Daily Buzz: Jim Harbaugh on Seattle’s ticket tactic: ‘I respect it’

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. "€œIt’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 "€œspirit 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:

• Sixty years ago Tuesday, Joe DiMaggio married Marilyn Monroe.

• Joe Namath says he empathizes with Tom Brady and the hatred the Patriots QB receives.

• A Washington high school basketball team attempted a potential game-winning buzzer-beater, then this happened:

• After Johnny Manziel signed with Maverick Carter, LeBron James took to Instagram to welcome Manziel to the family:

• A North Carolina cyclist proposed to his girlfriend by spelling it out in the GPS route of a 20-mile ride.

• Rajon Rondo sent a mysterious tweet that possibly hints at a Friday return from his ACL injury.

• SB Nation has a fun interview with Kliff Kingsbury, in which the Texas Tech coach admits to preferring "Saved By The Bell" over "Dawson’s Creek."

• Family Feud asked, "If Michael Jordan is the best basketball player of all time, who is second best?"€ and got these responses:

• A Drexel student made a half court shot for a free year of Jimmy John’s subs:

• Miami Heat players say they’re proud to be smart.

• LeBron James wrote a tribute to his mom.

• Speaking of the Heat, President Obama’s got jokes:

• The NFL says officials aren’€™t worried about coaches on the field as long as they are behind the play in question.

• Luol Deng has an uncommon dedication to both basketball and charity.

• Tom Sestito picked up 27 penalty minutes and a game misconduct in one second of ice time on Monday:

• Nick Saban does not want his players to forget that they kind of struggled at the end of this season:

• Saban also said that working under Bill Belichick was the most challenging time in his coaching career.

• A school counselor reportedly shaved a boy’€™s Miami Heat haircut because it was distracting other students.

• The Utah Jazz bear danced with — or at least attempted to dance with — a referee:

• Andray Blatche is working on his Eurostep in London, apparently: