Grantham should be suspended and fined–now

The University of Georgia, led by President Michael Adams, should run the school’s football program the way it sees best. Dr. Adams delegates that task to his athletics director, Greg McGarity, and his head football coach, Mark Richt.

But if I’m in charge at Georgia, three things would happen today:

 **–Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will be informed that he’ll be watching Saturday’s game with Idaho State from somewhere other than Sanford Stadium.

**–His wallet will also be considerably lighter because I’m taking a sizable chunk of his $750,000 salary.

**–He would know, in no uncertain terms, that if he ever repeated the behavior in question again and it could be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, he would be fired on the spot.

It took a couple of days to sort out but the facts are no longer in dispute. Grantham, Georgia’s first-year defensive coordinator, did something in the Georgia-Florida game that is so far over the line that it can’t even be debated. He gave a student-athlete from another school, Florida kicker Chas Henry, the choke sign as Henry was preparing to kick the game winning field goal. Grantham was caught in a screen capture and the image went viral in no time at all.  Jeff Schultz showed you the video where Henry told Tracy Wolfson of CBS that coaches on the Georgia sidelines were telling him that he was going to choke.

Since the first posting of this before 8 a.m. it has come to my attention that there was some taunting going on from both sides. In other words, Grantham was provoked and lost his cool. In other words, he took the bait.

Okay. It has been duly noted. Every story has has two sides. I got it. 

Still, this is totally unacceptable on any level. And I don’t want to hear this “heat of competition” crap from anybody. I don’t care how intense a game is. A coach does not attempt to intimidate a student-athlete from another school. You don’t do it. Period. I don’t care what the other side is doing.

This not about competition or the intensity of the Georgia-Florida rivalry. This is about the adults in charge acting like adults. Georgia fans complain to me all the time that they think Mark Richt’s program doesn’t have enough discipline. If the adults can’t control themselves how in the hell do we expect the players to do it?

Now in fairness I have to say that I have yet to meet Todd Grantham. He may well be a perfectly fine fellow. I hear that he is. His defense is starting to play better. They might play better still if he would concentrate on coaching them instead of trying to harrass players from another team.

This is unacceptable and embarrassing for the University of Georgia. Grantham said Tuesday wants to “move on.” I’m sure he does because he knows he screwed up big time.

But before Mr. Grantham moves on he is going to apologize to Chas Henry and apologize to the University of Florida. Then he’s going to apologize to the University of Georgia for embarrassing the institution on a national stage.

Then he will accept a one-game suspension and a fine and keep his mouth shut.

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UgaLeeDawg

November 3rd, 2010
7:54 am

Tony, I agree it is classless and was not appropriate. While the actions are not condoned there was a player on the other side line who THREATENED TO KILL HIS GIRLFRIEND! To me a MUCH bigger story and abomination of ethics. Urban should apologize. He got his win, partially thanks to this thug. Great coach he is. I think what Mark did with Grantham is fine. Let him answer for himself. He did and he is sorry. Now the spotlight shines on hime for future occurences.

UgaLeeDawg

November 3rd, 2010
7:55 am

First? Wow. I got one! I am retiring now on top and thanks to the little people that helped me get here!

BWAHAHAHAHA

November 3rd, 2010
7:57 am

TOOO EFFING FUNNY!

uga IS A JOKE!

Red panties, player arrests, now THIS?

Yes, each individual act (minus the panties) isn’t that big of a deal.

But combined, uga is EASILY the most embarrassing program in the NATION!!!!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Are you serious?!

November 3rd, 2010
7:57 am

TB, you just lost an avid reader of yours. The guy made a made a mistake in a crucial moment of the biggest game we have played all year. People like you are blowing this out of proportion. Get a life!

Top Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:00 am

I agree, UgaLeeDawg, talk more about the THUG that was aloud to play so his team could beat the Dawgs. Say what you want about the discipline under Richt, but that THUG wouldn’t have returned to the team under Richt.

John Fan

November 3rd, 2010
8:00 am

Tony, do you write/comment for NPR?

JCSdawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:00 am

Tony, love your columns and your radio show, but it’s time to move on. Did he do it? Yes. Was it wrong? Yes. Should be disciplined? Perhaps, but internally. Is it more serious than UGA’s player arrests or Rainey’s “TTDB” text? Definitely not. Move on, this news has been given its due and like most folks when they realize they screw up….we probably won’t see this behavior from him again. Only the media can keep this story alive now…so let it go.

King Gator

November 3rd, 2010
8:00 am

Who cares? Why suspend him and do UGA’s next opponent a favor. The D is terrible in Athens and for the choke sign, Coach G might has well have been making that sign in the mirror. Go Gators!

1785 Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:01 am

I disagree Tony.

It is best to just let this go. No doubt, Coach Grantham got the message. Let’s move on to higher ground, and support The University of Georgia. You will not see a repeat performance.

King Gator

November 3rd, 2010
8:02 am

CMR should suspend Bobo for the AWFUL play calling in OT…. talk about choking. Go Gators

82Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:02 am

Tony, why shouldn’t McGarity stepped in and told Urban that the kid that text “time to die b****h” was off of the team for good? Not even on the same page.So you think to threaten someone’s life is ok but giving someone the choke sign during a game isn’t? What CTG did was wrong but get a life this is getting way blown out of portion.
MR Barnhart you are wrong my friend..

Max Sizemore

November 3rd, 2010
8:02 am

It’s big-time competition, Tony. Players and coaches will do whatever they can to win, and those on the other side understand that. Most would think that Derek Jeter of the Yankees is a class act, yet he admitted he faked a HBP in an important September game. Players on the other side said they would do the same thing. There’s a lot at stake, and it’s no different here. Judge not, lest ye be judged.

Who cares

November 3rd, 2010
8:03 am

Tony, these student athletes give it to each other far worse than the choke sign, not to mention from their own fans or opposing fans. The students are adults. How about Meyer gator chopping the UGA fans? Who cares about this or the Meyer gesture.

Peter

November 3rd, 2010
8:03 am

Tony, why can’t you control your language…emotion must have run high.

Hank

November 3rd, 2010
8:03 am

Wow. Really? Did he shoot him or something? This is killing a fly with a sledge hammer. He did not mean he literally wanted him to choke and require medical attention but, only miss the field goal. You have got to be kidding me. All of this is really going to far. I am not a young fan or a casual bystander, I am a high school coach and I would like a return to some of what players used to be able to do and celebarate a little. It is unfortunate to have athletes spend countless hours preparing for competition and then be penalized for accomplishing their goals. IT IS A GAME! If Grantham hit the kid or gave him the finger perhaps but, wanting him to choke. C’Mon Man!

bdawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:04 am

Please tell me u this is not your column today. This is a joke if so. I’m pretty sure he was not threatening to harm the kid. It’s very childish, but to fine and suspend? Write something about football, not this B.S.

Dawg_Mike

November 3rd, 2010
8:05 am

Why did the kicker look at the UGA sideline ?
Do most kickers look at the opposing sideline for words of encouragement?

Please…..non story. move on.

3rdN8

November 3rd, 2010
8:06 am

here’s my biggest regret of this incident: now we’ll have to discuss UGA football for another 24 hrs. After yesterday, I am fatigued by it all.

King Gator

November 3rd, 2010
8:06 am

This just in … Dawg fans still angry 4 days later….at least the D Coach can have the focus on his stupid “choke sign” and not how how bad the defense really is this year. Go Gators!

Spike

November 3rd, 2010
8:06 am

Tony, lighten up! A lot worse things happen. Was it wrong? Sure. But you are way out of line in this column.

2 cents

November 3rd, 2010
8:07 am

Not buying it Tony. You’re still a Georgia homer. This is a non-story. Now, if the coach went all “Tonya Harding” on the kid, then I could see your point. I doubt Florida is fuming about it as much as you….they’re still celebrating the fact that even in a down year they can still whip the Dawgs.

UgaDawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:07 am

Folks, please step back and get a grip. Why not focus on real issues like the S&C program or why our HC is reactive and not proactive in addressing problems. Focusing on a “choke” sign of a game in the past is the problem, look forward not back.

Again Dawg fans and media, get a grip.

Fire Richt!

November 3rd, 2010
8:08 am

Are you Serious?! You are an idiot wrapped around a moron!!! If the situation was reversed, every Dawgfan in the world would be calling for Urban Meyers’ head! Saying he is a punk and has no disipline. This is the problem with my fellow bretheren Dawg fans, you can’t step up to the plate and say that something that UGA does is wrong. It is okay to admit to something as stupid as what Grantham did as dumb. There should be some penalty to TG. Especially the way he acted in his so called “apology” statement. Tony, great article! I don’t always agree with you, but this was right on. This also shows why UGA is so undisiplined, from the coaches down to the players, the lack of disipline is downright deplorable!

Steven

November 3rd, 2010
8:09 am

I have to say I think this is the first time I’ve disagreed with you Tony. Pretty disappointed in this article. You are blowing this way out of proportion.

No difference in what he did and what Meyer did, leading the chomp in front of the Georgia bench.

Beast from the East

November 3rd, 2010
8:10 am

Typical lunatic fringe. Let’s deflect from our own problems and bring up a kid that was allowed to return after a 5 game suspension.
“You’re fat!”
“But he’s fatter than I am!”
Doesn’t change the fact that you’re still fat, does it?

I disagree that Grantham should be suspended, but he should have at least had the stones to apologize to Henry. Just another example of his poor decision making abilities. Like I said yesterday, it’s already old news and time to move one. The only one to be harmed by this is Grantham and UGA’s image. Henry nailed the kick and was the hero.

yea Tony

November 3rd, 2010
8:10 am

Georgia is pathetic—–booo hooo hooo—we cant beat the gators—–wonder why ====boooo hooo hooo–this defensive coach , again, —his defense allowed Florida to score 34 points—-Why doesnt UGA just hang it up( which in many ways i think they have—the public has just not caught on yet)—and just try and beat Florida and Ga Tech every year. If they did that I think evey one would be happy. Because UGA cannot beat Florida in any year no matter how bad the Florida team is————terrible i say. Off with their heads!!!!!!!! Who cares really though—its so bad now—I doubt it will ever turn into a top ranked football program again—and even if they do—they are not going to beat Florida————–ever again.

Jim

November 3rd, 2010
8:12 am

Tony, you are a waste of valuable internet space. Get a life – you have such a great opportunity but your constant drivel is tiresome, self aggrandizing and painful

G8rman

November 3rd, 2010
8:12 am

This is about what lessons the coaches impart about sportsmanship and playing the game as it should be played….Hope the new AD steps in and does something more than sweeping it under the rug…anything else is a nod to the status quo and sanctioning such behavior….So, who really choked here?

What a column...

November 3rd, 2010
8:13 am

Tony, you choked on this one. Is it too late to hit the delete button? Hmm, I say we suspend you for the next few columns. And let’s fine you while we’re at it. Get a grip Tony!

Felix Millan

November 3rd, 2010
8:13 am

So, do we now stop calling timeouts to “ice” a kicker? Do we now not call timeouts with seconds remaining while up by 20 something? At least this was in the heat of “battle”, unlike Meyer’s t/o’s.

Old School

November 3rd, 2010
8:14 am

My only regret is that Grantham’s tactic didn’t work. If it had, he should’ve gotten a raise.

Joe

November 3rd, 2010
8:14 am

Tony you are an idiot, stop trying to make a non-story into something just because it’s a slow news day. Move on.

stw

November 3rd, 2010
8:15 am

And if you were so reprimanded for your nonsensical columns you would have been out of a job years ago. If Adams ran the program we’d be playing two hand touch…in skirts

bdawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:15 am

Ever notice how Tony writes a blog and haul tail’s it out of here! At least Bradley and Schultz will defend themselves. Still can’t believe this is Mr. College Football’s article for the day. Pretty slow day in college football.

Tony Barnhart

November 3rd, 2010
8:16 am

Two quick things before I have to run:

What Florida did or did not do with its internal discipline to Chris Rainey has nothing to do with this. I criticized Meyer’s decision to bring back Rainey. This is about what is and what is not acceptable at the University of Georgia.

I don’t have a problem with players trash talking each other in the heat of the game. But adults don’t get to do that. The adults set the standard and the players follow. At least that is the way it’s supposed to work.

TB

Joe

November 3rd, 2010
8:17 am

At least Grantham didn’t threaten to kill anyone – then Urban Meyer would have started him next Saturday.

joe suggs

November 3rd, 2010
8:17 am

Rainey threatens to kill his girlfriend and he plays !! Florida is owed no consideration.If your boy Urban had done this then it would have been considered great coaching.Tired of this we must apologize for everything mentality in this country.

maroonseedymon

November 3rd, 2010
8:18 am

These comments are incredible! the first one tries to shift blame to MEYER?!! then all the others just justify and defend! GOOD GRIEF! I think Mark Richt is a great guy, but come on! Tony is right, EXCEPT the coach should be terminated right now! You guys want discipline, but wont impose it on the DC?! gimme a break!

Boise Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:18 am

I have very mixed feelings here…. I admit the media seems to be blowing this way out of proportion, but I also find the entire incident incredibly embarrassing.

There is absolutely no excuse for the poor sportsmanship that Grantham displayed. I won’t shed a tear if he isn’t retained at the end of the year. Emotions aside, he showed me the type of man he is and he is not someone I would want leading my kid on the field.

And for those trying to compare this to Rainey? Why? First of all Rainey was suspended, so it isn’t like he wasn’t punished….. second that has to do with Florida, not Georiga. I think plenty of folks and writers have been highly critical (rightly so) of Urban Meyer reinstating him. This has nothing to do with Rainey, this is about a coach at Georgia acting like a complete idiot.

Old School

November 3rd, 2010
8:18 am

Should Paul Johnson be suspended for hiding a player on the sidelines before a fake kick last year against Clemson? He knew it was illegal, did it anyway. Why no outrage? What was that saying to those young men? Win at any cost.

enoughalready

November 3rd, 2010
8:19 am

McGarity needs to END this today.Ask him to apologize,If he says no,Then you have a tough call to make.But end it today!

You Can't Be Serious

November 3rd, 2010
8:20 am

Tony, next you’ll tell us that calling timeout to ice the kicker is “bad sportmanship.” What is this, tennis? There were 11 defensive players on the field, 80 more players on the sideline, and 40,000 UGA fans in the stands, hoping he would choke. Get off your high horse, out of the CBS booth, and on to the sideline of a FOOTBALL game….you’ll see and hear a lot worse things than what Gratham did.

joe suggs

November 3rd, 2010
8:20 am

Also to you Florida fans : looking forward to hurricane season. Do not whine for help from other states !!

King Gator

November 3rd, 2010
8:21 am

Wahh Wahh Wahh, Urban Meyer started a bad guy who was better on Saturday than our bad guys… we lost, but we’re going to cry and whine about all week. Get clue Dawgs, you lost because your team wasn’t good enough on Saturday, you should be used to it by now.Who cares if the “choke sign” was given … didn’t make a difference. 18-3 .. Go Gators!

stw

November 3rd, 2010
8:21 am

Tony: As an adult I apologize to you for any bad thoughts I had about you/your columns. I will suspend myself from reading your articles for 3 weeks. But then I appeal and ask for 6 months.

truth4u

November 3rd, 2010
8:21 am

You are wrong on this one Tony!!! I am proud of Grantham for being a competitor. HE WAS NOT THREATENING TO CHOKE THE KICKER AND KILL HIM. Get a grip. It is football and the game is not for the weak hearted or the politically correct. Do you have any idea of the things that are said and done on the field during a game that the fans never know about? Look Georgia people.. do you want to be tough and be competitors or do you want to be politically correct? Urban is a competitor and that is the reason that he played a kid that threatened to commit murder! That seems a little over the line to me. Foley would never have the stones to call McGarity because he is afraid that he may have to explain why he endorsed playing a felon that plea bargained. Get over it or stop watching football and move on to badminton.

BBrown

November 3rd, 2010
8:21 am

Tony,

Right on! I totally agree. Hey, I understand and appreciate the passion and competitive nature of such an individual. However, it does not give him the pass to do what he did. He is dealing with kids still in the formative years and here he goes and acts like an @$$. Real mature, huh? Further, from the AJC article, “Asked if he feels that he owes an apology to the Florida kicker, Chas Henry, Grantham said: “I’ve kind of basically said what I’m going to say.” Oh really, is that it, just push it under the carpet. You can bet that if players were doing what he did and it was caught on camera that they would be held to some internal punishment. I like Coach Richt but if doesn’t “man up” here and do the right thing, I’m one Georgia season ticket holder who is going to be quite displeased.

I’ve got to feel that somewhere right now, Willie Martinez is smiling. What is that saying about being careful about what you wish for?

Mr. Fair Play

November 3rd, 2010
8:23 am

I’m appalled! If Grantham were any kind of sportsman, he would have ordered the defense to jump offsides a couple of times, to make the kick easier for the young man.

Mike Hunt

November 3rd, 2010
8:24 am

Tony,

You are dead wrong on this. I’m glad we’ve got at least one coach in Athens with some swagger and some fire in his belly! It’s time we got some a-holes on our coaching staff. It’s time to win some championships and not worry so much about proper etiquette. Football ain’t tidlywinks!

dawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:24 am

Coach Grantham: Glad to have someone on the sidelines who’s into the game and not just holding a clipboard or asking Bobo “Wha Happened”..

CrackDaddy

November 3rd, 2010
8:24 am

It’s a technical foul in bb, why make it a felony in fb?

Lisa

November 3rd, 2010
8:25 am

Mountain of a molehill. Haven’t we beaten this poor dead creature long enough???

Tech fan siding with dawgs

November 3rd, 2010
8:25 am

Tony, I very much respect you and your view of things, but … not this time. A coach can call time out to try to freeze a kicker to miss a kick, but Grantham can’t visually show what every Georgia coach, player and fan in the stadium and in the country wanted to happen? I guess the next step is to fine a coach for actually celebrating when an opposing kicker actually misses a kick. It was much ado about nothing on Saturday and it remains so today.

RambleOn84

November 3rd, 2010
8:25 am

You can’t keep bringing up what Florida has or hasn’t done to its players as an excuse for what UGA has done.

If you want to take the high road, you don’t just point out that someone else has done something worse than you. You stand up and do what’s right in the things that YOU have control over.

What Florida does with its players is none of UGA’s concern. Stand up and take responsibility.

Tony is exactly right. An adult has no business conducting himself in that manner.

I am a Tech fan, but I pull for UGA in games they don’t play against us. However, it becomes harder and harder to pull for UGA when the team (players and coaches) conduct themselves in a fashion embarrassing to the state, and it’s even harder when the fans just point fingers elsewhere instead of demanding responsibility and civility from their own team.

King Gator

November 3rd, 2010
8:25 am

Rainey threatened to kill his g/f; UGA’s AD could have killed his g/f.. drunk driving with her panties off.. just saying. Go Gators!

No Discipline

November 3rd, 2010
8:26 am

What an embarrassment UGA has become around the country. It truly is the laughing stock from red panties to hit-and-runs to dui’s to now coaches intimidating opposing players. Bad seed growing in Athens and it’s watered at the top.

SOGADOG

November 3rd, 2010
8:27 am

You and Schultz are blowing this thing way out of proportion.

RambleOn84

November 3rd, 2010
8:27 am

If your goal is to be slightly more classy than UF, then by all means do nothing to Grantham and just point out that UF has bigger problems.

If your goal is to run a truly classy program, suspend Grantham one game (it’s only Idaho State, after all) and send a message that you expect more out of your players and coaches.

Soutwest Ga. Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:27 am

All I can say Tony is thank God you are not in charge. If thats the worst thing he does during his coaching career he will be very siccessful. There are a lot of more important issues that to spend your time writing about something as silly as this but maybe your writing skills are limited. Your a fool!!!!

CalGatorBrotha

November 3rd, 2010
8:27 am

As a Gator…I have no issue with what happened this is freaking football..it’s a rivalry game…there is emotion involved…..it was a critical game for both teams….Tony get over it

BirdDog

November 3rd, 2010
8:28 am

Seriously? Wow, you gotta love the media. Too bad it didn’t work.

BBrown

November 3rd, 2010
8:29 am

Tony,

One more thing, I’m shocked at all the individuals who are actually supportive of Granthan with respect to his actions. Do they not have any sense of sportsmanship? The columns by you and Jeff Schultz are right on target. As you said, “This is about the adults in charge acting like adults.”

Todd from Birmingham

November 3rd, 2010
8:29 am

Tony- shut the hell up! Seriously, a choke sign should get u suspended and fined? I’m glad he did it! Florida has the worst kicking game in the nation..you know this kid is about to kick so you hold the choke sign- big freaking deal! Urban was kissing Tebow on the sideline last year and no one said anything about petifelia.?

Football and PC do not mix

November 3rd, 2010
8:29 am

Eye gouching is alright, but God forbid that a defensive coach would say anything to an opposing player. He did not go out on the field and tackle him. I had worst things said to me from my High School coaches and by the way, they were my coaches. This is just stupid. Football is a tough and mean sport, get over it.

Gary gator

November 3rd, 2010
8:30 am

Tony, the dawg fans don’t understand that the players are kids and the coaches should be held to a higher standard. Grantham shows he doesn’t get what college athletics is all about. He belongs in the nfl.

Still a Dawg fan

November 3rd, 2010
8:30 am

Some people do things in the heat of battle that are emotional and they later regret. Grantham needs to send an apology to Chas Henry, end of story. Chas Henry pulling his helmet off and sending an f-bomb back his way (which he did) after the kick is where this should have ended. Ask Urban Meyer about emotions. He hit his knees after beating a 4-4 Georgia team and then sought out the Georgia section to stand in front of and mockingly do the Gator chomp. This story is OVERBLOWN. The real story is why does Georgia not value the football when they play the Gators?

Joe Pa

November 3rd, 2010
8:31 am

Who exactly IS running the clean and classy football program at UGA?

Tom, Resident Georgia Fan

November 3rd, 2010
8:31 am

Tony you are my favorite FB columnist but you have been infected by the mania that ruins people’s lives over nothing. Be careful what you write for it is a record that can come back to haunt you should you get caught in a moment on live TV. Take the high road and let lesser columnists get in the gutter without you.

CalGatorBrotha

November 3rd, 2010
8:31 am

It must be a very slow week for you writers at the AJC

travy

November 3rd, 2010
8:31 am

wow, i think being able to talk smack about chris rainey is the highlight of the bulldog season. u guys ought to send him a thank you text.

RambleOn84

November 3rd, 2010
8:32 am

Yep, keep on pointing out UF’s classlessness. If your goal is to only be slightly more classy that UF, you are aiming pretty darn low.

Htowngtr

November 3rd, 2010
8:33 am

LOL, gotta love the dawg idiots here who are defending a paid coach because some 20 year old kid made a mistake that he is already convicted in court for doing — neither of which have anything to do with the other. Also, dawg idiots, do you think King should have played too?

The hypocritical double standard here is amazing for UGA fans. You guys love to talk up class and other BS, but in the end you are just as bad if not worse than anyone else. I wonder how all of you reacted when Spikes was busted on camera last year? I’m sure I can guess.

unbiased observer

November 3rd, 2010
8:35 am

Why all the up roar about the choke sign? The real issue regarding this game was Chris Rainey actually being allowed to play football again. But everybody is too afraid to call out Urban and bash him, so they pick on Todd Grantham. Tony, you are a complete joke of a writer.

SCJack

November 3rd, 2010
8:35 am

Very well said JCSdawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:00 am
Tony, love your columns and your radio show, but it’s time to move on. Did he do it? Yes. Was it wrong? Yes. Should be disciplined? Perhaps, but internally. Is it more serious than UGA’s player arrests or Rainey’s “TTDB” text? Definitely not. Move on, this news has been given its due and like most folks when they realize they screw up….we probably won’t see this behavior from him again. Only the media can keep this story alive now…so let it go.

CharlotteGator

November 3rd, 2010
8:36 am

You know, I gotta give Tony credit for this article. Never thought for a second that he’d actually write it and take this stand.

Now whether I agree is a different story. Do I like seeing stuff like that happen in a game? Absolutely not. Let’s not forget Grantham also yelled ‘You’re going to f**** choke…you’re going to choke’. However, I do not think he should be suspended or fined at all. I have the same feelings with this as I did the Spikes incident last year. There was a huge firestorm when it was caught on tape (which Tony helped lead and which I didn’t think he’d do here), but my feelings were the same then. I didn’t like seeing it and it was embarrassing, but I also think it was blown out of proportion as Ealey himself wasn’t bothered by it at all and came out and said it was no big deal and Spikes didn’t make contact. Don’t like seeing it, but understand it happens both ways and is part of the game, just happened to catch some guys on tape. I’d submit Sean Williams has just as many TV moments from this year’s game and last years.

Of course, as fans, we’re all biased one way or the other, so I’ll allow for that. And just for the record, I don’t think Rainey should have been allowed to play either. Admittedly, part of that has to do with the fact that I’ve never thought he was as good as made out to be, and the other part has to do w/ the fact that you have to send a message for what he did if ‘respect for women’ is a value of your program.

