The Baltimore Ravens are Super Bowl champs. After a crazy Super Bowl the NFL season is over, time for all fans to come out of the cave. Being from Baltimore I am thrilled with the Ravens victory but once the local euphoria subsides I am sure I will be fielding many calls at my psychotherapy practice from depressed football fans needing help coping with life after football.
From the many back stories of this exciting matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers the one that was most fascinating for me was the showdown between the opposing coaches; the Harbaugh brothers. Coming from a big sports family, John and Jim were brought up by their dad to follow in his footsteps. Both children wanted to please dad and embarked on football careers. Younger brother was considerably more successful at football than older brother and then they reach the pinnacle of their careers, The Super Bowl, facing one another on this international stage. The “Harbaugh Bowl”! What drama!
Apparently this fascinating story captivated a lot of people around the country based on the many media inquiries I received about my thoughts on the matter. As a sibling expert guest on several radio shows last week I heard from people around the country about how this sibling story touched a personal cord with them. From a caller in Wisconsin who spoke about how a sister nursed her back to life after a cancer diagnosis to a caller in Oregon who had to make the tough decision about cutting ties with his brother after years of emotional abuse from him, the story of the Harbaugh siblings captivated us.