Learning the Harbaugh lexicon

  • Niners coach Jim Harbaugh tries to call a timeout when the Giants decided to go for it on a 4th down in the 3rd quarter. The San Francisco 49ers beat the N.Y. Giants 27-20 on Sunday, November 13, 2011.


For today's lesson in Advanced Harbaugh — Jim Harbaugh 301 — I've prepared a lexicon of his favorite phrases in the interest of better understanding the man.

49ers' NFC Championship Practice


My premise is that Harbaugh reveals his worldview through his phrases. His worldview is not your mamma's worldview. He lives in a world of heroes and epic battles peopled with enemies constantly attacking him and his few hero pals — the 49ers.

The Niners are heroes but they are humble heroes with good hearts and, although many are millionaires, they act and think just like you and me. The media spies for the enemy by asking questions which, if Harbaugh ever were stupid enough to answer them, would aid and abet opponents. Plus the media never helped win a single game.

Here is the Harbaugh lexicon with occasional notes from me in parentheses:

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