On Sunday, the Harbaugh family will have one son coaching in a championship game on the East Coast and another coaching in a championship game on the West Coast. After some deliberations, mom and dad decided the best place to watch their sons' run at history was on a TV in the Midwest.
Jack and Jackie Harbaugh won't be attending either the Baltimore Ravens or San Francisco 49ers game this weekend. Rather than split up and each go to one of the games, they chose to stay home and watch together at their home near Milwaukee, surrounded by family.
"It seems like the most sensible and best plan,'' Jack told the Mercury News on Tuesday. "We're just going to try to enjoy it."
Over Thanksgiving, the Harbaughs celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by watching their sons make history on the sidelines in Baltimore, as they became the first brothers to coach against one another in an NFL game. Jack and Jackie watched the Ravens' victory on a television in a private suite at M&T Bank Stadium.
There were no right answers to this dilemma, but since they had to choose, staying home was the easy call. Since they watched the other game on a TV from the stadium, doing the same from the comforts of home and surrounded by family was a no-brainer.
The couple has been together 50 years. It's no surprise they'd rather be together to watch their sons try to reach the highest pinnacle of their professions instead of being 3,000 miles apart.
Although, love can only go so far. If one of the games were to be on ESPN and the Harbaughs were forced to listen to Jon Gruden on the telecast, I'm sure they would have been picking straws to see who flew east and who flew west.
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