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Ravens owner texted Harbaugh while Ravens trailed

John Harbaugh, Steve Bisciotti AP

Well, it’s not exactly “Win one for the Gipper,” but a flu-ridden Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti did text coach John Harbaugh during last week’s playoff win, offering encouragement at a time when his team was still behind.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Bisciotti didn’t make it to Denver because of the sickness, and with his team trailing in the fourth quarter, he wanted to pass a message along to his coach just in case.

After they came back to win the game in double overtime, Harbaugh read the message to his team in the locker room.

I’ve never texted you during a game,” Harbaugh read from his phone. “We are down, 35-28. And I think it’s the best game I’ve ever seen us in the playoffs since 2000. Win or lose, I am so proud of the team and proud of you.”

Afterward, Harbaugh noted how much the support meant.

“I’m not going to say on his deathbed, but he was really sick,” Harbaugh said. “He couldn’t get up and move around at all. . . . It was just something I thought the team needed to hear coming from him. He’s a great leader. Our players love him.

“They love when he’s around. He’s an inspiration to all our guys. This organization, he sets the tone here. It’s a great organization because of his vision. The guys needed to hear that in that moment. I think they appreciated hearing it.”

One can only imagine who’s going to take the next technological leap, or whether Jerry Jones is already texting plays down to Jason Garrett.

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34 Responses to “Ravens owner texted Harbaugh while Ravens trailed”
  1. mburkett1980 says: Jan 15, 2013 4:38 PM

    Cell phones aren’t allowed on the sideline/field area.

    He didn’t see the message until after the game.

  2. mann44 says: Jan 15, 2013 4:39 PM

    I see Jerry Jones coming on that big Jumbotron like the Wizard of Oz to talk to the coach and the team.

  3. threatlevelbob says: Jan 15, 2013 4:39 PM

    Bisciotti is also the one who demanded that Cam Cameron be fired during the season, or so the story goes.

    While he has yet to build a Super Bowl dynasty, all-in-all he seems like a really solid owner.

  4. cliverush says: Jan 15, 2013 4:42 PM

    Stories out of Jupiter, Fl., where Steve Bisciotti plays golf, attest to two things; he is a great guy and he hates the Patriots. No report on his golf game.

  5. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jan 15, 2013 4:42 PM

    Jerry Jones would be in the huddle if the nfl let him.

  6. onearmsteven says: Jan 15, 2013 4:58 PM

    mburkett1980 says:
    Jan 15, 2013 4:38 PM
    Cell phones aren’t allowed on the sideline/field area.

    He didn’t see the message until after the game.

    the article doesn’t mention anything about him reading it during the game

  7. abefroman00 says: Jan 15, 2013 4:58 PM

    “Win or lose, I am so proud of the team and proud of you.” While it’s a genuinely nice thing to say, you really only say it when you expect to lose.

  8. azarkhan says: Jan 15, 2013 4:59 PM

    Owners shouldn’t get involved with the coach during a game, but that was a great message.

  9. stuartscottslazyeyeball says: Jan 15, 2013 4:59 PM

    Steve Bisciotti’s son got kicked out of the school I went to, but Steve is an excellent owner and I couldn’t be prouder of the team. I’m still emotionally drained from watching the game. It was probably the greatest win in franchise history besides winning the Super Bowl in 2000.

  10. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 15, 2013 5:05 PM

    Doesn’t Jerry already call the plays?
    I’ll never forget a couple years ago during a prime time game, when the cameras zoomed in on Jerry up in his box, and he was holding a play chart…

  11. skoobyfl says: Jan 15, 2013 5:06 PM

    Kraft dresses up as a ref for the Pats games, somebody had to make a tuck rule.

  12. ravenator says: Jan 15, 2013 5:06 PM

    One of the best owners in all the NFL, no question about it. Anyone who hates on this man is certifiably insane

  13. omniscient48 says: Jan 15, 2013 5:09 PM

    Great owner.

  14. ppdoc13 says: Jan 15, 2013 5:13 PM

    He is an all around good guy.ade his money the hard way. Earned it by creating a temp engineering company. Went to Salisbury state college and if you said where??? You’re correct. It is a Podunk place but it was good enuf to help him figure out how to become a billionaire

  15. bradshawlives says: Jan 15, 2013 5:17 PM

    mann44 says:

    “I see Jerry Jones coming on that big Jumbotron like the Wizard of Oz to talk to the coach and the team.”

