CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 29: John Harbaugh, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the sidelines during their preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on August 29, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
In today's NFL, an incendiary comment followed shortly by a dry, impersonal apology is as much a part of the game as the Favre-Watch, or the obligatory string of off-season arrests; it is for this reason that we should have seen an apology coming, from Ravens' head coach John Harbaugh.
Harbaugh, last week, was quoted in Game Changers: The 50 Greatest Plays in Philadelphia Eagles Football History, a new book by Reuben Frank and Mark Eckel, as saying, among other things, that "the Cowboys stand for everything that's wrong with the NFL." He accused the Cowboys of being a "star system," and attributed the Eagles' (Super Bowl win-less) success over the past decade to the fact that what "[Reid's] program stand for is the opposite of what the Cowboys stand for."
From then, per NFL protocol on such matters, it was back-track-city for Harbaugh.
According to Rick Gosselin (no relation to Jon or Kate, that we know of) of the Dallas Morning News, Harbaugh contacted owner Jerry Jones on Saturday night to apologize for the remarks.
"Harbaugh, a former Eagles assistant, told Jones his comments did not reflect the admiration and respect he has for the Cowboys franchise," the article says.
Indeed, they do not. But, hey, maybe he was drunk.