I learned several lessons as a young kid. How to tilt my hat; to be respectful when I’m in someone else’s neighborhood; always give up my seat to an elder; and if I’m going to step to someone I better do something.
By now we’ve all seen the Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh elementary football yard fight that followed Sunday’s 49ers-Lions game. I’ve watched it several times to amusement and disappointment. Thanks, ESPN and NFL Network.
Harbaugh didn’t do anything wrong. He shook the Schwartz’s hand and patted him on the back. His momentum is what made it look like an extra firm handshake and a shove instead of a pat on the back. Bottom line, what did he really do wrong?
He was happy that his team beat a good upstart team on the road. Why is he wrong for celebrating? I’m putting words into Jim Schwartz’s mouth but he basically feels like Harbaugh was classless.
If Schwartz didn’t like the celebration, maybe his team should have won the game. Hasn’t Jim Schwartz celebrated victories? Yes. Two weeks in a row, he has done a more than exuberant fist pump with his team’s past two victories. Wasn’t it Schwartz who was arguing with Dez Bryant? So, since we’re talking about an elementary football yard fight, the saying “it takes one to know one” is the perfect statement for the way Schwartz was feeling towards Harbaugh.
Schwartz says that the 49ers head coach also swore at him. That’s up for debate.
And lastly, let me address the actual “fight”. If you are going to make a fool of yourself you might as well go out with a bang. As silly and as ignorant as it may sound, a simple punch or shove or something would have sufficed more than all the huffing and puffing Schwartz was doing. I’m not sure if after he ran up on Harbaugh he realized he didn’t want any of what Harbaugh had. But if Lion-hearted Jim ran up on Big Bad Jim because he felt disrespected, why didn’t Schwartz “earn” some respect? He had a good 10 seconds in Harbaugh’s face to do something and he did nothing but whine, huff, pout and make a fool of himself.
It’ll be interesting to see what Schwartz will tell his players when one of them gets out of control and draws a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. A team is a direct reflection of its coach. Look for the Lions to lose their cool sooner than later.