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John Harbaugh pranks his parents’ conference call

Which Harbaugh — John (left) or Jim — does their dad Jack like best? (Patrick Semansky / AP)

A prankster interrupted the national teleconference call featuring the parents of Super Bowl coaches John and Jim Harbaugh and, for one delicious moment, it got … super-awkward.

“Question from Baltimore: Is it true that both of you like Jim better than John?”

Jackie Harbaugh, the mother of Baltimore Ravens Coach John Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh, immediately began to reply: “We do not … ”

Joani, the coaches’ sister, caught on quickly and put an end to the fun.

“Is that John?” asked Joani, who is married to Indiana University basketball Coach Tom Crean.

“Is that John Harbaugh?” dad Jack Harbaugh echoed. “Hey, John, mom was ready to come right through this phone. I’m so happy that Joani recognized your voice.”

It was fun while it lasted. Jackie Harbaugh said she’ll be wearing “whatever is neutral” to the Super Bowl and says of the final score: “I would like it to end in tie. Can the NFL do that?”


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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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