ATL is TigerTown

November 3rd, 2010
8:36 am

Wow! I thought this was a non issue too, but I guess I was wrong. Tony is entitled to his opinion and he’s probably right on this one. Adults really should act like adults and set a good example for kid. That’s especially true in this case, where many of the kids seem to end up in jail. Those of you who disagree are part of the problem. Referring to Tony, one of your biggest supporters, as an idiot and a moron doesn’t exactly add much to the conversation. And it sure doesn’t set a very good example. I bet you’re the same people who put the criminal in the governors mansion. Good luck with the Idaho Fighting Potatoes. War Eagle!

Htowngtr

November 3rd, 2010
8:36 am

Also, Tony, just look at how UGA fans are reacting here and take a guess why Richt won’t do anything to Grantham.

“Hey, some player on their team did something bad too!!!”

Bunch of losers. Take pride in your program and man up. What UF does isn’t any of your concern so control what you can with your own program. From Richt flipping the bird to UF’s players and coaches during the game to Grantham screaming “f***in choke!” to a student-athlete on a FG attempt — you guys have really gone downhill. Not to mention the former AD driving drunk and getting busted with some chick’s panties in his lap. Lots of problems at the top and hopefully McGarity sets it right.

CobbDawg51

November 3rd, 2010
8:37 am

Barnhart, I guess you didn’t have a problem with Meyer doing that stupid ass Gator Chomp at the UGA fans as he was leaving the field. Quit wasting advertising space in the paper.

travy

November 3rd, 2010
8:37 am

and he should apologize or face fine and suspension. gotta represent the school better than that and i’m surprised all the dawg fans here don’t agree. you guys are better than that. what are you, vols?

Arrogant punk

November 3rd, 2010
8:37 am

Tony, you have the arrogance to call yourself Mr. College Football and you have the arrogance to think your opinion should carry more weight than anyone else. Get a life. I agree with the earlier poster who asked why you needed to WRITE “hell” twice in your pathetic article. At least Grantham’s action was truly in the heat of the battle whereas you actually got to type that. The only way this should be an issue is IF he missed the kick!
I’m sure you will take your little platform to CBS this Saturday…but please don’t forget to mention that tubby coach in Atlanta that encouraged fans to punch people in the face if they give you a hard time about losing to Georgia. My gosh, he should be fired and thrown in prison for those words! Tony you are useless…I thought you were the last hope for the AJC, but obviously I was wrong.

george

November 3rd, 2010
8:37 am

HA HA HA HA AH AHA HA HA AHA HA AH AHA HA AHA HA HA AH AHA HA HA AHA HA HA all you uga morons are proving once again why yall are the worst fanbase in all of college football. If you can not see why this is 100 % out of line than you really need to get a clue. And for all of you dolts trying to play it off by saying meyer let his “thug” play this is truly one of the most priceless excuses I have ever heard. Do you really think Florida has more thugs than UGA?????? The answer is hell NO! both the programs are a true embarrasment to college football and should be ashamed of themselves. So until the next handcuff bowl next october just keep crying your little eyes out.

War Eagle 30082

November 3rd, 2010
8:38 am

What I can’t figure out is that Richt HAD to have heard it, and he did nothing. Grantham was right behind Richt, and basically was shouting in his ear. If Richt had reacted and told Grantham to STFU, this issue would have been over and done with.

Htowngtr

November 3rd, 2010
8:38 am

One last time, dawg fans: Do you have a problem with King playing and catching a TD? Of course not, but you’ll have an issue with Rainey — a kid who’s never done anything wrong in his life — who has already taken his punishment because of a text message.

Choking Hazard

November 3rd, 2010
8:38 am

Grantham needs to grow up and act like a 44 year old man.

MURPHY

November 3rd, 2010
8:38 am

This was a classless act. I agree with Tony-He must be repremanded.Yet another black eye for our football program.

Busterdawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:39 am

You are an IDIOT!!!!!

MB

November 3rd, 2010
8:39 am

Oh you backwoods UGA fans crack me up……oh yeah well look what their kid did. That’s your defense? You’re not reading Tony’s article any more because he said something about your joke of a program? At least McGarrity said if invited at 5-7 UGA would still go to a bowl…..so there’s still a chance for you to get out of the trailers just before Christmas. I actually respect Richt but I think there is definitely a personality conflict between the two and this is just a bad fit……

what a joke

November 3rd, 2010
8:39 am

Well, yet another morning in which I realize what a freaking waste of time reading sports blogs are.

drew

November 3rd, 2010
8:39 am

You did nothing wrong todd, don’t apologize to these jerks. Had we won, it would have been a different story. The media throws everything out of proportion. I am ashamed of you tony bernhart, you my friend are a gutless coward, and an instigator. Leave todd alone, we have more problems to worry about.

meyer, coach

November 3rd, 2010
8:39 am

On the Rainey situation…I went to high school in the early 90s…there were no cell phones.
What theses athletes must realize is that whatever you put on fb or text to someone can be saved forever. Back then we had to talk face to face with each other. Im sure each of us has said things in the heat of a relationship that we wish we could take back. Facts are Rainey never touched the girl, never beat her up.

Another thing that I’m not sure all the Dawg fans know is that Rainey suffered a severe concussion in the game on Saturday and then this incident with the girlfriend happened on saturday or sunday night I believe. I dont think he was in his right mind after the concussion he suffered. I think he paid the price and is still paying for the stupid text.

RambleOn84

November 3rd, 2010
8:39 am

Even if you don’t think he should be suspended, is it really going to matter?

Shouldn’t you just appease people who think it was a big deal and just suspend him against Idaho State?

Kinda like suspending a starting running back against Vandy?

Felix Millan

November 3rd, 2010
8:40 am

should Meyer be suspended for doing the chop at our fans?

GT51

November 3rd, 2010
8:40 am

If you get a call from the sec commissioner about the issue, then its a big deal. A bigger deal than a player trying to poke another player in the eye like what happened last year.

george

November 3rd, 2010
8:40 am

why dont all you moronic uga fans just try to concentrate on getting as many wins as arrests each year then you will be in pretty decent shape. To hear you idiots talk about ANY other program being clasless is truly amazing and shows how clueless the uga fanbase is.

One choke over the line « Get The Picture

November 3rd, 2010
8:41 am

[...] wasn’t going to return to Chokegate, but, pardon my French, Tony Barnhart’s lost his goddamned mind this morning. … Grantham, Georgia’s first-year defensive coordinator, did something in the [...]

Jeff

November 3rd, 2010
8:41 am

Tony, this will be the last time I follow you as well, get a life, this column is crap this makes headlines because it was against the stupid gators, uh oh did i say “stupid” its amazing that spikes trys tp rip out Ealys eyes, and Rainey is aloud to come back after threating to “KILL” someone. But no one wants to drag that through the media for weeks, but instead talk about how bad Coach Richt is and lets his entire team run on the field for excessive celebration, and all the the off field problems with players, and now Grantham so what, its obvious that he wants to win what DAWG doesnt FL has owned us for the last 20years we recognize that, but get over it MR.CFB and to all you gators shut your pie hole and quit crying all the time, GO DAWGS, GO COACH RICHT, GO TODD GRANTHAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RxDawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:41 am

OMG….WTH?

I’m I stuck in some other diminsional twilight zone? Why is everyone trying to turn this into some horrible event? Get over it, it was nothing, your all a bunch of nanny sissies. This is the weakest attempt at political correctness I’ve ever seen. I hope Richt gives Grantham a raise and flips off the news camera when he does it. How bout that?

MURPHY

November 3rd, 2010
8:41 am

Htowngtr,

I agree.We shouldnt worry about what another program does,we must take control of ours,and it’s a mess right now!

DawgPride

November 3rd, 2010
8:42 am

Tony, get off your high horse. This is only a story because of the heated rivalry between these two teams. You know good and well this happens on a weekly basis on football fields all over the country. Why not more outrage at UF for letting a deviant like Rainey on the field Saturday? Stop making this more of a story than it needs to be.

UGAgrad92

November 3rd, 2010
8:42 am

So freaking what if he made a choke sign. Tony, you are blowing this way out of proportion. Lost a bit of respect for you with this article.

Mike

November 3rd, 2010
8:42 am

I bet if Coach Orgeron, Kirby Smart or Trooper Taylor did this, UGA fans would be up in arms. Kids talking trash to kids is WAY different than an adult/coach/teacher pulling a bush league move like this.

Embarrassing….

never read barnhard again

November 3rd, 2010
8:43 am

after reading this pathetic excuse for an article one thing is for sure, it will be the last!!! I think you should be fined and exiled to Gainsville because obviously that is where you want to be!!!

Paul "Manboobs" Johnson

November 3rd, 2010
8:43 am

He should have ran out on the field and punched him in the face

Choking Hazard

November 3rd, 2010
8:44 am

Almost as bad as the red panties episode.

RxDawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:44 am

“This is unacceptable and embarrassing for the University of Georgia.”

Oh yea? Well as a UGA alum I accept it. I’m also not embarrassed. Well, I’m embarrassed I live in a country that choses to whine about stupid stuff with no substance.

Htowngtr

November 3rd, 2010
8:45 am

You guys are seriously complaining about Meyer doing a Gator chomp to fans and comparing that to a coach IN THE GAME telling an opposing student-athlete to “f’in choke” while grabbing his throat? I’m sure you guys have a problem when Miami coaches and players display “the U” on a road game?

simply LMFAO

Brown Dog

November 3rd, 2010
8:45 am

I don’t know what’s more embarrassing: Grantham, or his defenders. We’ll call it a tie, and
“Glory, glory to old Georgia.”

Learn to tackle

November 3rd, 2010
8:46 am

That defense coached by Grantham is bad.

Chris WDE

November 3rd, 2010
8:46 am

Typical UGA Fans “But Florida did this”. You guys need to look at your own problems instead of pointing the finger at Florida every time something goes wrong or looks bad in Athens.

Gators Roll Again!

November 3rd, 2010
8:47 am

absolutely a double standard for fans looking through red and black glasses…..you cant honestly say that you are ok with what your coach did. He was absolutely wrong. I understand having passion and a desire to win a game…..the point that GA fans are overlooking so casually is this…How can you expect the atmosphere of your program to change and discipline to ever be a part of your team when you have your leaders acting like this? He wasnt even man enough to apologize? The choke sign was bad, but the language directed towards a college kid? He was standing next to Mark Richt when it happened….Why should players be held to a higher standard than the coaches?

ATLANTA

November 3rd, 2010
8:47 am

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GO YELLOW JACKETS !
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ATL Tiger

November 3rd, 2010
8:47 am

Go Coach Grantham! This is what keeps rivalries going. I never watched Florida & FSU until Steve Spurrier said FSU = Free Shoes University. This guy is the only coach UGA has now that’s actually coaching. Enough! Leave him alone.

RambleOn84

November 3rd, 2010
8:48 am

RxDawg,
You’re embarrassing your program, and more importantly, the entire state.

SimpleDawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:48 am

Wow! ….and I thought losing the game was a big deal.

ddawgdavis

November 3rd, 2010
8:48 am

Bring back the Throat Slash! Football is a violent sport, grow a pair ladies.

Bubba Big Lips

November 3rd, 2010
8:48 am

I like the fire in Grantham, I hope he keeps it up! More power to him!

Typical

November 3rd, 2010
8:48 am

I love how these Georgia fans are trying to deflect the issue here with “Well look at how Florida played their thug that made threats” Whatever! It was also convenient that Caleb King’s suspension for arrest ended just before the Florida game as well. The statement Tony made (”This not about competition or the intensity of the Georgia-Florida rivalry. This is about the adults in charge acting like adults”) says it ALL. With the severe discipline problems at UGA going on year after year, the last thing they need is an “adult” (and I use that term very loosely) acting like a child. I have coached several different sports, albeit at the little league level, but even at that level there is one cardinal rule….You do NOT interact with the other players in any negative way. Grantham showed his class or lack of and showed why he fits in perfectly in Richt’s program. Again I say….Typical.

Dog in TN

November 3rd, 2010
8:48 am

Good grief. Glad to see someone on the Ga sidelines has some fire.

Gen Neyland

November 3rd, 2010
8:49 am

So basic sportsmanship isn’t a quality in the game anymore..? Some may call that behavior swagger, I call it a blatant show of stupid. Heck of a game plan on attempted FG’s when all you’ve got is to hope their kicker chokes by tossing out a charade motion. So much for Grantham molding these players into the type of men that would make a coach proud. At least Kiffin didn’t go this far to the left of stupid…

404

November 3rd, 2010
8:49 am

U – U
G – Get
A – Arrested

has now become…

U – U
G – Get
A – Asphyxiated

Dog Island Gator

November 3rd, 2010
8:50 am

Tony, You are right. I’ve just waited to see what the response of this incident would be from CMR and UGA. As of today, nothing. We are not talking about a player,a teenager or young adult who make stupid decisions…like we all have done. We are talking about about a grown adult, a represenitive of UGA, a coach and leader of these young men. I now think that the problem at UGA is alot deeper than what we see. A LOT DEEPER.

RambleOn84

November 3rd, 2010
8:50 am

Seems like UGA fans want more spectacle in their games since they aren’t winning anyway…I guess they’re more WWE/NASCAR fans than they are football fans.

Mutt Nonsense

November 3rd, 2010
8:50 am

“spikes trys tp rip out Ealys eyes”

Seriously, some of these Mutt fans are complete idiots. Here’s a little game. Go out and find Ealey’s comments regarding the “ripping out of eyes” for some perspective.

Some of you clowns just don’t appreciate the irony of calling out other programs for being classless and jerks while ignoring the mountain of nonsense surrounding the UGA football program. As has been mentioned, why in the world are you worried about other schools? How bout you deal with your arrests, poor coaching, poor execution, lazy players (Rambo), cheap shot artists (S. Williams and B. Jones), prima donnas (Green), and actually supporting your talented hard workers (Murray, Charles, etc.).

It’s funny how you morons want to call out Spikes for “trying to blind someone permanently” (which is a complete joke) but conveniently gloss over your dirty fat** country boy B. Jones who is trying to end careers quite literally. I wish there was a hidden meaning word like “thug” that applied to white players.

Red

November 3rd, 2010
8:51 am

Disagree with you Tony. The biggest disgrace in this game was Meyer using an admitted domestic abuser as a feature back. Sportswriters will use Grantham’s actions to try to obscure that fact because you people are in the business of selling college football. Meyer is the disgrace here, just like Osborne at Nebraska was for playing Lawrence Phillips in the national championship after smacking his girlfriend around. Rainey should have been suspended for a year at least. No question. I didn’t see you trumpeting that half as loud as you are screaming for Grantham’s head.

travy

November 3rd, 2010
8:51 am

c’mon dawgs. i’m a lifer gator but have always respected you guys for having a little more class than the average mouth breathing fans of the sec. no one is saying fire the guy, but an apology here is appropriate and the fact that no one from uga seems to think one is necessary is the biggest embarrassment of all.

No Class

November 3rd, 2010
8:52 am

The fan responses on this blog are all the evidence you need of how classless most UGA fans are. Many of them spent a lot of the year bemoaning the lack of leadership and coaching and that the kids are “out of control”. Guess what, idiots ? You can’t lead kids with coaches that are kids. Richt has had to call Grantham out a couple of times already because of his immaturity. Time to decide whether you want a classy program or not.

Mr. Fair Play

November 3rd, 2010
8:52 am

Boys, boys, let’s calm down here. What’s needed in college football is to stop keeping score. That way there would be no hard feelings on either side. Why can’t we enjoy the athleticism of these fine young student-athletes without having a winner and loser? Wouldn’t we all feel better then? What do you say, fellas? Who’s with me?

The Real SugarHillDawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:53 am

OK Tony, let me get this straight. You want our coach to apologize to the LOWEST class, foulest-mouthed, two faced coach in the league?? Blow it out your rather LARGE nether regions!!!

Chili

November 3rd, 2010
8:53 am

Tony, Would you get off your moral high-horse already? I have read, listened to, and admired you for a long time. You should be fined for using hell twice in your article. In a family paper no less…See how that works? Sounds kind of stupid doesn’t it? I hate that you have chosen to take this stance, because now I can’t take you seriously any more. Thank’s for the memories-you are officially a joke now.

LB

November 3rd, 2010
8:53 am

I love it– Glad to see someone at UGA show some emotion even if it was “classless”. Suspend him — hect no – I would give him a raise!

5IML

November 3rd, 2010
8:54 am

Yet another embarrassment for UGA.

This reminds me off our Mike Price fiasco when we were already on probation. It’s one thing after another.

oldtimer

November 3rd, 2010
8:55 am

Tony,

Should Florida suspend Urban a game for doing the gator chop in front of Georgia recruits after the game?

ARdawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:57 am

Gee Tony, what a wiener you are. You think yourself a big TV star I suppose and above the grassroots of FOOTBALL. You should consider yourself a reporter and protecting FREE SPEECH and free expression. What the hell is wrong with you? This is a non-story and non issue. TG has every right to express himself even if it was classless.

You above all should be protecting his right to do it. Bullschit. You disappoint me Barnhart. You’ve lost both a viewer and a reader

Chris

November 3rd, 2010
8:57 am

I wonder if you could over-dramatize this anymore? I’m embarassed for you after readiong this article.

Mutt Nonsense

November 3rd, 2010
8:58 am

“an admitted domestic abuser as a feature back”

Here we go again. Total hyperbole. You mutt fans really do keep this interesting.

Oh wait…

Red – hyperbole = an extravagant statement or obvious exaggeration. C’mon, at least use the actual facts of what happened if you’re going to gloss over UGA’s issue by pointing to Rainey.

BILLY JACK

November 3rd, 2010
8:58 am

I COULD SEE IF GRANTHEM HIT THE KID BUT COME ON……A CHOKE SIGN.FLORIDA COACHES MAKE WORSE SIGNS THAN THAT DURING EVERY GAME.EVERYBODY HAS GOTTEN SO POLITICALLY CORRECT IT IS SICKENING..

Gators Roll Again!

November 3rd, 2010
8:58 am

oldtimer,
was he doing it during a game? was he dropping f bombs? hmm….no and no….

jbeggs

November 3rd, 2010
8:58 am

Unreal!!!!!!!!! I’m the most reserved person you have ever heard from and this is a non-story!

Saint Simons

November 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

(((( 34 – 31 ))))

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

G

November 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

Mcgarity is going down to Starkville to get a coach, mark it down. And an what are you smoking Tony. Florida had a player on the field who texted his ex “it’s time to die b###” and you think Grantham should be suspended, fined for telling a guy he’s going to choke. Maybe the NCAA will let “Mr College Football” police the sidelines and make sure coaches don’t say anything to opposing players , it happens every Saturday. You can sit on your duff in the CBS studio and monitor the coaches and what they say to players.

PB

November 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

Tony,
Who died and made you KING? Isn’t your job to report … to let your readers know that something took place and for your readers to form their own opinion? Trust me, I don’t read your column for your opinion ~ so why not just report and let UGA work through their own problems.

JDW

November 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

Sorry Tony I disagree, this whole thing is much ado about nothing. Players, coaches, and probably even cheerleaders talk trash on the field constantly. This is just an extension of that trend. I don’t like it but in the face of it how can we decide to “make an example” of this case. He did not try to gouge an eye, threaten to kill anyone, or even set foot on the playing field.

A bit embarrassing for the coach…yes. A bit of counseling in order…yes. A media event…no…need to find something else to fill the cycle.

BJohnDawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

It was a classless move. He should have to apologize. Suspend for a game. No fine.
This is not the NFL.

Snoop Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:00 am

Seriuously?? are we really making a big deal outta this?? its just a choke sign. at least someone on the coaching staff is fighting for his team…damn people need to lighten up and quit making a big deal outta something so ridonkulous. its just a hand jesture….like the FINGER!!! put that in your pipe and smoke it TB!!!

ATLANTA

November 3rd, 2010
9:00 am

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GO GEORGIA TECH !
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Graydawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:00 am

Tony,
I could not agree more and I am a huge Dawg fan. We do not need this kind of publicity after all of our off the field arrests. However I think this kind of column should also have been written when Urban “Cryer” berated a writer for simply quoting Urban’s own player. Grantham acted childish but Urban threw and tantrum like a 2 year old.

David

November 3rd, 2010
9:00 am

Tony, get over it. I see it got your panties all ruffled. He was on the sideline!!! Nobody was harmed! Everything now days has to be so politicaly correct, you can even fart with out pissing some goody two shoes like yourself off!!!!

DYNAMICBIGBOY

November 3rd, 2010
9:01 am

Suspended, are you kidding me? Give it a break. Why don’t you write about Meyer and his using Rainey and the total lack of accountabililty at UF. It was a meaningless gesture. Go cry somewhere else.

Jason R. Sweat

November 3rd, 2010
9:02 am

Mr. Barnhart:

You are dead wrong on this one. Dead wrong. And, it’s ok for you to be wrong just like anybody else. Isn’t that what the subject of your article is? This isn’t about me taking up for anybody here. This is about saying first off, UF had a kid on the field(put there by adults) that threatened to kill somebody. You are wrong about this one. He’s said what he needs to say. That’s all that’s needed here. It’s not like he played a kid that threatened murder. C’mon Tony, issue an apology now!!! That’s what you’re asking someone else to do that you say made a mistake. I know you just made one as well with this silly article. Geez. The AJC is awful.

Mutt Nonsense

November 3rd, 2010
9:02 am

“You should consider yourself a reporter and protecting FREE SPEECH and free expression. What the hell is wrong with you?”

Now we have a constitutional lawyer in our midst defending the 1st amendment. Awesome, I did struggle w/ my con-law class back in the day, so this should help me out.

Quick question for the esteemed ‘ARDawg’? Is it both ironic and disingenuous that in the same breath you denounce TB for not protecting free speech, but then ask what’s wrong with Tony because he said/wrote something you disagree with and find classless?

This is going to be a fun morning…

G

November 3rd, 2010
9:03 am

Mcgarity is going down to Starkville to get a coach, mark it down. And what are you smoking Tony. Florida had a player on the field who texted his ex “it’s time to die b###” and you think Grantham should be suspended, fined for telling a guy he’s going to choke. Maybe the NCAA will let “Mr College Football” police the sidelines and make sure coaches don’t say anything to opposing players , it happens every Saturday. You can sit on your duff in the CBS studio and monitor the coaches and what they say to players.

SimpleDawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:03 am

Don’t you little GIT goobers have any concerns about your own team to discuss with the other warlocks and ninjas on a GIT site?

jtdawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:03 am

Tony, I always thought ouf you with the highest respect, especially at this paper.

You are way out of bounds on this one. WAY out of bounds.

THe worst that can be said is the example he sets for his players, but so what? Do you think college kids sit in dugouts or on the sidelines and not heckle the other teams??

What do you actually think gets said on the field???

If the man threatened the kicker or made lewd and lacivious or disparaging comments as a personal attack to ANY player, sure – completely classless.

Gesturing during a grueling comeptition that ONLY directly relates to actions on the field? Give me an effing break.

What’s next Tony? Can’t wait to get 3 clerics that can see the future or peoples thoughts so you can fine/suspend/fire coaches for evil thoughts too??

YOu didn’t raise this much hell about the Chris Rainey incident. Why? Obviously you feel it’s much less serious, simply by the tone and tenor you take here. And if that is true, YOU sir, are the disgrace.

Guys, get over it and move on. The kicker still made the field goal, didn’t get attacked afterwards, and even UF fans themselves think this debate is foolish and nonsensical.

Can’t believe there is nothing else to spew about….

Htowngtr

November 3rd, 2010
9:03 am

LOL @ UGA fans claiming Meyer is classless. Would love for them to show where Meyer was on camera flipping the bird to an opposing coach or where one of his assistants was throwing a choke sign while screaming “f’in choke!” to an opposing player. Haven’t ever seen it happen and doubt it ever will.

SimpleDawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:04 am

Enter your comments here

Mtn Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:05 am

Tony, Tony… A little hasty and harsh don’t you think. My God. It was the FLA game. Should have seen the gestures I used. Yes, he’s the DC but come on. Now if he flipped the kicker off after the kick then, yes, that would warrant some punishment. At least he’s showing some dang emotion.

No Class

November 3rd, 2010
9:05 am

Immature rednecks like most of you on here have no justification for saying anyone ELSE has no class ! Hey rednecks ! I think your pick-up’s calling ya. You know, the one with the G stuff all over it !

jtdawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:06 am

If Woody Hayes were punching players today, based on your rant, it sounds like you would call for his immediate execution. True of false?

SimpleDawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:06 am

Don’t you little GIT goobers have any concerns about your own team to discuss with the other warlocks and ninjas on a GIT site?

Do y’all have an English and Arabic language option?

Red

November 3rd, 2010
9:06 am

Mutt Nonsense:

Domestic abuse includes threats. Rainey’s actions are domestic abuse.

But congratulations on knowing the meaning of the word “hyperbole.” Keep looking through the dictionary and you might find some other big words. You may want to check out a “thesaurus.” That’s another book where you can find big words that mean what you want.

Mutt Nonsense

November 3rd, 2010
9:06 am

“to let your readers know that something took place and for your readers to form their own opinion? Trust me, I don’t read your column for your opinion ~ so why not just report and let UGA work through their own problems.”

Ahh, someone else who just hasn’t quite gotten how a writer’s ‘column’ works. If a writer submits ‘columns’ on a scheduled basis, then guess what genious, you’re only getting opinions. Otherwise, he’d be a beat reporter. Might want to retake that journalism class.

