointed to a fixed game, someone would have looked into it.
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    Thank you for not labeling me an irrational hater as so many of your fellow Steeler fans have. Let me also reiterate that I did want you guys to win that game. I have been to Pittsburgh twice, I found it to be a very nice and inviting city. I even attended a game at old Three Rivers in ’98, and I was impressed with the level of fan involvement. It isn’t quite Lambeau, of course ;) but it was close. Definitely put the experience at the Kingdome, Metrodome and Qwest to shame.
    Back to XL. I may well have been one of these “media-persuaded” types you refer to, but I have watched the replay numerous times, including taking notes as you say, and I will continue to stand where I do on the issue.
    I had thought that maybe Leavy’s recent partial confession would persuade some of you that perhaps there was “some” truth behind the hype, but now I see your minds simply can’t allow you to think that way. Hey, at least no one can call you disloyal fans. Delusional maybe, but never disloyal.
    Therefore, I am done kicking bricks for the time being. Since our respective teams don’t meet in the regular season, and I don’t see either making the Super Bowl, I wish you nothing but the best for the coming year. See you around.

  74. FrankoBollo says: Aug 12, 2010 2:20 PM

    Beer Cheese — just because Leavy says something doesn’t mean the calls were bad.
    It’s LAUGHABLE to suggest Locklear didn’t hold Haggans on that play. If they’d let me post links I’d show you pics — you’ll see Locklear is beaten and almost perpendicular to Haggans when he’s busted. He had no choice but to hook Haggans, which he did.
    Pereira saying the call was legit isn’t new btw… right after XL he was on the NFL Network breaking down the calls. He showed Locklear held back then.
    It’s hater-fueled hysteria, stoked by some of the media, that have created the “fact” that there were all these bad calls that only went against Seattle. Get yourself a tape of the game, watch the interception return by Seattle in the second half. Watch how Ben gets blocked in the back — no call. Seattle’s lone TD in fact wasn’t legit — instead of having the ball inside the 20 they should’ve been marched back to midfield. But nobody wants to talk about little things like that.

  75. Beer Cheese Soup says: Aug 13, 2010 10:25 AM

    FrankoBollo says: August 12, 2010 2:20 PM
    Beer Cheese — just because Leavy says something doesn’t mean the calls were bad.
    It’s LAUGHABLE to suggest Locklear didn’t hold Haggans on that play. If they’d let me post links I’d show you pics — you’ll see Locklear is beaten and almost perpendicular to Haggans when he’s busted. He had no choice but to hook Haggans, which he did.
    ____________________________
    Yeah, actually, it does. If Leavy, who made those calls, says they were wrong, how can anyone, let alone a simple fan who’s likely never even officiated a game of ping-pong, say he’s mistaken?

  76. grant44 says: Aug 13, 2010 11:31 AM

    Dear TheRealShuxion – worst SB ever huh? I bet you’re 27 yrs old & you’ve actually witnessed about 17 of the 44 SB’s.

  77. Deb says: Aug 14, 2010 12:28 PM

    @Beer Cheese …
    Have been gone a couple of days. If you’re still around, didn’t realize you’d taken XLIII out of the mix. Glad to hear that.
    As for XL, there’s a difference between calls people don’t like (offensive pass interference) and blown calls (Polamalu in the Colts game). Don’t think you’ll find that many blown calls in the game, and at least one big non-call went against the Steelers. I wouldn’t argue that there were blown calls because I believe that happens every game and has gotten more frequent in recent years. That’s why I want to see a replay official in the booth. My argument is that the game was thrown. Don’t believe that and haven’t seen any credible evidence to support it.
    Yeah, there have been some Seahawks fans around this offseason. They’ve been trolling our thread, trying to hide their fan allegiance while posting bile. You’re right–trying to hide your allegiance is not admirable behavior.
    Good luck to you this season, too. Hope it’s a safe, healthy one for all.
    @grant44 …
    You called that dead on the money. I believe he’s said he is exactly 27 :) And he obviously missed all those boring blowouts. Anything is better than a championship game that’s over by the end of the first quarter.

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