January 25, 2013

Super Bowl sibling rivalry: And crown thy good with brotherhood

By JANIE McCAULEY The Associated Press

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Jackie Harbaugh, Jack Harbaugh, Jim Harbaugh, John Harbaugh
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Jack Harbaugh, far left, and his wife, Jackie, second from left, chat with sons John, second from right, and Jim before a Baltimore Ravens-San Francisco 49ers game a season ago. The brothers compete again in the Super Bowl.

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Unless one of his kids tries to pull a fast one, that is.

John Harbaugh produced a little prank of his own during his parents' NFL-organized conference call Thursday morning.

"John in Baltimore," the moderator said, announcing the next person up for a turn to ask a question.

"Is it true that both of you like Jim better than John?" John chirped, before getting figured out fast by his sister.

Jackie had begun speaking with, "We do not."

"Hey, John, how are you?" Joani replied.

"Is that John?" Jackie asked.

After a quick greeting, he was off to practice.

"Love you both, love you Joani," John said.

Back to game-planning. And 3,000 miles away on a rainy day in the Bay Area, Jim, too, was busy gearing up.

And for everybody getting a kick out of those catchy "Harbowl" and "Superbaugh" nicknames for the game, the parents ask that it be kept simple and authentic.

"Jack Harbaugh here, I prefer it to be called the Lombardi Trophy winner," he said.

Added his wife, "I prefer it to be called the Super Bowl."

San Francisco safety Donte Whitner is prepared for all the back and forth of the Harbaugh family affair for another week.

"Oh, man, I know that they're very proud, I know that either way they're going to feel for the one that loses and they're going to be happy for the other," Whitner said. "But at the end of the day, they're all family, and you bring a Super Bowl ring back to the family."

 

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