Harbaugh was his usual Harbaughish--not exactly saying anything of note and being his usual, well, Jim Harbaugh--polite, but not really compelling. Suddenly, out of nowhere, he asked Madden a question.
"Coach, (Madden), 'what can you tell me as a first-time coach going to a Superbowl'"? Madden offered the following: "The team that complains the most, (during the week), usually loses...and the team that is happy to get there usually loses." Harbaugh stopped Madden, on the air no less, and began writing down Madden's missives. No, reallly, you could hear it, I'm dead serious. So was Harbaugh.
It was very enlightening. And better yet, it was genuine too, a moment that showed a different part of Harbaugh. And it probably caught Madden off guard, (in a good way). It most certainly made anchor Stan Bunger and sports guy Steve Bitker stop and take note. As it should have. Damn good radio and not a whiff of any gimmicks.
The entire few moments is one of the reasons why Madden gets paid a good deal of coin to chat every morning on the radio. It is enlightening and engaging. But again, most of all, it's Madden, (and in this case, ironically, Harbaugh too), that provided an interesting human element to listeners eavesdropping on a Hall-of-Famer coach talking shop with one of his buddies. Moreover, it was an authentic moment devoid of any sound effects or disingenuous chatter. And it worked.
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