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December 5, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Bill Leavy to referee Seahawks' Monday night game

Posted by Danny O'Neil

More than five years have passed since Seattle's Super Bowl loss.

The Seahawks have changed coaches. Twice. And of the 53 players currently on Seatlte's active roster, Leroy Hill is the only who played in that Super Bowl.

So it's not a big deal that Bill Leavy has been scheduled to officiate the Seahawks' Monday night game against the Rams, right?

Sure, he was the referee of Seattle's Super Bowl loss to Pittsburgh, which featured several calls that were scrutinized. Leavy admitted last year to making mistakes that he had a hard time living with. But he's officiated Seattle games since then. None when Mike Holmgren was the coach, mind you, but he was the referee for Seattle's game at San Francisco in Week 2 of 2010, he refereed the Seahawks exhibition game in Denver earlier this August and he was even the official of Seattle's game at Pittsburgh in Week 2.

So the fact that he will be officiating a game in Seattle for the first time since the Super Bowl should be the next step in putting those officiating mistakes in the past, right?

Well, we'll see on Monday.

NFL teams are informed of officiating assignments on the Monday before a game, and Leavy is scheduled to work Seattle's game against St. Louis, which is the Seahawks' first Monday night appearance since they hosted the 49ers on Nov. 12, 2007.

It will be a different crew than Leavy worked with at the Super Bowl. The officials who work a Super Bowl are those selected as the top-rated officials during the regular season. Leavy will be with his regular officiating crew Monday.

Related links:
Super Bowl ref to work Seahawks at Steelers game
By Danny O'Neil | The Seattle Times, Sept. 12, 2011

Referee Bill Leavy apologizes to Seahawks
By Percy Allen | The Seattle Times, Aug. 6, 2010

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to 4M - what are you talking about????? I don't think Plutarch knows how to spell football. . . . . PS - the NFL has to take a whole lot of...  Posted on December 6, 2011 at 8:13 AM by joblitz. Jump to comment
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