San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh is an openly expressed fan of Judith Sheindlin, better known to her large television audience as “Judge Judy.”
“When you lie in Judge Judy’s court it’s over,” Harbaugh gushed in his admiration for the highly successful judge that wades through true and untrue stories with the decisiveness of an alligator negotiating the swap. When she listens to the versions from two sides of the issue the truth shines through like the sun at the break of dawn.
The Judge reviews the facts from both sides and trusts her judgement of who is being truthful and who is shading that truth to enhance their position. When both litigants are heard the ring of honesty is most often obvious.
When Jim Harbaugh was named head coach of the San Francisco 49ers three years ago his press conferences were upbeat and decisive. Expectations for the 49ers in the spring of 2011 were at a level more akin to the long suffering 49ers franchise of the 1960’s than the dynasty started in the 1980’s.
Three years ago the 49ers were uncertain at quarterback. Alex Smith had not lived up to the expectations put on the first player taken in the draft, and his six mostly disappointing seasons included one, 2008, that he missed entirely while sidelined with an injury.