Harbaugh’s Mug: ESPN Casually Bringing Up Past Grudges
When I’m in Los Angeles, I have this totally badass Monday evening routine. I won’t go into details, but it involves folding laundry, drinking some Pinot Gris (as I do), and watching Monday Night Football all at the same time. That routine is as good as I’ll ever be at multi-tasking.
Last night during the 49ers shellacking of the Cardinals, the good ol’ MNF crew showed some team statistics for the 49ers since Jim Harbaugh took over as coach. The picture they used for Harbaugh is above. Recognize where the photo is from?
Boom! ESPN is bringing back the memory of one of the greatest coach fights ever!
It’s a little weird that the network would choose to use a picture from a mid-field slapfight between coaches, but I’m totes on board for doing more action shots rather than some boring team headshot. And some Harbaugh action shots are just a wee-bit too intense.
So are we cool with the selection of this picture, even though both coaches probably want to just move on and forget about it already?
The verdict: yes…with conditions.
Remember, we must capture the Harbaugh intensity, but we mustn’t upset an ESPN audience with vulgarity! The chosen picture walks that fine line perfectly. It’s not so much of a “Hey! Fuck you!” picture, but more of an “Easy does it little guy. You keep shouting like that you’ll catch a head cold. Tell your mother I said you’re welcome.”
That said, we must consider that there is a chance that Mr. Harbaugh would prefer another photo, just to end talk of the Harbaugh/Schwartz confrontation once and for all. So to be fair, if we’re gonna be using action shots from slapfights, we need to be fair in how they are used.
There. Now everything is even.