‘let UGA work through their own problems.’ Clearly you see the humor here right? He has to write this stuff specifically because they’re not. Have you read Richts comments and TG’s non-apology? Are you even paying attention or just parroting the UGA company line you read from all the other lunatic fringe Dawg fans on here?

DawgBone

November 3rd, 2010
9:06 am

Tony, I think you need to change your nickname to Mrs. College Football after this article. It’s football, get over it and grow a pair.

SECWasteManagement

November 3rd, 2010
9:06 am

As i said, guy just came out of the NFL and that’s what he’s used to, so his emotions got the best of him and he screwed up and we will just have to wait on the punishment. The thing that I have a problem with is that you re-hashed the Schultz blog from yesterday that resulted in Almost 40 pages of nonsense that ended up with fans arguing about who had higher entrance SAT scores! Quit beating the dead horse for God sakes and report on something like…Nancy Pelosi getting the boot! SCHWING!

G

November 3rd, 2010
9:07 am

Htowngtr,

He just threatens reporters with violence and lets women abusers on his team. Pure class

Homer

November 3rd, 2010
9:07 am

If Grantham needs to be fined then the SEC should take away all the havoc Rainey caused and give UGA the win. What’s worse yelling choke to an opposing team or telling your “girlfriend” she’s about to die????

BILLY JACK

November 3rd, 2010
9:08 am

I played college football and if you could of seen some of our coaches during a game you would probably want them arrested.Things that happen during the heat of the battle most fans dont hear about,Believe when I say not one college football player who has ever played in the last 100 yrs thinks this is a story.

albert

November 3rd, 2010
9:09 am

Have to agree with you here. Grantham is suppose to set an example, just like Damon Evans. UGA has really put herself in the spotlight with the arrests,drinking a.d. and now Grantham. The publicity is not cute.

Mtn Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:10 am

I think I get it, Tony. Good job getting these bloggers heated up. Clever idea. Not much else to write about is there.

G

November 3rd, 2010
9:10 am

Time to die b###

Mutt Nonsense

November 3rd, 2010
9:11 am

I’m a moron. I like to talk down to people who aren’t as intelligent as me, but for some reason I can’t spell the word genius correctly. Also, I’m gay.

mcdaviddawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:11 am

First you the article on Rciht that he should not be fired and now this article that is an over reaction to the event especially considering Florida had a player who clearly should not still be in scholl much less playing. My high regard for your opinion is headed downward fast. Rciht shouldn’t do anything but retire.

Get over it Tony

November 3rd, 2010
9:11 am

I am loving some emotion from Grantham. Too long has Richt been boring and reserved. I support Grantham 100%.

Matthews Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:12 am

Tony, it’s not that big of a deal!

I believe Tony is trying to take the heat off his co-worker Jeff! Get over it and move on!

jtdawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:12 am

No Class –

Get a life and go to class. You make no sense at all.

Should he have done it? Probably not. Wasn’t the best thing in the workd for a coach to do, but so what? Big deal…. Poor little guy wasn’t getting cheered for by the opposing team. So what? Rival coaches all the time get caught sending backhanded compliments and taking potshots at their rivals. Should we start abhoring and suspending coaches for that too?

Be careful. When words are directed at the program, they are directed at the kids too! Don’t want to “intimidate” them or scare them off either!!!!

Biggest problem with these articles? Throwing more fuel on UGA fires for idiot rival fans to dance around….

Larry

November 3rd, 2010
9:12 am

Remember earlier this week Barnhart wrote that Georgia’s program is “trending upwards”. After reviewing the records over the last 10 years plus all of the recent arrest issues, no sane person would come to that conclusion.

Todd Grantham

November 3rd, 2010
9:12 am

Go choke yourself Tony!

mike davis

November 3rd, 2010
9:12 am

I agree. Grantham should be severely disciplined.

Mutt Nonsense

November 3rd, 2010
9:13 am

Red –

Like I said, you mutt’s keep it interesting…Please point out at which point Rainey is “an admitted domestic abuser.” Oh, and don’t let a silly little thing like facts get in the way.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5622018

Here’s some highlights in case you don’t feel like reading this early.

“Rainey entered into an agreement after the state attorney determined the facts of the case more accurately reflected a charge of misdemeanor stalking.

If he completes the terms of the agreement, the charge will be dropped.

Misdemeanor stalking is legally the more appropriate charge when no imminent danger was perceived or can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and the harassing contact, not done in person, occurred in a short, compressed time period.

The victim, who requested anonymity, said she was in “full support” of the state’s decision to reduce the charge.

‘We have known Chris Rainey for three years and never during that time has he displayed any violent or threatening behavior towards us or anyone,’ she said. ‘To our knowledge, Chris does not drink alcohol or use drugs. His actions that night were out of character for reasons unknown to us, which is why we stood up in court on his behalf. The police were called that night to ensure the safety of everyone involved.’”

SECWasteManagement

November 3rd, 2010
9:13 am

Look for Tony’s next article in next weeks issue of the National Enquirer! Top head line! Woman see’s face of Satan in her bowl of chili at the local waffle house! Claims ends of days is coming!

Red

November 3rd, 2010
9:13 am

Mutt Nonsense:

The word is spelled “genius,” not “genious.” Might want to take that fifth grade spelling class again.

The Alpha Male

November 3rd, 2010
9:13 am

Tony. You have completely lost your mind. Meyer and his team RAN ON THE FIELD and almost TRAMPLED Kris Durham and several others when they thought they had a TD on the interception.

For that then I guess he should be fired using your logic?

Tony, everybody knows you’re a UGA grad…… you really don’t need to continue your over the top criticisms of Georgia just to prove you’re not a homer.

Tony Martin

November 3rd, 2010
9:13 am

Tony you are not the judge. Have you ever coached in a game of this magnitude ? let a dead dog lie.

really TB?

November 3rd, 2010
9:13 am

Gee Tony, I’m glad you can get riled up about something like this…CTG’s actions were wrong, but so is doing 80 on I-20. Get over yourself and move on, please.

Mark Richt

November 3rd, 2010
9:13 am

Well yes Todd did tell Tony to choke himself and I am sure he is not proud of it. Now lets move on. I have some losing to do.

jumbeauxtiger

November 3rd, 2010
9:14 am

You make some good points Tony. However I don’t think he should be suspended or fined. I think he should be reprimanded and he should make a public apology.

I understand he’s a firery type of guy and the Dawgs need some of that on the sideline. I just think what he did is a poor example for the players. The program already is under the microscope with its discipline problems and because of that the media magnifies any issues. The school didn’t need another embarrassing incident.

Evansdawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:14 am

Tony – Not half the beig deal has been made out of Urban Meyer re-instating a possible psychopath. It has evetything to do with it. Do you think Rainey would’ve played had Florida had not lost 3 in a row? Come on! Should domestic violence and death threats be forgiven as long as the team is winning? That is the obvious position of Urban Meyer. I guess he condones that behavior if the Ws keep coming. That said, Todd Grantham should be fined and suspended for a game. He ought to realize that the fans were doing enough of that in the stands so he didn’t have to. The choke sign was our jobs! The game was an all-out war, and a classic Ga/Fla border battle.

Georgia Wine

November 3rd, 2010
9:14 am

Thank you, Dawg fans! After reading this blog that makes a valid point about yet another embarassing act of an employee of our beloved university, my lack of self confidence and meaning in my life was leading me to repond with an angry comment. I was going to make a meaningless reference to discpline at another school, or blame society in general, or fabricate some other weak justification to deflect from the obvious issue at hand. But, in a little over an hour, you have more than covered all of these topics with your posts. Thanks again. You make me proud.

dap01

November 3rd, 2010
9:14 am

My goodness, he gave a “choke” sign, FLA’s kicker had choked before. He did not wish death on him. Yall act like Grantham committed murder. It’s not like he texted him and threatened his life or anything like that.

I am tired of the PC crowd.

UGA Players

November 3rd, 2010
9:14 am

We gon ckoke against aubie and ga tech

GaDawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:15 am

Dead wrong TB, what about a coach who tells the student body to punch other students from another school in the face!!!! where were you then. Get a grip, this is a fun sport that is intimidating on all levels, now you can’t hit, you can’t swear What’s the point.

ARdawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:15 am

@Mutt nonsense

You’re a bigger Homer than Tony. Apparently you didn’t do well in con-law or journalism class. Must be a Tech fan. I’m not surprised. No there was nothing wrong in my statement. The freedom of speech is in fact the only reason Barnhart has the job he does. I find it ironic you’d like to quell my statement because it doesn’t agree with you or Tony. I guess the election last night didn’t work out so well for you huh?

Peadawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:15 am

Overreact much, Tony?

I’m glad one of our coaches is showing some enthusiasm and emotion on the sideline for once.

joe

November 3rd, 2010
9:15 am

Just the latest in a lone line of questionable, at best, goings on at Georgia. Stay classy UGA…

Cam Newton

November 3rd, 2010
9:16 am

Hope he throws a choke sign at me while I am runing over and around that UGA “defense” scoring touchdowns

The Grinch

November 3rd, 2010
9:16 am

What I find funniest of all here is the morons (Barnhart included) who think that the most important part of this non-”incident” is that a 21 year old ADULT playing a violent, rowdy sport for a party school needs to be sheltered from hearing bad language. Really? REALLY?

I’m sure next time he’s at a keg party on campus and some horrible person uses the “F” word, he’ll drop his beer, wet his pants, clap his hands to his ears and scream “Nooooo! That’s what that big mean old coach at the game yelled at me!” I’m sure years of therapy will ensue.

GET A GRIP.

Russell

November 3rd, 2010
9:16 am

Tony..Tell me what’s the difference if he’s yelling choke without the throat grab? It was during the time out and Henry was walking to the Fl sidelines….didn’t even see it…so if he yells miss it that makes it acceptable?

This is a non-issue…

UGA Defense

November 3rd, 2010
9:16 am

Ahhhh… Can we skip the Auburn game this year. Cam newton is twice as big as our linebackers

What?

November 3rd, 2010
9:17 am

Why is okay for Paul Johnson to tell Tech fans to punch UGA fans in the face but Grantham needs to be suspended?

UGA Grad

November 3rd, 2010
9:17 am

Tony, you are an idiot. Discipline? Just like Meyer disciplines his players? “Time to die, b****” and players get to play? There is nothing wrong with what CTG did. Believe it or not, it happens on all sidelines. I can guarantee you that it happens in high school football as well. But I bet you’ve never been on a sideline before…

Mike Adams

November 3rd, 2010
9:17 am

Get a grip Barnhart you big blow hard. Did you ever play a sport in your life? I didn’t think so. This is a non issue. Who cares! Its about winning and losing, not a freaking choke sign that ever fan in america has done once or twice in their life!

Cam Newton

November 3rd, 2010
9:17 am

Did you see the LSU game? Just you wait little puppies.

Mark Richt

November 3rd, 2010
9:19 am

I am sure Todd is a good Christian man and he has ask forgivness for his sin on saturday. Of course the only sin I saw was that defense he fielded.

DawginOH

November 3rd, 2010
9:20 am

I appreciate CTG’s intensity because it has been lacking of the Georgia sideline for quite some time. However, I have to agree with you here, Tony. Harassing a player from the opposing team is pretty low. CTG owes Henry and the University of Florida a huge apology.

Matt

November 3rd, 2010
9:20 am

I honest to go God do not understand the furor over this. He wanted the kid to choke and miss a kick. He didn’t want to CHOKE the kid. Everybody needs to lighten up. I like Florida and I don’t see why I should be furious. What’s next? Fining coaches for cursing?

GASP.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:20 am

my post was lost!

2007- End Zone Dance

2008- Timeouts by Florida when up by 100

2009- Eye guoge by Spikes

2010- CTG choke signal at the end of the game

So Florida fans think this isn’t a rivalry? The game is quickly devolving into what dumb thing is the opponent going to do though.

Hard to believe that 4 days later this story is still getting play.

Everyone with common sense

November 3rd, 2010
9:21 am

Barnhart, You’re quickly becoming Finebaum and squarely in my hack category. Anything for webpage hits huh? Get over it, you’re making a mountain out of a molehill, he didn’t actually choke the kid and there wasn’t anyone in the country wearing Red and Black (or Garnet and Black for that matter) that was thinking anything different. Lot of people in this country in general need to put on their big boy pants.

I guess you don’t have a problem with Urban Gator Chomping at Georgia fans after the victory? No big write up about that? Bet you could get some hits for that. Hack.

Stop grousing about the work of grown men that actually do good in the lives of young men who are human and occasionally have an error in judgement. Get back to your usual spam of promoting tv/radio spots and books.

JB

November 3rd, 2010
9:21 am

I’m stunned……This is a load of bull………………..Tony has been hanging out at the AJC to long.
I thought I had logged on to Cynthia Tuckers space at first……I’m waiting for the SEC to reprimand us for taking the game into overtime…..After all, it is Florida….We should just lose in regulation……..I wish the rest of the staff cared as much…..You can Count Grantham gone, back to the NFL if there is no lock out…….He has fallen into a staff of softness. Tony, I hear, on TV, on a regular basis Paul Johnson cussing like a roofer on a 110 degree day and calling HIS OWN PLAYERS MF’s………..Where are you on this ?

Paul in RDU

November 3rd, 2010
9:21 am

What Grantham did was stupid and immature but I am not sure that it deserves a suspension and fine. However, right now he has suffered ZERO consequences – Grantham hasn’t even made an apology. The idea that Grantham’s behavior was “in the heat of the battle” and so should be forgiven is ludicrous. If a 44 year old coach can’t control his own behavior how can he control his players’ behavior. You can bet that if one of the defensive players had an unsportsman like conduct penalty that Grantham would instill some punishment for them.

Typical UGA Fan

November 3rd, 2010
9:22 am

Tony,
You should be fired for writing this article. Todd Grantham was just exercising his rights given to him by the Articles of Confederation.

Chris Rainey murdered his girlfriend and Urban Meyer gave him a medal. Urban Meyer severely beat several members of the media, and has threatened the Florida administration with further beatings if they criticize him.

Mark Richt is a beautiful God-fearing man who runs the cleanest program around, and meanwhile Gainesville continues to be the murder and kidnapping capital of the Southeast.

ARdawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:22 am

DawginOH

Harassing? You call a choke sign on the sideline harassing to a kicker? I guess you didn’t do well on the debate team, did you?

RambleOn84

November 3rd, 2010
9:23 am

JB,
Do you ACTUALLY hear Paul Johnson saying those things on TV, or are you hyperbolizing yet again?

Htowngtr

November 3rd, 2010
9:23 am

LOL

“LOOK AT CHRIS RAINEY!!!!!! LOOK AT CHRIS RAINEY!!!”

Idiot mouth breathers. We are talking about a PAID COACH and not a kid who was convicted of misdemeanor stalking via text message. Do you guys also have a problem with King being reinstated just before the game? Lots of double standards and completely out-of-whack comparisons.

Gen Neyland

November 3rd, 2010
9:24 am

In this day and age, people are tried and convicted in a court of public opinion for what someone thinks another is thinking. That’s a sad testament to this PC bs. Actions do speak louder than words. CLK said what he said behind a mic, taped and heard around the world. He had to answer. In some cases, his team backed him up but the point is, he said it for all to hear. THAT IS SWAGGER. This is more akin to flashing gang signs or using the most recent tabooed in the sportsworld finger slice across the throat from a grown man that ought to know better.

No one is denying Grantham’s right to be stupid but he’s got to answer for it and then we all move along and await the next act of stupid out there.

Paul

November 3rd, 2010
9:25 am

Tony,

I usually enjoy your articles but this one is a waste of your time and the readers. Football is a violent sport and I have all the scars to prove it. Coach Grantham was expressing an emotional desire for the kicker to choke and miss. I don’t think anyone who is rational thinks this warrants a suspension or fine. My wife who cannot stand football thinks this ludicrous. This is too much political correctness.

Coach Grantham just needs to say I am sorry if anyone took offense and go on. By the way I would like to know if you ever played this game at any level. It’s not a criterion for doing your job but it certainly helps.

Your articles are usually rational and on the money. You rarely seem biased. This is not a biased article just seems way of base. Keep up the good analysis you usually bring to the table.

Bulldog since 1966

I WAS IN THE STADIUM

November 3rd, 2010
9:26 am

I guess NO ONE but me saw Tavarres King get punched in the head TWICE, while he was on the sideline after he tackled Will Hillat the end of the game, from two different Florida players. If your into reviewing tape I invite you to review that play again

JB

November 3rd, 2010
9:26 am

TB,

I generally agree with you on most things UGA but not this.

BIG TIME much ado about nothing.

Had he run out onto the field and done that to the kid, had he missed, sure.

To that end, I think calling time outs, late in a game that you’re up by 30, is a FAR bigger punk move.

This was nothing and I think, in some ways, TG did more than was needed in his statement.

Like Murray said, this is being made into way to big a deal.

HBTD!!!!

JB

November 3rd, 2010
9:27 am

Ramble, heard them and you can read his lips…..don’t say you haven’t….His cussing is on a regular basis……..But not to be a hypocrite, If I coached Tech, I might do it also.

Mutt Nonsense

November 3rd, 2010
9:27 am

Red – congratulations. You caught a typo. You might get captain of the grammer police one day…or is it grammor, or grammar….forget it I’m just no good at this whole typing thing. In any case, how’s that Rainey research coming? Have you found the court proceedings where he became “an admitted domestic abuser” yet?

ARDawg – you got me dead to rights. I’m a homer Tech fan. Aren’t there a couple other ’stock’ details you left out of your canned Dawg response? I don’t think you hit your quota of calling me out for being a nerd, gayturd, classless, DDR-loving, Bama trailer livin, liberal pansy, pot-smoking, hippie, from the state of California that’s just about to fall in the ocean anyway so good riddance. Did that cover it all?

Actually, not trying to quell your speech at all. It’s really quite entertaining and fun to read. As far as the election, not sure how an election ‘wouldn’t go well for me.’ If you’re asking if my candidates won or not, I generally split my vote down the middle across both parties since it’s hard for me to believe one group is either completely right or completely wrong. So I guess last night went both good and bad for me, but maybe a little more good in the house and governor races.

NC Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:27 am

Jeremy Foley won’t call Greg McGarity because Jeremy Foley doesn’t care. There are bigger fish to fry. Grantham shouldn’t have done that. Grantham should be privately reprimanded and fined. He should not sit out a game…good grief. Any apology should be private…I said any.

Concerned

November 3rd, 2010
9:27 am

UGA makes me sick. You applaud Mark Richt for his integrity and class, yet you expect it from no one else? No wonder your coaches act like buffoons, your players spend more time in jail than on the practice field, your AD decides he should be wearing women’s underwear while driving drunk and crying, your President is allegedly misappropriating funds, and your fans completely trash your campus. You want to right the ship? You want to play in the BIG game? How about you start demanding a certain standard from all those associated from your organization? Seeing your comments, it’s no wonder most of you want to get rid of Mark Richt–he can’t beat Florida, he isn’t a good coach–NO, he has class and he obviously doesn’t fit in at the University [sic] of Georgia.

SECWasteManagement

November 3rd, 2010
9:28 am

Tony,

I will look for your next article in this weeks National Enquirer about a woman seeing the face of Satan in her bowl of Chili at Waffle House and calling it a sign of the apocalypse.

5IML

November 3rd, 2010
9:28 am

Tony,

Although you have stuck Blog Gold with this week’s articles about UGA, can you focus on positive football news starting tomorrow?

CrimsonCarl

November 3rd, 2010
9:29 am

non-issue. move on

texasdawg2

November 3rd, 2010
9:30 am

This rant is so over the top, you media types are trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill. Big deal, he said he’s sorry…move on.

Georgia

November 3rd, 2010
9:30 am

Who cares what you think. You really want to hear something sad? People calling you Mr Football

RambleOn84

November 3rd, 2010
9:30 am

I’m quite sure you’re making it up, JB…but don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

Todd

November 3rd, 2010
9:30 am

DEAD ON Tony, from an 1985 grad and letterman, for Grantham to say I’ve said all I’m going to say when an apology was suggested?

This thing is looking very similar to Ray Goff when he went thru def. co-ord and the problem was the leadership at the top.

When “coach sweetshirt” was brought in, I thought he kinda looked liked a bit overweight, blowhard, cussing…. kind of a coach. Indeed that’s what we got, nothing really wrong with it but man what does Richt think with his act, while coach sweetshirt is cussing, doing choke holds…..

This thing is starting to look a bit hypocritical as well.

It’s well beyond the stage of no return as far as Bobo heading up the offense. He’s so inconsistent, predictable to much, no imagination, calling a 5 yrd button hook on the first play and gets picked…..

Aron Murray and Orson Charles will never see a ring, just like the greatest receiver ever to suit up at GA, AJ Green with this coaching regime.

Rumbo

November 3rd, 2010
9:30 am

Grantham knows he was brought in to fix the defense and had just seen the worst Florida offense in 20 years run up and down the field like Oregon. It wasn’t the heat of competition that sent him to Wackville, it was the heat of knowing his defense had laid another egg in the most important game of the year. For a program that gets embarrassed every week by one thing or another, this is really small stuff.

Ol' Wrecks aka WrecksNEffect

November 3rd, 2010
9:30 am

What a joke of an Article Tony!

You’re so full-o-crap that if you sneeze diarrhea will come out of your nose!

According to you what Grantham did is horrible, but HC’s can call TOs and try to ice the opposing kickers, and even further there is no basis for claim that he tried to “intimidate” a Student-Athl. because the Kicker from Florida knew that there was NO WAY that the DC of UGAy would do anything to him, at that point the Fla. Kicker should be focused on the task at hand and shouldn’t even see the DC that is a good 35 yards away from him.

Much worse than what Grantham did are all the gimmicky Offenses like Florida’s and even WORSE Ga. Tech’s where HCs/OCs can design plays with “borderline illegal” crack-back Blocks below the knees that put Defensive Players at risk for serious injury.

A DC that makes a gesture that is NOT the middle-finger is not even worth writing about, Grantham coaches BIG-BOY-CFB, not Pop Warner FB where the players get together after the games and eat Hot Dogs & Burgers from someone’s Mom whose turn it is to work the Concession Stand.

One of your worst Articles in recent Memory Tony, you can do better.

Are you Serious 2?

November 3rd, 2010
9:31 am

All the discipline you are calling for TG should be address to you for having that meat head on your TV show last night. His comments were uncalled for and you and your partner just laughed about them. Look in the mirror TB

Big time?? Not

November 3rd, 2010
9:31 am

So Urban calling timeouts at the end of a blow out is “adult” This is much ado about nothing.

Jim Nasium

November 3rd, 2010
9:31 am

Another example of head coach laughing off the example set by his staff. A leader encourages poor behavior through his own behavior – e.g. telling team to get a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty a couple years ago OR not publicly admonishing the immature actions of his staff. Previous A.D. set the tone and it continues. Richt needs to learn to implement ‘tough love’ on staff and players. He’s letting the pressure of not winning alter his morals. I think he knows what’s right, he’s just blind right now.

Georgia

November 3rd, 2010
9:31 am

Who cares what you think. You want to know what is sad? People calling you Mr. Football

Spokesman for the SEC East

November 3rd, 2010
9:32 am

Tony I think that this is another case of you trying to be self righteous. Todd Grantham did what he did because he is a firey coach trying to do anything within the rules to help himself win. Chaz Henry is not your typical weenie kicker. The kid also played QB in highschool and is used to pressur. He didnt miss the kicks against LSU and MSU because he choked, he missed them because he is a punter who is filling in as a place kicker. Anyone (including you Tony) who was offended by this never had jock itch in their life. Move on. I hate UGA one game a year and now I am happy again.

Tony is a fool

November 3rd, 2010
9:33 am

Tony, you moron, maybe he should have just gouged his eyes out. Would that have been better? Bedwetter!

SECWasteManagement

November 3rd, 2010
9:33 am

I bet you and your butt buddy Schultz had fun talking about writing the same article he did the other day.

ARdawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:34 am

@Mutt nonsense

I do suppose I owe you an apology for the “Homer” name calling so, I apologize. However, I do take you for the limp wristed left handed liberal for supporting the silencing of Todd Grantham’s basic constitutional rights. :)

kydawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:34 am

Holding up a “choke” sign as a threat of personal harm would be worth this much publicity…doing it as a sign to miss the field goal is funny…my gosh people…move on!!!

Spokesman for the SEC East

November 3rd, 2010
9:34 am

Ol’ Wrecks aka WrecksNEffect

Dont talk about crack back blocks, one of your thug offensive linemen has been called on it twice in 4 games.

Mutt Nonsense

November 3rd, 2010
9:34 am

Paul in RDU,

You my friend have my vote for the post of the day. Completely agree. TG should not be suspended as you mentioned, and all of your other points still hold true. Well stated sir.

Typical UGA Fan,

I’m still laughing. Hilarious.

WashingtonDCduck

November 3rd, 2010
9:34 am

“” Wow. Really? Did he shoot him or something? This is killing a fly with a sledge hammer. He did not mean he literally wanted him to choke and require medical attention but, only miss the field goal. You have got to be kidding me. All of this is really going to far. I am not a young fan or a casual bystander, I am a high school coach and I would like a return to some of what players used to be able to do and celebarate a little. It is unfortunate to have athletes spend countless hours preparing for competition and then be penalized for accomplishing their goals. IT IS A GAME! If Grantham hit the kid or gave him the finger perhaps but, wanting him to choke. C’Mon Man!”"

Spot on Hank

travy

November 3rd, 2010
9:35 am

oh man, this is one of the more entertaining threads in a long time. from the deflection of responsibility by pointing at the other team, to the inward attacks on a distinguished and prominent alum who is only pointing out the obvious, to the general arrogance, lack of self awareness and hypocrisy amongst the fans. this is what sec football is all about.

don’t ever change georgia. don’t ever change… :^)

Dostoyevskiy

November 3rd, 2010
9:36 am

Uga coach gives the “choke” sign; Fl players (literally) choke the opposition’s players.

Virginia Dog

November 3rd, 2010
9:36 am

Tony – You are right on. With this kind of behavior from a coach how can we expect the players not to have on and off field problems. “In the heat of battle” argument doesn’t hold water. If it did there would be no reason to ever get upset with a player called for a personal foul on the field and “in the heat of the battle”. I am very disappointed that no apology was offered and that Richt swept it under the carpet also. I wouldn’t accept this type of behavior at any level from PeeWee to the Pros. I think your suggestion of suspension and fine would send a message to the whole team. By the way, this is a UGA issue and has nothing to do with any player or coach from any other team. We should make the right decision regardless of other’s actions. That is the definition of character.

Sean

November 3rd, 2010
9:37 am

Really? He gave the choke sign and that’s what this hubbub is about? Suspended the guy a game and move on….Tony, you’re treating it like the end of the world.

It’s pretty tough to come down hard on this guy when Florida players are ACTUALLY choking their girlfriends and get to come back and play a month later.

http://thebubblescreen.blogspot.com

Spokesman for the SEC East

November 3rd, 2010
9:37 am

Choke another player? what have you been smokin?

Greg

November 3rd, 2010
9:37 am

surely you could have come up with a better story than this to waste your ink on. who cares? it was barely worth mentioning when it happened, and there is no reason to analyze it the way you’re doing. you really are a bad writer. this is a weak point, but when you do have a logical point your writing still sucks. you are just boring to read. period.

SadDawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:38 am

“This is about the adults in charge acting like adults”
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Oh, like a coach calling multiple time-outs at the end of a blowout?

Tony, tell me to find the NCAA rule against what Grantham did. Oh, there’s not one? Then stifle it.

JB

November 3rd, 2010
9:39 am

Meyer pulls a player out of the air who should not even be allowed to still be in school and plays him, and he makes a big difference in the game, and we’re worried about this. Laughable. Georgia is the most talked about, scrutinized program in the country because of Bradley, Schultz and now Tony pounding these non stories as to drive hits to sell space for revenue…..If Tech has a player in a wreck or cheating on a test, it gets 40 hits….. no one cares, that’s why…… This might all be about Mark’s public confession of Christianity and faith and these press guys trying to paint every pimple in a negative light……..who knows

Stating the Obvious

November 3rd, 2010
9:39 am

“Constitutional rights” do not apply in this circumstance.

The right to free speech does not guarantee that you can’t get reprimanded by your employer. Try cussing out your boss and see how much he respects your “right to free speech.”

The “right to free speech” only guarantees that you can’t be arrested when using free speech in public, but even this does not always apply. You cannot yell “bomb!” on an airplane or “fire!” in a theater.

“Constitutional rights” do not necessarily apply in the private sector.

athhound

November 3rd, 2010
9:39 am

Interesting day today…sanity has a chance to make a comeback in Washington and TB writes an article that I completely dismiss. Neither happens very often. Richt show calm and control during his first five years, we Ga fans think he’s the greatest, Richt shows calm and control during his next five years, we Ga fans scream that he needs more emotion. TG shows emotion, we Ga fans scream that he needs calm and control…..my question is: why would any grown man put up with the idiots that fill Sanford (I’m one of ‘em) these days when said idiots change their attitudes like most of us change underwear? First it’s the S&G program, then it’s discipline, then it’s playcalling, then it’s emotion/lack of same from coaches…whichever way the wind blows…

SLAPAJACKET

November 3rd, 2010
9:40 am

Tony! Just wondering! Who woke up on top this morning, you or cum?

winterDawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:40 am

This is all so stupid. And yes, I thought the uproar over the Spikes eye gouging was uncalled for. It’s called football, in the heat of battle things happen. Nobody was hurt and not even anyones feelings were hurt. I think the media likes to play up episodes from the UGA-florida game to try and use it as some indictment of southern behavior. There was an election yesterday. Go talk about that stuff.

Looming NCAA Investigation at Georgia for someone paying Caleb Kings fine.

November 3rd, 2010
9:40 am

“It was a miscommunication, and unfortunately I had to get in trouble for it,” King said Monday. “I thought it was taken care of.”

Uh Oh!!!

Gen Neyland

November 3rd, 2010
9:40 am

I’m not gonna debate this issue, but I’d like to point out to those that consider this action a show belly-fire from a coach in the heat of the moment : It was an emotional outburst. I agree. Like when Tebow shed tears. That too, was an emotional outburst of a similar nature, only expressed differently. Guess Tebow should have thrown a bird at Alabama’s bench instead. Ahh, but that would have been out of character for him…Y’all have fun with this one. I’m gone for the day…

Herschel Talker

November 3rd, 2010
9:40 am

TONY BARNHART IS A JOKE. HE WRITES STUFF LIKE THIS BUT CONTINUES TO DEFEND MARK RICHT AND THE SHAMBLES THAT THE UGA FOOTBALL PROGRAM HAS BECOME. TONY BARNHART STINKS.

Dooley

November 3rd, 2010
9:40 am

I think you are blowing this way out of porportion. It’s not that big of a deal. Guess you have nothing better to write about. Back in my day we wouldnt do that but we thought it! Now I’m going back to my garden. Barbara where are my gloves……

78 GA ALUM

November 3rd, 2010
9:40 am

Tony are you kidding? Florida plays Rainey who text his girlfriend “TIME TO DIE” and that’s OK, but CTG tells the kid to choke and everyone including yourself gets upset? Maybe I should be offended by the Gator Chomp, I’m sure many people are scared of being killed by an alligator…maybe you should write an article about stopping the CHOMP, it’s threatening and scary for small children. Get a life and write about sports NOT non-issues, you’re better than this.

RambleOn84

November 3rd, 2010
9:40 am

Losers point to the mistakes of others.

Winners admit responsibility for their own.

betsy

November 3rd, 2010
9:41 am

oh get over it tony – really – what else do you want to cry about

OrlG8r

November 3rd, 2010
9:41 am

Tony, and the rest of the Bulldog nation. I agree that the actions of the coach were wrong, and he should regret having done and said what he did, but….I don’t think it rises to to the level requiring fines and/or suspensions. Look, the guy did something stupid. Give him a shot and move on. If he continues to be a jerk, fire his butt if you like, but let’s all get over this “holier than thou” reaction to someone else’ mistakes.

Stating the Obvious

November 3rd, 2010
9:41 am

Your “Constitutional rights” do not apply in this circumstance.

The right to free speech does not guarantee that you can’t get reprimanded by your employer. Try cussing out your boss and see how much he respects your “right to free speech.”

The “right to free speech” only guarantees that you can’t be arrested when using free speech in public, but even this does not always apply. You cannot yell “bomb!” on an airplane or “fire!” in a theater.

“Constitutional rights” do not necessarily apply in the private sector.

Ol' Wrecks aka WrecksNEffect

November 3rd, 2010
9:41 am

re: Spokesman for the SEC East

I personally don’t like like CPJ’s “diving at the defensive players kneecaps” Offense, because I think that at the BCS Level schools should not have to resort to that kind of crap, it leads to greater risk for injury, the games are boring to watch and your own team’s Defensive players don’t develop because they are seeing things in practice that other Offenses won’t do on gamedays.

What GT & CPJ do only works in crappy Conference like the ACC.

MURPHY

November 3rd, 2010
9:42 am

DC Duck,

I am a high school coach also,and this was a class-less irresponsible act.Think what our UGA players thought of him acting this way.This is not how a coach at any level should act.

Jim Nasium

November 3rd, 2010
9:42 am

For all the Dawg Nation that thinks all is OK with this behavior, check out what others think of you. Funny thing is, that’s why this coach does this, everyone in the Dawg Nation thinks it’s OK.
http://www.jimrome.com/videos?uri=channels/383728/1064155

John

November 3rd, 2010
9:42 am

Mr CFB opines:

“This is totally unacceptable on any level. And I don’t want to hear this “heat of competition” crap from anybody. I don’t care how intense a game is. A coach does not attempt to intimidate a student-athlete from another school. You don’t do it. Period.”

Speaking of “crap” Mr CFB, the above paragraph provides a shovel full itself. What in the wide world of sports do you call the tactic of calling a time out right before the kick but an attempt to intimidate the kicker.

What pious, holier-than-thou nonsense, sir!

You’ve lost your perspective dude. You’re part of the college football country club set so you offer up patrician bluster like this to impress your high-roller buddies with whom you share the inner sanctum.

Cripes, Mr. Barnhart. Maybe you’d be better off writing about golf – or polo. It seems that’s where your perspective is coming from these days.

What?

November 3rd, 2010
9:42 am

I don’t condone Grantham’s actions…but at least somebody on the sidelines is showing SOME sort of emotion!

That said, if I were Coach Richt I would take a page out of Randy Moss’ playbook and stop answering questions. I would take it a step further than Randy and institute a total media blackout. No statements. No Press Conferences. Nothing. If the SEC fines him or the University for not making the coaches and team available to the press–so be it! I wouldn’t say word one to a single reporter this year or next year. Same for the players. I have been critical of Richt in these blogs. I don’t think he is even the 6th best coach in the SEC at this point. But if I were him wouldn’t answer to the press–the AJC especially; just so that everything I do and say is over-analyzed and ultimately questioned. The team doesn’t need this. The coaches don’t need this. Recruiting CERTAINLY doesn’t need this.

For the record…I am only calling for a total MEDIA blackout, not another silly uniform ploy.

What do you expect

November 3rd, 2010
9:42 am

Guy’s it’s pretty simple it’s the “chickification” of sports!!!!! I’m sure Tony’s blog in the next few days will be about how this young man is in therapy, he just hasn’t been the same he hasn’t been able to attend classes and how his life has been a nightmare since the senseless attack.
Lets be real when we were 18, 19, 20, 21 years old what did we think about older people for the most part? That they were stupid old people. I’m sure this kid and his teammates were laughing there ASS off on the bus ride back to Gainsville at this clown!!!!! And I’m sure they weren’t crying because he gave him the choke sign.
I’m just going to guess but the conversation problem went something like this; Hey did you see the stupid old F@%# on the sideline yelling and giving me the choke sign. I ran by him after the game and told him to choke on this.

BG

November 3rd, 2010
9:42 am

Come on Tony! Don’t be a wimp! UF has been doing things like this to GA for 30 years.

john

November 3rd, 2010
9:42 am

Tony,

You are an idiot.
Every red shirt in the stands and in the state was thinking the same thing – miss it!
Yes, let’s fine and suspend a coach that wants to beat Florida.
This PC thing has gone too far.

From Where I Sit

November 3rd, 2010
9:43 am

Amen Tony,

The bottom line this was classless as I could accept another player doing this but a coach, come on. Just like Spikes last year with the eye gouging, not acceptable. Therefore, suspension is in order along with some sort of fine. Again, turn this around, and dawg fans would be calling for the coaches head.

Gators win the East again.

Enough Said!

Spokesman for the SEC East

November 3rd, 2010
9:43 am

Ol’ Wrecks aka WrecksNEffect

Does it bother you that a UGA linemen has been called on it at least twice in the last 4 games? Of course not he is a jawja boy.

RambleOn84

November 3rd, 2010
9:45 am

There used to be something called “honor,” and it was revered in all arenas, especially in violent ones such as football and war. Not only was it revered, it was considered “manly” to be respectful and honorable.

Only in a society as warped as ours can taking responsibility for one’s actions be considered “chickification.”

Jesse Stone

November 3rd, 2010
9:45 am

…and many wonder why UGA athletes (and now a coach) are always in hot water. It’s because the fans accept their behavior and make excuses for them. Stop being jocksniffers. Maybe if their behaviors were condemned, things would change.
This reminds me of the child that is constantly in trouble in grade school. When the parents were brought in for a conference, all the parents did was make excuses for behaviors or say that they “really aren’t that big of a deal”.

reebok

November 3rd, 2010
9:45 am

Grantham is a no-class jerk. He should at least have the cojones to apologize and take responsibility like a man.

93Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:46 am

What they said. Get over it Tony. Suspension and fine? Puh-lease. You are way off base on this one.

Really??

November 3rd, 2010
9:46 am

Are you serious??? This is football. The coach’s gesture is the least of the problems. Stop being so sensitive to everything. Maybe you should report on something like lipstick choices.

DawgMan73

November 3rd, 2010
9:46 am

Enter your comments herehttp://www.ajc.com/travel/
Your comment is your opinion. You are entitled to it. However, I do not need you to tell me how to think or feel. Grantham’s act has been blown out of proportion. The frustration of losing year after year to Florida in Jacksonville has caused many of us distasteful behavior. I’m glad to see that Grantham has a pulse. I’m glad to see that someone who could have a real impact on a game there, is sick of it too.

Eric

November 3rd, 2010
9:46 am

Tony,
Normally you write pretty level headed and informative columns that I enjoy reading. This was not even close to being one of them. This is such a non issue that it’s become a joke. There is no crime here and there is nothing wrong with wanting to win or wanting the other team to screw up a play. All it does is make Henry look even better for not buckling under the pressure. Hats off to him for stepping into a tough spot and making his play. But there is no story here. Move on.

Ron

November 3rd, 2010
9:47 am

Tony, you obviously never played the game of football. This is benign compared to what’s done and said during a typical practice. Quit writing for comments.

SMITTYSTHEMAN

November 3rd, 2010
9:48 am

It is so pathetic, yet so predictable that Dawg fans keep bringing up the fact that Meyer played Rainey in this game, as if that justifies Grantham’s childish behavior. Throwing stones at others when you, yourself, are being backed into a wall is petty and childish (he started it, no he did, no he did, yadayadayada). If you think playing Rainey was wrong so be it. There are a lot of people that agree with you, including me. But don’t start crybabying and bringing up other people’s transgressions when the full concentration should be on your own. For those of you who say it’s not a big deal what Grantham did, I thought you Dawg fans wanted a program you can be proud of — a class organization from top to bottom. Grantham was supposedly going to be the “savior” that would lead the Dawgs to the national championship, and yet he’s just as immature as the teenagers he’s being highly paid to coach. What a joke. I totally agree with Barhart.

Crazy Dave

November 3rd, 2010
9:48 am

I am still upset at the coaching at UGA!!! CUM looked scared and confused on the sidelines and he still managed to out coach CMR and staff!!! Maybe it was our own DC stating we choked and it had nothing to do with the kicker??? Fire CMR and the entire staff now–including R. Garner!!!

ga gator

November 3rd, 2010
9:48 am

Get real Tony, probably the only time you have ever sweated in your life was when some bully from the football team laughed at you and your boyfriend. Grantham did nothing wrong and probably helped Henry’s concentration.

NoAxeToGrind

November 3rd, 2010
9:48 am

If I were Grantham, this is what I’d do: I would tell Adams and “Sunday school boy” Richt to kiss my a$$, and I would resign at the emd of the season. Grantham comes from the league where big boys play. How long do you think Richt would last in the NFL? I’ll answer that for you. Not as long as Petrino. Why should Grantham go down with the Titanic?

Dan

November 3rd, 2010
9:48 am

Give me a break…while it was not in the best taste, it was not like he gave him the finger…this is football. Get over it. Just curious, how did you comment on Paul Johnson’s comment of punching Georgia fans in the nose? That’s what I thought.

Mutt Nonsense

November 3rd, 2010
9:48 am

ARDawg,

None needed. Fun banter back and forth keeps this interesting.

As far as TG, I have no desire for his suspension or fine. Don’t like what he did, but he’s free to do it in my book. He just needs to own it. Don’t be ‘man’ enough to be bush-league like that on the sideline, but then dance around the whole issue when questioned. As Gen Neyland stated earlier, at least Lane Kiffin is in front of a mic w/ his histrionics and doesn’t back down. I thought the fake non-apology from TG and the “limp wristed left weanie” comments by Richt about it were some of the worst parts of this affair. Doesn’t really strike me as strong leadership or the sign of someone righting the ship.

LA-DAWG

November 3rd, 2010
9:49 am

Tony, what the hell do you mean by your stupid remarks. If you think the Gator Kicker was looking at the Georgia Coach prior to kicking the ball, and not concentrating on making the kick….You need to get out of Sports reporting…..You have lowered your standards, and will be one less reader from here on out. Stupid

UGA Football Players

November 3rd, 2010
9:50 am

We suck! Lets go Party… Hollar

GaDawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:50 am

The only thing that’s going to come out of this, If it’s made into a mountain , is the fact that any coaching staff at any institution will be under the microscope. Now that’s going to be absurd because this sort of thing goes on in all games from every sideline, so who are we kidding here, is this a means to the end of good old fashion hate for everybody. I think so. Biggest load of BS I’ve ever read, thanks TB. Oh and by the way does this mean when the Falcons play Dallas this year there can’t be any flapping of the wings from you know who on the sidelines? Let’s take the fun out of football and make it a gentleman’s game, leave the real football to rugby player’s Geeeeezzzzz!
Tony, we want an apology from you

Dr. Love

November 3rd, 2010
9:50 am

Get a grip. Big deal about nothing. Happens in midget football all the time. Sick of PC sissies.

Ol' Wrecks aka WrecksNEffect

November 3rd, 2010
9:51 am

re: Spokesman for the SEC East

I don’t like it when it called on anyone, but it is even worse when the HC/OC “designs” those kinds of dangerous blocks into the “core blocking scheme” of the offense, like CPJ does.

The UGAy guy probably was late getting to his man and dove at him to try and “save” a play, that totally different from what CPJ “designs” his offense to do, blocking-wise.

CFB Officials worry about blows to the head, but there are many more lower leg injuries created by blocking schemes like the one that CPJ has a GT.

This message brought to you by Bobby Knight & Woody Hayes

November 3rd, 2010
9:51 am

Really Tony for just giving the choke sign? Wow. Talk about harsh.

Just a Fan

November 3rd, 2010
9:51 am

Love to see how the jawja fans get so upset when one of their coaches gets called out! This is hilarious. Seriously jawja fans you need to look at where your program is. Mark Richt is running it just like his daddy did at Florida State.

ga gator

November 3rd, 2010
9:52 am

It was going on both sides. First UGA called timeout to ice him. When they did, Henry pulled his helmet up as to say, it isnt going to work and that is when Grantham did it. I was sitting maybe 30 yards away and saw the whole thing. Move on everyone, it is football and it is not 1950 anymore.

Game Time

November 3rd, 2010
9:52 am

Agree, Tony. Very objective view of a very classless, immature act — one that should not be tolerated by a man given the responsibility of leading and molding young men — and given a salary of $750,000 (unbelievable, by the way!!) Can’t believe the ignorant posters who don’t understand the significance of this — well given it’s UGA supporters, maybe I should understand.

Stand Up

November 3rd, 2010
9:52 am

Excellent article, Tony. Someone needs to call out those that are charged with educating our youth and failing at it. I don’t want my kids going to UGA to learn from this guy. What’s he going to do next when he gets by with this? It’s getting so everyone (at UGA) wants to allow immature, unnecessary, and adolescent behavior and then say since it’s ‘non-criminal’ it should go unchecked. It’s disturbing when someone is as wrong as this coach AND his head coach sluffing it off AND the Dawg Nation thinking it is alright.

Latrell Sprewell

November 3rd, 2010
9:52 am

Chas, give me a call and I will show Grantham how to make a choke sign.

Chris Rainey

November 3rd, 2010
9:53 am

Coach Meyer told me to use the choke sign instead of sending a text next time. Thanks Coach Grantham you helping me be a smart thug!

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:53 am

Totally disagreed with your column yesterday concerning keeping Richt. You failed to be a good journalist by not digging deep and bringing up all the issues plauging UGA when making your non emotional decision.

Today, I agree with you. What happened to respect, decency, sportsmanship? This society has gone in the tank generally speaking. This action is a direct result of the lack of morals, and principles prevalent in todays society. I don’t have any control over my neighbors kids but I do mine.

Special Ed

November 3rd, 2010
9:53 am

What would anyone expect from thUGA? Ignore the cancer within by focusing on Rainey…typical.

ga gator

November 3rd, 2010
9:53 am

Ol’ Wrecks aka WrecksNEffect

Look I cant stand Man Boobs but his offense is legal. If the NCAA rules change then he will get out of coaching. What Ben Jones did was because his fat lazy ass couldnt catch up to the defender.

Dawgs73

November 3rd, 2010
9:54 am

Tony, I don’t disagree that it was not a “sportsman like” act by Grantham but let’s focus on the real problem at UGA…Mark Richt and his inept coaching. This just further exemplifies why you and other media outlets (680 the fan/Buck & Kincade) keep deflecting criticism from the down ward spiral that is UGA football.

Let’s blame the players and the newly brought in DC, but saint Richt gets a pass…UNFREAKIN BELIEVABLE!!!! If you spent more time being objective and unbiased, then you would provide the recent facts and evidence that strongly suggest change.

Simple Jack

November 3rd, 2010
9:54 am

WRONG!!! This issue has been blown way out of proportion. Let it go, Tony. Live in the now. We don’t need to go all PC in football.

Mark Richt

November 3rd, 2010
9:54 am

Nobody would have cared about this if I was at florida state. Why couldnt the old man retire sooner

autiger83

November 3rd, 2010
9:54 am

UgaLeeDawg: Dont confuse the behavior of a player on the other team off the field with the behavior of a COACH on the field. They are both deplorable, but are in no way linked. My daughter is in the Redcoat band. UGA needs to represent well at every level.

Grantham knows better. I agree with Barnhardt. Also think Richts tenure is growing short. Im an Auburn grad, but have a vested interest now in Georgia as well.

gdawginkalamazoo

November 3rd, 2010
9:54 am

Really Tony, how about giving him a “Clockwork Orange” type punishment where he has to watch the field goal over and over and over.

Htowngtr

November 3rd, 2010
9:54 am

Didn’t that kid who got kicked out of his high school say he liked UGA because “they don’t cuss”? Yea, I thought so. Some 2011 QB.

MR

November 3rd, 2010
9:55 am

You know I find it interesting that the UGA fans are so upset the Rainey played on Saturday. The young man was cleared by the courts, was not sentenced to jail time or even a felony. He was punished by the school and met every requirement that put upon him to be reinstated. I don’t remember dawg fans getting to upset when Odell Thurman was reinstated to the team after his thug activities. I gues there is a double standard for the dawgies.

Mark Richt

November 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

Father forgive Grantham for he knows not what he does

Christian LeMay

November 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

I can’t wait, cursing hypocritical coaches (like my daddy), no curfews and beautiful women. UGA has it all.

boots

November 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

Tony, I don’t get it. Everyone on the field on Saturday were adults. Some of these players are in their mid-twenties. They are not 10 year old boys. Grantham embarrassed himself by acting like a brat, but it wasn’t like he shot anyone or threatened to kill someone like the Florida back did. Last year, a Gator tried to gouge the eyes of Ealey, and Myer looked the other way. This year, we were playing a felon who threatened to kill a woman, and you are worried about a choke sign? Whatever.

Christian LeMay

November 3rd, 2010
9:57 am

Enter your comments here

Gbal

November 3rd, 2010
9:57 am

Tony – I call BS on this piece. Usually give you credit as being the only true journalist sportswriter for this paper but this really seems like you woke up and felt the urge to write a Shultzish or Bradleyish piece to catch up on the blog hits.

I watched the CSS college show this AM that ran right after your show and all three on the panel agreed that this was a non story and that people were making way to much of it…saying that people are too sensetive if this is an issue and bothers them. Fans, students, players, cheerleaders, alumni…. all do what they can during heated moments of a game to distract the opposition. This is one of the few times you dissapoint me with your writting but there is no need for this. And what makes you start currsing every paragraph all of a sudden? Is that professional? Sure it offends many. FINE>>>SUSPENSION>>> could be in order given your logic. Hope you come back with some good worthwile reading tomorrow.

This is a joke – This type thing goes on all the time. Didnt take you for the whimpy PC type.

Urban Meyer

November 3rd, 2010
9:57 am

Just wait till neckt you I am going to hang 100 on you for that choke sign. No pun intended.

DrKnowledge

November 3rd, 2010
9:57 am

The apologist crowd at UGA is pathetic…..no matter what your problems or situations are you always seem to play the “yes, but…..” game. If you have such class and tradition then maybe you should just look at the behavior in your own house first and foremost and stop whining…”the other kids do it too, mommy”….you guys are hysterical.

AU Fan

November 3rd, 2010
9:57 am

More importantly, any other AU fans like myself nervous that UGA will play lights out against us? The AU-UGA game is always interesting and this year will be no different. UGA can throw the ball around while our secondary is pretty average at best.

