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John Harbaugh stumbles upon marriage proposal (Video)

John-Harbaugh-proposalDavid Rudich and his girlfriend Amy Segall are huge Baltimore Ravens fans. Because of that, Rudich decided the Ravens’ practice facility — also known as The Castle — would be a great place to ask Segall to be his wife. He had no idea how perfect of a place it would turn out to be.

After she was so taken aback that she spit out a bad four-letter word, Segall accepted the proposal. She then looked up like she had seen a ghost, which probably made Rudich a bit nervous. Not to worry, Dave — your proposal had just become one of the greatest proposals of all-time courtesy of Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

By pure coincidence, Harbaugh happened to be walking out of the building as the proposal was being recorded on camera. He asked the couple if they had just gotten engaged and came over to congratulate them. Harbaugh was a class act about the whole thing and even threw in a group hug.

If the type of luck Rudich and Segall had during their proposal is any indication of what their marriage will be like, I think these kids are going to make it.

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John Harbaugh describes Super Bowl postgame handshake with brother Jim

John-Harbaugh-Jim-HarbaughJohn Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh said very little to each other on the field after the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Considering they are two of the most competitive people in sports, that did not really surprise anyone. What might surprise you is that Jim wouldn’t let John hug him.

John was honored at Miami University (Ohio) over the weekend when he was inducted into the school’s Cradle of Coaches. At his reception, he told the 260 in attendance the story about his and Jim’s famous postgame handshake. The Ravens’ website has video of him sharing the story.

“I walk up across the field to shake his hand, and he’s a big, strapping guy,” Harbaugh said. “I look at him and I’m going to give him a little man hug, a little bro hug to say congratulations…”

Harbaugh then demonstrated the exchange with a person who was sitting next to him, showing how Jim gave him a stiff outstretched arm when he tried to go in for the hug.

“It was like then he says, ‘There will be no hug!’” John joked.

Remember, John also went on David Letterman after his Super Bowl victory and said he had yet to speak with Jim after the game. That was nearly a week later. We’re not surprised Jim wasn’t in the mood to get sentimental after losing the biggest game of his life.

John Harbaugh gave Indiana a pep talk before Sweet 16 that didn’t work

john harbaughIndiana was a popular pick to win the national championship heading into the 2013 NCAA Tournament, and the Hoosiers busted a lot of brackets on Thursday night. They were dominated by Syracuse from the opening tip, eventually going on to lose 61-50 in a game that was never really close.

If you are one of those people who likes pointing the finger at someone who in reality had nothing to do with the loss, you’re welcome to blame Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh. Before tip-off on Thursday, Rachel Nichols of CBS Sports reported (via The Dagger) that Harbaugh had given the Hoosiers a pep talk in the locker room. Indiana coach Tom Crean is Harbaugh’s brother-in-law.

Nichols said Harbaugh emphasized how important momentum would be for Indiana. He also told them that he had watched them play multiple times during the season and that they remind him of his Super Bowl champion Ravens. Naturally, Harbaugh told the Hoosiers he believed they had what it takes to win it all.

He was wrong. Indiana shot a measly 33.3% from the field and hit only 62.5% of its free throws. They turned the ball over 18 times and allowed Syracuse to come away with 12 steals. Crean’s team played one of its sloppiest games of the year, and it ended up costing them. That’s what makes it so difficult to win a championship in college basketball — one rough game and it’s see you next year.

Anquan Boldin trade was initiated with phone call from John to Jim Harbaugh

Anquan BoldinWe hear time and time again how football is simply a business. Trading players certainly falls under that umbrella, but what if the head coaches of the two teams making the trade are brothers? Does that complicate matters or make life easier? Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh can shed some light on that.

Many were shocked when the Ravens traded playoff hero Anquan Boldin to the Niners a little over a week ago. The idea came together quickly, which sounds like it was the result of the Harbaugh brothers calling each other directly.

“It was me to my brother,” John said. “I called him up and just said, ‘Would you be interested?’ He said, ‘Heck yeah, let me go talk to (Niners GM) Trent (Baalke).’ This was about 3:30 before the 4 o’clock deadline. He ran down to Trent and they talked, and then Trent got on the phone with Ozzie and they had it worked out.”

From Jim’s standpoint, the deal may have even sounded too easy. If it seems too good to be true it probably is, which is why Jim was skeptical of even his own brother.

“I’m sure he was probably a little suspicious,” John said jokingly. “But Anquan is a great player, there’s just no denying it. From a pure value standpoint, I think they feel like they got a great deal. I know they got a great player, they got a great leader, they got a guy that will be a perfect fit in their offense in a lot of ways, and they realized that right away.”

Considering the Ravens were only asking for a sixth-round pick in return for a guy who was a beast in the playoffs, you can understand why Jim thought there might be a catch. Personally, I’m just happy the Harbaugh brothers are finally speaking again.

John Harbaugh to David Letterman: I haven’t spoken to Jim since Super Bowl

John-Harbaugh-David-LettermanIf the Harbaugh brothers weren’t such fierce competitors, they would not have been coaching against one another last Sunday. It has been nearly five full days since the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, but fierce competitors hate losing. That would explain why Jim Harbaugh has still yet to speak to John Harbaugh.

During an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Thursday night, John Harbaugh was asked if he had been in contact with his brother since beating him last Sunday.

“I have not,” Harbaugh said with a smile. “We have not had a conversation since. We will. Soon.”

He’s not joking. Anyone who has watched Jim Harbaugh coach should not be surprised. People who throw fits like this don’t enjoy losing, and they probably have no interest in hearing “you’ll get ‘em next time” from their older brother.

“When will you talk to your brother?” Letterman asked later in the interview.

“I’m hoping sometime, you know, soon,” Harbaugh replied. “We actually have meetings coming up, we have a combine in two weeks. Anybody who has a brother knows that you don’t console your brother. It doesn’t work.”

If John avoids a punch in the face from Jim the first time they see each other face-to-face, he’ll probably consider it a another victory.

John Harbaugh pushes photographer before postgame handshake with Jim

John Harbaugh photographer

Jim Harbaugh has been a part of heated handshakes many times before, but it was actually his brother John who was part of an incident after the Super Bowl ended on Sunday.

As he was walking on the field to meet Jim for a postgame handshake following the Baltimore Ravens’ 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers, John Harbaugh got physical with a photographer.

In the bottom right corner of this video, John can be seen pushing a photographer:

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John Harbaugh pranked parents’ conference call (Video)

john harbaughJack and Jackie Harbaugh held a conference call on Thursday to speak with the media about their sons coaching against each other in the Super Bowl. The call was going fine and dandy until “John from Baltimore” jumped on the line.

“Question from Baltimore – Is it true that both of you like Jim better than John?” the person asked.

There was silence on the other end. After a few seconds, daughter Joanie, who was also on the call, identified John as the prankster.

“Is that John Harbaugh?” Jack asked, figuring out what was going on.

“That was mean, John, mom was ready to answer that question,” said Joanie.

“Mom was ready to come right through this phone,” Jack said. “I’m so happy that Joanie recognized your voice!”

There was a bunch of laughter and John jumped off the call after that, but the whole moment was pretty funny. It’s pretty clear who of the two brothers is the joker. John is much more light-hearted, while Jim doesn’t mess around. Both attitudes seem to have served the coaches well during their careers.