It was nice of NFL referee Bill Leavy last year to finally admit that he blew at least two crucial calls during the fourth quarter of the 2006 Super Bowl--the only one the Seattle Seahawks have ever played in.
That doesn't mean that anyone is going to be thrilled to see him making calls again during a rematch of that game this Sunday in Pittsburgh.
The bad calls in question included an offensive holding call against tackle Sean Locklear that negated an edge-of-the-goal-line first-down spot after a pass to Jerramy Stevens, and a ridiculous low-block penalty against Matt Hasselbeck for a foul that simply never happened.
You can relive the agony by watching this video.
Last year Leavy said of the game:
It was a tough thing for me. I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and I impacted the game, and as an official you never want to do that. It left me with a lot of sleepless nights, and I think about it constantly. I'll go to my grave wishing that I'd been better ... I know that I did my best at that time, but it wasn't good enough ... 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.
Some folks are calling for Seahawks fans to bury the hatchet. Leavy owned up to his mistakes, they say. The NFL can't keep hated refs from cities forever.
We say that when it comes to sports grudges, no one competes with Seattle. Just ask the fine folks at SonicsGate.
As for Leavy, he's just lucky this game is in Pittsburgh and not at the Clink.