BY GINA G. SCALA
I am not a fan of this time of year; the holidays are over and unfortunately for this Big Blue fan football season ended weeks ago. But this year, with Tom Brady and his New England Patriots sitting at home wondering what went wrong against the Baltimore Ravens, I have at least two reasons to watch the Super Bowl.
One: Ray Rice, the All-American from Rutgers who scored a touchdown last night as the Ravens routed the Patriots on their way to New Orleans. And this brings me to the second reason to watch National Football League history in the making – the Harbaugh brothers going head-to-head for the Lombardi trophy. Does it get any better?
Okay, if Eli and big brother Peyton were vying for the trophy that would be better for this lifelong Giants fan. Since that isn’t the case and the commercials have lagged the past few years, I am going to hold onto the first sibling head coaches competing in the Super Bowl. I wouldn’t want to be their parents; or at the Sunday dinner table the following week, either. I don’t even like losing against my sisters in a game of Trivial Pursuit; notice I didn’t said it was a friendly game of Trivial Pursuit.
And I can’t imagine it will be a friendly game Feb. 3 in New Orleans; unless Jim and John are less competitive than three girls from Jersey.
This is the game they’ve waited their whole lives to play; the game that started, most likely, in the street in front of their childhood home or in the park down the street, or in the backyard.
It marks just the second time in NFL history a sibling showdown has been between head coaches; and these same two brothers were the first to do so on Thanksgiving Day 2011. For the record, the Ravens outplayed the 49s to win 16-6. Hmm…Jim may have something to prove to his big brother.
Over the course of the next 13 days, I am sure we will all learn more than we ever wanted to know about the Harbaugh brothers. It is part of being a head coach in the biggest sporting even to be played on American soil each year (my personal favorite is still the Army/Navy game. Go Navy).
I can feel the excitement building already; though in all honesty I am not sure if it’s the Harbaugh angle or the fact that sore loser Bill Belichick, Brady and the rest of the Pats were ousted. Hmm…