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Saturday, August 7, 2010
Ref admits mistakes in Super Bowl XL

By James Walker
ESPN.com

This has been a sore topic for Steeler Nation in recent years -- and now it's coming to the surface once again.

NFL referee Bill Leavy publicly admits that he made bad calls that contributed to the Pittsburgh Steelers' 21-10 victory against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.

"It was a tough thing for me," Leavy said. "I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and I impacted the game, and as an official you never want to do that."

Leavy never explained which two calls he blew in the Super Bowl. But the chatter over the years often point out several controversial plays in the game, including a holding call that negated a long reception by Seattle tight end Jerramy Stevens, and an illegal blocking call against Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. There are also questions of whether Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got in on his 1-yard touchdown run in the first half, but we won't go too deep into the particulars.

Either way, it's an interesting development from Leavy despite the fact that it comes several years later. I covered that game in Detroit and felt at the time it was poorly officiated, especially for a Super Bowl.

What's your take?