August 9, 2010
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We've been told our entire lives to forgive and forget—let go of a bad memory and release the hurt it's caused you.
Perhaps a difficult task, moving forward is never simple, and it's almost always easier said then done.
For Seattle Seahawks fans, the Super Bowl XL loss remains a harbored feverish pain kept brewing for several years. It's an intense pain seeping from a franchise that has waited since its inception for a Super Bowl victory—a team that came short of a rare opportunity because of errors and bad reffing calls.
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck fell victim to such error. Referee Bill Leavy whistled him for a low block on what appeared to be a legal tackle on an interception return. The call was an obvious mistake, and without it, the NFL history books may have been written differently that day.
Leavy, the man with the whistle, has asked the Seahawks and their fans for forgiveness, acknowledging the mistakes he made during the game.
Leavy, who's been deemed by fans as the franchise's greatest adversary, is looking to make amends, telling reporters last week, "I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and I impacted the game." He goes on to say, "I will go to my grave wishing I'd been better."
Can fans move on from the exquisite pain of watching their team lose a Super Bowl on the shoulders of one bad call?
Super Bowl XL is a moment that Seattle fans would sooner forget, a bitter moment in time that pains fans internally.
"It was the refs' fault," you'll hear fans say. "I can't believe the calls they made. The Seahawks should have won the game. It's unfair." These words play out like a broken record throughout brew pubs, Starbucks and other Northwest haunts.
The team still carries with it nine names from the Super Bowl XL roster, including Hasselbeck. When asked if he'd be willing to accept Leavy's apology, the Seahawks quarterback told reporters, "I'm still a little upset about losing my high school state championship game. There are just some games you're never going to forget. Put it on the list."
Seattle is a patient city and not the beacon of championship teams by any means. Fans of the Emerald City enjoy sports for its ambiance and history, not for its winning seasons.
We question whether Seattle can embrace Leavy's forgiveness and move forward.
While the Seahawks and their fans will never relive the last minutes of the game, nor will their team ever wear a Super Bowl XL ring, they can rest assured that the team was good enough to win the Super Bowl. Most importantly, the questions left unanswered have now been reckoned. Perhaps the pain can be shelved for now, but not forgotten.
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