You can only imagine the gambit of emotions that John Harbaugh was feeling after Super Bowl XLVII. His Ravens had just won the most watched TV event in the metered market era. But he'd just beaten his little brother and knew his friend was in a rough spot.
He finally watched his maligned QB deliver a spectacular post-season, one that may be considered the best by a QB in history. But he'd also heard Joe Flacco say that he's worth $20 million dollars a year. Seeing as he's a free-agent, that could hamper the building of a dynasty.
He'd also seen his defensive captain cap off his career with a Super Bowl win that nobody saw coming. The same man who was connected to PEDs earlier in the week by Sports Illustrated.
Jim Harbaugh is a smart guy. But he went on ESPN and did a very dumb thing.
Without prompting, he volunteered his opinion on "the Ray Lewis thing" (the thing being Ray Lewis' return from a torn triceps) telling host Chris Berman that Lewis is a man driven by faith and that's what allowed him to return in roughly 1/3 the time any other pro athlete would return from a similar injury.
It's one of those moments that's totally innocuous now. And it's one of those moments that could come back and become the defining sound bite of a coach that is so in the bag for his guy that he can't see that something fishy is going on here and there are people trying to uncover the truth.
Ray Lewis sells papers and generates clicks on websites. So the hunt for new information about his run ins with deer antler spray isn't stopping now that he's retired. John Harbaugh shoved all in on Ray Lewis after the game. We'll see if that was a smart way to celebrate your first Super Bowl win.
1) Do they have electricians on site during pro football games? What was that person's thoughts when the lights went out? Don't you wish they would of had a camera on that man or woman?
2) The commercials. It's an annual ritual to bitch about how they aren't good anymore. And that's the wrong argument. Even back in the 80s and 90s, a majority of commercials were still not that good (just like a majority of TV in general isn't to your liking). The ones you remembered, however, were bolder. Now? When you spend 12M on a spot (like Samsung or Dodge Ram) you have about 200 people with their hands on it. And it's going to be watered down.
That's why the Go Daddy spots are so effective.
You might hate them. You might like them. But at least you have a reaction to them. You remember what the new Budweiser is? Or what SodaStream wanted you to do today?
Neither do I.
3) The cameras that CBS used to film the halftime show were awesome. To set up that lightning, stage and film 15 minutes so cleanly has got to be insanely hard. The whole thing looked amazing.
4) That one hurts for 49er fans. Goal to go with a 1st down to win a Super Bowl and you don't use your best weapon? Plus using a TO on offense? Man.
5) Football season is over. Sucks. But at least that means we're real close to Spring Training.