Have you ever met anyone who is part of a family that just seems to have it all. Looks, personality, success and repeating success within any one industry? I would say that the Williams sisters are within tennis. The Kennedy’s are within politics. The Barrymores are within acting. You get the picture.
These families are rare. Not many families do all of its members (or most) have success throughout and within one profession. We could go on for a couple of hours thinking of who others are and there are some, but not too many. Because if there were, you would personally know at least one. Most of us do not.
This year the name Harbaugh will have to be added to this super-talent family list. And in a big way, because they accomplished something that has never been done before.
To start with, Jim and John (sons of Jack) are the first two brothers EVER to be head coach of an NFL team On top of that, for the first (and maybe last) time ever, THEY WILL BE BATTLING FOR THE SUPPER BOWL!! That is right. It is bro vs. bro for the whole shebang!
Jim which is the younger brother of Jack, was recruited from being Stanford’s head coach to sign a 5 year deal with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011. The first year as the 9ers head coach, he lead them to the NFC championship game, where they lost in a 20-17 overtime score, keeping them out of the Super Bowl for that first year.
This year Jim Harbaugh leads the 49ers to a win over the Atlanta Falcons for the NFC Championship game with a final score 28-24 thus sending them on to the Super Bowl.
Jim’s brother John is bringing his Baltimore Ravens to the Super Bowl by having beaten the Patriots this year (which is the team that they lost to in the AFC Championship game last year.). The Ravens have been one of the teams that can get it done showing so by the fact that they went to the Playoffs 9 times since 2000.
Both Jim and John have had football in their lives due to the fact that their dad, Jack is the head coach for U of Michigans football team.
SO… A whole entire family of coaches (also to mention, Jacks son-in law, Tom Crean is the head mens basketball coach for Indiana University Hoosiers), how on earth does one within the family pick a team to cheer for.
Who ever would think that a family would be in a situation to have this dilema. Does this show the truth in favorites or would this create any family tension or just complete family pride?
I tell you, i would love to be a fly on the wall when this family sees one another for the first time after the game. To be so happy for one and so sad for the other would maybe make one feel a bit crazy. I bet that there is some guilt and jealousy involved in the whole thing wether or not they want and or try to have there be. But also a load of support and honor as well, for both!
I dont know if i will ever in the rest of my life see the stars align to allow Brother vs. Brother for the biggest game of the year in the USA.
I personally (being a San Francisco native,) must pick my dear 49ers to win. And actually i only really care about them winning this game, this year. Next year they can lose. I dont give a shit.
They must win this year because this is the VERY LAST YEAR that they are playing as TRUE SAN FRANCISCO 49ers. Next year they may be called SF 49ers, but we will all know that they will really be the Santa Clara 49ers. No more Candlestick park, No more SF local team. No more playing for the working man. No. When they move, the only people who will be able to afford tickets to their new Santa Clara Stadium will be the same group of arrogant aholes that are forcing out the local SF population for high rent and high tech wages. It is all just another playtime for the rich.
But not this year. This year they are STILL ours… That is SAN FRANCISCO’s 49ers. And what a way to end an era of SF football… With a Super Bowl win against the Ravens (which wont be an easy win if we do!).
SO GO 9ers!! Please do it for all of the steadfast old time fans that have been there for you for your duration. We will be so proud and it will be a gift of thank you to us. That is the least you could do since you are ditching us. Right??
- The Lesson Of The Amazing Harbaugh Brothers (personalliberty.com)
- For Jim Harbaugh, one decision made all the difference (kansascity.com)
- Another chapter — albeit a big one — in the Harbaughs’ sibling rivalry (kansascity.com)
- Shula family can relate to Harbaugh rivalry (charlotteobserver.com)
- American Football – Super Bowl is Father v Son as well as Brother v Brother – Yahoo! Eurosport UK (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)
- Harbaugh brothers a product of family pedigree (tbo.com)
- Super Bowl sibling rivalry (khou.com)
- Epic brother battles: From the Bible to the Super Bowl (cnn.com)
- Welcome to the Harbowl > There are stories galore surrounding this year’s Super Bowl, but none as remarkable as that of the brothers Harbaugh. (newsreview.com)
- John and Jim Harbaugh making their parents proud (newsday.com)