Originally posted on The Last Angry Fan  |  Last updated 10/16/11

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.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFL rips NFLPA for ‘shameful’ victim blaming in Elliott case

Report: LeBron, Kyrie were cordial during Miami encounter

Watch Christian McCaffrey juke Luke Kuechly out of his shoes

These comments from Tom Brady should scare opponents

Kevin Durant weighs in on LeBron James/Cavs situation

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Freeze reportedly made escort-type calls while on recruiting trips

More Jaguars players getting frustrated over Blake Bortles?

Sean Payton explains Saints’ decision to fire orthopedists

Report: Bulls expected to buy out Wade in next few months

Report: Marlins are willing to talk to teams about Stanton

Jose Fernandez statue may not be built with new Marlins ownership

The 'Forget Calvin, bring back Jerry' quiz

The top 20 left-handed pitchers of all-time

Box Score 8/16: There is no stopping the Dodgers

The '27 up, 27 down' quiz

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Charles Oakley slams the phone — and his opponents — down

The Cardinals have their season back by the unlikeliest of means

The BIG3 in L.A.: The reverse Danny Almonte comes to Staples Center

Box Score 8/15: Stanton's power surge has no end in sight

Getaway Day: It's an all-inclusive Wild Card party

The 'For Sale this fall: All of the awards' quiz

Sports & Politics Intersect: The Dallas Stars take a stand

BIG3 Week 8: A complicated playoff picture

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Forget Calvin, bring back Jerry' quiz

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Charles Oakley slams the phone — and his opponents — down

The '27 up, 27 down' quiz

The Cardinals have their season back by the unlikeliest of means

The 'For Sale this fall: All of the awards' quiz

The BIG3 in L.A.: The reverse Danny Almonte comes to Staples Center

Getaway Day: It's an all-inclusive Wild Card party

BIG3 Week 8: A complicated playoff picture

Best of Yardbarker: Jay Cutler is back for more

Sports & Politics Intersect: The Dallas Stars take a stand

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker