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Cohn: Harbaugh gets in touch with his inner child

  • San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh listens during a news conference at the 49ers NFL football headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. The 49ers lost to the New York Giants in the NFC championship game Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

SANTA CLARA

My working hypothesis is that Jim Harbaugh is 11 years old. Sure, he's been on Earth almost half a century, but deep inside he is 11.

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This is no putdown of Harbaugh. I am extremely fond of 11-year-olds. I myself reached my peak at 11 and it's been downhill ever since.

On Monday, Harbaugh held his season wrap-up news conference and it was revealing in ways Harbaugh probably doesn't understand. Near the end of the session, the Chronicle's Eric Branch, who used to work for The Press Democrat, asked an easy-to-answer human-interest question.

"How did you spend your time after the game? What did you do last night?"

Harbaugh shot Branch a look as if Branch had asked about Harbaugh's sex life. Harbaugh giggled nervously.


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