Here is the opening to my Tuesday column, comparing Bob Melvin and Jim Harbaugh:

It all comes down to Jim Harbaugh vs. Bob Melvin, a strange comparison if there ever was one. But, OK, you need to know what I’m talking about, and that involves an explanation of context. Here goes.

I spent October on the grand tour of the Midwest with the Giants, and as I killed time in press boxes before playoff games, I asked myself a simple question: How would I rank the five professional managers/head coaches I cover?

It’s a fun mind game and, to me, it has meaning. So, let’s name the top and the bottom guys right away because they are so obvious, and then let’s get to the heart of the matter, the Harbaugh-Melvin super showdown.

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