Thursday, October 27, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
It didn’t appear to be a hard slap
What am I supposed to be, some kind of jinx or something? Don’t answer that. It is certainly strange that one week after selecting the Detroit Lions as my team of choice for the future, not based on their undefeated record of 5-0 at the time (hee, hee), they go and lose their first game of the season.
If you are not a Lions fan (and chances are most probably you are not), the Lions met head on with the San Francisco 49ers in week number six. This was a game which a whole gaggle of NFL watchers thought that the emerging Lions should have put in their pocket. However the game itself was not what drew all the excitement. It was the “supposed to be camaraderie segment” after the game which had all the reporters rushing to their teletypes (or whatever newfangled gadget they are using these days).
The 49ers team is led by Jim Harbaugh and the Lions are shepherded by Jim Schwartz. The media has rushed to term this a melee between the two coaches, although it only lasted a couple of minutes. Harbaugh, indubitably inordinately proud that his boys had knocked off one of the only two unbeaten NFL teams, rushed across the field, not unlike a tennis pro clearing the net and gingerly clasped Schwartz’s hand while exuberantly slapping him on the back.
Now from where I sat, the slap didn’t appear to be all that hard (of course, my individual vision could have been slightly impaired by the “Kool-Aid” factor). Anyway, Schwartz was immediately incensed by the gesture and charged after Harbaugh. The two had to be restrained. For the next two days Harbaugh could be seen apologizing profusely. Both of the coaches work in the NFC, 49ers in the West and the Lions in the North. The teams, except for the “back slap,” were even at 5-1. Detroit played Atlanta this past Sunday, while the ’Niners were idle.
Maybe both coaches should listen to the old Jim Croce song titled “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim”.
If Harbaugh was scrutinized, consider the case of America’s team (Dallas Cowboys) coach Jason Garrett, who allowed the New England Pats a chance to come back and snatch victory in the last few minutes. Garrett and Tony Romo could probably benefit from a paraphrased version of that ditty – “You Don’t Mess around with Belichik and Tom Brady.”
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