    That’d be funny…he should do it.

  16. fuglyflorio says: Jan 15, 2013 5:19 PM

    Damn, what a legendary phony. You have to respect that.

  17. questionableprovenance says: Jan 15, 2013 5:29 PM

    Most owners meddle in running their teams [the Kraft might be an exception because he doesn't have to meddle]. One of the main indicators of how good an owner is are the results of his involvement. Based on that criterion, Bisciotti is a 9+, Jones a 3- [being a little generous there, actually].

  18. steves11 says: Jan 15, 2013 5:32 PM

    “I’ll never forget a couple years ago during a prime time game, when the cameras zoomed in on Jerry up in his box, and he was holding a play chart…”

    Jerry can actually read a play chart? Now, that’s plenty of technological advance right there!

  19. mrpowers88 says: Jan 15, 2013 5:49 PM

    Because John Harbaugh reading the text to his team wasn’t shown during the postgame show… or in any re-cap show during the next few days…

  20. southpaw2k says: Jan 15, 2013 5:50 PM

    I still remember Bisciotti’s words when he had announced he had fired Billick after the 2007 season. He said out there somewhere was a Hall of Fame coach waiting to be found, and it was his job to find him. I’m not saying Harbs is a HOF coach yet, but Bisciotti definitely trusts him implicitly.

    Great owner, great management, great coach. That’s why the Ravens consistently play well.

  21. pbastille says: Jan 15, 2013 5:54 PM

    In DC, Dan Snyder texted Shanahan: “Put the hurt guy back in.”

  22. easternshoresfinest says: Jan 15, 2013 5:59 PM

    In the words of TJ Houshmenzadeh, “there isn’t a cooler owner in the NFL than Steve Biscotti.”

  23. paleandpasty says: Jan 15, 2013 6:00 PM

    Who says he didnt see the message until after the game, maybe he saw the message after the 4th quarter or after the first overtime.

  24. bricktop02 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:03 PM

    I feel all warm inside.

  25. cuzz4169 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:05 PM

    Actually he meant to send that message to Rahim Moore.

  26. hdahs143 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:23 PM

    Because John Harbaugh reading the text to his team wasn’t shown during the postgame show… or in any re-cap show during the next few days…
    —————————————————————————-
    Actually saw it on a couple of post game show that night.

    You must have missed it.

  27. reed20fence says: Jan 15, 2013 6:26 PM

    Bisciotti is loved by the fans since he’s a local guy who doesn’t parse his words about how hurt he and his family were when Baltimore lost its Colts back in ’83.

    He made his riches running a temp and temp-to-hire staffing firm. In other words, helping people find jobs.

    He makes a point to trust and defend his guys, but he’s diplomatic enough to hear and placate the fans to provide some clout to his front office.

    What more can you ask of an owner?

    We hope he gets better soon.

  28. eleventyeight says: Jan 15, 2013 6:42 PM

    Methinks it’s a made-up fairy tale.

    Cell phones are illegall on the sidelines and during games.

    Aren’t they?

    Or is this part of a new warm/fuzzy storyline being created ala’ the Bob Krafty Patrithieves?

    PS- Bob Kraft was an owner of CBS just before he bought the Pats, who suddenly won 3 SBs w/a 7th round pick….

  29. vmannj says: Jan 15, 2013 7:23 PM

    A lot of people bashing Jerry Jones. But does anyone remember a camera shot of John Elway wearing a headset in his luxury box during a game?

  30. nitro276 says: Jan 15, 2013 8:47 PM

    The Ravens sound like a quality organization from top to bottom. I might have to break my 33 year allegiance to the Eagles.

  31. mountaingirl39 says: Jan 16, 2013 6:23 AM

    Harbs was shown reading the text in the locker room on CBS immediately after the win. Great organization top to bottom.

  32. troysmithsghost says: Jan 16, 2013 7:06 AM

    What a douche. Classless owner of a classless team with a whiney little bitch of a head coach. Can’t wait to see how the refs will fix the game against the Pats next week.

  33. jdvallee says: Jan 16, 2013 7:46 AM

    Sounds made up to me. Why the need to text, “I’ve never texted you during a game”? You’d think Harbaugh would already know that he’s never texted him during a game before.

  34. johninthewest says: Jan 17, 2013 12:35 AM

    If cell phones are not allowed on the field neither should kickers practicing field goals during intermission.

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