RxDawg

November 3rd, 2010
9:58 am

The Grinch
November 3rd, 2010
9:16 am

LOL, best one yet

Bubba

November 3rd, 2010
9:58 am

Come on, Gator fans, let’s be honest. This incident really bothered you? You won the game. You’ve won 18 out of the last 21. You beat us in the most painful way possible. You made us Georgia fans miserable for another year. And you’re really fretting over Coach Grantham’s sideline gesture? Really? Tell you what: If we can win the next 18 of 21, we’ll give your coaches free reign to make whatever gestures they want. We won’t complain. I swear.

UT

November 3rd, 2010
9:58 am

Come join us at the bottom UGA. Its lonely down here.

bob

November 3rd, 2010
9:59 am

Enter your comments here

KR

November 3rd, 2010
9:59 am

I agree it was a classless thing to do on Grantham’s part and Mark Richt should address it with him. End of story.

I have a question for you, Tony. (I won’t hold my breath waiting for an answer.) How is this different than Urban Meyer calling a time out the split second before Auburn kicked the game winning field goal in 2007? The intent of the act was the same.

By the way, so were the results…

stick it

November 3rd, 2010
9:59 am

mr barnhart and mr schultz stick it. fine something else to complain about. it is great to see a coach with urgency to win.

dawgfan

November 3rd, 2010
9:59 am

I love it when football fans refer to 21 year old grown azz freaking men as “kids.” Chas Henry can drink an irish car bomb, go to a strip club, die in a war, run for most public offices, start a business, fly a plane, wear flip flops in the dead of winter, and pretty much do whatever the good holy hell he wants to within the cofines of the law, but he’s just an innonent little “kid.” Please get a freaking grip people.

ga gator

November 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

Bubba evidently you havent read mine; it is a non story and should bother no one. If anything he helped the kicker’s concentration.

Barney Fife

November 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

You need to NIP it in the BUD coach Richt

EgginDawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

Tony, you have completely lost me here. I don’t condone what he did. But to call for a supension, seriously? Remember it was only last year when Spikes gouged Ealey’s eyes. CUM did not have the testicular fortitude- just like this year with Rainey, to do the right thing. Hell, Spikes sat himself down for what he did, CUM couldn’t/ wouldn’t do it. I’m sure that CMR, the AD, and Adams have already disciplined him. Maybe they chose not to air it publicly. It’s been handled. Should he have been cheering for him to make the FG? Like someone said, this is like killing a fly with a jackhammer.
Just keep up the great work of blowing smoke up the asses of the Old Ball Sack and CUM and you’ll do just fine.

Cunning Linguist

November 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

Grow up people. The finger pointing towards the other side is so juvenile. CTG is a hot head…he has no business coaching college football. He is a motivator of men who get paid for their play…not a motivator of teenagers getting free tuition. He belongs back in the NFL and he will be back there soon enough.

Big Time?

November 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

It’s death by a thousand cuts for UGA and the football program.

Player arrests, party school, red panties, losses with top recruiting classes, 750K/yr for a classless jerk DC.

It did get you some national attention on ESPN, Rome Is Burning and Around the Horn yesterday afternoon. Embarrassing publicity, but publicity none the less.

The Florida kicker should have headed straight over to the classless POS right after he made it and flipped his sorry butt off.

Classless low life.

Really?

November 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

We do all realize he didn’t want to literally choke the kid, right? Sure, he wanted him to miss a kick, but who didn’t? Seriously, not a big deal. That team has killed us for the past 20 years and has done it with little to no class. I still think Richt should have b!!$h slapped Meyer at the post game handshake after running up the score & using timeouts in 2008.

John

November 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

Game Time and Stand Up, what world do yo two maroons live in?

Game Time says.
…”ignorant posters who don’t understand (sic DON’T AGREE WITH ME) the significance of this…” I love it when a difference of opinion is used by the self-impressed to make value judgements about the worth of their fellow human beings.

And here’s Stand Up:
“What’s he (Grantham) going to do next when he gets by with this?” Ah, the old slippery slope. I’ll guess let weeds grow in his front yard and not tip the paperboy at Christmas.

“…AND the Dawg Nation thinking it is alright.” I believe Dawg Nation is saying “grow an appendage”. Admirable behavior on Grantham’s part it wasn’t. But all this breathless outrage is a joke.

lawzoo

November 3rd, 2010
10:01 am

Absolutely great column today. Not only was the gesture over the top the lack of contrition or anger by any of Grantham’s superiors….Mark Richt, Adams, etc. is baffling. We live in a time when the focus is “moving on” not taking responsibility for our mistakes.

The Real Truth Detector

November 3rd, 2010
10:01 am

Great Job Tony..

Now this is typical responses by the biggest failure of a program UGA fans.

Your M.O. is to divert attention from the article to something totally different. UGA fans want to turn it to Chris Rainey(first comment). Rainey servered his time, Meyer is just as bad as Richt about players. This is about a grown man, who if you looked up he is on the same level as a department head but at a much greater salary.

You UGA fans have not changed in 50 years. You have a second rate program, with top talent, and are the most disappointing program in the SEC if not the south, however you think you are a top program because 5 times in twenty years you finish in the top 15 or 20. Well folks I am here to tell ya, your program is a bottom feeder program when it comes to wins and championships in the last 20 years, even worse the past 5 years.

The past 5 years you are on the same level as Kentucky who was on probation, and Ole Miss.
Make all the excuses you want for this program and CMR, he is a joke and as long as the state system allows dummies like Michael Adams to make decisions you will stay where you are at, the bottom half of the league.

What Kind of excuses are you guys going ot make when Auburn BEATS you like a drum in two weeks, whine some more.

CLASSLESS PROGRAM, CLASSLESS COACH, CLASSLESS FAN, THE PERFECT TRIFECTA.

Grantham represents the University 24/7 and he needs to understand he is a grown man who is a COACH-TEACHER, and if this was your child he was doing it to how would you feel?

Mike

November 3rd, 2010
10:02 am

I cannot believe you guys are making such a big deal out of this! He shouldn’t have done it but fine and suspend him for it – no way! This is getting silly – I wanted the kicker to choke also!

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
10:02 am

Wow, looks like a nerve was struck with this topic. My take? As a youth coach I consider it over the line to address the other team’s players in any way other than to break up a fight or to congratulate them for a good play or hustle when the action takes them over to our sideline. This is big time college ball and the players are technically adults, so perhaps the line is fuzzier. I still don’t like it at all personally and agree with those who suggest that it shows a lack of leadership and self-control.

FLDAWG

November 3rd, 2010
10:03 am

Tony your column is “the big choke.” Consider a gardening colum if sideline gestures are a bit frightening to you. What are your thoughts on growing pansies?

1eyedJack

November 3rd, 2010
10:03 am

Come on Tony, get a grip. You’re starting to sound like those libtards Jeff Schultz and Terrance Moore.

There are far worse things that go on in a football game. Did Chaz Henry get his wittle feelings hurt? Then he don’t need to be playing football. He should go play badmitton or something.

What with the staid demeanor of CMR and the passiveness or coaches seem to have I am glad that we finally have at least one coach with some fire in his belly and the desire to win.

Suspension and fine? Get over yourself.

te29wr

November 3rd, 2010
10:03 am

Tony
This is a bunch of crap Your hero did sonmething worst than this to Coach Butts and Coach Bryant( F Bisher) and nothing happened. A coach lets a thug play in the game and CMR let a QB go for touching a girl in a bar and on and on and on Why don’t you guys write about something that matters, No one saw it and cared until Pat Dooley ( a D**K Head himself) sent it out to start something so he does not have to get off his ass to find a story. By the way if the kicker , who was at least 30 yards , in a loud stadium heard this he is haveing problems knowing who was shouting. It would be a good idea to keep cameras out of the players box where they do not belong and put them in the press box to keep an eye on the lazy asses reporters

michael

November 3rd, 2010
10:04 am

media, they KILL me. oh, was that inappropriate? has any sports journalist, particularly on espn, ever played any sport they comment on….ANY SPORT???

UGAgirlFAN

November 3rd, 2010
10:04 am

Mr College Football- I guess you just got told by a lot readers- well said everyone- What a joke of an article when the real news was the UF player who texted his death threat and got to play under Coach Meyers!!!!!!! You need a life!

Rest of the SEC

November 3rd, 2010
10:05 am

UGA fans are the most obnoxious bunch of red neck losers in the SEC. Just like their program they have no class. Can we trade them for Texas A&M?

UGA VII

November 3rd, 2010
10:06 am

Do the Jailers have a higher level of ethics than the inmates.

At UGA they are all criminals.

Here on the other side things are different.

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:06 am

I hope UGA does some serious homework when we hire our next HC. We obviously didn’t do our homework hiring a DC. Hiring CTG is yet another example of CMR’s “deer in the headlights ” approach to running our football team.

KM

November 3rd, 2010
10:06 am

As I said before on Shultz’s article……Waaaaaaaaa effing Waaaaaaaaa! Move on….

Mary

November 3rd, 2010
10:06 am

This is so insane – Who cares? This is football. WHO REALLY CARES?????
Have you heard coaches on the sidelines??? This isn’t Sunday school!.
I’m glad to see some fire on the sideline.
Maybe there just isn’t anything of any interest to write about this week….

WilliamG

November 3rd, 2010
10:07 am

The notion of suspending or fining the coach is – to my mind – crazy wrong. He didn’t try to intimidate the kid (do you honestly think that the ‘choke’ gesture would send any normal kid into a tailspin). He was reacting with passion to a pivotal moment in the game. It was a semi-normal reaction and probably was more a sign of his excitement than any idea in his mind that it would change the outcome of the kick. Surely the world hasn’t reached such a politically correct state that excitement – and even this type of over-reaction – from a coach is a big sin. No doubt he shouldn’t have done it, he’s said as much himself. And had he hit or even touched a player on the other team – yeah, suspend him, bar him for life, fire him, whatever. But I honestly can’t understand the uproar on this one.

Dawg Fan

November 3rd, 2010
10:07 am

Tony,

You mean that coaches shouldn’t attempt to intimidate student-athletes like calling timeouts milliseconds before a field goal attempt? Call it icing or whatever, but the intent is the same – to get into the opposing player’s head.

Why don’t you call out coaches that teach stuff that is illegal like Mr. Johnson who should be lambasted for teaching kids to chop block in ways that are sometimes borderline and other times blatantly illegal? Purposing teaching blocking that has a good chance of getting someone injured, perhaps severely, is okay because it’s part of the game or it’s what is needed to win games?

I don’t disagree that what Grantham did was less than classy and as a Georgia fan I wish it wouldn’t have happened, but your venom and anger is misplaced in this case.

UGA VIII

November 3rd, 2010
10:07 am

Whats up UGA VII how is it down there? Is the fire as hot as they say it is for thuga players?

Jim

November 3rd, 2010
10:07 am

If the kick had been missed the officials could access an unsportsman penlity and Fl could kick again. Games over, move on! I’m sure Richt and Grantham had a heart to heart about this and my money is on it will never happen again. It’s not always what you say but how you say it that counts. At least he didn’t give them the finger along with the choke sign.

UGA VII

November 3rd, 2010
10:07 am

Gratham is right where he should be. Fits right in the UGA culture.

The choke sign was caused by his red panties that were too tight.

Andy

November 3rd, 2010
10:08 am

Wow. What a giant overreaction. Why don’t we sentence him to a prison term while we are at it. It’s college football. All these guys are at least 18 or more years old meaning that they are adults. I think they can deal with some taunting by the opposing team. This isn’t pee wee football with a bunch of 8 year olds. Get over it Tony.

UGA VIII

November 3rd, 2010
10:08 am

I hate that stupid dog house they gave me

UGA VIII

November 3rd, 2010
10:08 am

Red is not my color. The MSU maroon suits me much better.

At the game

November 3rd, 2010
10:08 am

I sold my Florida tickets a month ago for 200 a piece and bought a couple of $50 seats on the Georgia side saturday and I have this question:

When Georgia sends you your football tickets do they issue instructions for you to yell “he was holding ref” for any gain over 5 yards by the opposition?

USMC DAWG

November 3rd, 2010
10:08 am

Lighten up Francis! Although in poor taste, at least Grantham is showing signs of life along the Dawgs sideline. I’d rather one of our coaches be running up and down the sides screaming, raising hell, as opposed to the Andy Griffith demeanor displayed by the head coach.

GTJeff

November 3rd, 2010
10:08 am

This is one of the most asinine articles I’ve ever seen. Are you serious? Wah! Todd Grantham made a choke sign. So what. Get over it.

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:09 am

There’s a big difference between “fire in one’s belly” and poor sportsmanship. Why didn’t CTG use the time out to call the defense over and “inspire a blocked kick”? I see a Leader doing just that, not some childish, immature thing, a teenager would do.

I’m so sick of what UGA’s become, when’s our pain going to end folks?

D

November 3rd, 2010
10:09 am

My goodness, this is part of what is wrong with our country! Americans used to raise men. Now we coddle them well into their 20’s. I wish I could find all this hard to believe, but it seems on par for this day and age. Good grief!

steverino

November 3rd, 2010
10:10 am

Everyone on this board is accusing Tony Barhart of blowing the situation “out of proportion”. This line of reasoning, however you try to make it sound, doesn’t apply here. Barnhart is not making comparisons…he is addressing a singular, stand alone act. Granthams behavior was completely inexcusable, given his position. People who try to use the ‘yeah, but…’ approach are the same types who used the “it takes two to tango” tact to excuse the Clinton/Lewinsky encounter. The culpability factor swings heavily one way. See if you can figure out WHICH way that is.

McDawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:10 am

UGA VII

November 3rd, 2010
10:10 am

UGA VIII,

There are fire hydrants everywhere and we always beat Florida. Most of the departed Georgia players are in the pits though.

Typical Thuga Fan

November 3rd, 2010
10:11 am

HE der boy Coach Granthemer didnt be doing nuting wrong… He was just tryering to win dat der game against dem der gaytors… We caint never beat dem no ways. Maybe dat der coach richt should jump off on dem big crazy looking divers boards so dat team will play harder.

Scott

November 3rd, 2010
10:11 am

Tony,
I appreciate you putting yourself out there, knowing full well the types of responses you were going to get from UGA fans. The interesting thing about the emails is that nobody seems to get that there should be a higher standard for coaches than for players. It is the coaches job to set the example for not only sportsmanship, but how to be a young man. If I saw one of my players giving the choke sign, I would be dissappointed, but it is entirely different for a coach to partake in the same behavior. I hope he is suspended for a game as well. If nothing happens, then you are opening up the door for more poor sportsmanship from your team. How can you hold a player accountable for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty if you expect no better from your staff?

wolfman

November 3rd, 2010
10:11 am

Simply amazing that UGA fans are willing to defend this behavior…

steverino

November 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

PS – not EVERYONE on the board, but many.

James

November 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

Tony, You are close to losing another fan. This has gone too far. Let it go. Report on something positive.

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

Not everyone Steverino. You use logic and common sense. Something not a lost of these posters seem to have.

Dazed and Confused

November 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

Yelling obscenities at the kicker is worse than the choke sign. Interesting the way His Holiness turned his head when Grantham was foaming at the mouth. Since Adams is the puppetmaster, he should apologize to UF and to all UGA alumni for his stupid personnel decisions.

Typical Thuga Fan

November 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

@wolfman.. what you be meaning amazinger… we just defender our fooball school.. we da best we da best… just win bozys.

Jacksonville beach Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

Tony, I like you, I listen to your show on CBS but you are DEAD WRONG on THIS One! dont listen to those Techies and gators crying babies. Grantham is a great coach and I love the steady improvement of our defense and that is the bottom line. the choke sign is nothing to what the gator players and coaches were doing on the sideline after the game.

UGA SUCKS

November 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

UGA sucks keep bring up the rainey incident that is over as well he is a kid who had a heated exchange with is girlfriend of three years im sure many ppl have been there before it didn’t just go public and it was resolved behind closed doors. he had never once been in trouble in his life prior the girl and her family didn’t press charges and he served a five games for it having to watch his team lose three games… he paid for what he did we all do this in the heat of the moment right aka you’ll overpaid sorry DC…. the gators are down this year and still beat the pups yall suck always have and always will…..

4thandacabride

November 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

How do we know Grantham wasn’t referring to his own players choking?

Typical Thuga Fan

November 3rd, 2010
10:14 am

wonder if we will get dat der running back from columbus… I hate tech and florida… somebody give me a natty light

RAID

November 3rd, 2010
10:14 am

Another perspective here…..If you can read lips as I can, youve all noticed coaches being caught on camera saying all kinds of obscenities…….Now maybe they’re not directed at other teams players or maybe they are!…..How many coaches have been caught dropping the F bomb on camera……and how many times has that been made a big deal of?……jus sayin…..

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
10:14 am

Thank you, Tony.

UGA93

November 3rd, 2010
10:14 am

Maybe I’m just missing it, but I really don’t understand why this is as big of a deal as some have made it. I’d like to think sportsmanship is important to me, but why aren’t any internal alarms going off declaring this to be an incredible violation? Either my senses are dulled and deadened, or this is really not that big of an issue. One of the above must be true. . . .

Typical Thuga Fan

November 3rd, 2010
10:15 am

I barker at teachers in the car line at the local elementary school when they be wearing another teams jersey.. Now thats class

We'll Still Beat Tech

November 3rd, 2010
10:15 am

Tony, you are aware that the choke sign meant that TG hoped that Henry would “choke”, in other words miss the kick and not that he intended to actually choke him, right? If you have a problem with this, you probably are against calling a time out to “ice” the kicker, another way of getting in his head. All of you sissies who have a problem with this need to grow a pair. This is big boy football, not pee wee. I don’t see anyone giving Meyer heat for gator chomping the UGA fans after the game.

Good Grief!

November 3rd, 2010
10:16 am

TONY
Do you really think that TG is the first coach or player to give the choke sign or say things from the sidelines to an opposing team? You are now as big of a disgrace and whimp as Jeff Schultz.
The attention on this story is unbelievable! I have several Gator friends that are laughing at this because as they say, “It’s making a big deal over nothing.”
Hey Tony, can we fire and discipline you and Jeff Schultz(NOW) when you guys right crap like this? Didn’t think so. This is football not mamby pamby land. Go cry somewhere else!

Typical Thuga Fan

November 3rd, 2010
10:16 am

wohooo bot my boones farm and natty light ready for dat idohoa state game.. whats dat idaho no u-da-ho… bawahahaha

Old Codger 37

November 3rd, 2010
10:16 am

This might explain it…
Quote from About Tony Barnhart:
“Tony and his wife, Maria, live in Dunwoody. Their daughter, Sara Barnhart Fletcher, is an attorney with the Atlanta firm of Wargo & French. Sara has her mother’s looks and HER MOTHER’S BRAINS.” Unquote.

gatorcali

November 3rd, 2010
10:17 am

Maybe Grantham was doing Georgia’s version of the Gator Chomp. The Georgia Choke. Seems fitting,

Woody Hayes

November 3rd, 2010
10:17 am

That a boy Todd!!!

youngdawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:17 am

Now isn’t Mr. College football becoming a judge of actions on every front. Never heard him bash Saban or suggest he apologize for all his G damning on national tv in front of every young person watching. Oh, but let someone from Georgia doe something and he is becoming judge, jury, and imposing sentence. Bottom line is there are a bunch of thugs coached by a bunch of overpaid coaches that have no character. (applies to Alabama’s Hero Saban aslo) .College football is great, but the thug mentality and the overpaid arrogant coaches are ruining the game.

JEB

November 3rd, 2010
10:17 am

Hey Tony, you choked on this article.

Typical Thuga Fan

November 3rd, 2010
10:17 am

theirs gona be a lot of talent in dat der athens dis weekend and I dont mean on the field… Hope i can find my teeth before saturday.. i know dey be round her some wheres

Georgia Logic

November 3rd, 2010
10:17 am

Why does chris rainey have to do with a low class coach on UGA’s staff, making $750,000, who has been a total bust?

Tony in Dalton

November 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

Barnhart, you are an idiot!!!!!

John

November 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

ken

November 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

we’ll mr. tony is a perfect example of the wussification of america,
what the heck happened to the freedom of expression….go figure…

bruce mac

November 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

Basically UGA is saying to you Tony and the rest of the media, we are tired of dancing to your fiddle. This is football and we will run our program any dang way we feel we should run it. And all you Techsters and other haters go stick it where the sun don’t shine. It is about time. Go Dawgs.

gomdawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:19 am

BULLSHzt, Tony I’m for very proud for what he did it shows is is in the game, and if you don’t like it go to h-ll.

icedawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:19 am

This is truly bizarre. The game of football has been taken to a new low by social engineers.

jj

November 3rd, 2010
10:19 am

for every “subjective” uga fan on here…u really believe that richt would have kicked rainey off the team if he played for uga??? wow! u fans are dead wrong about that

Typical Thuga Fan

November 3rd, 2010
10:19 am

ok gota go pick up kids from work release.. No I am not a parent of one dem georger football players

M a s t e r C a r d

November 3rd, 2010
10:19 am

Tickets to the game= $40 + a $250 donation

2 nights at Amelia Island= $400

2 Swinging Medallions tickets= $120

Watching Todd Grantham motivate Chaz Henry= Priceless

Clark County Police

November 3rd, 2010
10:20 am

Man I hope richt is the coach for a long time. As long as he is here we got job security.

ATLBuccaneer

November 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

LOL at the UGA fans mad at Urban playing Rainey. How many players do you have playing that were arrested this year? 10, 11, 12? haha what a joke

travy

November 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

bubba- gator fans aren’t ’so bothered’ by the choke sign. we are simply making fun of you for having a defensive coordinator dancing up and down the sideline holding his throat while cursing at a player on the field. we are further making fun of the fact that you nutty hicks don’t think it’s an embarrassment but in fact, something to be proud of.

but i suppose an obnoxious out of control redneck cussing up and down the sideline mixing it up with children is a perfect fit for uga.

ga gator

November 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

Give it a rest, Grantham did nothing illegal. Tony must be a sore Democrat loser this morning.

Boydatl

November 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

this is the biggest non-issue in all of college football and completely not surprising that anyone at the AJC would make a big deal of it. a “choke” sign is out of bounds?!?! what a joke…unless he was telling the kicker it was “time to die, b**ch!”

Buck Blew

November 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

Grantham is a coach that is supposed to set an example for his players to abide by. Rainey is a student athlete that also did something stupid and was punished for his actions. Comparing the two and bringing Urban Meyer into the argument is totally missing the point.

For Grantham not to be punished for his childish act is just flat out wrong and Barnhart is right on the mark in his opinion.

Odell Thurman

November 3rd, 2010
10:22 am

Heck ya Coach Grantham! You be carryin on da traditions you know.. THUGA U.. Hollar!

FrozenGator

November 3rd, 2010
10:22 am

What about the little arm in arm “dance” the uga players did on the sideline during the OT coin toss. Did they need 3 more hours credit in country line dancing. After the display a few years ago one might think that wouldn’t happen. It probably wasn’t shown on TV, should have been.

59bulldawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:22 am

TB . . . you’re full of crap, you sanctimonious politically correct self-righteous jerk. Hope you’re man enough to spout that junk to Grantham and I hope he knocks your block off!

Quincy Carter

November 3rd, 2010
10:23 am

Ahh.. Nice move coach.. Can you spot me a 20? I need some ohmm.. ohmm… bus money ya dats what i be needin bus money

Mark Richt

November 3rd, 2010
10:23 am

Maybe I should play soldier boy again…

Mike Henry

November 3rd, 2010
10:24 am

Tony, buy a dress. And while you’re in character ask your wife, daughter and/or sister what she thinks of Rainey’s affair and how it was handled from start to finish in Gainesville. Talk about classless. Take a look at some women’s cirises groups around Atlanta, and ask them what they think the chances are that Rainey will up the ante on his threat with a woman in his life sooner than later. Choke sign, get real. There is much more harassment and cursing going on back and forth during any game than merits even a consideration of a choke sign. It was not the slit throat sign, which was popular with thugs a few years ago. It was a choke sign. We use it on the golf course where etiquette supposedly reigns. Get some freaking perspective!

shankit

November 3rd, 2010
10:24 am

Signing off for good.
The AJC sports writers are nothing but
a group of Aholes.
Dawg fans should boycott the AJC,
they’re making fools out of all of us.

Jim Donnan

November 3rd, 2010
10:24 am

Qunicy I told you to lay of da crak pipe boy

Todd again

November 3rd, 2010
10:24 am

From an 85 grad and letterman, PLEASE AJC, setup some system where only grads of the University can respond and get all these Red and Black diehards who want to throw up Urban Myer negatives to offset a bad situation with Grantham, aka, coach sweetshirt’s choke hold.

It’s a bad scene and the response from McGarity to Richt, …..

This thing is really getting messy in Athens.

Meanwhile, how does MR sit there on the sideline listening to Coach Sweathshirt and his cussing, sailor antics. Van Gorder and Coach Sweatshirt are 2 different things all together.

And don’t get me started on Mike Bobo,

Furious over the state of the program.

Mark Richt

November 3rd, 2010
10:25 am

Jim is that you? Want your job back? You didnt tell me about all of these redneck fools I would have to put up with as long as I am the coach here.

