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COHN: Jim Harbaugh's sideline antics may be harmful to 49ers

  • San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh protests a non-call by the officials after a fourth down play against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

SANTA CLARA -- Go on the internet. Look for a video called, "The Best Jim Harbaugh Freakouts." It's easy to find.

It shows the 49ers' coach freaking out on the sideline during games, a wild man throwing his clipboard, screaming at the refs, screaming at who knows who. Just screaming.

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If Harbaugh were a child, you'd call it pitching a fit. You'd send him to his room. This I freely admit, the freakout video is funny and there's something elemental about Harbaugh, even enjoyable. But you probably wouldn't invite him over for dinner. If he didn't like pot roast, he might throw it or you out the window.

Of course, we in the Bay Area knew about Freaking Jim long before the Niners lost to the Ravens last Sunday, knew all about his tantrums, his horrible manners, mostly directed at the media. Which means they are directed at you, the fans.

But two things changed Super Bowl Sunday.


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