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Ravens' John Harbaugh pranks parents on Super Bowl teleconference

3:45 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
Jeff Swinger, The Cincinnati Enquirer
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A prank caller made his way onto the national teleconference held by Jack and Jackie Harbaugh, parents of opposing Super Bowl coaching brothers Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers and John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens, on Thursday morning.

"Question from Baltimore: Is it true that both of you like Jim Better than John?" the caller asked in a serious tone.

Jackie Harbaugh immediately began to speak: "We do not ... "

But fortunately for the parents, their daughter, Joani, younger sister to the brothers, also was on the call. She recognized John's voice.

"Is that John?'' interrupted Joani, wife of Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean.

"Is that John Harbaugh?" asked Jack Harbaugh. "Hey, John, mom was ready to come right through this phone. I'm so happy that Joani recognized your voice."

John chimed back in.

"You've got the fighting spirit up. That's the way it should be, alright. That's all I needed to hear. I just needed to know that," he said.

Replied Jack: "Hey, John, she grabbed my arm and she was reaching for the phone."

Gary Mihoces, USA TODAY Sports

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