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A Handshake Gone Wrong

Yesterday in Week 6 of the NFL season, the undefeated, 5-0 Detroit Lions hosted a huge game against the 4-1 San Francisco 49ers.  The Niners scored a go-ahead touchdown with roughly 90 seconds remaining, going on to a 25-19 victory.  After the Lions failed to convert a 4th down and 5, turned the ball back over to SanFran, who then ran out the end of the game clock, the head coaches met at midfield for the not-so-ceremonious handshake that follows every game.

What follows is one of the stupidest series of events that I’ve ever seen at the end of a football game (No, LeGarrette Blount, I didn’t forget about you.  You definitely take the cake).

Jim Schwartz of the Lions and Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers met at midfield, just as the thousands of coaches before them, and shook hands just like everyone else.  But as Schwartz walked away, he looked to be shoved by Harbaugh in the back, as if Harbaugh didn’t have the time of day to respect his opposition.  Schwartz proceeded to charge after him, chasing him down only to be separated by what looked to be a public relations director for one of the sides, and several others.  Schwartz claims he heard an expletive from Harbaugh as he was being clapped on the back, but we may never know.

Somehow, one way or another, a head coach has to realize that cooler heads will always prevail.  Isn’t that exactly what they stress in the locker rooms?  “Don’t let your emotions get the best of you”, “Keep your cool”, “Keep your emotions off your sleeve”:  these are all things that even at a young age I was preached at for by the numerous coaches I played for.  If the head coaches of a professional football team can’t keep it together themselves, then what hope is there for 25-35 year old physical specimens to keep from murdering each other in the trenches?

These coaches should know better.  And the fact that they let this happen is an embarrassment to the entire league.  Two of the best teams in the NFC ruined what was a fantastic, back and forth game by one silly incident that could have just as easily been avoided.

ERW

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