Yes, Bill Leavy, the same referee who robbed Seattle of a Super Bowl title five years ago, will be refereeing the Seahawks-Steelers game this Sunday. Steeler fans will deny any controversy about said game, but even Leavy himself admitted during training camp last year that mistakes had been made. “I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter, and I impacted the game,” Leavy said, “And as an official, you never want to do that.” Specifically, the first call was a penalty against tackle Sean Locklear for offensive holding, which nullified a pass to tight end Jerramy Stevens that would have put Seattle at the 1-yard line and put Seattle in a prime position for the go-ahead score. The second came after an interception by Ike Taylor, where Matt Hasselbeck was penalized for a low block when he was making the tackle.
Since then, these two franchises have gone in different directions. The Seahawks have changed coaches twice and are in a rebuilding mode. Only two players remain on the Seahawks’ roster from that Super Bowl team: cornerback Marcus Trufant and linebacker Leroy Hill. Meanwhile, the Steelers have been to two more Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XLIII against the Cardinals and losing Superbowl XLV against the Packers. This will be the second time Seattle will play Pittsburgh since the Super Bowl (in their last meeting back in 2007, the Seahawks lost 21-0 at Pittsburgh).
If that isn’t enough of a slap to the face, this week’s Power Rankings on NFL.com have the Seahawks ranked 32nd. The truth is, the Seahawks are far from a powerhouse team, but dead last? Seattle still gets no respect and most likely never will. This Seahawks team isn’t the best team in the league – far from it, actually – but they are far from being the worst. This game will be an ugly one. Just maybe though, the football gods will finally give our beloved team a break and give us a little bit of revenge for the robbery that took place five years ago.