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Harbaugh leans on the lessons of Judge Judy for draft prep

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The stories of the football influences on Jim Harbaugh were well told and often during the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. But perhaps the biggest impact on his NFL Scouting Combine preparation isn’t Bo Schembechler or Jack Harbaugh, but Judge Judy.

While discussing the need for draft prospects to be forthcoming during interviews, Harbaugh admitted being a fan of the syndicated television jurist.

Because of course he did.

“Somebody that’s not truthful, that’s big, to me,” the 49ers coach said. “I’m a big fan of the Judge Judy show. And when you lie in Judge Judy’s courtroom, it’s over. Your credibility is completely lost. You have no chance of winning that case. So I learned that from her.

“It’s very powerful, and true. Because if somebody does lie to you, how can you ever trust anything they ever say after that? Ronald Reagan, another person of great wisdom and advice, ‘Trust but we will verify.’ “

Of course, the discussion of trust centers on tomorrow’s arrival of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, of the fake dead girlfriend fame.

But when Harbaugh was asked if the trust factor made Te’o undraftable, he replied: “No. I wouldn’t say that.”

That’s why even though the interview Te’o does with the assembled media tomorrow will draw plenty of eyeballs, the meetings he holds with teams this week will carry more weight.

“I think there’s certainly a part of being with somebody for a half an hour or 15-minutes or an hour or two that you can know somebody,” Harbaugh said. “Some people have that ability to have a 30-minute conversation with them and you walk away thinking you really know that person. Others, you can’t.

“You have to validate a meeting with a person or two or three conversations with their track record, their relationships with other people at their school, their teammates, their trainers, equipment managers, teachers, professors, their family. People usually leave a track record of success or failure or success and failure.”

Or in the case of Judge Judy, 17 years of television fame, and the admiration of a professional football coach.

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32 Responses to “Harbaugh leans on the lessons of Judge Judy for draft prep”
  1. rexgrossman8 says: Feb 22, 2013 5:30 PM

    Didn’t Harbaugh actively recruit P. Manning then completely deny it?

  2. 4t9er says: Feb 22, 2013 5:33 PM

    What people don’t realize is that Jim Harbaugh is a funny guy, he just appears irritable to the media because in the bay area we have some of the worst journalists (Cohn, Ratto,… etc) who like to ask some really strange questions.

  3. tangeuray says: Feb 22, 2013 5:36 PM

    Manti Te’o has a better chance of being elected president than getting drafted by SF.

  4. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Feb 22, 2013 5:39 PM

    You guys need to stop using the “because of course” line.

  5. goldenperspective says: Feb 22, 2013 5:47 PM

    Manti Teo couldn’t make the niners practice squad. Best linebacker core in the league.

  6. thesportsguy52 says: Feb 22, 2013 5:49 PM

    I’ve noticed how when a story comes out about Jim Harbaugh, this blog doesn’t bother to specify in the title. They just say “Harbaugh”. I guess John doesn’t matter even though he has a ring. All of the Harbaugh stories are about the younger brother anyway. I suppose he’s a better draw for everyone. Oh well.

  7. upperdecker19 says: Feb 22, 2013 5:55 PM

    SF needs to get Doug Lewellyn and Rusty the Baliff on the payroll ASAP.

  8. raiderapologist says: Feb 22, 2013 5:57 PM

    So when he said he has five #1 receivers, he wasn’t telling a lie? Gobble gobble.

  9. lightcleric says: Feb 22, 2013 6:07 PM

    I would pay for Judge Judy to appear in the field during a game while Harbaugh is whining and tell him to shut up like she does to everyone else.

  10. scrp2 says: Feb 22, 2013 6:15 PM

    To make the situation less awkward, Harbaugh said although he has never had a fake dead girlfriend, it happens quite a bit more than one would normally think.

  11. thelastpieceofcheese says: Feb 22, 2013 6:16 PM

    SF current stars were selected by Mike Singletary, not Jim Harbaugh nor Judge Judy.

  12. kev86 says: Feb 22, 2013 6:20 PM

    Id look Judy in the eye and tell her the Giants beat the living snot out of Frisco last year.

  13. mustbechris says: Feb 22, 2013 6:21 PM

    “Trust but verify” might be the only wisdom Reagan espoused in his entire presidency.

  14. tmkelley1 says: Feb 22, 2013 6:36 PM

    Ronald Reagan’s quote is actually an old Russian saying of “Trust, but verify,” which is why he said it to Gorbachev.

