Who Was Right?

Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I could not believe that this clip went viral over the weekend. For full disclosure, Harbaugh (the 49ers coach, in the dark jacket) used to QB for the Bears, and, except for his last year or so, I really liked him. He was effective, and had a large hole to fill, coming shortly after McMahon – the 1985 SuperBowl QB – left the team. I’ve watched him as QB for other teams, and then as a coach, first for College, and now as a Professional. I really like him.

Now he’s involved in this “controversy”. It is traditional for coaches to shake hands after a game. I’ve also watched regular guys shake hands in happy circumstances, celebrations, etc. Those handshakes are often accompanied by a pat on the back. THAT is what I see here. Apparently, Jim Schwartz, the coach of the Detroit Lions, doesn’t feel the same way.

What do you think? Was Harbaugh out of line in “hitting” Schwartz? Or was Schwartz being a little Girly-Man and a poor sport because the ‘Niners came out of nowhere and snagged their win from under them?

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12 Responses to Who Was Right?

  1. Joy says:

    I’ve been on the opposite side of a few people I know but I’m not going to change my mind now. While I think Harbaugh “can be” offensive and he’s very cocky sometimes but I don’t think for one second he meant any harm or meant this in any way to turn into this. I also feel Schwartz was pissy because they lost. Because let’s face it, we all get pissy when we lose!

    BTW, I do know a few folks who think Harbaugh is a jerk and pushed him too hard. I don’t feel that way. I mean really. What a sissy. There’s no crying in football.

  2. SKL says:

    It all looks very confusing to me! It seems like the guy got mad as an afterthought.

    Maybe the winner was an a-hole, but so what, really? Is that a reason to have a tantrum in public?

  3. Sue says:

    I also think the other coach was being a sissy about loosing. The 49er’s beat the undefeated Lions and he was happy about it. End of story.

  4. Dina says:

    I can’t believe this is even newsworthy! You’re a FOOTBALL coach for Heaven’s sake…not the leader of the cheerleading squad! Even then a girl can take a slap on the back once in a while. Though it is against my nature to pull for a division rival, up until Schwartz pulled this ‘stunt’ I was on the bandwagon. Now I could care less if they win another game. GO BEARS!

  5. Jenny says:

    I think he was a sore loser!! Nothing wrong with a little pat on the back. The only thing that I saw was the losing team coach say something to the winning coach. Then it showed the fight. So I wonder if the 49er coach said something back. Bad sportsmanship!!!!

  6. Nikki says:

    Oh, what a sissy la-la!!! WOW! He was just excited and gave him a big pat on the back. Was it a little hard, probably. I do not think it was mean to intentionally hurt him? NO! It was in the heat of the excitement! He’s FOOTBALL coach for goodness sake-grow a pair!

  7. Karen Joy says:

    Oh so ridiculous!I had heard about this and thought different until I just saw this clip.He didnt go and intentionally slap him on the back to hurt him.Sore loser is all this is.Grow up!

  8. SKL says:

    Of course I’m not following this news story or anything, but am I the only person wondering why that Lions guy isn’t being criticized for basically starting a brawl?

    • Joy says:

      I’m not “sure” but from where I sit, you’re either a fan of one guy or the other or one team or the other. Those of us here think the Lions coach was being a cry baby but someone very near and dear to me thinks Harbaugh is a jerk and he shouldn’t have “pushed” him when he slapped him on the back. I guess it’s how you look at it. It’s really hard to say why we like this or that person when really, none of us really know these people in real life.

  9. mssc54 says:

    Hey a poor loser is a poor loser. Nothing more than that. Period. He had to generate some controversy to take the heat off his loss. Cry baby.

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