8 Baby Name Ideas for Jim Harbaugh’s Latest Child
Monday was supposed to be a day in the sports world almost exclusively reserved for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Lebron James, who pulled off one of the more remarkable comebacks ever and ended a decades-long championship drought in the process.
But, as he is wont to do, Jim Harbaugh found a way to steal a few headlines.
Speaking at one of his famed satellite camps, Harbaugh announced that he and his wife, Sarah, are expecting their fourth child. This will be the Michigan head coach's seventh child overall.
Congrats all around for the addition to the Harbaugh family!
And while it's much too soon to know the newest Harbaugh's gender, I thought it was the least I could do to help Harbs start thinking about baby names. No, I'm not talking about easy ones like "Bo" or "Glenn," or facetious ideas like "Sparty," "Urban" or "Mark." These are serious.
So, without further adieu, here are eight solid suggestions for Baby Harbaugh's name, in no particular order--some come from myself and some from the loyal and ever helpful (or is it hateful?) listeners of The Game 730 AM WVFN.
Why it fits: This is a great name for so many reasons:
- It follows the Harbaughs' predilection for names that start with the letter J.
- It's a unisex name, meaning they could plan on using this name regardless of the baby's gender.
- This would make the baby the namesake of Michigan basketball great Jalen Rose! And what Wolverine wouldn't want to be constantly reminded of his era in Ann Arbor?
- It would also make Baby Harbaugh the namesake of Jalen Watts-Jackson, who capped off a hearty "Welcome back to the MSU-Michigan rivalry!" message to Harbaugh last fall.
Why it fits: Say it fast a few times and you'll get it.
Also, Beyonce and Jay Z named their baby Blue, so there's precedent.
Why it fits: What better way to cement a father's legacy than by naming his child after what he's best known for?
No, not developing quarterbacks. No, not winning football games. I'm talking about not-so-subtle-or-passive-aggressive castigation of his contemporaries via social media.
Why it fits: It just has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? "Snap Harbaugh."
I don't know why, but I really like this one. I just can't quite wrap my hands around it...
Why it fits: I can't place this one either. But for whatever reason, it just sounds right
Why it fits: Regardless of whether you like the guy, you have to admit Jim Harbaugh is an innovative recruiter. His widespread satellite camp tours have set the college football world on fire and are on the way to redefining the 'crootin' landscape.
So why not name his kid after his most trailblazing accomplishment?
Plus, there was another Wolverine with the name Campy in the past: Campy Russell, who was an All-American basketball player at Michigan in the early '70s.
Why it fits: We've already established the importance of satellite camps to Harbaugh. So it stands to reason that his child would be named after perhaps the best known satellite in history.
Why it fits: Everyone remembers (and probably will for the rest of time) the epic conclusion to the MSU-Michigan game this past fall. The Spartans recovered the Wolverines' fumbled punt attempt that would have sealed a Michigan victory and returned it about half a football field for a stunning score with no time left.
What a lot of Wolverines
don't rememberhave repressed is that Harbaugh didn't exactly put Michigan in the best position to win that game on the last play.
Harbaugh had to have known MSU's only chance to avoid the seemingly inevitable loss was by blocking that punt. Even so, he left two gunners out wide–one of them completely uncovered, for some still-unfathomable reason. MSU had no one back for the return, meaning 10 Spartans were at the line of scrimmage. Michigan had eight men on the line to block. That math didn't add up well for the Wolverines.
At the very least, U-M's uncovered gunner should have been shifted in as an addiitional blocker against MSU’s mathematically superior rush. Instead, Harbaugh left him out there all alone, meaning Michigan essentially played that snap down a man.
So you have to wonder: Why didn't Harbaugh employ a max-protect punt? He, like everyone else watching (and in the world), had to have known MSU was coming after that kick. And all Michigan had to do was get off a positive-yardage punt and victory was theirs--you know, since the Spartans had NO ONE BACK TO RETURN THE KICK.
Maybe if Harbs names his next kid Max P. it'll help him remember what to do in this kind of crucial in-game situation going forward.