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Jim Harbaugh, Abe Lincoln, and Other Quotes


Jim Harbaugh, coach of the San Francisco 49ers is not usually one to stay quiet. This week has been an odd combination of amazing quotes and, essentially, staying quiet by praising the Seattle Seahawks.

One quote of Harbaugh’s that sticks out refers to Abraham Lincoln. Here it is:

“Well, I would hope for that this week, that Candlestick, we get it cranked up, make it a real great environment, because it’ll be a great football game. I know players will be very enthusiastic for the game. If this doesn’t fire you up, if this doesn’t fire up the fans then what does? I suppose Abraham Lincoln riding across the field with a frock and a top hat, riding a horse, waving an American flag. I doubt that would fire them up, if this game doesn’t fire them up. The people that really love football would be fired up by this matchup … I think this is the kind of game that will really get the true football fan fired up.”

            To be honest, Abe Lincoln riding across the field with a frock and a top hat would fire me up—and confuse the heck out of me. This quote is just completely classic Jim Harbaugh.

On the other hand, Harbaugh has been offering up extensive praise for the 49ers biggest enemy (just ask Vernon Davis). This could be for a couple reasons. First off, Harbaugh knows how both he and Pete Carroll’s teams use negative quotes as bulletin-board material and motivation. He would not want to give the Seahawks any such thing. Secondly, he may not want to say something this week that could come back to bite him after a potential loss. It is easier to face fans and the media after losing if you praised the opponent before the matchup. I’d expect the first reason would be more prominent in Harbaugh’s mind, and I hope the second one would not matter anyway.

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