Prepare for poor officiating in the AFC Championship

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The officiating crew in New England for the 2012 AFC Championship Game will be led by crew chief Bill Leavy. Leavy has been an official in the National Football League since 1995 and is a retired San Jose, California Police Officer and Firefighter, serving for 27 years.

(Source: FootballRefs.com)

The 65-year-old Leavy’s NFL resume includes eight playoff games and two Super Bowls. He is best known for his mistakes in Super Bowl XL that paved the way to the Steelers 5th Super Bowl title over the Seattle Seahawks by the score of 21-10.

Four years later Leavy apologized for his largely incompetent effort.

“It was a tough thing for me,” Levy said in reference to his Super Bowl XL failures.

“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.”

During last year’s playoffs Leavy’s crew blew a call that should have been ruled a fumble by Greg Jennings during the New York Giants 37-20 victory over the host Green Bay Packers in a Divisional Playoff Game.

Fortunately the blown call, which was challenged, reviewed and shockingly upheld and lead to a touchdown scoring drive for Green Bay, did not affect the outcome of the game.

Combining Leavy’s inadequacies, Foxboro being the host town, Bill Belichick’s ability to manipulate officials and NFL poster child Tom Brady’s propensity to get his way, the Ravens could not only be up against Gillette Stadium’s 12th man, but also a 13th man wearing stripes.

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5 Raves on “Prepare for poor officiating in the AFC Championship

  1. John Henshaw on said:

    Nothing new Tony…Ravens been fighting refs for brady and the squeelers since there inception…Its a givin, we expect to have to make 5 to 10 xtra plays to overcome the crap calls that get thrown at us. GO RAVENS///////LETS THROW THE HURRY UP RIGHT BACK AT EM AND WATCH WOLFORK GASPING FOR AIR.

  2. Gisele on said:

    The Ravens play CHEAP & DIRTY football. The Ravens, 49ers and a couple other teams are the only ones that play prison football. Complain about every call the officials make, always looking for flags when they miss a catch, constantly trying to rip the ball out of the opponents hands, etc. This is PROFESSIONAL football and the Ravens have brought thugery into it. GO PATRIOTS

    • Derek ArnoldDerek Arnold on said:

      You have all the understanding of football one would expect from a supermodel.

      Look in the mirror – Lady Brady is the one alway begging for a flag. The Pats are the ones who, on defense, constantly try to rip the ball out when the play is already over.

      I once heard about a girl that “I thought she was pretty…but then she opened her mouth.”

      Stick to looking pretty Gisele, you only expose your ignorance when you speak.

  3. Tom Terrific on said:

    Hey buddy, don’t talk to my wife that way. I will fly down there to that cesspool and JACK slap you in person. You don’t want none of this.

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