Bill Leavy is the NFL referee who admitted to blowing a call in the 2006 Superbowl that cost the Seattle Seahawks the game. Yesterday in Green Bay, Leavy didn’t just blow one call, he blew three, and all were against the New York Giants. Bill Leavy should never officiate another NFL game. The league has to step up and fire this man immediately.
The first call that Leavy got wrong yesterday was the worst. After video replay clearly showed Packer wide receiver Greg Jennings fumbled the ball before his knee hit the ground. Leavy came back, after looking at the play under the hood and awarded the ball to Green Bay saying the player was down before the ball came out.
Troy Aikman and Joe Buck both adamantly disagreed with Leavy and the NFL officiating expert in the Fox studio also said that Leavy blew the call. The call extended the Packers drive which ended in a touchdown for Green Bay.
The next play that Leavy made a judgement call on was a personal foul on Giant defensive end Osi Umenyora for hitting Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the head as Rodgers released the ball. Replay after replay showed that Osi hit Rodgers in the shoulder area, never coming near the QB’s head. That drive was also extended and the Packers scored again.
The last horrible call was a ball spot on a third down play near mid-field. DJ Ware clearly had the first down and Leavy put the ball down on the spot where the running back’s ankles hit the turf. How often does it happen in an NFL game where there are three bad calls and it is all by the same official?
Bill Leavy should be let go immediately and never be allowed to officiate another NFL game. Also Bill Leavy should be investigated for possibly violating NFL rules on gambling. It was quite clear today that the referee had an agenda and did everything in his power to give Green Bay the win.
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