Thursday, January 24, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
Super Bowl will pit brother vs. brother
How unique it is to reside in a country which can provide so many different occurrences in a single weekend – some of the utmost importance and others carrying the ultimate in enjoyment.
On the one hand there is the nail-biting experience of just who will represent the last team standing in New Orleans to reap all the booty from Super Bowl XLVII. And it will carry its very own important flavor.
On the other hand, you have all the pomp and ceremony which attends the inauguration of a new, well old, president embarking on a new adventure. Of course, that event had been brewing since early November.
Comes now the tale of John and Jim. They will open and play out the first game in Super Bowl history which pits coaching brother against coaching brother. In the early current season there was only mild speculation that the brothers would meet in the unique experience. And neither was prone to expound upon the possibility.
Of course, they aren’t twins, so one has to be older. John is over a year the elder than Jim and has been around coaching for most of his life. If you are a mind to remember, Jim was a quarterback for over a decade and a half in the pro leagues before starting a career as a college coach.
The AFC title game was a repeat of last season’s contest which was lost by the Ravens, and had a special revenge tint for Baltimore. They wanted dearly to defeat the Patriots. The Ravens will be returning to the Super Bowl for the first time in a dozen years. The 49ers (coached by little brother Jim) had a come-from-behind ordeal to defeat the Falcons in the NFC. San Francisco has been tagged as the favorite because of a unique statistic – they are the only team which has won all five Super Bowls participated in.
For the parents of this football family, they will finally get the opportunity to attend a game in which their offspring will be on the same field.
And while the brothers Harbaugh will probably be assured of job security for awhile, let’s remember that eight coaches bit the dust after the current regular season. The teams appeared to be trying a new concept; seven of the new mentors don’t have head coaching experience.
How much will the “newbie” tag impact the upcoming season?
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