NEW ORLEANS--After 60 minutes and probably 100 questions, Jim Harbaugh launched himself down the podium steps with the same tight smile he had going up an hour earlier.
How'd Super Bowl Media Day go for you, Jim?
"Enjoyed it," Harbaugh said.
But one niggling thought bugged him, as the 49ers' coach replayed his time at the microphone, fielding all of those questions about playing his brother John's Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl, about Colin Kaepernick and about all manner of just about everything.
"It'll be interesting to see how it comes out," Harbaugh said. "You're up there just talking and answering questions, but nobody knows what the question is. How can anybody take it in context?"
I think generally, it was Harbaugh-plus: He certainly shot down a few bizarre questions ("are you making sport of me?" he fired back at one TV reporter) and came nowhere close to "peeling back the onion" of his inner thoughts.
Sample answer, when asked about social media: "The Tweeters? My personal opinion is it's a time drain--a lot of time is used on the Facebooking and the Tweeter and things like that," Harbaugh said.
"It seems unnecessary. Just seems like a modern-day diary. Seems like you're just writing your thoughts down in diary form and I was never a diary guy."
But overall, Harbaugh was incredibly patient through the hour span--much more patient than he usually is with the Bay Area media--and tried to give each reasonable question a reasonable answer.
It wasn't a Emote-Fest, but hey, that surely was his longest stint sitting still in the public eye in his life and he didn't fidget or snap.
I saw his wife Sarah standing among the crowd, looking on with a genuine smile, and asked her if her husband had to get himself braced for this.
"He was actually very prepared," Sarah Harbaugh said. "When I talked to him last night, I said, 'You know, you've got an hour tomorrow. You've got to be kind and happy.' And he was up for the challenge.
And he was excited to do it.
"I'm just seeing him now, but I guess he's done well today. I'm happy. He's spunky."
What was Sarah's advice to him for this week of intense media questioning? Smile more.
"I don't think he pays much attention to the bad stuff," Sarah Harbaugh said. "But I remind him, 'You need to smile, you need to answer better. Answer the question!"
"Some of the questions I understand (not answering). But last night, he was excited to do this today. He was ready."
Harbaugh was definitely ready for this. He didn't light up the world or change his personality, but he didn't seem sour or angry, either. He was Harbaugh-plus, with a few more smiles, and the big day passed, without incident. That's a win for the 49ers, and now they move on winning the actual game.