NEW ORLEANS – Jim Harbaugh was walking out of the media interview area in the depths of the Superdome, wearing the 1,000-yard stare of every Super Bowl loser.
The 49ers' coach had just mumbled through attempts to explain what had happened, explain why it happened, explain Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31. "Didn't play our best game … Ravens made a lot of plays." It was a lot of that.
As he stepped into the hallway, an excited NFL suit came charging toward the entrance.
"John Harbaugh is coming," he shouted. "John Harbaugh is coming."
This was to alert security that the champ was almost here. Jim looked down the hall for his brother, the Ravens' headman and freshly crowned coaching king of the NFL, but there was no sign of him.
So Jim jumped into the passenger seat of a waiting golf cart, folded his arms, leaned forward and began licking his lips. He appeared to be running every play of the game through his mind. A 49ers public relations man climbed on also. They wereRead More »from Harbaugh family tree branches out to comfort, celebrate Jim and John in emotional locker rooms