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John Harbaugh with an amazing vacation story about Jim Harbaugh

When the Harbaugh family is playing basketball, Jim shows absolutely no mercy.

Jim Harbaugh may be long in the San Francisco 49ers past at this point, but I can’t turn down a great Jim Harbaugh story. And Peter King has another classic story, this time courtesy of John Harbaugh.

The Harbaugh brothers and their families will vacation together from time-to-time, and put something together last year Memorial Day weekend. Jim’s wife had just had their most recent child, and they all decided to meet up on lake Huron in Michigan. They ended up playing some basketball in the driveway, and the much discussed Jim Harbaugh competitive streak shined about as brightly as one could expect. I mean, you have to expect Jim to go hard to the hoop against his teenage niece, right?

“Last Memorial Day we did vacation together. My wife and I have a cottage up north in Michigan on Lake Huron. We get Jim to drive up with the kids and all that, and we have a basketball hoop in the front yard in the driveway and we were going to play a little game with the kids and we just started shooting around and next thing you know it was a 4-on-4 game. It was Jack, who is two-and-a-half, Addy who is six, Katie who is four-and-a-half or five at the time, Allison who is 13 or 14 and she is a little basketball player, and Jim and me and Sarah, my wife. We're playing and you can picture the kind of game it is, right? Allison happens to hit a couple jumpers and we're playing to seven, and we're up maybe 5-1. Next thing you know, Jim starts going over the top of Allison for rebounds, he's boxing her out 10 feet away from the basket. Next thing you know, it's 5-5 and Jim has made all the shots for his team of course. I'm like, you know, maybe Addy would like to touch the ball? Maybe Katie or Jack could dribble a little bit now and then? It goes 6-6 and a long rebound comes out the side, he goes and gets it. I see Allison happens to be over there, so I see him going to the basket, he's going to take Allison to the hole, you know, he's about 6-3, 235, so I'm going to go cut him off. I get him with my right arm bar across his chest and I'm trying to body check him into the pricker bushes behind the driveway and he just powers his way to the basket, lays one over the top, a reverse layup off the board and all he could talk about is how he won. He picks up Jack and says, 'Doesn't it feel great Jack, to win? Doesn't it feel great to win?' An hour later we were crossing paths in the backyard to go get a soda or something, and he looks me right in the eye and he says, ‘Hey John, have you won anything yet?’”

I really think Jim Harbaugh needs to have a camera following him around 24/7, just so we can see these events unfold. I don’t think he should actually be told about it, because then it would not be quite as natural. Maybe get a tiny camera attached to all his clothing, and then have it live stream somewhere. It’s hard to think it could get any crazier than the stories, but I wouldn’t put anything past Jim.