MTAF Daily: Handshake Gate Ends Without Fine, Epstein's Clock Is Ticking and Forte Has Suitors


Detroit Lions Jim Schwartz and San Francisco 49ers Jim Harbaugh Dodge NFL Fine

After Sunday’s handshake seen around the world, the NFL said on Monday that Lions coach Jim Schwartz and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will not be fined for their “altercation” on Sunday.

The NFL said through a spokesperson regarding the decision not to fine the two:

“Fortunately, there was no fighting and thus no basis for a fine,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday. “However, both coaches told (NFL executive VP) Ray Anderson today that their postgame conduct was wrong and will not happen again. We believe their response is the correct one and that their postgame conduct going forward will be more appropriate.”

On Sunday after the 49ers’ 25-19 win against Detroit,¬†coach Jim Harbaugh gave Lions coach Jim Schwartz a handshake and a backslap that offended Schwartz. A scuffle broke out between some of the players and coaches. Words were exchanged by the two.

I don’t think a fine was warranted. The incident just showed a huge lack of class and immaturity on Harbaugh’s part. As his former coach Mike Ditka said, Harbaugh was just being Harbaugh. It’s not the first time Harbaugh has done this (see Pete Carroll in 2009) and it probably won’t be the last.

Theo Epstein’s Contract Supposedly Done Deal, May Miss Deadline

With today as the unofficial “deadline”/blackout rule to announce MLB news during the World Series, the Cubs-Theo Epstein talks continue. Compensation isn’t necessarily the issue but the two sides are stuck on the Red Sox’s demand for pitching prospect Trey McNutt and any personnel Epstein may want to bring with him.

The Red Sox are also looking for a package of minor league prospects similar to the one the White Sox got for Ozzie Guillen going to the Marlins.

Is it surprising that the deal is taking so long to complete? No, as Cubs CEO Tom Ricketts took three years to negotiate buying the Cubs. However, I can’t help but wonder if this falls through, what’s plan B?

Will Matt Forte Have a New Team Today?

After his hopes appear dashed for a contact extension this season, Bears running back Matt Forte continues to take the high road and perform well this season. With today’s NFL trade deadline looming, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that two teams are interested in Forte. The paper noted:

“The Bears haven’t expressed any intention of dealing their franchise back, but it hasn’t stopped the other teams from exploring the possibility of acquiring Forte,” the Trib notes.

Forte has said he feels underappreciated and if he doesn’t get the contract extension he wants from the Bears, hopefully another team will do so.

Every successful game that Forte has, it’s more cash in his register. In the Bear’s dismal offensive season to date, Forte has accrued¬†908 yards of the team’s 1,967 total yards, representing 46 percent of the Bears’ offense.

Now why would you get rid of a guy with those numbers?


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