There was a big to-do Monday over the Seattle Seahawks blocking California residents from buying tickets to Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers, but there was little outrage to be found at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara.
In fact, according to the San Jose Mercury News, Niners coach Jim Harbaugh says he respects the Seahawks’ decision to keep their tickets in the Pacific Northwest, even if it means fewer of his team’s fans will be able to make the trip with a Super Bowl spot on the line.
"Well, it’s within the rules," Harbaugh told the paper Monday. "It’s within the spirit of the rules of the National Football League. I actually respect it, what you’re trying to do for your team, put them in the best possible position to win that you can.
"And I respect that their organization does that for their team. They do that in a lot of ways, with their team, with their fans, with their organization. So, what do I think of it? I respect it."
OK, so it’s not exactly a ringing endorsement from Harbaugh, whose team made a much longer trip last year for an NFC Championship Game win over Atlanta, but it’s nice to see he’s not stoking the fire when he has more important things — like figuring out how not to get blown out at CenturyLink Field again — to be worrying about.
That said, if these teams should happen to meet in next year’s playoffs at the brand new Levi’s Stadium, I wouldn’t expect Seahawks fans to find tickets too easy to come by. You know, the "spirit of the rules," and all.
Now, for some links:
• It’s dangerously hot at the Australian Open — so hot that one player thought he saw Snoopy before fainting on the court.
• After a win over the Bulls on New Year’s Eve, Kyle Lowry tried to throw his shoes to a Raptors fan at a game in Chicago, only to have the shoes swiped by another fan. On Monday, Lowry made it up to the original fan in Toronto.
• A kid in Minnesota hit a full-court, game-winning buzzer-beater, then did it again when a news crew showed up to interview him about it: