Monday, September 12, 2011
Referee's catharsis nearing completion?
By Mike Sando
Out of nowhere during 2010 training camps, NFL referee Bill Leavy took responsibility for calls he'd blown during the Seattle Seahawks' defeat against Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XL more than four years earlier.
Leavy's performance during that game had worn on him over the years. He felt compelled to address the matter publicly even though the NFL and even some members of that Seahawks team had long since moved on. Cornerback Marcus Trufant and linebacker Leroy Hill are the only Seahawks player remaining from that Super Bowl team.
What's left for Leavy?
Working another Seahawks-Steelers game, apparently. It's expected to happen in Week 2 when Seattle visits Pittsburgh, according to Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times.
With the Seahawks' offense and special teams faltering in Week 1, Leavy's officiating assignment ranks well down the list of concerns for Seattle heading into this game. The Steelers are coming off an embarrassing defeat at Baltimore and will presumably be looking to get back on track against an opponent still in the early stages of its development.
Officiating isn't likely to play a significant role in the outcome. If it does, however, this story might never end.