In advance of the much-hyped Harbowl (or “Super Browl”, if you will), Reddit brings us this absolute gem from the Harbaugh brothers’ childhood.
Check out young John and Jim decked out in their Baskin Robbins little league unis, with the elder John towering over the befuddled looking Jim:
And after some incredible interweb sleuthing, we uncovered a few more classic shots from the Harbaugh family archives, which reveal that Jim has been making that same exact face since he exited the birth canal.
PS - how bout that local little league BR sponsorship still paying dividends 30+ years later, eh?!?
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In case you turned off the Steelers-Ravens game after the final whistle, you might have missed this post-game exchange between head coaches Mike Tomlin and John Harbaugh.
After coming out on the losing end of a hard-fought 23-20 battle against their division rivals, John Harbaugh swallowed his pride and stepped toward midfield to congratulate Tomlin on the win. But Tomlin was having none of it, and tried to pull the ol’ drive-by handshake, barely even looking Harbaugh in the eye.
That’s when Harbaugh tightened his grasp on the Steelers coach’s hand, physically pulling him back into the exchange, so he could make sure that Tomlin really heard and appreciated his heartfelt congratulations. Watch for yourselves:
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If one of this weekend’s Wild Card games happens to be tied at the end of regulation, the NFL will unveil their brand new rules for how overtime will be handled during the playoffs. In case you’ve forgotten about it from when the change was made back in March, here’s a quick explanation from the New York Times:
Under the new rule … the team that receives the first overtime kickoff would win the game on that possession only via a touchdown. A field goal then would not end the game in sudden death but would give the opponent’s offense a chance to score. If the score is still tied, either team could then win with a score of any kind.
The rule change was made in response to the general impression that the team that won the coin toss was too often winning the game without the opposition even getting a chance to touch the ball. And while statistics might not necessarily support that claim – since 1994, the team that won the overtime coin toss won the game only 34 percent of the time on the first possession - I think all fans can agree that it’s no fun to watch a team return a kickoff to midfield, make a 15 yard pass and kick a FG to win the game.
So this way, each team will at least have an opportunity to score, and these new rules will definitely have an effect on how coaches approach the extra period. Could we see some teams defer should they win the OT coin toss? Ravens coach John Harbaugh thinks so:
“There is more value in the second possession than there has been in the past,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “On the second drive, they basically have four downs to move the ball down the field. That second drive has a real good chance to move down the field percentagewise more than it normally would. So you have to keep that in mind. You might see some teams defer.”
And while change of any kind is generally met with resistance, it seems that most people are on board with these new overtime rules. The only strange thing is that the league decided not to apply these new rules to the regular season. That would have given teams a chance to get used to the new system, and we can only hope the rule will be extended to cover all games next year.