The Harbaugh brothers were all love and respect before the Super Bowl, but now that one of them has a Super Bowl ring and the other one doesn’t and the reason one of them doesn’t is because the other took it from him and is holding it above his head, they’re not talking. John Harbaugh, the one that one the Super Bowl, appeared on David Letterman on Thursday night and was asked how the brotherly love is going over in the post-Harbowl world.
“I told him I loved him, good game, and he said, ‘Congratulations, I’m proud of you,’” John Harbaugh said.
“Have you spoken to him since?” Letterman asked.
“I have not,” John Harbaugh said, to laughter from the studio audience. “We will. Soon.”
Obviously there’s no bad blood between the two, but anyone who has a brother knows it takes a while to get used to them having something you covet. Most brothers compete over who can get the coolest car or the swankiest apartment, but it doesn’t get anymore cutthroat than having a Super Bowl ring on the line.
John Harbaugh got a few more laughs out of Letterman’s crowd, especially when he riffed about what he was colorfully saying to officials during the 34-minute blackout.
“There was a concern about restaurants after the game,” Harbaugh chuckled. “New Orlean’s got a lot of great restaurants, Dave. We weren’t sure where to go.”
Harbaugh eventually admitted what we all were thinking in the first place, that his anger was stemming from the fact he knew the more time brother Jim had to gameplan, the harder the game would become.
“The longer I stood over there, knowing Jim, knowing the kind of competitor he is. The type of team they had, you could just feel like they were gonna make a comeback,” Harbaugh said. “And you just knew it was gonna be tough, that’s the way it was our whole life growing up.”
And just like every great sibling rivalry, we will never see the Super Bowl win by John Harbaugh officially recognized by Jim without a bit of an argument. Jim remains adamant that a flag should have been thrown on Jimmy Smith at the end of the game, but John had nothing but positive things to say about the officiating.