Jim Schwartz, Jim Harbaugh don't want to talk handshake, but Jed York will joke about it
Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz don't want to talk about their handshake incident from 2011 in advance of the 49ers-Lions rematch, but San Francisco owner Jed York is certainly fine with discussing it.
|Harbaugh and Schwartz would rather not talk about handshakes, thanks. (Getty Images)|
On Sunday, the NFL handshake that, um, shook the world will come into focus as the Lions and 49ers meet for the first time since Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz had their infamous kerfuffle at and beyond midfield.
But please, please, please do not ask either of the coaches about the incident because they have no interest in talking about it.
"I don't know any more that I can add, other than what I've already added, which is our philosophy on minicontroversies is to give them the attention that they deserve, which is very little," Harbaugh said, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press.
Schwartz took the same line, refusing to talk about the handshake anymore.
"I think I've addressed the handshake enough and we're all moved on here," Schwartz said. "I'm not going to address it anymore. I don't have anything new to add."
But it's a reporter's job to ask about it, especially because it's a storyline in advance of a game. And besides, when all of that went down between Harbaugh and Schwartz, it was amazing. It's not all, "Do you remember where you were when ... " or anything, but I distinctly recall watching the end of that game and not actually believing what happened.
It ended up being a source of humor for a few weeks and, if you're Jed York at a pre-Lions-game pep rally for the 49ers, well beyond. York addressed a group of 49ers fans recently, told them to get pumped up, make Candlestick loud, yada yada yada, and then dropped the mic with a handshake line.
"By all means when you're shaking someone's hand at the end of the game, don't do it too hard," York said.
See, Jims, that's funny. You can take the handshake incident and spin it into a little gasser, deflect attention and let everyone move on. Why so serious?
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