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Harbaugh explains HandshakeGate


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

HandshakeGate may have finally found a resolution.

Baltimore coach John Harbaugh appeared to take exception with the seemingly blow-off attitude of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin when the Ravens coach congratulated him in the middle of the field following a 23-20 Steelers win on Sunday night.

The two coaches shook hands following the game. Tomlin, who appeared to be in a hurry to get back into the locker room, seemed not to pay attention to what Harbaugh was saying. Handshake video

Harbaugh, not pleased with Tomlin’s lack of graciousness, pulled Tomlin back in and appeared to say “Hey, hey, hey, I said congratulations.” Tomlin thanked Harbaugh and ran off the field.

Harbaugh was asked about the exchange at his Monday news conference.

“They played very well and I made a point to congratulate him on it,” Harbaugh said. “Hopefully he accepted that. It was all good.”

When pressed on the issue, Harbaugh elaborated more.

“I really don’t know about the handshake agendas,” Harbaugh said. “I felt fine about it. It was fine. I just wanted to make sure he knew that we congratulated him and that’s it.”

Hmm, wonder if Tomlin congratulated Harbaugh last year when he went for two points up by four touchdowns?




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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