Smitty

November 3rd, 2010
10:25 am

I can’t believe it’s come to this point that we can’t even make a hand gesture in a competitive sport. Everybody in college football cried when CMR “supposedly” called for the touchdown celebration. CMR spent that whole off season apologizing to all the sportswriters and everyone that wanted one. WRONG, that took all of the fire out of that highly ranked team! Everyone made a big deal but nothing was said of Urban Meyer’s timeout to pay UGA back (JUST LIKE A WOMAN) happened.Seems like everytime someone tries to light a fire to the UGA football program, you guys disagree about how it is done. Classless,etc,etc.

Now today you say CTG went overboard with student-athletes and should be an adult. This is FOOTBALL and our biggest rival. He made a hand gesture that signified CHOKE and you treated the coach like he murdered someone (Or threaten to do so like Rainey which shouldn’t ever happen).

Bottom line, you point needs to be associated with female flag football and not SEC football. If I were these two coaches I would definitely ignore half of you sportswriters! That’s why you guys are on the side lines and they are coaches. I really like CMR and I think if he had an ounce of CTG’s personality we would steam role the competition.

Lastly, I follow your comments and like 90% of them. I understand that people disagree and everyone aren’t going to always be on the same page but Tony I really think you’re wrong on this one. If he’s suspended, he should definitely go back to the NFL. Atleast he can show some passion in a meaningful game. Just my two cents, have a nice day and GO DAWGS!!!

HANGMAN

November 3rd, 2010
10:25 am

UGA FINALLY GETS SOMEONE WITH SOME FIRE AND PROPER ALTITUDE AND SOME DIMWITTED SPORTS WRITER WANTS TO STIR UP SOME DUST JUST TO SELL PAPERS! Coach Grantham would make a great Head Coach!

JRW7

November 3rd, 2010
10:26 am

NO NO NO, TONY, You are over the line. CTG has the fire and intensity that the DAWGS need, CMR sure as hell does not have any!!!

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:26 am

According to posters on this blog FrozenGator, that would just be the hip hop culture Mark Richt is embracing so that would be OK. Sportsmanship means nothing anymore apparently. I think most of the ardent supporters have truly given up at this time and just quit posting.

This is just a part of the process going on in Athens which will result in New, Fresh, Leadership for our program to move forward.

Richard Cranium

November 3rd, 2010
10:26 am

STAY CLASSY UGA……

BECAUSE YOU’RE TRASH.

Jim Donnan

November 3rd, 2010
10:27 am

Ya right aint no way I am going back to Athens.. By the way Gus Malhzans offense wont work in the SEC.. OH WAIT I was wrong again. I suck at everything. I am a bad coach and a bad analyst.

Good Grief!

November 3rd, 2010
10:27 am

I agree, this has nothing to do about Rainey. What happens at UF I can personally care less. That’s between them. Again, this is football and for you people wanting to hang TG you might as well discipline 80% of the college coaches out there. How can some of you TOOLS actually act as if this is a 1st time this happened. Unbelievable. Tony B and Jeff S are such wussy boys it’s unbelievable.
People that are on here whining and crying obviously never played any kind of football before. There is no love loss between UF & UGA. Do you guys think that during an Auburn/Bama game that during a field goal to win a game that there is nothing but “pleasantries” for each other.
Some of you people need to get a life!

Todd Grantham

November 3rd, 2010
10:27 am

You just cant hide class… You know what I’m saying

Chris Phillips

November 3rd, 2010
10:27 am

Hi Tony. If I’m in charge at Georgia, Adams will be fired and you hired.

greg

November 3rd, 2010
10:28 am

Hey Tony, not that I expect you to answer this but here goes. What about what CUM did at the end of the game? He was doing the “gator chomp” at UGA players and fans after the game. It wasn’t accidental…it was very cleary directed. Should he be suspended for a game and fined? Most UF fans I’ve spoke to have no problem with the CTG issue, and some even liked it. Why is the media, or more to the point the AJC, trying to make such a big deal about this? Of course there is no screen capture of what CUM did because it happened off camera. Maybe someone got a picture/video of it and it’ll surface at some point. If/when that surface what will the high and mighty TB have to say about how he is going to punish Meyer? give me a break…much ado about nothing. If I’m CTG I appoligize at the exact time hell freezes over.

Mutt Nonsense

November 3rd, 2010
10:28 am

“Dawg fans should boycott the AJC,
they’re making fools out of all of us.”

Nope. That is one area the lunatic fringe Dawg fans have completely covered/mastered.

gomdawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:28 am

I hope our Defense will take this OUT ON THE NEXT THREE OPP. AND SHUT DON’T THERE OFFENSE, COACH YOU TAKE THAT AS A CHALLEGE FOR YOUR DEFENSE. AUBURN AND GA. TECH YOU BETTER BE READY CAUSE THE JUNKYARD DAWGS ARE COMIING

norris

November 3rd, 2010
10:28 am

Good grief! Take a chill pill! I don’t care what your opinion is and from the tone of these message boards, neither does most of the fans. Florida allowed a player who threatened to kill his girlfriend to play in this game. Nothing you can say will change that. This girl who then asked the judge not to charge him with anything serious displayed classic abuse victim signs. The judge in this case blew it. Now, when sometime down the road this boy (he will never be a man) hurts someone, we will see what Urban crier has to say about that!

TheItalianDawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:29 am

Tony – you are wrong on this one, let it go, its not even worth writing about it! dint jump on Schultz and the haters bandwagon-you are better than this. Grantham is doing great job and he is a typical DC

Paul in RDU

November 3rd, 2010
10:29 am

If Grantham’s behavior is no big deal, does anyone have an example of another college football coach doing the same thing?

michael

November 3rd, 2010
10:29 am

NOOO….NAN! just like Caddy Shack.

Lanier Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:29 am

Wow…….you media types are taking this WAY too far. So what if he did it? I like a little passion from my coaches and what he did was nothing. Everyone wants a jerk of a coach who will light a fire into his team, but when one comes along, you ridicule him. Get over yourselves already.

The again this is what I expect from those who think this is a major issue while at the same time looking the other way when the opposing coach did practically the same thing after the kick was made and doing the “chomp” at the UGA fan section. Never mind that the coach already showed his lack of testicular fortitude by allowing someone who threatened to kill his girlfriend to play in this game and be a critical factor. Sadly, true sports journalism – and all journalism for that matter – has gone by the wayside.

I can bet you the late Lewis Grizzard wouldn’t put up with this crap from his beloved newspaper.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:29 am

Ok Grantham gives a choke sign and now Todd wants the AJC to block a portion of there website to only allow Aumni to comment on the state of the UGA program.

Todd I think you have lost the right to comment intelligently on perspective’s. Yeah let’s censor the internet now. Good call!

StraightJacket

November 3rd, 2010
10:29 am

After watching the “Sportsmanship Video” of Coach Grantham, two words immediately come to mind:

Lame Kiffin.

The guy just has no class. “Heat of the moment?” That excuse sounds like something you hear these days to justify all kinds of stupid behavior; even crimes. No, this certainly isn’t a crime, but if the school wants to be seen as having “class”, there must be consequences when a representative of the school shows a lack a class.

Unchecked, the behavior becomes the public image of the school. Don’t believe it?

Then ask College Football Fans what “image” they have of the 2010 Fulmer Cup Champions.

Ace

November 3rd, 2010
10:30 am

What a program in decline. UGA is down for 2 or 3 more years.

JRW7

November 3rd, 2010
10:30 am

FIRE Tony Barnhart and CMR!!! HIRE CTG as HEADCOACH!!!! DAWGS need the fire and intensity!!!! CMR is a fine GENTLEMAN and GOOD CHRISTIAN, BUT he can”t coach. CUM outcoached him in JAX!!!!

Mutt Nonsense

November 3rd, 2010
10:30 am

Todd again,

Well done sir. You get my vote for 2nd best comment of the day. An ‘alumni check’ would turn this into one of the better blogs around for football discussion. Thanks for the honest assessment of your program as well. Good to know you represent the majority of Dawg fans.

But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit the other type of fans are fun to watch sometimes….

Chris

November 3rd, 2010
10:30 am

I’ve had 10 different people at my office express to me how stupid this article was. Is this what journalism at the AJC has become? Simply embarassing. A college graudate should have been mortified at the thought of this article being published.

Good Grief!

November 3rd, 2010
10:31 am

norris huh…… with that name there is no other reason to respond.

gpdawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:31 am

TB, you just lost a lot of credibility with me as well. Get over it. Warning? yes. But suspension is crazy. Better yet, get over yourself.

Typical Thuga Fan

November 3rd, 2010
10:32 am

Can we be getting rid of dat der granthem feller and get dat boy with da lame porno mustache back.. Think his name was vangooder or somin like dat. Plus he looks like most of us anyways

Dave Cutler

November 3rd, 2010
10:32 am

AJC wont post my comments because they make UGA look bad. Hilarious.

so many fools

November 3rd, 2010
10:32 am

Shankit said:

“Signing off for good. The AJC sports writers are nothing but
a group of Aholes. Dawg fans should boycott the AJC,
they’re making fools out of all of us.”

First:
Barnhart = #1 UGA Homer at AJC.

Second:
Dawgfans dont need ANY help from the AJC to look like fools.

Dawgfans do it extremely well…all…by…themselves.

Average Joe

November 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

Crazy… your point is so far off… What about “icing a kicker” is that not trying to attempt to intimidate a student-athlete from another school?

You are so far off base on this… Did you ever play football?

What about coaches telling players to “knock their heads off”? Trying to psych the other team out is something I would expect out of a coach — same as Icing.

Dave Cutler

November 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

I type out a great one and it magically disappears twice…but these two post.

Chuck Norris

November 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

Hire me coach richt. I can send choke signals with my mind

Victoria

November 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

This is getting old. Seems like all the sports writers do lately is bash the Georgia Program. Why can’t they talk about some of the good, like how much the Dawgs have reduced their penalties this year. I saw on another post about how Coach Richt can’t make the throw, catch the pass or hold onto the ball for these guys. The players have to make the plays. I agree with this statement. I also believe football has a certain amount of luck that goes along with it – and this year, we just didn’t get the lucky breaks. I went to UGA and I think the coaches are doing a good job. The media is out-of-control, not the Georgia Football Program. Geez, enough already.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

It’s a little sad that this blog is replete with UGA fans excusing indefensible behavior because it was the “biggest game of the year.”
I hate to break it to you, guys & girls, but UF has lots more important games than the puppies’ (UA, LSU, MSU, USC & FSU for example).

:-D

Bdawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

Tony shut up your a nobody…… Im glad as a former player that a coach has a little fire in him and loves the game like Grantham sure it was little extreme but i have seen coach Meyer act a fool also. Im sure you have never been on the field during a Fl/GA game and know all the s*** talking that goes on!!

PT

November 3rd, 2010
10:34 am

I’m sure thats what Georgia needs is Tony Barnhart calling the shots as to what is best for Georgia football. He and Buck Blue are two of the biggest cheeseballs to date.

Buck Blew

November 3rd, 2010
10:34 am

since Barnhart is a UGA grad, i wonder if they will take away his diploma.

http://blogs.ajc.com/barnhart-college-football/about/

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
10:34 am

I think everyone is missing the point here. Showing emotion is one thing, addressing a player on the other team is another. The kids can talk smack on the field, coaches shouldn’t reduce themselves to that level.

dawgphan

November 3rd, 2010
10:34 am

Tony
I’m a Ga fan but I agree with you. If we don’t draw the line somewhere then behavior like that becomes more commonplace. And as for my fellow Dawg fans who use Fla’s use of a convict to play as a justification of our own actions – we’re better than that.

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:35 am

Dave, just a suggestion, check your grammer. I typed out the word c o c k, refering to South Carolina and tried posting it 4 times and it wouldn’t post. I removed the word and it went through.

King Gator

November 3rd, 2010
10:35 am

If the Dawgs can’t beat the Gators maybe they can beat the AJC… talk about a bunch dogs*it. Who cares if they fine, suspend, fire, flog, whatever Coach Grantham.. it won’t matter the Dawgs D still sucks .. slightly better than KY, Vandy and the Gators Kicker .. Go Gators!

Typical Thuga Fan

November 3rd, 2010
10:35 am

@Bdawg you a former player? When you be gettin outa jail so we can hang?

404

November 3rd, 2010
10:35 am

Its just amazing that UGA fans cant see juvenile & unethical behavior
when its: 1)blatant and, 2) right in their face.

Just pathetic.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
10:35 am

Dave Cutler

November 3rd, 2010
10:32 am
AJC wont post my comments because they make UGA look bad. Hilarious.

Self absorbed much?

greg

November 3rd, 2010
10:36 am

Hey frozengator. Your team won the game and your are crying because the UGA players were arm in arm and dancing on the sideline? Really? It looks like the fan base at UF is taking on the persona of their cry baby coach. See CUM wants it both ways…he’s a little #$tch. He wants to be able to taunt and do anything he wants but doesn’t want it returned in kind. If you were at the game (which I doubt) you would know that CUM made it a point to do the gator chomp directly at our coaches and players AFTER the game…not in the heat of battle. Now thats classy….maybe you should give it a rest…

CopyandPaste

November 3rd, 2010
10:36 am

These players are ADULTS, too. Every single one of them. All he did was tell the kicker he was going to choke. The kicker responded in the best way possible and won the game for his team. Kudos to Henry for that.
I didn’t appreciate him running toward the GA sideline and doing the gator chomp with the rest of his team. I thought that was classless on the kicker’s part.

Lanier Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:36 am

Not only that, but many coaches have done something similar in recent years. Tuberville’s constant badgering and mocking of the Bama fans while Auburn was handing it to them for 7 straight years, Pete Carrol and his hijinx against some of this rivalry opponents, and let’s not forget about the mad hatter Les Miles and his comments about Saban after he took over at Alabama. This kind of stuff happens all the time and people are overreacting about a DC doing a choke sign to an opposing kicker?

Skitty Fritty

November 3rd, 2010
10:36 am

Tony:
I guess you will write any opinion to get people to respond on your blog or tune into your radio show. This is a non story. Where was your outcry last year when Spikes tried to blind Ealey? Where is your outcry over Rainey being put back on the team and actually playing again.

JK

November 3rd, 2010
10:36 am

Enter your comments here

getalife

November 3rd, 2010
10:37 am

If Tony Barnhart got suspended for bad articles he’d be on the street along with the rest of you haters. Get a life…

jbirdawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:37 am

Maybe an apology would be appropriate, but since this is Florida and I have yet to hear an apology from Urban Meyer for two of the worst examples of unsportsmanlike behavior at the end of the 2008 game then I don’t see any reason why Grantham should apologize. Does what he did pose a worse example of sportsmanship to the student athletes on the UGA team than what Meyer did by calling two timeouts at the end of a blowout so Tebow could pound his chest for the UF fans? Don’t tell me that was alright because UGA held a team celebration in the first five minutes of a 7-0 game. By the way, Mark Richt called Meyer personally that Sunday and apologiezed. He also apologized to the University of Fl and everybody else in the SEC. Did Meyer apologize to the SEC or the UGA fans? Was he chastised at all by the media like this? There was a little media attention pointed to it but very little. Suspension and fine? Nah. Over the top there. Is what he did worse than Spikes gouging Ealey’s eyes? No. Not close even if we are comparing coaches to players. Not like it was a throat slash. Chaz Henry was seen blowing kisses at the UGA side when Richt called TO. I agree coaches need to not allow their inner competitiveness make them do something as immature as give the opposing kicker a choke sign. It isn’t what UGA or any other institution wants to exhibit. But…..should he get any worse than what Meyer got for his actions? Negative. A simple reprimand will suffice.

JK

November 3rd, 2010
10:37 am

Get off your high horse. You’re a football columnist, not anderson cooper.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
10:38 am

Lanier Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:36 am
Not only that, but many coaches have done something similar in recent years. Tuberville’s constant badgering and mocking of the Bama fans while Auburn was handing it to them for 7 straight years, Pete Carrol and his hijinx against some of this rivalry opponents, and let’s not forget about the mad hatter Les Miles and his comments about Saban after he took over at Alabama. This kind of stuff happens all the time and people are overreacting about a DC doing a choke sign to an opposing kicker?

Which of these examples involves a coach taunting a player on the opposing team? This is the problem.

Mike Hunt

November 3rd, 2010
10:38 am

Aww, Grantham hurt someone’s child’s feelings. Tony, quit being such a puss! Football is a tought sport. No place for pansies like yourself and Durham!

Driving Ms Dooley

November 3rd, 2010
10:38 am

OVER REACTION Tony. Not that big of a deal. This wasn’t racist or lude and doesn’t offend anyone. It’s like telling your players to be quiet when he lines up for the field goal so you don’t distract him. I guess you’re against calling time out to ice the guy now.

Proper action by UGA. Tell the guy to be smarter next time.

Can’t we talk about how unfair it is that their are 3 teams in the top 5 that play 2 or 3 game schedules. Or how we need a playoff.

I give that choke sign to my daughter when I’m playing tennis against her. It’s part of the game. Tony, you are too busy with all your different media. Take a day off and go play golf. If it’s close on the last hole, give the choke sign to somebody before they tee off. It’s fun. Just like the game of football should be.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
10:39 am

Bottom line is:

TG is an adult and a role model and acted like neither.

King Gator

November 3rd, 2010
10:39 am

Apologies are for chokers! Urban OWNS the Dawgs – CMR 2-8 (that includes the Zooker) .. get your red thongs out of a bunch and move on.. you’re not really mad at Tony B. .. you’re mad because the Dawgs choked on Saturday. Go Gators!

ken

November 3rd, 2010
10:39 am

Wow, tony your ratings must need help!
Can’t believe your lib dribble….

PT

November 3rd, 2010
10:39 am

dawgphan – Well, I’m glad that you pointed out something that Georgia is better at than Florida. I was beginning to wonder.

Grantham has B@lls

November 3rd, 2010
10:40 am

Grantham has emotion. He is the polar opp of Richt and it is nice to see and have. Guess he never got the note that he had to be a robot. He made a choking signal, whoopiee freaking do. Did he run out on the field and choke Chaz or another gator? No? Watch teams when they are signaling in plays they go to the neck or strangle holds all the time, guess we better suspend the coaches and players sending in calls too. You idiots are too liberal and everything offends you, that’s whats wrong with this country, we have turned into a bunch of little cry baby my feelings are hurt. Its football and football is a violent game if you do not like it, change the damn channel and watch soccer or the world poker tour.

DAWG Trapped in Bama

November 3rd, 2010
10:40 am

Tony-
I think this is a little over the top. How is what Grantham did any different than a head coach calling a timeout, or even 2 timeouts prior to a field goal try? Are those head coaches not effectively trying to make a kicker choke? Give me a break…. find something worth talking about. Let’s try and wear our big boy pants to work tomorrow

MrCoachKlein

November 3rd, 2010
10:41 am

Further proof that for all Tony knows about SEC football he never actually spent any time playing it. If you want a guy who stands there holding his own hand have at it. I’ll take a guy who gets a little fired up instead. Where was Tony when Will Muschamp was “Boom MF’ing” on the sidelines? Oh yeah, there weren’t any pageviews to be had for it. That explains a lot.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
10:41 am

ken

November 3rd, 2010
10:39 am
Wow, tony your ratings must need help!
Can’t believe your lib dribble….

Not the first time I’ve seen this today. You think this is a political issue? Idiocy.

GETALIFE

November 3rd, 2010
10:42 am

the man did something he is sorry for. yes it should not have happened, but this is a big game and he did not do it to the player or in his face. what about a bigger thug being allowed to play after what he did only because urban myer was about to lose his job. i feel you as a writer are trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill. what about taking on urban for playing the player he did.

FRED

November 3rd, 2010
10:42 am

TWO STUPIT COLUMNS IN A ROW. TONY PLEASE SOME ADVICE FROM A 72 YEAR OLD WHO LIVED IN NEW JERSEY, YOU ARE HANGING AROUND WITH TO MANY POLITICAL CORRECT PEOPLE NOW, WHAT OUT BECAUSE YOU ARE BECOMING ONE OF THEM.

Paul "ManBoobs" Johnson

November 3rd, 2010
10:42 am

Tony — DId Oprah ghost write this crap for you? One of your all time worst efforts. Seriously, of all of the things in the world of CFB, this is the mountain of righteousness upon which you have chosen to express your angst and outrage??? Go wring your hands about something meaningful.

Jdawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:42 am

If Grantham should be suspended and fined, then Steve ( CRY BABY ) Spurrier should have been barred from college football for his pour sportsmanship.

Big Time?

November 3rd, 2010
10:42 am

Driving Miss Dooley gives the choke sign to his own daughter when they play frickin tennis?

Why am I not surprised?

Jeez, you guys are classic.

Will

November 3rd, 2010
10:43 am

Will this season ever end??????? I have never said this before but I am ready for Nov 28th and I pray UGA does not go bowling. It’s time to put the 2010 campaign in the past forever.

TECH FAN

November 3rd, 2010
10:43 am

This is beyond retarded. The guy works for and is paid by UGA and happens to root for UGA by hoping the kicker choked and the problem is …oh I get it. This is political correctness for retards. Tony Blowhard thinks the coaches should have a love pow wow. Now we know why Blowhard has never been successful at anything other than baffling people to what the heck he is thinking. Stop trying to create controversy and report something relevant.

jtdawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:44 am

WHo does this really offend?

Sure didn’t offend the kicker. Sure didn’t seem to bother anyone else after the game, until Jeff Shultz got a hold of it….

Joseph

November 3rd, 2010
10:44 am

ralph starling

November 3rd, 2010
10:45 am

You are dead wrong!!! i will never watch your show or read you junk again.it was done in the heat of the game.mr college football???? give me a break. i have forgotten more about college football than you will ever know!!!!!!

Good Grief!

November 3rd, 2010
10:45 am

BINGO!!! jtdawg!

jtdawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:45 am

How many times have we’ve seen college coaches rant and curse on the sidelines?

Maybe we should just suspend and fine them all – the money can be divyed up among all the BCS schools so they can make even MORE money, and still not have a playoff

huckhound

November 3rd, 2010
10:46 am

Barnhart has lost his mind.

Joseph

November 3rd, 2010
10:46 am

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
10:46 am

Here’s a question for the bloggers. Those of you who played varsity high school ball or higher, how many times did you ever see your coach address the opposing players in any negative fashion? I played and have been working the chains at a top level HS program for some years now, and I have NEVER seen a coach do it. Ever. This reeks of a man who struggles with self-control.

MichiganDawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:47 am

It’s journalism such as this that makes people hate the media. A Georgia coach is trying to get an opposing kicker to miss a potential game winning field by telling him he is going to choke and you make a huge deal out of it. Yet, on the other sideline their is a player who threatened to kill his girlfriend and you have little to say about it. You are such a liberal.
I will no longer give you any credence what so ever. You have confirmed to me what you are.

Jiggy Smaha

November 3rd, 2010
10:48 am

Kiss my a$$ Barnhart. Not a word about Meyer allowing Time-to-Die-Guy play but you want a coach suspended for a heat-of-the-battle emotional reaction. It is a non-issue. It has been discussed with McGarity and Richt and Slive—and it is over. Nobody is going to dredge it back up because a self-poroclaimed mr. college football (LMAO) says so. Go saok your head. I just wish the choke sign had actually caused Florida’s punter to actually choke.

katherine

November 3rd, 2010
10:48 am

404
November 3rd, 2010
10:35 am

Its just amazing that UGA fans cant see juvenile & unethical behavior
when its: 1)blatant and, 2) right in their face.

Just pathetic.

Yes its very immature behavior for sure….just like the gators doing the chomp to uga. To make this about all uga or florida fans is also immature and in your words…pathetic. The few immature idiots don’t represent the majority of fans…..you should think before you paint a whole fan base with such a wide brush.

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:48 am

This has nothing to do with being cry babies, being offended, or anything else. It’s about having a little “class”, nothing more. CTG didn’t break any laws, he did cross a line that very few coaches have crossed. Also his gesture was fueled by obscenities. There are SEC guidelines that prohibit that type of behavior by coaches. Victoria, why would you wonder why UGA is being singled out so often? If the shoe fits, wear it.

Apparently there is a lot of class within the Bulldawg Nation, just the wrong type as evidenced by the volume and content of the posts on this topic.

Like a previous poster said this morning and it describes my feelings about our program exactly, I’m “furious” with the OVERALL state of our football program. Another word comes to mind also, “DISGUSTED” with CMR’s Leadership.

Rick

November 3rd, 2010
10:48 am

The sad thing is that if Grantham’s D had just picked up one of the fumbles UF put on the ground or made one stop after we tied it at 24, overtime and the choke sign would not have been necessary. The Dawgs are nearing the end of a miserable season, and although the defense has unquestionably improved over last year and is no longer losing games, they are realy doing nothing to win them either.

King Gator

November 3rd, 2010
10:49 am

He has emotion, he cares, he’s fired up, he’s passionate… his defense sucks .. does any of the other b.s. matter. Willie II! Go Gators!

jtdawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:49 am

G8R GRAD -

That may be true. If this were the head man, I’d be a slightly more bothered by it. But still, did this really offend you, the kicker, the players, the coaches or anyone else invlovled?

Are we THAT sensitive?

