Skirmish between football coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz

A hard handshake, a dismissive shove and a shoulder bump is all it took to reduce a couple of spectacular coaches to a spectacle.<br>
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San Francisco 49ers Coach <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT002970" title="Jim Harbaugh" href="/topic/sports/football/jim-harbaugh-PESPT002970.topic">Jim Harbaugh</a> had every right to be excited Oct. 16 after his team knocked off previously unbeaten Detroit. Likewise, Lions Coach <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT00008923" title="Jim Schwartz" href="/topic/sports/football/jim-schwartz-PESPT00008923.topic">Jim Schwartz</a> had every right to be upset after his team's first loss of the season.<br>
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But maybe Harbaugh was a bit <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2011/10/who-was-a-poorer-sport-jim-harbaugh-or-jim-schwartz-poll.html">unprofessional when he didn't stop celebrating during the coaches' postgame handshake</a>, basically slapping Schwartz's hand and back as if he was congratulating one of his own players (Schwartz later claimed there also was an obscenity involved, although he did not offer any further details). And perhaps Schwartz overreacted when he pursued Harbaugh across the field and had to be physically prevented from trying to do who knows what to the opposing coach.

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A hard handshake, a dismissive shove and a shoulder bump is all it took to reduce a couple of spectacular coaches to a spectacle.

San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh had every right to be excited Oct. 16 after his team knocked off previously unbeaten Detroit. Likewise, Lions Coach Jim Schwartz had every right to be upset after his team's first loss of the season.

But maybe Harbaugh was a bit unprofessional when he didn't stop celebrating during the coaches' postgame handshake, basically slapping Schwartz's hand and back as if he was congratulating one of his own players (Schwartz later claimed there also was an obscenity involved, although he did not offer any further details). And perhaps Schwartz overreacted when he pursued Harbaugh across the field and had to be physically prevented from trying to do who knows what to the opposing coach.

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