A few weeks ago I wrote about how difficult it must be for Jim Harbaugh and his brother John Harbaugh to be dealing with playing each other in the Super Bowl. I even brought up a few anecdotes about how I used to deal with my brother when it came to sports and our foolish pride while competing against one another in an effort to describe what they were going through.
All evidence, both before and after the game, pointed to the Harbaugh’s being extremely civil to one another during the entire process but perhaps things aren’t always as they appear. Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl winning coach John Harbaugh told The Late Show with David Letterman that he still hasn’t spoken to his brother since the Super Bowl.
While that may shock some of you, I believe it’s very rational behavior from two incredibly competitive people. When the Dallas Cowboys lost to the New York Giants in the 2007 playoffs, I didn’t talk to my brother for over a month, and we weren’t directly involved in any way except for pride! I didn’t want to talk to my brother and hear about the game and I’m guessing there was little else he wanted to talk about, so I didn’t see the need to talk. The game was still fresh in my mind and talking to my brother at the time just seemed phony to me so avoided speaking to him.
It was the best way I could deal with the loss and I’m guessing that’s probably what is going on with the Harbaugh brothers now. My brother knew to give me space and John Harbaugh knows his brother Jim needs some space too. It’s not like they won’t ever talk again but it takes time to get over it, especially when you lose such a big game.
The silence will come to an end at some point and I don’t see anything wrong with how either brother has handled the situation. As the saying goes, ‘this too shall pass.’
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