The next time any coach screams and curses the refs, should they NOT be treated with the same shock and disbelief? ANd according to Tony, Fined and Suspended?

They ARE role models you know, and god forbid a 20 year old “kid” gets heckled or cursed around….

Driving Ms Dooley

November 3rd, 2010
10:49 am

Tony, could you come in here for a moment please….
You’re suspended for tomorrows column.
You’re assignment is to go out and play a sport. You remember, right? A sport. Anything. Have some fun. Try to win. Compete.

Ok everybody, we’ll see you on Friday. Good luck Tony

Joe

November 3rd, 2010
10:49 am

Tony Barnhart is a fat blowhard who has nothing else to talk about. So they blow up a mole hill into a mountain. He really needs to shut up.

Scott

November 3rd, 2010
10:50 am

This blog is interesting reading. If I had a dollar for every “time to die”/Rainey reference, I could buy a couple of tickets to the UGA/Tech game (they’re cheaper now).

The funny thing is, I’m a tech fan and I was cheering for UGA this weekend because I despise Urban Meyer for keeping Rainey on the team. It was a simple decision. The guy is a scumbag. Anybody who threatens a woman is a scumbag, end of story. This being said, Grantham’s act is independent of Raineys. They don’t relate to each other. It’s like a burglar arguing his innocence by saying at least he’s not a murderer. Who cares, you still did it. As a teacher who has been dealing with this type of logic for years (every time I give a detention I receive the line “But _____ did the same thing/something worse.”) I’m hardly surprised.

Also, Kudos to the rational and reasonable fans out there.

King Gator

November 3rd, 2010
10:50 am

I liked it better when the Dawgs danced after TD’s, way more fun! Of course the Gators celebrate SEC Championships and BCS Titles .. how do you like those apples Dawg fans – Go Gators!

MURPHY

November 3rd, 2010
10:51 am

Bama dude,

This is unacceptable at any level of sports.I coach High School football and if this occured at our level the coach would be repremanded or fired.This is not an example to set for your players.It is yeat another embarassment for our football program.McGarity and Adams need to handle this in a professional manner and not just sweep it under a rug.This coach must be disciplined.

PT

November 3rd, 2010
10:51 am

You people sound like a bunch of parents at a Pee Wee football game. I can’t take anymore.

Clutch

November 3rd, 2010
10:51 am

Tony, you are a joke. you are totally blowing this out of proportion as most people are. Are you serious? Fine and suspend him? It’s because of people like you that college football is what it is today. Next thing you know, college football will be like the NFL, NO FUN. Emotions are high at all times, no doubt about it. You wouldn’t know this because you have never been in the situation. You absolutely have NO idea what you’re talking about.

Driving Ms Dooley

November 3rd, 2010
10:52 am

Apologize??
Did the Germans apologize when they bombed Pearl Harbor? (if you’re too young to remember John Belushi, please don’t correct me here)
Did Rommel apologize when he gave the choke sign to Churchill?

Good Grief!

November 3rd, 2010
10:52 am

BAMA dude

Key words here. “high school”
Big difference between HS and College. Keep the blinders on if it makes you feel my friend. I don’t suuport this kind of behavior, but it’s still a non-issue. The only one that should have been affected by it was the kicker and it didn’t affect him one bit!
Can’t we ALL just let this go!

clancy west

November 3rd, 2010
10:52 am

Get a Life!!

Roaddawg80

November 3rd, 2010
10:52 am

I am glad for one to see all the UGA fans stand up for Grantham! This is what we are missing. Keep it up! Maybe not to that much extreme but I am like Murray. I love it!

Tony- you just lost a reader. For you to demand him to apologize you my friend are out of place and are no much better. Read all the comments and you will find that 90% do not agree with you. SO LONG!

davsag8r

November 3rd, 2010
10:52 am

joe suggs you are an idiot my friend. Florida will NEVER need help from Ga during a hurricane…but if your precious Savannah or Jeckel were blown off the map we WOULD be the first on the scene to help save lives and property!!

ga gator

November 3rd, 2010
10:53 am

Just for your reading information, 63% of the voters on the Gainesville Sun website say that is NOT a big deal.

404

November 3rd, 2010
10:53 am

katherine:

The MAJORITY of UGA fan comments in here:

1) Are supporting Grantham and 2) Cursing Barnhart.

Like I said, just pathetic.

gomdawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:54 am

Tony I for one never one have thought that you would print something like this I thought you were in to FOOTBALL NOT THIS KIND OF SHZT ,JEFF I COULD SEE

JD

November 3rd, 2010
10:54 am

I am a Tech alumni and your suggestion is over the top. Grantham has been publicly embarassed which is worse than a suspension or fine for a football coach. Let it go, I really doubt that he will ever consider doing it again on a football field.

h walker

November 3rd, 2010
10:54 am

Georgia needs to show more enthusiasm and emotion. I probably wouldn’t have given the choke sign, but so what if he gives the choke sign. Florida will gouge your eyes or spit in your face with cosent of coaches. Tony, Your articles are boring, unclever and lack intuition. Find other work.

davsag8r

November 3rd, 2010
10:54 am

The Gainesville Sun poll has non issue leading 66% to 34% issue
http://www.gatorsports.com

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
10:55 am

Murphy, that’s what I mean. I don’t coach, but I am on the sidelines for about ten games a year (our school stadium seats 6000 so it’s used for playoff games at all levels) and I have never seen a coach do this. I’ve heard all sorts of obscenities tossed at officials but never seen a coach address a player in this manner. It is completely over the line.

katherine

November 3rd, 2010
10:55 am

404
November 3rd, 2010
10:53 am

katherine:

The MAJORITY of UGA fan comments in here:

1) Are supporting Grantham and 2) Cursing Barnhart.

Like I said, just pathetic.

You can’t seriously be stupid enough to think that a few people on a blog represent the majority of fans….can you? LOL no that is sad. If that makes you feel better about yourself then keep on believing that.

collegeballfan

November 3rd, 2010
10:55 am

UGA fans are the last fans on the planet that need to call other teams players thugs.

Could discipline be the reason that a UGA team with nothing but top 10 recruiting classes is sitting with a losing record on November 3?

But heads up UGA fans. You will win the Idaho State (is Idaho really a state?) game & win the game with the worse GT team in a decade. You may have to eat a loss at Auburn and end up 6 – 6. But with nothing but top 10 recruiting classes you expected better. Right?

Elton John

November 3rd, 2010
10:55 am

Georgia needs to show more enthusiasm and emotion. I probably wouldn’t have given the choke sign, but so what if he gives the choke sign. Florida will gouge your eyes or spit in your face with cosent of coaches. Tony, Your articles are boring, unclever and lack intuition. Find other work.

OH YOU HERSHEL WALKER!

Tim

November 3rd, 2010
10:55 am

Of course all the mutt fans would disagree with you Tony, sorry to hear that your shared fanbase is so classless. As to the others comparing what a 20 year old kid sent through a text message and what an adult, in charge of supervising these young adults, did in broad daylight in front of thousands of fans and millions of people watching at home reeks of homerism and bias.

Good luck in your December Bowl game. Hope it doesn’t come down to a late FG try by the other team.

jtdawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:55 am

BAMA dude

I’ve seen players and yes coaches, and the worst offenders, parents absolutely heckle JV kids (my son being one).

That doesn’t fly.

Even worse, we played a team earlier where coaches were encouraging their team to “slap” the opposing players in the head when tackling. In our game against them, 3 concussions were sustained, my QB son being one of them, and though they will always pay “face” respect like kneeling when a player is hurt, the story was the same.

Is this something you see all the time? No, not much, well execpt the parents, who are the WORST. But don’t be naive.

It DOES happen.

Steve

November 3rd, 2010
10:56 am

I 100% agree. I have no horse in this race as a Georgia or Florida fan. I am a Tennessee man. But I have watched the SEC for over 40 years. This is a low point. Go ahead, call me “Old School.” But whatever your school is, get real. This is not good from a Coach. Mr. Barnhart has split the uprights perfectly with this column.

Jdawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:56 am

Since the ousting of Coach Dooley as A/D the Georgia football program has spiraled down and out of control.Put the blame where it should be. Thanks Dr. Adams !

Rick

November 3rd, 2010
10:57 am

ga gator,

UF won, so why would it be a big deal in Gainesville? In fact, why would anything UGA does be a concern there after 21 years of domination?

Tony you are wrong !!!!!!!!!!!!

November 3rd, 2010
10:57 am

Hey man what CTG did was not right but giving him a fine or a suspension is out of line,it was a very emotional game and UGA really out played UF so losing to them again was not easy to swallow.Last year Ealey getting his eye gouged and Meyer letting Rainey play against UGA was far a worst situation than CTG gesture.Quit whining Tony cause I have always enjoyed reading your comments and have always respected your wisdom of college football.

JB

November 3rd, 2010
10:57 am

If I’m Grantham if something does come of this, I’d get out of Athens at years end……We have become mambe pambe land over there…….Every poot is collected, analyzed, written about and criticized and examined…..This football program has bigger problems than making a choke sign by an Assit. coach……..someone tell me every 18 year old in every program in America is perfect except at UGA….TELL me Every Assit coach in America doesn’t get “excited” sometimes on the sidelines and says or does something stupid ( see Paul Johnson, mr gutter mouth)…….. We’re imploding with this PC crap……

community service

November 3rd, 2010
10:57 am

Grantham should have taken the opportunity to apologise when he made his statement….hard fought game, emotions got the best of me, I meant no disrespect……whatever…now it has a life of it’s own. I agree with Tony on the fact that it has nothing to do with Rainey, Florida or anything else other than OUR program. Leave that crap for the fans, set a better example for your players. No fine no suspension, Tony, what are you nuts???!!!

KOOL

November 3rd, 2010
10:57 am

This is really important? Our society has become incredibly too sensitive, and this is the dumbest thing you’ve written in quite some time. I disgree with almost all of what you wrote.

KOOL

jtdawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:58 am

… and BAMA dude, it does NOT excuse them either. I’m just saying, when the game is over, all parties are usually respectful, as I am QUITE sure happend after Saturday too.

Grantham obviously needs to be more sensitive. But please, I would be way more concerned if these comments/gestures were happening AFTER the game when it’s time to pay ultimate respect for getting it handed to you…

Mike

November 3rd, 2010
10:58 am

Tony: I totally disagree with you. After working in the business world for 15 years, I have now worked in ministry for years as a youth pastor and as a pastor. This would be the equivalent of a youth pastor accidentally slipping up and saying a cuss word in front of the youth or a pastor saying something in amger to a troublesome member of the church who constantly causes problems. I would ask them to apoligize and move on. You are the one who is overreacting here — remember, you are a journalist here — stop trying to be a businessman or supervisor — you are not qualified.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
10:58 am

Good Grief!

November 3rd, 2010
10:52 am
BAMA dude

Key words here. “high school”
Big difference between HS and College.

I disagree. Good chance that players come to UGA (and every other school) partially because their parents are convinced that the coaches will help mold them into successful men. I’d bet that the coaches sit in the living room and sell themselves that way. This type of behavior sets an awful example and undermines that effort.

Driving Ms Dooley

November 3rd, 2010
10:58 am

Big Time,

My daughter would kick your a-s in tennis. You classy broad you. Grow up and play sports. It’s part of the game. It’s called having fun.

Jim 007

November 3rd, 2010
10:58 am

Steve,

Call me Old Fashioned too !

You are 100% correct .

All this kind of stuff does is to promote a classless atmosphere

ga gator

November 3rd, 2010
10:58 am

Rick, my point exactly. Who cares; but I posted it because some on this blog have suggested that Pat Dooley of all people is behind this nonsense.

SEC Fan

November 3rd, 2010
10:58 am

he gave him the choke sign. whats the big deal. he did not threaten anyone, shove a player, give him the finger, etc.

Why was henry even looking at the sidelines? if something was out of line, would the officials (who love flagging UGA) have called or said something?

LET IT GO!

Middle GA Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
10:59 am

Tony,

I couldn’t disagree with you more. Grantham’s action was not one of violence. He was simply attempting a psychological tactic, much like calling a timeout to ice the kicker. Your article is another instance of political correctness gone crazy. I wonder where is your outrage at Urban Myer doing the Gator Chomp to the Georgia bench or your beloved Tim Tebow doing the same last year. Now that is taunting which is actually against the rules!

THOROUGHBRED

November 3rd, 2010
10:59 am

I love reading some of these post from you uga fans that think this is a non issue. I hate it for the fans of UGA who actually went to UGA. To bad for UGA 60% of it’s fanbase is just a bunch of loud mouth rednecks with GED’s.

huckhound

November 3rd, 2010
11:00 am

Tony and Jef Schultz have virtually the same opinion on this. I rest my case. Tony, now a “national’ guy with CBS, has drunk their kool-aid and thinks he can judge anybody or anything and his opinion is final (”not debatable”). Kinda like Schultz. Well, it is debatable, and Barnhart is wrong. He’s criticized the Bulldogs for not being passionate enough, and now too passionate. I don’t see anything wrong with what Grantham did — GATA! Barnhart has now become a bedwetting judgemental liberal like Schultz, when neither said anything about Saban’s embarrassing profanity about a month ago after they lost to SC. Barnhart is drinking the CBS kool-aid.

carlspackler

November 3rd, 2010
11:00 am

THUGA fans have now reached the point to where they blindly excuse literally everything out of blind loyalty to the football program there. There is nothing an AD, a player, or even a coach can do that is too embarrassing for them. As long as it’s a THUGA player or coach, it’s excusable. Time for a lot of the THUGA contingent to stop, step back, and really look at what your defending when you think about it. You are now THE official laughing stock of college athletics, and nothing is beneath you.

GTBob

November 3rd, 2010
11:01 am

I have to agree with Tony. The guy is a professional mocking a student. He is supposed to be setting an example for his players, not acting like a misfit. If you are a top notch DC and get payed 750k a year then act like it. Even if a player did this it would be tacky and the coach should smack him in the head for it.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
11:01 am

jtdawg, I’ve never seen it from a paid coach at a high school. From parents? Sure. There could be any classless degenerate there and I’ve seen all sorts of stuff. But again, NEVER from a coach representing a school. It’s an embarrassment.

I bet Tony voted for Obottom

November 3rd, 2010
11:01 am

Shannon

November 3rd, 2010
11:01 am

I applaud CTG Im glad he did what he did at least it shows he”s in the game. AJC needs to back off and maybe go write a stories about players living in high dollar hotels, players beating up police or guy threatening their girlfriends.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
11:01 am

katherine:

“Yes its very immature behavior for sure….just like the gators doing the chomp to uga.”

You miss the point.
UF players giving the Gator Chomp is a far cry from the number two man on your coaching staff yelling “You’re gonna fu(king CHOKE” to a 20 year old kid.

It’s a GAME, for crying out loud!

Ken Pyles

November 3rd, 2010
11:02 am

I agree 100%. Ga. season ticket holder.

NCDAWG

November 3rd, 2010
11:02 am

Tony… I agree with you most of the time… but FINED? SUSPENDED? GIMME A BREAK!!! He did it. He admitted it. He said he regretted it. They won the game and now any glimpse of us salvaging a good season is gone and Grantham looks like an idiot. THAT IS PUNISHMENT ENOUGH!! TIME TO MOVE ON!!!! WHO CARES.

MURPHY

November 3rd, 2010
11:02 am

jtDAWGS,

It is pretty sad when the young players show more sportsmanship than the adults. If one of my fellow coaches or any of my players acted in this manner,they would be disciplined ASAP!

#1 Hater

November 3rd, 2010
11:02 am

GTBob he might get paid 750K but he is not a top notch coach, he was the 5th choice of a desperate man.

jtdawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:02 am

THOROUGHBRED -

Serious? Why? What permanent damage has been done in your little world? Did someone say something to hurt your feelings? You are still a special person, you know. Sticks and stones!

Puhleauzzee – You would not even be here unless it was an opportuinity to trash a hated rival.

Take your ball and go home.

CO Nick

November 3rd, 2010
11:03 am

Tony, stick to what you’re good at in your columns, the xxx’s and ooo’s and pageantry of the game. You and Schultz acting like the moral police is over the top. But, since your paper is making such a big deal out of it, I’m going to join my many friends who are making the pick of Grantham doing this as their Facebook profile pick.

katherine

November 3rd, 2010
11:03 am

carlspackler
November 3rd, 2010
11:00 am

THUGA fans have now reached the point to where they blindly excuse literally everything out of blind loyalty to the football program there. There is nothing an AD, a player, or even a coach can do that is too embarrassing for them. As long as it’s a THUGA player or coach, it’s excusable. Time for a lot of the THUGA contingent to stop, step back, and really look at what your defending when you think about it. You are now THE official laughing stock of college athletics, and nothing is beneath you.

LOL this blog is very entertaining….thanks. wow.

JB

November 3rd, 2010
11:03 am

THOROUGHRED………………..60% you say………………..Read your blog again and see how “dumb” it makes YOU look…………Grabbing stats out of the air to spew hate is a joke, as you are.

H.Obama

November 3rd, 2010
11:03 am

TONY THIS IS A NO STORY. DON’T YOU CARE HOW I FEEL THIS MORNING? DID YOU SEE THE ELECTION RESULTS? THESE VOTERS ARE GIVING ME THE CHOKE SIGN AND I AM MR PERFECT. SEE MY SMILE. NO SMILE THIS MORNING TONY. SPEND YOUR TIME ON THINGS OF MORE SUBSTANCE NOT ON WHAT SOME FOOTBALL COACH DID. GROW UP LITTLE MAN. THE COACH DIDN”T POKE SOME ONE IN THE EYES OR FORCE A STIMULAS PACKAGE ON YOU DID HE? REPENT REJOICE AND BE HAPPY YOU ARE ALIVE. OTHER THAN THIS STUPID ARTICLE YOU ARE DOING ALRIGHT. HAVE A GREAT DAY.

WesDawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:03 am

Disagree. Atleast Gratham has balls and wants to win. Chas can’t have it both ways, gator chomp and gester toward our sideline after making his earlier attempt then gets his panties in a wad when someone responds. The gator chomp is the most offensive gesture in football and Florida gets a pass from the SEC. It’s taunting pure and simple and is almost always aimed at opposing players and coaches. These are men not 12yr olds playing for both sides. Piss on them if they’re offended about the choke sign.

BDawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:03 am

Lighten-up, Tony. It’s refreshing to have a coach with this much passion. As Dawg fans, we all wanted Chas Henry to choke. I was yelling – imploring – for him to choke. That’s being a fan; not crossing the bounds of sportsmanship. I saw Urban Meyer sling his arms in the air when Murray threw the pick a minute before that. What’s the difference? Where’s your column asking for Meyer’s suspension and firing? Whatever. You just lost cred, IMO.

Hunker Down

November 3rd, 2010
11:04 am

The overall concensus from what I read is it is time to move on. I am hearing this from both sides.

Jack Spratt

November 3rd, 2010
11:05 am

Chris Rainey never “threatened to kill his girlfriend.” He said he thought she should be dead, he didn’t say he would make sure that happened. Maybe it would happen by illness, maybe by a car accident, who knows. But he certainly never said “I’m going to kill you” or words of that import.

Greg

November 3rd, 2010
11:05 am

When Myer is reprimanded for allowing Chris Rainey to ever don a gator uniform again, then I’ll think about reprimanding Grantham. You are blowing hot air, as usual.

What’s worse? Giving the choke sign, or barely reprimanding one of your players for trying to blind an opponent??? Myer and Florida are hypocrites on this.

RealDawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:06 am

I am an adult and I was shouting “newnan” and doing the choke sign myself. Next time, I will just sit and grin and say “oh golly gosh darn”. Get real.

katherine

November 3rd, 2010
11:06 am

G8R GRAD
November 3rd, 2010
11:01 am

katherine:

“Yes its very immature behavior for sure….just like the gators doing the chomp to uga.”

You miss the point.
UF players giving the Gator Chomp is a far cry from the number two man on your coaching staff yelling “You’re gonna fu(king CHOKE” to a 20 year old kid.

It’s a GAME, for crying out loud!

Exactly! It is a game…and saying you are going to choke to a 20 year old adult is part of it. Geesh….chill out already. It really is not that big of a deal IMO. I think underage drinking, traffic arrests, threatening to actually kill someone are things to worry about and work on.

Dawgie Howser, MD

November 3rd, 2010
11:06 am

Instant Karma killed the Dawgs- suspend him for bringing bad mojo to UGA… Again!

ga gator

November 3rd, 2010
11:07 am

Wes, Chaz never complained, he laughed during the interview. I actually think Grantham helped motivate him. It should be a non story.

Ron Smith

November 3rd, 2010
11:07 am

This mole hill is big enough. Give it a rest. GO GATORS!

modawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:07 am

I don’t remember Urban apologizing for calling time out last year, when the game had been over for quite awhile. MR did apoligize, but I guess that’s different. You see coaches all over the screen on Saturdays stomping up and down the sidelines and getting in their players faces (and they win), but Georgia has higher level they have to meet. I think we should fire them all and go get some people from the church choir. We are in a football conference, but nobody wants us to “go to war” on Saturdays. We should just “all get along” while we’re losing.

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:07 am

If there was nothing wrong with the gesture accompanied by obscenities why does Richt say, it shouldn’t have happened? Why does CTG regret doing it?

If CTG stands up like a man, apologizes, it’s over.

If CMR stands up like a man, admits he’s done a poor job, and outlines what he intends to do to fix our problems we might look at giving him some time to straighten HIS mess out.

Think we ever hear anything that sounds like a man admitting his shortcomings? We get nothing but lip service from the regime in Athens. I’m still “furious”, and “disgusted”.

nofairweather

November 3rd, 2010
11:07 am

I agree 100% Tony. This may be the one thing that makes me feel embarrassed to be a Georgia football fan. I can handle the tough season and even the player arrests, because let’s face it, kids will be kids. By no means am I saying that it’s OK for the players to misbehave and get into trouble. However, it is expected that in each group of guys, you’re going to have a few trouble-makers. That’s just life. But for a 44-year-old coach, who is supposed to be setting an example for his players during a tough time for the program, to act this way is inexcusable. He should be penalized. He should be given a solid warning informing him that if he ever does anything even remotely out of line again, he will be fired on the spot. Nuff’ said.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
11:07 am

RealDawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:06 am
I am an adult and I was shouting “newnan” and doing the choke sign myself. Next time, I will just sit and grin and say “oh golly gosh darn”. Get real.

Just to be clear, you are on the UGA payroll and walk the sidelines representing the school and athletic program?

Bill Clinton

November 3rd, 2010
11:08 am

Jack Spratt- I guess it depends on how define “is”

Everyone with common sense

November 3rd, 2010
11:08 am

Real Journalism.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/16344/fact-and-fiction-in-choke-gate

Guess that’s why Low is at ESPN and you’re at the AJC Barnhart.

reservoirDAWG

November 3rd, 2010
11:09 am

This is an asinine article TB. Goodbye.

BottomFeeders

November 3rd, 2010
11:09 am

And this is surprising how?

This is just another in a long of embarrassments to this school. From the #1 Party School ranking to the string of arrests to the Fulmer Cup to Damon Evans’ DUI to this pathetic coach, UGA is the laughing stock of college football. And winning out won’t change that.

The Daddy

November 3rd, 2010
11:09 am

People who have issues with this are the one’s who have never played a sport. Stay behind your desk and let T.G. coach. This is a non – issue that is getting way to much air time. The coaches need to get the players ready for Aub. and G.T. That is where the focus should be not on some petty choke sign.
The Daddy

I'm a man, I'm 40

November 3rd, 2010
11:09 am

You all are comparing CTG’s actions to those of a 20 year old. The coaches have a responsibility to be role models for their athletes. Rainey was punished for his actions, Todd Grantham should as well.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
11:09 am

Thanks to Coach Grantham’s antics, you Dawg fans can think about it while you’re fishing and the rest of us go post-season Bowling!

ClinchPanther

November 3rd, 2010
11:10 am

barnhart you are such a whiny baby. it is part of the game. i dont care of the entire florida team had made a choke sign while uga was kicking. what is the big deal? grow up you bunch of whiners!!!

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
11:10 am

They’re calling this “choke-gate”? I really wish someone would pull a scheme that rivals Watergate so we could give the “-gate” suffix a rest. It’s tired, real tired.

SECfan1976

November 3rd, 2010
11:10 am

Tony you have got to be kidding me. I have noticed a few people who have said you have lost them as readers. Consider me one of them. You are blowing this up to be a bigger issue than it actually is. If I was a UGA fan, I would want my D coordinator to have some fire under his belly (unlike Willie Martinez). He obviously made a mistake. I believe a bigger travesty was letting Chris Rainey play in that game. If I were a coach I would have booted him off the team in a second. There is a difference here because Grantham made a mistake in the heat of the moment. Urban had plenty of time to sit around and think about whether to keep Chris Rainey and he made an awful decision to keep this troubled player on his team.

PMC

November 3rd, 2010
11:11 am

Anyone making $750,000 should have a lot more sense and a lot more tact than to do that knowing where he is. He deserves to get fined for acting like a jackass.

Know who you are and where you are. You simply cannot behave like that when you represent a University.

