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Harbaugh-Tomlin Handshake Exchange

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Did anyone see Mike Tomlin totally blow off John Harbaugh after the game when they were approaching for the handshake? Harbaugh congratulated him and he just walked the other way until Harbaugh pulled him back.. There is a video on NFL.com..

By Tomlin's reaction, you would believe they lost the game, poor sportsmanship.

Video: http://www.nfl.com/videos/pittsburgh-steelers/0ap2000000104700/Tomlin-Harbaugh-heated-handshake
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There was absolutely no reason for Tomlin to blow off Harbaugh like that.

I've always thought of Tomlin as un upstanding, respectable coach. This just seems petty and childish.
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Definitely not courteous but what do you expect? It's Steelers and Ravens, Tomlin is a jerk, nothing is new...
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[quote name='terpsnation' timestamp='1354499464' post='1243582']
There was absolutely no reason for Tomlin to blow off Harbaugh like that.

I've always thought of Tomlin as un upstanding, respectable coach. This just seems petty and childish.
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This. Wow. Didn't see this until just now, but ridiculous. Have some respect.
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[quote name='berad' timestamp='1354499563' post='1243593']
Definitely not courteous but what do you expect? It's Steelers and Ravens, Tomlin is a jerk, nothing is new...
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Yeah but there is usually some respect there, at least from what I've seen.
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[quote name='bauer77' timestamp='1354499609' post='1243599']
Yeah but there is usually some respect there, at least from what I've seen.
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I know, Tomlin is a jerk. He was screaming 'bad call' at a ref earlier in the game on a completely legitimate one.
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[quote name='berad' timestamp='1354499674' post='1243603']
I know, Tomlin is a jerk. He was screaming 'bad call' at a ref earlier in the game on a completely legitimate one.
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Yeah i saw that too. Tomlin has always come off (to me anyway) as a cocky jerk. No reason for this.
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i'm not surprised! i actually like tomlins' take no prisoners attitude as a coach but remember 2 weeks ago he called the Ravens; "nameless gray faces!" and now this? show's how he really feels about the rivalry.

~Mili
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[quote name='berad' timestamp='1354499674' post='1243603']
I know, Tomlin is a jerk. He was screaming 'bad call' at a ref earlier in the game on a completely legitimate one.
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HAHAHA. You're going to tell me Harbaugh never hassles the refs?
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[quote name='tctony' timestamp='1354499918' post='1243636']
HAHAHA. You're going to tell me Harbaugh never hassles the refs?
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He obviously didnt see that PATS game.
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I'm glad to see that despite a loss, Harbs has humility and can be a good sport.

Doctor Foreman however... c'mon man, you're a coach, be a stand-up guy and set an example for your players...
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Win and lose like a gentleman. I am obviously a lady, but I remember my father saying that all the time when I was growing up. He believed in that philosophy, and I am saddened to see that Mike Tomlin appears to not.
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[quote name='BALTIMOREFLACCO' timestamp='1354500284' post='1243668']
I'm pretty mind blown, thought they liked/respected eachother
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Exactly, the talk all week is how both teams "liked" eachother. They said Ryan Clark came over to the Ravens lockerroom after their loss 2 weeks ago and laughing and having fun. Shamed to see Tomlin this way. Had much respect for the guy as a coach till now.
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Uncharacteristic of Tomlin... Think Tomlin allowed himself to get distracted on something else when he should have been focused on the coach's goodbye/congratulatory handshake... certainly his bad on this one...
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[quote name='Militant X 1' timestamp='1354499870' post='1243629']
i'm not surprised! i actually like tomlins' take no prisoners attitude as a coach but remember 2 weeks ago he called the Ravens; "nameless gray faces!" and now this? show's how he really feels about the rivalry.

~Mili
[/quote]lol the Steelers act like they don't care but they clearly do.
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[quote name='blitzking33' timestamp='1354499310' post='1243565']
Did anyone see Mike Tomlin totally blow off John Harbaugh after the game when they were approaching for the handshake? Harbaugh congratulated him and he just walked the other way until Harbaugh pulled him back.. There is a video on NFL.com..

By Tomlin's reaction, you would believe they lost the game, poor sportsmanship.

Video: [url="http://www.nfl.com/videos/pittsburgh-steelers/0ap2000000104700/Tomlin-Harbaugh-heated-handshake"]http://www.nfl.com/v...eated-handshake[/url]
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The man said, "Thank you, good job." What do you want him to do, kiss him?
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[quote name='display name' timestamp='1354501536' post='1243751']
I just lost a lot of respect for that guy.
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Because he said, "Thank you, good job?"
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I'm sure I'll be in the minority on this forum, but I think Harbaugh made too much of the situation by pulling Tomlin back like that. Tomlin is a grown man (and in IMHO a far better HC than Harbaugh, but I digress), and even though Harbaugh might've felt like he didn't get the proper amount of respect and acknowledgment with that hand shake, there was no reason to call Tomlin out the way he did.

It's very possible that Tomlin actually DID have more important things on his mind at that point than exchanging a lovey-dovey greeting with Harbaugh. It might not be professional, but I'm sure we've all been in situations where we're so distracted with something that we inadvertently diss someone who's trying to talk to us. I think this situation between Tomlin and Harbaugh is a display of Harbaugh's arrogance more than Tomlin's. It's the same type of "I am the center of the world and know everything" type of arrogance that Harbaugh routinely displays in his pressers.
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[quote name='Ragin'Raven' timestamp='1354500333' post='1243670']
Win and lose like a gentleman.[b] I am obviously a lady,[/b] but I remember my father saying that all the time when I was growing up. He believed in that philosophy, and I am saddened to see that Mike Tomlin appears to not.
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Your webcam must not be working properly.

Don't blame Omar guys, he felt incredibly lucky to win out in Baltimore and he wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible. Or, he's just a jerk. Probably the latter. I hope we meet him in the playoffs, and when we bounce them Harbs shakes his hand and says congratulations again like a gentleman should while I flick him off from the comfort of my living room.
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[quote name='Raving_Heathen' timestamp='1354501807' post='1243767']
I'm sure I'll be in the minority on this forum, but I think Harbaugh made too much of the situation by pulling Tomlin back like that. Tomlin is a grown man (and in IMHO a far better HC than Harbaugh, but I digress), and even though Harbaugh might've felt like he didn't get the proper amount of respect and acknowledgment with that hand shake, there was no reason to call Tomlin out the way he did.

It's very possible that Tomlin actually DID have more important things on his mind at that point than exchanging a lovey-dovey greeting with Harbaugh. It might not be professional, but I'm sure we've all been in situations where we're so distracted with something that we inadvertently diss someone who's trying to talk to us. I think this situation between Tomlin and Harbaugh is a display of Harbaugh's arrogance more than Tomlin's. It's the same type of "I am the center of the world and know everything" type of arrogance that Harbaugh routinely displays in his pressers.
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Um no, you *ahem, let me not be like a Steelers fan*. It's not 'arrogant' to expect a certain degree of respect, and exchanging congratulations and 'good jobs' is just as important as anything else a coach does. You don't see Harbs doing that to Tomlin every time we go in their house and whoop them, or when we have whooped them at home all these times do you? Does he let 'other 'important' things' distract him from giving Tomlin the respect he deserves? Nope. It's professional, and there's never a good excuse to not be professional, period.
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i dont think Tomlin cared to much for the whole ray rice terrible towel thing so idk maybe thats his way of responding..idk i think im wrong but just a thought
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Who cares... you shouldn't have to kiss the arses of the opposition .. Sportsmanship, to me... is a little league thing. This is a job
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