Handshake Gate: Harbaugh Says Nothing Unusual About Shake with Tomlin Postgame

There’s been plenty of chatter about the handshake in the postgame between Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Ravens coach John Harbaugh following the Steelers 23-20 win Sunday.

Monday, Harbaugh played dumb, stating that he was unaware of any attention that was paid to it by TV crews or anyone else.

When asked about it, he stated “there was nothing uncomfortable at all,” and he also said that “he felt fine about it”.

Harbaugh said he wanted to make sure Tomlin knew the Ravens congratulated them. For some reason, Tomlin seemed not too happy about the congrats at midfield after the big win.

“I felt fine about it,” he said. “I just wanted to make sure he knew we congratulated him.”

If there’s a round three in the postseason, we will see if the handshake is as interesting as it was yesterday.

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  • Jalen

    As much as I’ve ragged on Tomlin in here, I absolutely love his remark, “…..that’s all!” Very dismissive as if to say I have nothing else to say to you and I don’t like you. But Tomlin was also professional with a cordial but curt “thank you.” Thank God the other Harbaugh is on the left coast in lieu of over here near his brother….there just isn’t enough cheese on the east coast to go with all that whine! The fact that Tomlin was able to make the rat bird king aware that he detests him (“that’s all”) while staying professional garners some admiration from me .

  • Jalen

    I was wrong he says “good job”. Oh well it was still nice to see him walk away with Harbaugh standing there seeming like just lost his tamopns.

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