A Family Affair: The “HarBowl”


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Who would’ve known? The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, two NFL teams who throughout the season made a living through their grinding defensive schemes are now both going to represent their respective conferences in this year’s Super Bowl due to the teams’ late offensive surge.

Led by two head coaches who happen to be brothers, John Harbaugh (Ravens) and Jim Harbaugh (49ers), this season’s Super Bowl will not only be a huge game for both men, but it will also be considered a once in a lifetime family affair.

Both the Ravens and the 49ers have managed to rise to the occasion and beat their opponents, each mirroring the personality of their head coaches. The grit, the anger, and the pure determination from both brothers will be on display one last time come the Super Bowl and regardless of the outcome, although it would be difficult to swallow for one man, it would still be considered a special night for the Harbaugh brothers.

How many times can you say that you witnessed two real brothers, who each happen to be the head coach of their teams, battle for the Vince Lombardi trophy? When John Harbaugh was asked what he thought about playing his brother in the Super Bowl, John expressed how anything is possible in America.

“I can’t even get my arms around it. My dad said something to me — my mom’s and dad’s parents are immigrants, salt-of-the-earth people. They treasure America; it’s meant everything to them, being here. I hope people can see what an incredible moment this is for our country. This is America, how hard work can get you to a moment like this. This is the greatness of America.”

This is one Super Bowl you don’t want to miss.

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8 Responses to A Family Affair: The “HarBowl”

  1. Jeremy Wiebe says:

    Should be a great game, but I’m picking the 49ers to win it. Jim goes home happy. John will have to wait another year.

    • CDR says:

      Already picking the winner huh Jeremy? We have the 49ers taking it all the way as well. We would love for Ray Lewis to win a Super Bowl one last time, but it just seems like the 49ers match up very well with the Ravens. Nonetheless, this year’s Super Bowl is going to be a good one.

  2. This is just like two boys growing up and beating the crap out of each other… except on a much bigger scale.

    • CDR says:

      It’s a way bigger scale and after the game is done, it’s going to take a very long time for the winning brother to be able to brag to the losing sibling.

  3. John was a special teams coach here in Philly (for many years) back in the day and was very respected as a quality, stand-up guy who went about his business the right way. I think a lot of folks who have no direct rooting interest will root for John as he has had the higher coaching cliff to climb to get to the big game. Jim was superior at athletics and had an “easier” route to the coaching big-time as a result. John took a more blue-collar road to success. In any event, it is truly amazing we have a Super Bowl with brothers leading their teams on opposite sides of the field.

    • CDR says:

      You’re right Bruce. Come to think of it, we really don’t have a favorite in this one. In one hand, you have Ray Lewis who will be retiring this season with the Ravens and on the other hand, you have the 49ers who came up short last year only to bounce back like champions this season. Even though we don’t have a favorite this year, this is going to be one heck of a game.

  4. So many undercurrents and plotlines to this upcoming game .

    Tophatal ………

    • CDR says:

      Yes Alan, so many to think of. We took the brother vs. brother approach being that we’ve never seen a situation, such as this before. This coming Super Bowl will be epic for sure.


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