At the end of Sunday’s Ravens – Steelers game, Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh exchanged a very strange post-game handshake with Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin.
Harbaugh said “congratulations” as the two met at midfield following Shaun Suisham’s game-winning field goal at time expired. Tomlin, who was jogging and looked disinterested in exchanging pleasantries, stabbed at Harbaugh’s hand from a distance, grabbed it briefly and continued on his way without breaking stride. He wanted the run-off handshake.
But Harbaugh didn’t let go and pulled Tomlin back toward him, while saying, “hey, hey, hey I said congratulations.” He had the tone of a mother reminding her son to say “thank you.”
A bemused Tomlin didn’t resist. He reluctantly came back to Harbaugh, said “thank you, good job,” and ran away. Not that we ever want to assign a thought to another person, but it’s not too much of an assumption to say Tomlin may have been thinking something else. His eyes said it all during the brief moment he and Harbaugh made eye contact.
After looking at the video of the handshake it looks like to me that for some reason Tomlin didn’t care to greet Harbaugh. This is pretty baffling since the Steelers won the game.