What? Pete Carroll getting some love from the Bay Area?
The head coach of the Seattle Seahawks received a gift from the San Francisco Giants on Monday: a custom-made jersey that he showed off in this tweet:
— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) June 10, 2013
Carroll grew up in the Bay Area and attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton. Despite his team’s rivalry with the San Francisco 49ers, Carroll has remained loyal to the Giants and is an avid supporter of the defending World Series champions.
Of course, this does not sit well with many Bay Area sports fans, who have watched Carroll patrol the sidelines of teams like the USC Trojans and the Seahawks.
Carroll’s feud with 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has been well-documented going back to their days at USC and Stanford, when Harbaugh infamously uttered, “what’s your deal” to Carroll during the postgame handshake after a 55-21 beatdown of the Trojans.
Now, the two coaches are in the heat of a rivalry in the NFL, with both the 49ers and Seahawks boasting Super Bowl-caliber rosters.
But maybe we shouldn’t look too much into this.
Maybe the Giants were simply rewarding Carroll for being loyal and for being a Bay Area native achieving immense success in the coaching ranks.
Can we just look at it that way?