John Harbaugh on brother Jim, the Harbaugh Bowl

November 21, 2011|By Matt Vensel

We’re going to be writing about the Harbaugh brothers a lot this week, so allow me to get some practice in.

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That’s right, the much-awaited Harbaugh Bowl is only three days away. Ravens coach John Harbaugh nearly dropped an expletive last week when reporters asked him about facing the 49ers, who if you haven’t heard, are coached by his brother, Jim. But now that Bengals week ended with a win, it will be all Harbaugh, all the time for John and Jim, who are doing dueling conference calls with Baltimore media on Monday afternoon.

John went first. Here are a few interesting nuggets that reporters mined in their 20 minutes with Harbs:

1. The Harbaughs have a family motto. Jack Harbaugh, the patriarch of the Harbaugh clan, will burst into a Harbaugh household and yell, “Who’s got it better than us?” His grandkids and presumably everyone else within earshot responds, “Nooooobody!” Jim took that motto to the 49ers and his players wear T-shirts with the motto on them. “I’m sorry he got to it first,” John said. “We should have made up some T-shirts, too.”

2. The brothers haven’t fought in a long time. Not since they were in their twenties, John said. “We had some knock-down, drag-outs when we were younger. … Probably a lot of mothers out there can relate to that.”

3. John and Jim faced each other on the field once. And it was a baseball field. They played against each other in American Legion baseball and John beat Jim, 1-0. Jim’s team was coached by his dad. “We were always on the same teams. … But we’re not going to be playing [Thursday]. It’s going to be the players playing the game.”

4. They are best friends. “I’d throw our dad right into the category with that,” he said. Awwwwwwwwww.

5. They invented games when they were kids. “We used to have the old sleeveless T-shirts, underwear and things, and we used to draw those up in different uniforms of the Big Ten. And we’d play tennis-ball basketball on a coat-hanger rim. We did that every now and then.” Other fun games included “throwing balls between tree branches” and “hitting snowballs against a tree.” He then admitted he didn’t really remember any other games.

6. John thought Jim was the most underrated quarterback that ever played. “He never got enough credit,” he said. He thinks Jim was a great leader and “a special, special player” who never had a great supporting cast. Jim played quarterback for four NFL franchises, including four seasons with the Colts and one with the Ravens. “If you can’t root for your brother, I don’t know who you could possibly root for in the world,” John said.

Jim Harbaugh will do his conference call at 3:30 p.m. I’ll let you know if he says anything noteworthy.

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