Congratulations to Martin and Anna Tellez, who were randomly chosen as the winners of our Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria contest! For their efforts, they will each receive a 20-person pizza party on Sunday afternoon. So in actuality there may be up to 40 winners, regardless of what happens in the game itself (although I’m pretty sure most of the people reading this site are pulling for the San Francisco 49ers).
The 49ers no longer have to deal with us media folks, with the last press event taking place this morning: the Harbaugh brothers press conference. The thing everyone probably noticed from the start was how each head coach dressed — John Harbaugh looked dapper in a suit, while Jim Harbaugh wore the same outfit he very well may sleep in.
I shot a little video from the 25-minute presser, followed by some photos.
Reporter: “As the older brother you want to kind of always, I suspect, protect a little bit throughout your growing up. Do you still feel that way with Jim, and I guess on Sunday the possibility to take away a dream of his to fulfill your own. Is that hard at all?
John: No. Not at all.
There has been plenty of talk about Jack Harbaugh, the coach who utilized his sons as assistants at Western Kentucky and molded two of the best coaches in the NFL. In this video, Jim and John talk a little about their mother, Jackie.
Someone asked about Jim’s days as a Chicago Bear, and if it was hard for John to watch Mike Ditka pin the blame on Jim for a loss to the Vikings in 1992.
A little background on that story: Jim led the Bears to a 20-0 lead in Minnesota, and the Bears ended up losing. Ditka chewed Jim out on the sidelines after he called an audible and threw a pick-6. In doing a little research about that game, I found another video that is pretty outstanding — a recap of that game that includes Ditka saying, “When the player knows more than the coach, you have a problem.”
Immediately following that clip, Harbaugh is shown answering questions about the play in front of his locker (the facial expression to the left might look familiar to 49ers fans). The video also includes Roger Craig comparing a touchdown run in that game to plays he made in Super Bowl XXIII against the Bengals. Seems a little over the top now, but Craig and the Vikings seemed pretty euphoric as a group after that victory.
Now for the photos…