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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

The Gundys have some insight into the week that awaits the Harbaughs.

Mike guessed that the Harbaughs' parents will watch on television. Jack Harbaugh says no, they will be there, but stay tuned. Gundy's father often goes hunting on Bedlam weekend.

Mike Gundy noted that John Harbaugh said the brothers would communicate only via text, except for a joint news conference. That's par for Gundy, who says he really doesn't talk to Cale the entire season, especially Bedlam week, unless it's family business.

Cale says the week will be wild emotionally for Jackie Harbaugh. “What a great time for the mom and dad,” Cale said. “It doesn't get any better.”

But, he said, “if their family is anything like ours, it's really hard on the mom.

The dad, being a coach, he's able to deal with it. But the mom's probably worried her baby boys.”

And Mike Gundy sees Super Bowl 47 as a no-lose for the Harbaugh clan.

“I look at it as a heck of a deal,” Gundy said. “For mom and dad, someone's going to win the dang thing.”

This Super Bowl has a lot of no-lose aspects. Neither Harbaugh has coached a team to the Super Bowl. Neither quarterback, Joe Flacco nor Colin Kaepernick, has taken a team to the Super Bowl.

Getting to your first Super Bowl is like reaching a Final Four. The rest is gravy. That's not true for Peyton Manning or the Patriots, but it's true in this Super Bowl.

And that's not true in Bedlam. There was little valor in making Bedlam 2010 and 2011 a showdown. Only in winning it.

It absolutely was a can-lose game. The Cowboys had a rare chance to reach the summit. The Sooners had the chance to maintain their historical dominance.

The Gundys had a winner and a loser in those Bedlams. The Harbaughs? I see only winners in this Super Bowl.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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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