Super Bowl: Mike, Cale Gundy have some insight into how the Harbaughs feel

Bedlam football features its own brother vs. brother showdown: OSU's Mike Gundy vs. OU's Cale Gundy. Which brings us to Super Bowl 47, where the only guarantee is that a son of Jack and Jackie Harbaugh will go home a winner.
by Berry Tramel Published: January 27, 2013


photo - File - In these Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, file photos, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, in Atlanta, and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh in Foxborough, Mass., coach during their NFL football conference championship games. The entire Harbaugh family already got its Super Bowl victory last Sunday, when each coach did his part to ensure a family reunion in New Orleans next week. The Ravens face off against the 49ers in the first Super Bowl coached by siblings on opposite sidelines.(AP Photos/Mark Humphrey, left, and Matt Slocum, File) ORG XMIT: FX104
File - In these Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, file photos, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, in Atlanta, and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh in Foxborough, Mass., coach during their NFL football conference championship games. The entire Harbaugh family already got its Super Bowl victory last Sunday, when each coach did his part to ensure a family reunion in New Orleans next week. The Ravens face off against the 49ers in the first Super Bowl coached by siblings on opposite sidelines.(AP Photos/Mark Humphrey, left, and Matt Slocum, File) ORG XMIT: FX104

Bedlam football in 2010 was for the Big 12 South title, and Bedlam 2011 was for the virtual Big 12 championship.

Brother vs. brother. Mike Gundy vs. Cale Gundy.

“I wanted to beat my brother,” Cale said. “I wanted to win the Big 12 championship.”

But Cale also comes clean. Like it or not, OSU haters, Cale was happy for Mike when the Cowboys won that 2011 Big 12 crown.

“I know how hard he's worked to build that program,” Cale said. “If Oklahoma couldn't win it, I was happy when my brother had the opportunity.”

Which brings us to Super Bowl 47, where the only guarantee is that a son of Jack and Jackie Harbaugh will go home a winner. John Harbaugh coaches the Ravens; Jim Harbaugh coaches the 49ers.

What are the odds, Mike Gundy wondered, that brothers would end up as head coaches of opposing Super Bowl teams?

This being the Super Bowl, we know the answer. The American Statistical Association says one in 11,175, if you factor in all the viable candidates to be an NFL head coach. Incalculable if you factor in all football coaches, all levels.

I've got a better word for it. Long.

But it was long odds that the two best female tennis players in the world would grow up in the same bedroom in Compton, Calif.

It was long odds that two boys who grew up in little ol' Harrah, 20 miles east of our state capitol, would become the only pair of brothers inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

But the Williams sisters did, and the Waner brothers did, and it was long odds that football talk, of all things, would be off limits at the Gundy family Thanksgiving most years.

Mike became a record-setting quarterback at OSU, then Cale did the same at OU. Now Mike's starting his ninth season as head coach at his alma mater, and Cale is starting his 15th year on Bob Stoops' OU staff.

So when the Ravens beat the Patriots, and the 49ers beat the Falcons, “Obviously, the first thing I thought of was our situation,” Mike Gundy said.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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