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Jim Harbaugh takes first L of the season, gets called out by little bro for stealing his catchphrase

September 16, 2020

If you’re a fan of Big Ten football, it’s a good day. If you’re an employee of Big Ten football, it’s a good day. If you’re a Big Ten football player or family member of a Big Ten football player, it’s a good day. If you’re a red-blooded American Football Guy, however, today is better than good. Today is great. But don’t take our word for it, just ask Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who segued seamlessly from offering condolences on the passing of Bill Belichick’s mother to beaming ear-to-ear about the return of the greatest Power Five conference on earth during his press conference on Wednesday. If the SEC just means more, what’s more than more?

Amidst his giddiness, however, Lil’ Baugh couldn’t resist taking a shot across his older brother’s bow, who is, of course, the head ball coach at Michigan. “I appreciated my brother’s statement,” he told reporters, smirking. “He said ‘stay positive, test negative, play football.’”

Catchy enough, but as Harbaugh quickly pointed out, it’s not exactly a John original.

“Now I will point out that we had those t-shirts from day one . . . stay positive, test negative, play like a Raven. So yeah, we’re hand in hand on that one . . .”

This is like Red Beaulieu stealing Coach Klein’s playbook from him at the Bourbon Bowl. It’s a violation of everything we hold dear about the game of football and it’s gotta be especially tough to take for the fans up there at The Right Way U. But if you’re scrounging for a silver lining in all this, perhaps we found one:

It’s a lot better to get dunked on by your little brother than the Buckeyes. We don’t know much, but we do know that.