I promise this will be the last time I go Harbaugh on you until after the Super Baugh, I mean Super Bowl. Yes this is the first time two brothers have ever squared off as head coaches in a Super Bowl, in fact it’s the first time head coaching brothers have ever met for a sports championship in any North American major sport. Yes sir, Jack Harbaugh taught his boys how to coach, John has made the playoffs in all 5 years in Baltimore with an 8-4 record and Jim has made the playoffs both years in San Francisco and has a 3-1 post season record.
Coaching brothers in the Super Bowl is new but brothers in sports is old-hat. Here in Baltimore Cal and Bill Ripken turned double plays with Dad as their manager. If the Ravens win Sunday Brendan Ayanbadejo will get a ring, he can compare it to his brother Femi’s who was part of the Ravens Super Bowl XXXV championship team. Ravens defensive lineman Maake Kemoeatu is trying to add to the family jewels, his brother Chris was the Steelers starting guard in Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl win over Arizona. The Manning brothers have done what Dad Archie couldn’t do, 2 rings for Eli and 1 for big brother Peyton.
Baseball is littered with brothers. Joe DiMaggio had Vince and Dom, Dizzy and Daffy Dean were part of the Gas House Gang, and slugger Hank Aaron had brother Tommie as a teammate. The Niekro’s were knuckleball bro’s and the Alou’s (Felipe, Matty and Jesus) were all together in the Giants outfield. And yes I can name that Molina, that’s Bengie, Yadier and Jose and they all look good in shin-guards.
For a punch in the nose how ’bout the boxing Klitschko brothers, both have worn the World Heavyweight Champion belt. And not to be a sexiest pig how ’bout Venus and Serena Williams!
Hockey Superstar Gordie Howe played with his son’s Mark and Marty. In the mid 70’s I covered 3 brothers who all played on the same line. Jack, Jeff and Steve Carlson went Hollywood when the Paul Newman movie Slap Shot was loosely based on their minor league hockey careers (Hanson brothers).
There may not be a Harbaugh movie yet but these bro’s are made for TV. The Smother’s Brothers never got ratings like this. Somewhere around 115 million people will be watching Super Baugh Sunday as the Harbaugh’s decide the Roman numeral championship. Wonder if the winner will get a clothes endorsement from Brooks Brothers?