San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh and Seattle's Pete Carroll have met many times in both the college and pro ranks, and if you didn't know any better, you'd say they don't like each other very much. Of course, that's not much of a barometer with Harbaugh, who doesn't seem to like anybody, but he gave assurances this week that, no, there are no problems between him at Carroll.
When asked if there was any animosity between himself and Carroll, Harbaugh gave a very Harbaugh-esque answer:
“Animosity? No," he said. "Erroneous. Erroneous. It’s football. It’s competition. It’s winning. Football. Competition. Winning. That’s the sport. That’s what we’ve had, great competition.”
The pictures above would appear to tell a slightly different story, as would the infamous "What's your deal?" video from a 2009 Stanford-USC game:
Obviously, both men are too gracious and polished to say they hate each other's guts and wouldn't mind filling their Gatorade dump-buckets with boiling oil. But we're going to just assume that's how they feel about each other. It'll add yet another layer of drama to what's shaping up to be one of the best NFC championships in years.
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