Jim Harbaugh: Judge Judy’s Number One Fan

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

When one thinks of NFL head coaches that lead 53 men into battle every week through blood, sweat and tears, one would assume that if they did have time for television, those head coaches would like tough, gritty dramas with high stakes. But San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is another breed.

Is his favorite television show The Walking Dead? No.  What about Friday Night Lights? Nope.  Oh, it’s gotta be Game of Thrones?  Negative.  Two Broke Girls? Good guess, but unfortunately that is wrong as well.  It’s Judge Judy.

Yes, that Judge Judy.  The Judge Judy from daytime television.  Between morning workouts, practice, watching film, and game-planning you just know, that Jim has the Season Pass for Judge Judy set on his TiVO from 1998.

While addressing the media at the NFL Combine, somehow talk of integrity, honesty and truthfulness was turned into an unabashed love of Judge Judith Sheindlin.

“Somebody that’s not truthful, that’s big, to me, 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.’ ” – Jim Harbaugh

The world has been around for hundreds of millions of years, we’ve been a country for 237 of them and finally someone was able to eloquently use Judge Judy and Ronald Reagan in the same sentence.  Shame on you Planet Earth and America for this never happening.

As ashamed as I am to admit it, I’ve only seen Jim Harbaugh’s favorite show of all-time in passing when my parents would have it on while I was younger.  I had to learn more of this Judith Sheindlin and her magical powers to inspire Harbaugh and be mentioned in the same breathe as former President Ronald Reagan. Naturally, I Google searched her.

According to The International Business Times (sounds refutable) she makes $123,000…a day (!) and roughly $45 million a year.  Jim Harbaugh needs to hire Judge Judy’s agent for his next contract extension.  Judy started from the bottom and now she’s here.

The Judge Judy Show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy 14 years in a row without winning.  I’m starting to understand Jim Harbaugh’s love for Judith; the 49ers have lost two big games in a row without winning the big one — they must keep fighting like Judy did, and they will overcome…or be the Bills of the 90′s or the Eagles of the 2000′s.

Apparently, Judge Judy has “Judyisms” — 0h, I see what they did there — I’m sure these can apply to Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers.  No wonder he watches this show religiously, he’s learning and adapting this to his coaching.  Jim Harbaugh is a genius.

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“I am a truth machine!” - Maybe as a fan you decide to actually question Jim going for it on 4th-and-1? I wouldn’t. When they inevitably convert you can actually see Jim Harbaugh mouthing this on the sideline and pointing to the sky. Not to God, but to Judge Judy who is always looking over him.

“Baloney!” - Every time the 49ers want to challenge a bad call by the referees, Jim Harbaugh yells, “Baloney!” and 9 times out of 10 he will win that challenge. Also, the type of sandwich I envision Jim Harbaugh and Judge Judy eating when they sit down for lunch in my dreams.

“Dumb ideas come from people who have dumb brains.” - Oh, now you want to go for it on 4th-and-1 against the Justin Smith and the 49ers Defense? Ha! You’re coach has dumb brains!

I eat liars for Breakfast”- She’s talking to you Pete Carroll.  The 49ers eat liars and Seahawks for breakfast.  Then baloney after!

“You lie to me, and I’ll wipe up the floor with you worse than anyone who’s ever tackled you.” - Fact: Patrick Willis says this right before he decides to destroy his enemies on the opposition.

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“You are pretty thick!” - That’s what happens when you eat a lot of baloney, Judy!

“You know what my father used to say? He used to say: Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.” - Jim Harbaugh doesn’t just believe what people tell him, Jim Harbaugh is the man that pees on your leg and tells you it’s raining.  Believe that.

“That is the guiltiest face I’ve seen all day.”

“You speak. I rule, and then you shut up. Do you understand?” - Understood.

In the end I think we all learned a little bit about ourselves along with Jim Harbaugh and of course, Judge Judy.  When I have my Star Wars moment and the hologram/jedi’s look over me, just know that it will be Ronald Reagan, Jim Harbaugh and Judge Judith Sheindlin.


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