Pictures Of Seahawks Sean Locklear Holding In Super Bowl XL

NFL\’s Vice President of Officiating from 2004-09, Mike Pereira, has chimed in the recent remarks by referee Bill Leavy admitting to the Seattle Seahawks that he made two bad calls during their Super Bowl XL. Pereira admits that the clipping cal on Matt Hasselbeck was the wrong call, but goes on to say the Sean Locklear holding call was a hold and should have been called. Below are two pics that back up the holding call on Locklear. Enough said.

Pereira goes on to say, “Did Leavy\’s calls determine the winner of Super Bowl XL? Absolutely not! In truth, there were missed calls that went against both teams. Let\’s all put aside our allegiances and go back four years and look at the game objectively. If we do, we will see that the Seahawks did not play well and neither, actually, did the Steelers. The officials also did not have a great game. In the end, however, the team that deserved to win won. That, in my opinion, is the bottom line.”

We agree with Mike that it was a poorly officiated game on both sides of the ball, but to blame the Seahawks loss on just 2 calls is ludicrous. Go back and watch the full DVD replay objectively and you will see the the team that deserved to win won.

Sean Locklear holding Super Bowl XL 1

Sean Locklear holding Super Bowl XL 2


  • Scott

    There was a long pass I think to jeremy Stevens during that game that he dropped, but I think should have been a fumble. The announcers mentioned it briefly then for some reason didn’t make a big deal about it. He clearly took a couple steps after cathching it and then it came out. The whistle blew but the only guy around to recover it was Ike Taylor. I never heard Seattle people saying, how about that call?

  • Waynes-Whirled

    Ever since the XL Super Bowl game Seahawk fans have a saying when ever it is apparent that a call was blown. “Smells Like Pittsburgh.” Say what you will, show all the pictures you want, never in the history of the Super Bowl has a game been so badly officiated that 1. The NFL office had to issue a defense. 2. The head official, Bill Leavy even admitted the outcome of the game was changed by the erroneous calls that he will regret for the rest of his life. 3. ESPN asked viewers what they thought. Of the 103,000 plus who voted 62% said that “officiating mistakes affected the outcome of Super Bowl XL.”

    In the end, whenever a officiating mistake is made (like in yesterday’s K State vs. Syracuse game football fans everywhere in one voice say: “Smells like Pittsburgh!”