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 22, 2013 6:37 PM

    I’ve noticed how when a story comes out about Jim Harbaugh, this blog doesn’t bother to specify in the title. They just say “Harbaugh”. I guess John doesn’t matter even though he has a ring. All of the Harbaugh stories are about the younger brother anyway. I suppose he’s a better draw for everyone. Oh well.

    Sounds like your an insecure raven fan realizing that you won a SB but no one cares about you or your coach.

  16. sixjak says: Feb 22, 2013 7:11 PM

    And I would pay to see Harbaugh and lightcleric in the same room just to watch lightcleric turn into a suck up and ask for his autograph. LOL.

  17. abninf says: Feb 22, 2013 7:13 PM

    I think the city of San Francisco would be a better fit for him than anywhere else.

  18. PriorKnowledge says: Feb 22, 2013 7:15 PM

    Harbaugh lying to the media or his fans is not the same as lying to a player or a player lying to his coach face-to-face. Only the later cases count as a betrayal. The former are just part of doing business.

  19. CKL says: Feb 22, 2013 7:23 PM

    thesportsguy52 says:
    Feb 22, 2013 5:49 PM
    I’ve noticed how when a story comes out about Jim Harbaugh, this blog doesn’t bother to specify in the title. They just say “Harbaugh”. I guess John doesn’t matter even though he has a ring. All of the Harbaugh stories are about the younger brother anyway. I suppose he’s a better draw for everyone. Oh well.
    ________________________________
    Did you ever stop to think that this might be a positive thing that your HC doesn’t garner a lot of headlines?

  20. Iknoweverything says: Feb 22, 2013 8:45 PM

    They both shop in the same clothing stores. Buy the same hygiene products. And cry over the same things.
    No wonder crybaby Harbaugh likes Judy so much

  21. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Feb 22, 2013 9:16 PM

    I had him pegged as a Real Housewives guy. Figured it got lessons from them about throwing tantrums.

  22. j0esixpack says: Feb 22, 2013 9:28 PM

    I’m not sure if this ties in, but I’ve heard that many in the NFLPA think that Roger Goodell considers himself “Judge Judy and Executioner” – whatever that means.

  23. duffer58 says: Feb 22, 2013 9:44 PM

    He is quoting Reagan? Mr. I did not trade arms for hostages? Please

  24. dwatkins69 says: Feb 22, 2013 10:54 PM

    Says the guy that didn’t try to get Manning

  25. yousuxxors says: Feb 22, 2013 11:44 PM

    i was thinking the same thing… why would they draft him with that stacked LB corps. god dam its a great crew.

  26. herbertjablonski says: Feb 23, 2013 12:09 AM

    tangeuray says: Feb 22, 2013 5:36 PM

    “Manti Te’o has a better chance of being elected president than getting drafted by SF.”
    _________________________________
    far from it, tangeuray, FAAAAAAR from it.

  27. mjkelly77 says: Feb 23, 2013 12:15 AM

    Jim Hairbough: “It’s very powerful, and true. Because if somebody does lie to you, how can you ever trust anything they ever say after that?”
    ______________________

    How ironic. hairbough whines on the sideline and lies by asking for calls he knows shouldn’t be made. Then he lies to his starting QB Alex Smith and throws him under the bus by chasing manning all over the country. Yeah, hairbough, how can you trust somebody after that?

  28. allidoiswin55 says: Feb 23, 2013 3:46 AM

    Fitting seeing how he and his antics are just like judge Judy and their dramatized tv show.

  29. oaktown49er says: Feb 23, 2013 3:49 AM

    kev86 says:
    Feb 22, 2013 6:20 PM
    Id look Judy in the eye and tell her the Giants beat the living snot out of Frisco last year.
    —————————————————
    But would you lie to her about losing 34-0 to Atl., perhaps calling in a close loss that slightly got in the way of a playoff appearance?

  30. joetoronto says: Feb 23, 2013 5:06 AM

    He’s right, always tell the truth.

    “We never went after Peyton Manning and we have 5 #1 receivers.”

  31. pabrownsfan says: Feb 23, 2013 6:28 AM

    judge judy BLOWS

  32. commonsensedude says: Feb 23, 2013 12:38 PM

    How do you think Judge Judy would have reacted if Jim had told her earlier this season, after benching Alex Smith, that Smith was still the starter? BA-LO-NEY!!

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