Originally written on The Last Angry Fan  |  Last updated 6/28/14

A pretty terrific football game took place today between two teams doing surprisingly well this year, the Detroit Lions and the San Francisco 49ers.  When all was said and done, the Niners came out on top 25-19 at Ford Field, leaving both teams with identical 5-1 records.

Since the Lions ended up losing their first game of the season, there were no fireworks set off inside the stadium as there might be following a win.  But that’s OK, because the opposing coaches created some fireworks of their own, as the Lions Jim Schwartz and the 49ers Jim Harbaugh nearly came to blows during the post-game handshakes.

Seems Schwartz was a tad upset with the enthusiasm with which Harbaugh jumped around, lifted his shirt, celebrated with players, and shook his hand while slapping him on the back.  Serious stuff indeed.  In retaliation, the Lions coach chased Harbaugh down and gave him a bump of his own, and the two men came within moments of an all out fight.  Players from both teams then got involved, as did security, and even though there was a lot of yelling and shoving and chest puffing, no real punches were thrown.

Like most men, Harbaugh and Schwartz would rather yell, scream and hurl insults than actually fight.  It’s a lot less strenuous…and safer.

Video of the coaches confrontation follows the jump…

Said Harbaugh about the incident (via the Detroit News)…

“Yeah, yeah, I was just really revved up and it’s totally on me,” Harbaugh said. “I shook his hand too hard. I mean, I really went in and it was a strong kind of slap, grab handshake — kind of like the same as I’ve been doing with (49ers linebacker Blake) Costanza and a few of the other guys. So, that was on me — little too hard of a handshake there.”

And Schwartz’s take on what went down…

“I went to congratulate Coach Harbaugh and got shoved out of the way,” he said. “And then I didn’t expect an obscenity at that point. So it was a surprise to me at the end of the game.”

Later, he added, “I went to shake an opponent’s coach’s hand and obviously you win a game like that you’re excited and things like that. But there’s a protocol that goes with this league.”

I didn’t see the so-called shove Schwartz is referring to, but there definitely was something extra in Harbaugh’s handshake.  Whether an obscenity was thrown in there as well is anybody’s guess.  Granted, Harbaugh may have been caught up in the moment a wee bit too much, and probably could have toned his celebration down a bit, but considering that he’s got the 49ers to 5-1, despite no change in personnel and a shortened offseason due to the lockout, you really can’t blame the guy for being excited.

Should Schwartz have taken this into consideration when confronted with a jubilant Harbaugh and his extra hard handshake?  No, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t have taken the high road and just let it go, instead of acting like a petulant child who just had his sandcastle trampled on.

But that’s just my opinion.


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