Ok, so this handshake thing has gotten pretty out of control.Yes, I’m a giants fan but,the Lions are my 2nd team (I’m a Nebraska fan and thus Suh is like a God), and thus I watch their games, and pay attention to their headlines, I also have a couple Detroit players on my fantasy team.
Anyway, so it’s not a surprise to me that this handshake situation has gotten the press it has b/c the Fox commentators commented on it immediately saying “Harbaugh is going to hear from the NFL about this on Monday” and thus everyone had to report on it pronto. Hear is the thing, this situation had been a long time coming. Schwartz is friends with Harbaugh’s brother Jon who coaches for the Ravens, when Jim Harbaugh was trying to decide about taking the 49’ers job he went to dinner with Jon and Schwartz and Schwartz basically told him that if the lockout went through the summer there is no way he would have the time, basically 2 weeks, to be able to get his team and coaching style, everything, together. I guess Jim Harbaugh took offense to what I find, as a sports fan from Nebraska, to be a pretty obvious statement. I guess that Jim Harbaugh was also pissed b/c when he threw the red flag in the first quarter to challenge a touchdown, (a play which he can not challenge as it’s already being reviewed), it cost his team 15 yards, and somehow he caught wind that Schwartz’s reaction to the incident was the comment, “know the rules.” It may be snarky, but in truth, Schwartz has a point, know the F’ing rules! The penalty didn’t end up costing the 49’ers they scored on the next series anyway, even with the penalty. I mean it’s absurd that Jim Harbaugh wouldn’t know a basic rule like this, perhaps Jim Schwartz was right and if he had had more time, he would have pulled together the rules, and not just his defense.
Anyway, whether there was bad blood between them or not, at the end of the game you shake your opponents hand, if you win you walk across to the losers side and their hand and walk away, you don’t shake their hand obnoxiously, you don’t slap or bush their back, and you don’t curse at them. That pathetic and immature no matter what issues they had previously. I also get why Schwartz went after Harbaugh, they had just lost so emotions were running high, and then this happens, I mean come on dude. Plus Detroit has a for us or against us mentality at this point after being put down for years in the media. Everyone has their breaking point, their buttons that can be pushed, and while I don’t condone Schwartz acting like that I also don’t think that Jim Harbaugh’s actions were slightly ok, and being Schwartz’s actions came from his reaction to Harbaugh I think the blame is on him. Harbaugh has since apologized, knowing what he did was wrong.
In all honesty, I think that it was probably a plus for the Lions players to have this happen. It took a lot of attention off of their loss, took the pressure off of Stafford who really lost the game for the Lions, and proved to the team once again that Schwartz is in this for the long haul. That being said, lets all just move on to week 7 and the insane trades.
: I fined it most offensive that Harbaugh lifted up his shirt in his celebration of the win, I mean really what was that? Who wants to see that? I don’t…