The long national nightmare is over: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s satellite camp tour has officially come to an end. After four weeks, 20-some odd camps and endless arguments over the tour’s merits, there will thankfully, never again be any mention of satellite camps going forward.
Until next year, anyway.
While parts of the country spent the last couple of months in an uproar about the camps themselves, let’s not forget what the whole tour was really about: No, not helping kids reach their football dreams. We’re talking about seeing Harbaugh in as many weird, obscure local jerseys as humanly possible.
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That’s right: One of the great by-products of the Michigan coach’s tour was the daily excitement that came with logging onto social media sites and wondering, "Whose jersey will Harbaugh wear today?"
This new American pastime may be over, but the pictures still live on. So let’s rank Jim Harbaugh’s satellite-camp jerseys:
Sure, Harbaugh could have honored other local Atlanta legends like Matt Ryan, Dominique Wilkins or that one really good player the Thrashers had that one year, but it really is fitting that Harbaugh spent his time in Atlanta showing respect to not only the greatest player the Braves have ever had, but one of the greatest to ever play the game, period.
After all, who is more synonymous with Utah than Stockton (OK, except maybe Karl Malone)? And who’s more random in general? Seriously, when’s the last time you even thought of John Stockton in a meaningful way before this very mention? I’d guess at least a decade.
It’s incredible, and the only way it could have possibly been made any better is if Harbaugh had thrown some short shorts over his khakis.
Speaking of which, coach, if you’re reading: Why didn’t you throw some short shorts over your khakis?
This feels totally random: The University of South Florida coach? Until, that is, you realize that Harbaugh once helped his father recruit Taggart to Western Kentucky, and even served as best man at Taggart’s wedding. No, for real. That actually happened.
Turns out Taggart was in Harbaugh’s wedding as well. These guys are close. So what better way to honor that friendship than by wearing his jersey at a local camp?
Credit Harbaugh here. With a camp in Virginia, he could have gone with a more obvious selection, like Ralph Sampson or Tiki Barber. But instead, Harbaugh decided to throw it back to A.I., who grew up in nearby Hampton.
The jersey of choice for Jim Harbaugh in Kansas City at the Midwest Elite Camp? Chiefs' quarterback Alex Smith. pic.twitter.com/JkBZwGYTT3