Brother versus Brother in Superbowl 2013

Friday, February 01, 2013

Workers install signs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome prior to Super Bowl XLVII on January 31, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Rob Carr/Getty)

This weekend, two football teams go head-to-head in the biggest sports event on the American calendar.

But this year, the Superbowl isn’t just about two teams. It’s also about two brothers: Jim Harbaugh, head coach the San Francisco 49ers, and John Harbaugh, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens.

Family, football, and millions of fans watching. So how will family dynamics play out in the end? And how will sibling rivalry factor into the story?

Dr. Avidan Milevsky writes for Psychology Today and is the author of "Sibling Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence: Predictors and Outcomes."


Dr. Avidan Milevsky

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [3]

Daniel from Queens, NY

I am 2.5 years older than my 36 year old sister. My parents raised us in such a way that I being the oldest would not feel the burden of serving as the example for my sister, freeing me from blame if she did something based on what I was doing. It freed her from having to do what I wanted her to do. That is to say she never listens! The good part is that it did free us to be our own person without as much "baggage" of the other Everyone thinks she's the older one.

Feb. 01 2013 04:11 PM

I am the youngest and the only girl in my family. I always felt competitive with my three brothers since many of our interests and hobbies were the same. We pushed eachother to try harder and to practice more in hopes of being better than the other. Now that we're grown, our interests have diversified and we're a lot less competitive, on the outside that is.

Feb. 01 2013 04:01 PM
Dick Clodfelter from Portland, OR

I'm the third of four brothers. When I was very young my brothers and their friends heard of older guys in the neighborhood who had built a fort by digging a hole and covering it with plywood and plastic sheeting and we all decided to do the same. I wanted to help but it took me a while to find a hoe with which to dig. When I got back to the sight of the proposed excavation I found a circle of a half dozen young guys whaling away with picks and shovels. I couldn't find a gap where I could reach in with my hoe, and so I asked my brother what I should do. He said I should reach in with my hoe and pull out the lose dirt. This hoe had a broken handle which was now only three feet long. I thought that doing what my brother suggested would be only a good way to lose a finger or even a hand. I decided take another look for a place to swing my hoe. When I finally find a spot and rared with my hoe - At just that moment my older brother reaches in with his bare hand to pull a load of dirt back with his arm. This was the very opening where I wanted to land my hoe. I tryed to pull up and stop the swing, but the millisecond before I split my brothers head open with a hoe; I thought how smarter than my older brother I seemed to be.

Feb. 01 2013 01:37 PM

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