Much has been made of Bill Belichick's decision to skip his postgame interview with CBS's Steve Tasker following the Patriots' AFC Championship Game loss to the Ravens. For some, it was the latest example of poor sportsmanship from the three-time Super Bowl-winning coach. But Ravens coach John Harbaugh had only laudatory things to say about Belichick, both shortly after the game and during his Monday press conference.
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"I'll treasure that conversation forever," Harbaugh told Sports Illustrated's Peter King about his midfield meeting with Belichick after the Ravens' 28-13 victory.
"Before the game, we talked, and he said maybe we should just skip the postgame handshake because it's such a circus. I said I didn't know; I thought we should do it. It's just the right thing to do. And we did. He was so classy, so gracious. Complimentary about how we played, about our game plan, about how tough it is to play us. I told him how much we pattern our organization around theirs, how much we study them."
Harbaugh repeated those sentiments a day later.
Harbaugh: "Coach Belichick after the game was so classy with what he said."— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) January 21, 2013
So while everybody has been busily bashing Belichick for his behavior, Harbaugh clearly feels differently. Of course, as they say, winning solves everything and perhaps this is just a manifestation of that. Whatever the explanation, the Ravens are headed to the Super Bowl for the first time in 12 years.