Jim Harbaugh – Carroll: “These Guys Don’t Like Each Other”

The two things sports media does really well is the “They’re Friends” bit, where two rivals are friendly with each other. It’s really stupid because you can’t really want your opponents to succeed.

The other thing sports media does in a superb manner is exploit bitter relationships. Or at least, apparently bitter relationships. I’ve seen pieces on ProFootballTalk and ESPN regarding the relationship between Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll. Seems like they are pointing out the aspects of the 2009 “What’s Your Deal” confrontation (previously posted on BSP):

Well, that’s on YouTube. It’s going to be blown up huge, especially now when the teams are competing to go to the Super Bowl. But is it OVERBLOWN? Of course it is. Apparently ESPN provided this little story last March:

Carroll, Harbaugh hanging out like old pals

It was there Tuesday morning where I ran across Harbaugh and Carroll chatting for several minutes about the various rules changes under consideration at the meeting.

It wasn’t a chummy gathering, but the two men can talk to each other in civil tones. Even Carroll acknowledges the “hype” in the pre-game runup. Then again, the two teams are bitter rivals. Too funny. Seattle, America’s continental outpost is “bitter rivals” with anyone.




About bittersportspills

I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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