NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: A general view of the Draft stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Remember way back in April, during the first round of the draft, when the Bears botched a trade with the Ravens? There was a communication error that was Chicago's error, but -- and this is important -- both teams got the man they were looking for.
The Ravens got Jimmy Smith, the Bears got Gabe Carimi, and the Bears apologized for the error.
The Bears were willing to give up a draft pick, but they didn't have to, and the league found no wrongdoing. No blood, no foul, right?
Except the Ravens still aren't over it. Ravens coach John Harbaugh went on ESPN Radio in Chicago to complain about the mistake.
"It was disappointing," Harbaugh said. "They can get mad at me if they want, but I'm not buying the mistake thing. It wasn't a mistake. They knew what they were doing. They put their guy on the phone. They agreed to a pick. They got their guy on the phone. They recognized he wasn't getting calls from the team behind them, and they basically stalled for over a minute, telling us they had called the trade in. They hadn't called the trade in. They said it was a mistake. Those guys have been doing it for a long time, c'mon."
Apparently, in Harbaugh's world, no one makes mistakes. In his world, even in the frenzied environment of draft night, there are no miscommunications or mistakes. Apparently, even if there are problems, there is no forgiveness for such terrible crimes.
But just a bit of advice to you, John: Ease up, and move on. Holding these sorts of grudges is not bad for your health. The league has moved on. The Bears have moved on.
It's almost time for season, John. Shouldn't you?