Oh, There Will Be Blood…


I can’t tell you how excited I am about tomorrow’s Super Bowl. Especially the Harbaugh saga.
Since I’m an only child, I am fascinated by sibling relationships. And nothing is more fascinating right now than the most famous family in America!
I just can’t imagine the guy you shared a room with growing up is now playing against you – in the Super Bowl!
God, I’d love to be a fly on the wall during their Thanksgivings. ‘Hey, you know…’ for the rest of their lives…..
They couldn’t be more different: John in a suit and tie, Jim in his normal coach ‘uniform.’ The parents say they’re more alike than different, and they would know best, but Friday’s press conference didn’t help me believe that.


I also think we’ll see more sideline action from Jim. He seems to be the wild card in this – John seems level-headed to me, which is good when you’re playing the most important game of your life!
And then what about Ray Lewis?!
There are some many stories we can focus on in this game. Usually there’s just the one – the team who will win. Nope, this year we got the brother coaches, Ray Lewis’ tears, and two young quarterbacks.
And then – don’t forget Beyonce and her lip-sync faux pas at Obama’s inauguration. That mistake still follows her. So much so, she made up for it by singing the National Anthem at yesterday’s press conference.
I can’t take it – tomorrow is too much! And it’s only Saturday!


I will say my favorite part of yesterday’s press conference was Jim and John reflecting on their childhood.
Although Jack Harbaugh has received much of the credit for molding the boys into coaches, the brothers revealed that their mother, Jackie, also had a great deal of influence on their growth into men.
“There is no one in the family who has more competitive fire than my mother. She competes like a maniac. She has just always believed in us, and I think that is the most important thing to me. She believed in me, John, and Joanie, and took us to games and played catch with us, shot baskets with us, and just believed in us.”
“No one would fight harder for us than our mom, no matter what the situation was, or teach us how to have each other’s back and be there for one another,” John said. “We may have been talking football with dad in the basement, but mom was talking about other things. There were a lot of things going on in our world during the ’70s, and Mom was always tuned in on those kinds of things.”
Oh and did we mention Jim ‘acted?’

Even the pistol will make its first appearance at the Super Bowl tomorrow.
What is it?

You’ll hear about it from the first time 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands behind center, and listen to it be endlessly dissected in the Super Bowl.
But just what is this pistol offense San Francisco is running?
Put simply, it’s a variation of the shotgun, a formation that has been in the NFL for decades. Former Nevada coach Chris Ault invented it, and gave it the name because it reminded him of a shorter version of the shotgun.
In the pistol, the quarterback lines up 4-5 yards behind the center. Unlike the shotgun, the running backs line up behind the quarterback instead of next to him so they can be in motion when they get the ball and run north and south more easily.
The tweak that makes the pistol even more effective, though, is the read-option. This what Kaepernick runs so well, and what Baltimore has spent two weeks preparing to stop.
In the read-option, Kaepernick turns to his right and tucks the ball in the belly of his running back – all while keeping his eyes on the defense. Based on the first move the defensive end makes – either to the outside or toward the quarterback – Kaepernick will either leave the ball with the running back or pull it out and take off himself to the outside.
Defensive players say the move causes problems because it forces them to hesitate a split-second to see what Kaepernick does with the ball. Often, that is just enough time for running back Frank Gore to slash up the middle or for Kaepernick to take the ball around the right end down the field for a big gain. (AP)

I just hope Reno doesn’t explode after all this attention! Oh my Lord! I have heard about the pistol for yeeeeeeears now. But now the rest of the country can experience it.

(Thanks to the Associated Press for quotes, pistol explanation)


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