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Savannah brothers identify with Harbaughs

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It wasn't the Super Bowl inside Savannah Country Day's gym Saturday night, just the same dynamic that is being celebrated at this year's game, a competition between two brothers being played out in a game that means everything to both of them.

"During the game, we definitely want to compete and we love our teams and we love our coaches and we both want to come out with the W,'' said Gary McGinty, who played against his younger brother in a high school basketball game Saturday night. "But at the end of the game, we're best friends and brothers and go out to eat and hang out. So, there's no hard feelings after all.''

From the McGinty's lips to the Harbaughs ears.

Gary and Miles McGinty have been competing all their lives.

It started with daylong games on their backyard hoop at home, but lately has been as members of opposing high school teams. Gary is a senior scorer at Country Day, while Miles a junior who plays in the post for Benedictine and both are ever aware of each other and what's at stake when they play.

"There's plenty of times when I'm driving the lane,'' says Gary, "and I'll see him getting ready to body me.''

"As soon as Gary gets the ball in his hands, the whole team goes all right, he's going to score somehow,'' adds Miles. "But when he's coming at me, I'm like, he's about to embarrass me. It's nerve-wracking, though it's exciting. It's definitely exciting to play a cross-town rival and your older brother.

Gary and Miles are the oldest of the McGinty's eight children.

And they are demonstrating to their younger siblings how to play hard against each other without being enemies.

"We enjoy that being part of a large family, being able to compete with each other and to be able to leave it on the court,'' says Gary McGinty, the boys' father. "And there's no ugliness. You see that at the end of every game when they hug each other.''

The McGintys shared a hug Saturday, after a BC win that made the Cadets 2-0 against Country Day this year.

And they'll be watching Sunday, able to identify with the slightly more famous brothers who will go head-to-head on sports' largest stage.

"That's us, that's BC-Country Day,'' Miles said of the competition between Jim and John Harbaugh, brothers who will coach against each other in the Super Bowl. "I'll be interested to see the similarities and the non-similarities, how they act toward each other and handle competition. It's interesting to see another person in that kind of setting.''

But could there be more consolation for the loser of the biggest game of the year than there was in Savannah Saturday night?

"I mean, both teams made it to the Super Bowl,'' says Miles. "So I bet they're just psyched for each other,  because we would be.''

That's probably one bet worth passing on this Super Bowl.

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