Hunker Down

November 3rd, 2010
11:11 am

Was CTG a bit over the top on this…yes. But as a Dawg faithful you got to love a coach who has some fire and brimstone about him. Not a wet dish cloth. Think CTG got the message now coach let’s go out and beat Idaho State and show something to the Dawg Nation with some stellar defense.

Ken Pyles

November 3rd, 2010
11:12 am

I agree 100% with Tony Barnhart’s directives. UGA should win or lose with class. Nothing less should be tolerated for one instant. Lets allow our talented players to defeat Idaho State, Auburn, and Tech, if they can, without such classless demonstrations from any coach, much less a Coordinator. 1973, 1977, 1979 Alumni.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
11:13 am

katherine:

“. . . threatening to actually kill someone are things to worry about and work on.”

Now you’re reacting just like the other morons on this blog!
Yours is an indefensible position, period.
(Oh, and have you seen the arrest record of your beloved Dawgs recently?
Those who live in galss houses, . . .)

Michael J Fox

November 3rd, 2010
11:13 am

This entire situation has left me skaken

jtdawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:13 am

BAMA dude -

Maybe you are correct. Maybe he shouldn’t have. But is this really an issue with adults on a football field, one of the most violent, physically and mentally challenging sports? I don’t think so. Too sensitive.

Maybe it’s just disrespectful, like sending all your players out to celebrate a touchdown. But this? Just too sensitive. Please don’t heckle little Billy….

b

November 3rd, 2010
11:13 am

From a Ga. fan, and this was a totally classless act by Grantham.
IMO, the penalty should be worse for him. There is absolutely no excuse for what he did.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
11:14 am

Wow, Ken, you did a lot of schoolin’. What’s your field?

PMC

November 3rd, 2010
11:14 am

The guy should have been a lot more angry at his players for thier poor tackling and allowing 31pts. The Choke Sign… come on man, if you’re going to act like a fan get in the stands. He is charged with ensuring the other team doesn’t score 31 pts….instead he’s worried about a 19 year old punter beating him with a 35 yard kick.

How about building a defense worth a crap for 750K coach?

ga gator

November 3rd, 2010
11:14 am

Michael J Fox

LMAO, priceless!!!

PTC DAWG

November 3rd, 2010
11:14 am

BS…just plane BS.

We are too PC in this Country.

True DAWG

November 3rd, 2010
11:15 am

this is a bad article TB-good way to loose faithful readers- He was just trying to get in the kickers head and it didnt work- Surely you got better things to write on then to dwell on this. What about what to do about Richt 2-8 against FL?

Barack Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:15 am

Who cares what you think? No one is writing about how a player told his girlfriend time to die and he gets to play in the damn game and even further told her with the cops there – what is she going to do when the cops leave. He apologized so he gets back on the team and all that BS. Glad to see he was into the game and in the heat of the moment.

Screw CUM and the Gators!

moot point

November 3rd, 2010
11:15 am

It didn’t work, just like his defense. $750,000 and he is reduced to a last second cheerleading stunt hoping for the other team to screw up.

ga gator

November 3rd, 2010
11:16 am

The more hits Tony gets on his blog, the more money he makes. We are helping him get rich, I am out.

Mutt Nonsense

November 3rd, 2010
11:16 am

Mobile Dawg,

Thank you sir. Last post gives me confidence that the majority of UGA fans are not being represented here.

Excellent post as usual.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
11:17 am

Oh, the hipocrasy!

OldFan

November 3rd, 2010
11:17 am

No doubt it was a no-class act, and I’m sorry it happened at my university, but it’s not worthy of a suspension and fine. When it comes to punishing misbehavior on the field, on the sidelines, in the stands, or in front of my TV, there’s a whole lot more that I’d be worried about.

Old Yeller

November 3rd, 2010
11:17 am

No surprise, Tony, at the reaction of most of those posting here. Unfortunately, Coach Grantham and his actions epitomize what most of us on the outside perceive as the “Bulldog Nation.” How can anyone expect students/players to show more discipline, when their leaders behave as we have seen this year. Lack of decisive action on the part of UGA administration underscores the real problem–anything goes in UGA Athletics, as long as we win (at the #1 Party School in the nation!). Such things are ultimately self-correcting, as I suspect will be the case this year in football: 4-5 on the way to 5-7. Losing is the only thing UGA won’t tolerate.

katherine

November 3rd, 2010
11:17 am

Has it been overblown some? Perhaps. Anybody who’s been on a sideline in an SEC football game knows that things are done and said all the time that are lot worse than what Grantham did. The difference here is that he was caught on camera doing it.
Is it possible that Henry might have helped ignite the situation by saying some things to people on the Georgia sideline first? Yes, there have been rumblings of that coming from the Georgia camp.

And, finally, is it possible that the Florida-Georgia rivalry is simply one of those nasty rivalries that brings out the worst in people? I’ll answer this last question with a few of my own. Didn’t the Brandon Spikes’ eye-gouging incident happen in this game a year ago? Didn’t Meyer call two timeouts in the final seconds of a 49-10 rout just to rub it in two years ago? Didn’t Georgia’s whole sideline race into the end zone and start dancing, at the behest of Richt, and draw a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the Bulldogs’ first touchdown three years ago?

This is from the espn article……… no one is blameless in this…and it’s being overblown IMO. Move on now….

Greg B.

November 3rd, 2010
11:18 am

You are taking this a too little far, don’t you think? It ’s an emotional game and IT happens. Frankly, I am glad to see some emotion on the sidelines. Players feed off that. I am disappointed, sounds like something Paul Finebaum would say.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
11:18 am

jtdawg, I’m not saying he should be canned and I’m not sure I agree with Tony’s article regarding appropriate punishment. My response is to the 80% on here who don’t seem to get why this should be a big deal. Put it this way- you think any mothers of sons who are great HS football players but lack some maturity will approve of this behavior? I could absolutely see this having some effect on his ability to recruit.

Nancy Pelosi

November 3rd, 2010
11:18 am

I am the devil.

jtdawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:18 am

These same “kids” who are so offended, could also be in a war zone, being unfortunately injured or killed, in service to this country, whatever the agenda may be, yet this is such a travesty, people need to be fined and suspended over?

These players bretheren are sacrificing themselves for something much more important than a game, and could be doing the same themselves. For you, me, Tony, Jeff or any of us. Paying the ultimate price. Yet we should never hurt their feelings like this – it might destroy them.

Whatever … what a complete joke this is.

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:18 am

I don’t see the correlation between political correctness, and lack of class.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
11:19 am

Thanks, nofairwheather.

Are you Kidding

November 3rd, 2010
11:20 am

WHAT? Tony, I respect your opinions very much, but are you SERIOUS? He gave a choke sign … so what! That kind of stuff goes on on the sidelines among teams every game. So you’re saying this is twice as bad as Brandon Spikes trying to blind Washaun Ealy last year? Oh, wait, it’s only twice as bad because Urban Meyer was so enraged by the criminal actions of Spikes, he suspended him for half of the Vandy game. Fortunately, Spikes, being the man of conscious that he is, suspended himself for the whole game because he felt so bad.

A choke sign is not like saying “time to die, bXXXX” — it’s saying “I sure hope you miss this field goal.” Obviously it had no impact on Henry.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
11:20 am

sorry: “nofairweather”

GetAGrip

November 3rd, 2010
11:21 am

Good grief Barnhardt! You’d think Gratham took the UF kicker out at the knees or something based on your column. I am not saying what Grantham did was right but he has addressed it! Maybe not the way you think but move on and waste your time sensationalizing some other story!!!

Ken Pyles

November 3rd, 2010
11:21 am

Software Engineering and Patent Law, BamaDude. How are things going for you?

Mark

November 3rd, 2010
11:21 am

Tony,

Urban Meyer reinstated a guy who had a major impact on the game who threatened to kill his girlfriend. Where is the outrage about that?

Paul Midler

November 3rd, 2010
11:22 am

AJC. Fire Tony Barnhart. Take him out back and tar and feather him. I am so tired of this politicaly correct world. You are an idiot.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
11:22 am

katherine:

“Is it possible that Henry might have helped ignite the situation by saying some things to people on the Georgia sideline first? Yes, there have been rumblings of that coming from the Georgia camp. ”

Again, he’s a KID!
Grantham is an ADULT!
See the difference?

:-D

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
11:23 am

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:18 am
I don’t see the correlation between political correctness, and lack of class.

Bingo! It’s not about whether you hurt the kid’s feelings, it’s about wearing that coaches’ gear and showing young men on both sides what appropriate, mature behavior is.

Tony

November 3rd, 2010
11:23 am

Mark he didnt threaten, he used ghetto slang. Not good, but not threatening either. It is the “rap” culture they live in, talk in, etc. She never felt threatened.

jtdawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:23 am

BAMA dude –

I do understand. And yes I know that decisions could be based on things like these, but I submit that if a decision is based on something like this, I don’t believe the people helping make decisions understand the nature of what their sons do.

Coddling football players into thinking that this should be a major factor in their maturation process is just a little much for my taste.
I just don’t people should be so naive and take it for what it is and put it into perspective.

I’d much rather think your opinions on why UGA sucks as a football program has much more to do with other things than something the media has now wasted 3 days on like this.

I personally think that the discipline in this program is crap, and yes this might be a reflection of that. But I would think the isssues we will have with recruiting will have more to do with that, and the losing, than the heckling by a coach on a particular play in a passionate game

chris

November 3rd, 2010
11:24 am

Tony have you ever played any type of sports other than floating in water. You don’t have a clue. You’ve never experience the heat of battle. Todd Grantham is the only thing UGA has going for them and a no athlete, never a coach, such as yourself wants to hang him. You should be fired!

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
11:24 am

Ken Pyles

November 3rd, 2010
11:21 am
Software Engineering and Patent Law, BamaDude. How are things going for you?

Very well, thanks. Went the business route, myself. I didn’t have the patience to stay in school as long as you did.

Coach

November 3rd, 2010
11:25 am

Barney, you made us proud today, not that I would expect any different. Knowing the difference in right and wrong should not be that difficult. The reactions above are a little scary.

katherine

November 3rd, 2010
11:25 am

G8R GRAD
November 3rd, 2010
11:22 am

katherine:

“Is it possible that Henry might have helped ignite the situation by saying some things to people on the Georgia sideline first? Yes, there have been rumblings of that coming from the Georgia camp. ”

Again, he’s a KID!
Grantham is an ADULT!
See the difference?

I was quoting the espn article……those weren’t my words…….and last time I checked a 20 year old isn’t a kid.

Nancy Pelosi

November 3rd, 2010
11:27 am

DIDNT YOU HEAR ME? I AM THE DEVIL! I told my minion grantham to do the choke sign

Phil

November 3rd, 2010
11:27 am

I’m more disappointed in Richt the way he shrugged it off like it was no big deal. This absolutely proves once and for all that Richt has no discipline on this team from top to bottom. Richt himself is an embarassment to the program maybe more so than that punk Grantham.

Dixie Redcoat Band

November 3rd, 2010
11:27 am

Wow, I bet this has never been done before in college sports! What’s the big deal? gesh….

Sad truth

November 3rd, 2010
11:28 am

He should be fined and suspended for making $750,000 a year and fielding a defense that bad. He makes $750,000 a year not because he’s worth that but because that’s what the job should pay to a competent candidate. If Richt were to have paid him what he was worth, Richt would have been admitting that he settled for less. Thanks to this we have an unqualified dc making $750,000 a year.

Barrack Obama

November 3rd, 2010
11:28 am

Nancy I told you to quit it with that Devil stuff.

jdl2

November 3rd, 2010
11:28 am

Tony,

Good article. Unfortunately, you must be thinking about a time, sometime in the Vince Dooley era, when the UGA coaching staff had class, and Vince actually managed his players AND his coaching staff. (and most of the “fans” were actually UGA grads). Just not the case anymore…and that’s too bad. Not that the Gators are any better.

Barrack Obama

November 3rd, 2010
11:28 am

I have been to all 57 states

katherine

November 3rd, 2010
11:29 am

lol nancy…..now you have more time to sun yourself and look even more like an old leather shoe.

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:29 am

Appreciate the compliment Mutt Nonsense.

Such hypocrites. We have valliant young men and women fighting overseas to preserve our freedoms. Their duty is about “honor”, “integrity”, “committment at all costs”, and “preservation of our principles” and way of life.

It should be a damn priviledge to coach these kids, to behave in this manner, to this “Dawg” and “American” is not what I represent, or condone. Still Furious and Disgusted over what’s going on in Athens, and across our Country. Guess I’m “Old School” too, and damned proud of it.

Basically our behavior is an indication that we don’t appreciate their sacrifice, and what we have.

chris

November 3rd, 2010
11:29 am

Oh yea, by the way you keep pushing those keys Tony because as you stated “you are not in charge”—paper boy.

Mike Slive

November 3rd, 2010
11:29 am

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
11:29 am

Coddling football players into thinking that this should be a major factor in their maturation process is just a little much for my taste.

Do you have any idea how much time college football players spend together and with their coaching staffs? Many of these parents of “high-risk” (I hate that term) kids absolutely depend on the coaching staff to keep their kids on the straight and narrow. Is that right? I would like to think that I’ve taught my son well enough to handle himself. Of course, in my house Mom stays home and he goes to a great suburban school. Different world than a kid living in the inner city and letting himself in the house after school with single Mom working ’til 8pm. This is a responsibility that really isn’t fair but that football coaches at that level accept as part of the terrirory.

Charles

November 3rd, 2010
11:30 am

Give me a break. This is football, not tidley-winks. Quit trying to overcompensate for being a Georgia grad…this is just not that big a deal.

Mudcatjoe

November 3rd, 2010
11:31 am

You see what type of fans UGA has when they defend their thug defensive coordinator! You are right on the money Tony!

Scott

November 3rd, 2010
11:31 am

You all are a bunch of pc demanding, non-competitive, blow hards – and Tony Blowhard is your ring leader. It is football, where emotion, brutal hitting, and winning are all that matters. Every UGA fan in the stand was screaming their lungs out, but that’s not poor sportsmanship, I guess. Fans in the end zone were waving their arms trying to distract the kicker. But this sap looks over specifically at CTG who is emploring him to choke. Everybody on that sideline is yelling choke.

You bunch of pansies, especially you, Tony. I am damn glad you do not hold any real leadership role in your community, you are simply a drum beater for which I have NO respect.

Nancy Pelosi

November 3rd, 2010
11:31 am

Katherine

Dont play with me… Remmber I am the DEVIL. I may not be the house speaker anymore but I can still pull some strings.. wahahahahahah

gdawginkalamazoo

November 3rd, 2010
11:31 am

Jeff

November 3rd, 2010
11:32 am

Hey Tony…guess what??????? Florida deserves way more than that. Funny no one mentions what “God like” Florida does oh, I forgot…Urban and Timmy were PERFECT. ….what a bunch of crap. get over it..smack is part of the game and NOBODY does it better than Florida. Now everyone is upset because someone has the balls to standup to Florida…..

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
11:32 am

To all you who are responding with, “yeah, well, at least OUR players aren’t threatening to kill their girlfriends, let me borrow Atlanta Gator’s response:

” . . Let’s not exaggerate or rehash old material. Chris Rainey was not convicted of a “felony.” He pled to a misdemeanor and accepted supervised probation. There was no violence involved, he had no prior history, and he was suspended for half of the season. He’s a good kid who screwed up, but he’s done his time, paid his price, and hopefully learned something about life and how to handle himself from his mistake.”

Now just admit your coach behaved like an idiot, take your loss and your season and go fishing.

NOT REALLY MR ANYTHING

November 3rd, 2010
11:32 am

TONY, Perhaps YOU should be suspended for being such a lame reporter…or whatever you call yourself. YOU, ARE A JOKE TONY.

Frick’in Moron…

TGT

November 3rd, 2010
11:32 am

Much ado about not much. Unseemly at best. Maybe he should have done this instead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHJ5nA4rFDA&feature=related

Gadawgs810

November 3rd, 2010
11:33 am

Its called PASSION and although that is NOT the way to go about showing it at least we know he has some.

Go Dawgs time to take down AU the champs

Jdawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:33 am

Barnhart, I hear they have an opening at the Gainesville Times !

$750,000 cheerleader

November 3rd, 2010
11:34 am

Enter your comments here

Arno

November 3rd, 2010
11:34 am

Winning is supreme. Class is expendable. Oh well…..

Simon Cowell

November 3rd, 2010
11:34 am

That was the worst excuse I have every seen for a bloody atricle barnhart (brittish accent) You are pathetic (British Accent) You are a low life peice of trash and you dont deserve a bloody blog (brittish Accent)

.

November 3rd, 2010
11:35 am

Well said TONY!
UGA is do as I say not as I do…the coaches and players, fans have a problem with standards and character. Its beginning to stink in Athens.

Tony B is a dum dum

November 3rd, 2010
11:35 am

The Georgia fans who you claim complain to you about “discipline” should quit their whining and let our coaching staff do its job. Just look at the woman-abusing Gator player #3 – Florida fans were OK with that sleaze playing so a hand gesture really seems minute in comparison. I liked what I saw out of Grantham – I want our coaches to hate Florida as much as I do. I think Grantham should be given a raise, personally. CTG will not be suspended in spite of your pleas Barnfart. That is why he makes big money coaching football and you get peanuts writing for a fish wrapper. GO DAWGS AND GO TODD GRANTHAM!

give me a break TB

November 3rd, 2010
11:35 am

Just a side note: the shortened AJC quote by CTG is as follows:
Asked if he feels that he owes an apology to the Florida kicker, Chas Henry, Grantham said: “I’ve kind of basically said what I’m going to say.”

So, do we know whether he apologized or not? All he said was he basically said what he was going to say. This is why you take half of what you read & only know 1/8 of what was actually said or done.

As for you, Mr. CFB (nice name given to yourself), I’m Mrs. CFB & I believe you are making matters worse. The media is so great about that! It’s a non-issue! Our UF grad friends think it was awesome. Most have said it was nice to see someone on the UGA side showing something other than a sad face. Ask the majority of their fans before you start playing the holier than thou card. Did YOU have to throw in foul language in your article or did you feel like it was getting your point across?

Stupid article, but you are a member of the media & I think they’ve all gone retarded. The PC crap has to stop!

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
11:35 am

“……and last time I checked a 20 year old isn’t a kid.”

:-D since when?

And your coach is 44!
Jeez!
How old are you?

Sad truth

November 3rd, 2010
11:35 am

Gadawgs, yes he has passion, but does he have a defensive scheme? I mean besides the choke sign.

King Gator

November 3rd, 2010
11:36 am

F-UGA-LY – kill the messenger.. 13 pages of comments, I’d say Tony has done his job and hit the mark. The AJC pays him to get you to read thier paper (on-line too). More Georgia choking going on here. Go Gators!

Topp Dogg

November 3rd, 2010
11:36 am

Tony i am giving you a sign with my finger can you guess what it means?

katherine

November 3rd, 2010
11:36 am

G8R GRAD….I have already stated that what was done was immature but not that big of a deal in my opinion. What I find very funny is that all these fans of other programs somehow think that their players and coaches don’t say and do things just like it…only don’t get caught on camera. Come on now….none of them are saints.

King Gator

November 3rd, 2010
11:37 am

BTW, I thought Grantham was just signaling in the defensive play call.. he seemed to use that set alot on Saturday. Go Gators!

npgator

November 3rd, 2010
11:37 am

I love it! On CSS the night before the game all the Bulldog faithful were so sure that they would win.

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:38 am

Bama dude, you lead by example, pure and simple.

Phil, I’m absolutely done with CMR, over it, ready to move forward.

Jtdawg, you just don’t get it, apparently along with 80% of the others on here so don’t feel like the Lone Stranger.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
11:38 am

“The PC crap has to stop!”

Since when does unprofessional behavior have anything to do with political correctness?

Congrats

November 3rd, 2010
11:38 am

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve posted serious disagreements with Tony on this blog. Today, I give him the highest compliments. To Tony’s credit, this is a column that Furman Bisher might have written, and that’s the highest praise I can give a sports journalist. There is right and there is wrong. Many times it takes a lot of guts to stand up for something right. Way to go Tony, and God bless you Mr. Bisher!

Connie Lingous

November 3rd, 2010
11:39 am

Tony, I would enjoy seeing you make these comments to Coach Grantham’s face, though I seriously doubt you ever would.

$750,000 cheerleader

November 3rd, 2010
11:39 am

I agree with all the mutt fans, the real problem is Tony reporting on this. UGA used to have the single most delusional fan base in all of college football. Now in addition to delusional, they have now become desperate. If Grantham could coach his way out of a wet paper bag, it never would have gotten to overtime and come down to his stupid, desperate actions. $750,000 of the schools (tax payer) money pissed away on this guy?

Agree

November 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

I agree the gaters are a classless bunch. No debate about it.

Stacey Conaway

November 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

So what? What’s the big deal? The rest of the entire S.E.C. wanted him to choke, too. It’s a ballgame. Same as yelling, “Miss it.”. Now all the fans can make the choke sign, too, while we’re screaming, “Miss it!”. Can the players, coaches and fans not do anything anymore to support our teams? What if we all just stay home and watch it on TV so we don’t offend anyone? Does that work for you?

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

What I find very funny is that all these fans of other programs somehow think that their players and coaches don’t say and do things just like it…only don’t get caught on camera.

Yep. All those cameras in every stadium these days but none of them catch other coaches trashing opposing players. Conspiracy.

Hedgepruner

November 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

old school is that the best you can do, Paul Johnson has TEN TIMES the CHARACTER & DISCIPLINE of any one in your Embarrasing program , THUGA has become the cesspool of college football in the South taking the honor away from MR’s formner employer FSU….uga’s football program is irrelevant !!!

Bama Sux

November 3rd, 2010
11:41 am

All you Bama red-necks get a f–king life my God there is more to life than a lying coward like Nick Saban and Alabama football,you people are obsessed with a bunch of college kids!!!!!!

S FL Chapter of the Bulldog Nation

November 3rd, 2010
11:41 am

King Gator…I couldn’t agree with you more on the Bobo statement! The only word I can use to describe the play calling is “questionable”.

That game marked the 3rd of the season where one of the best place kickers in the nation was unable to make a kick to put us ahead in the final minutes of the game….that’s just how the cards fall sometimes.

Lady Luck smiled on our boys for three weeks in a row and she glanced at our boys last Sat for a minute with the two balls that were put on the ground, but our boys were just a step too slow to get on them….

I couldn’t be prouder of those guys though! They fought their asses off to over come the 3 three turnovers prior to the OT one…and even then…one of the most exciting games I’ve ever attended! Heart breaker but exciting!

The Bulldog Nation will rise again!!! GO DAWGS!!!

katherine

November 3rd, 2010
11:42 am

BAMA dude
November 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

What I find very funny is that all these fans of other programs somehow think that their players and coaches don’t say and do things just like it…only don’t get caught on camera.

Yep. All those cameras in every stadium these days but none of them catch other coaches trashing opposing players. Conspiracy.

Really? lol oh you are so right…uga is the only program to ever do anything like that…ever….my mistake.

Agree

November 3rd, 2010
11:42 am

Yes…Paul Johnson telling tech fans to punch uga fans in the face. That is about as stupid as it gets right there. PJ needs to be fined and suspended.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
11:44 am

Name another incident like this Katherine. Just one. Don’t give me Urban pandering to fans either- I’m talking about a college football coach talking trash to an opposing player.

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:44 am

Katherine, have you ever heard the phrase “you reap what you sow”? If the shoe fits, wear it. If it doesn’t fit change shoes.

katherine

November 3rd, 2010
11:44 am

S FL Chapter of the Bulldog Nation
November 3rd, 2010
11:41 am

King Gator…I couldn’t agree with you more on the Bobo statement! The only word I can use to describe the play calling is “questionable”.

That game marked the 3rd of the season where one of the best place kickers in the nation was unable to make a kick to put us ahead in the final minutes of the game….that’s just how the cards fall sometimes.

Lady Luck smiled on our boys for three weeks in a row and she glanced at our boys last Sat for a minute with the two balls that were put on the ground, but our boys were just a step too slow to get on them….

I couldn’t be prouder of those guys though! They fought their asses off to over come the 3 three turnovers prior to the OT one…and even then…one of the most exciting games I’ve ever attended! Heart breaker but exciting!

Nicely said :)

crossdawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

WTH, I don’t see the big sin. No difference in telling an opposing batter to swing.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

Bama Sux

November 3rd, 2010
11:41 am
All you Bama red-necks get a f–king life my God there is more to life than a lying coward like Nick Saban and Alabama football,you people are obsessed with a bunch of college kids!!!!!!

Interesting. See, this is a college football blog. Folks who enjoy the game of college football come here to discuss it. You must be in the wrong place. Mosy along now, little fella. \patsonhead

Agree

November 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

LOUD NOISES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CANNON BALLL

Astropig

November 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

If Mark Richt doesn’t do something concrete about this then he is not the man I think he is.Even when the Dogs were on the ropes this year and a couple of others,the one thing that you could not criticize was the man’s character and class.This is a character test of what this university and this coach really believes.I hope that he ignores these “win at all costs” non alumni that could happily put Rainey on their team if they thought that he could help them win.

UGA is bigger then this . I hope.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
11:47 am

crossdawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:46 am
WTH, I don’t see the big sin. No difference in telling an opposing batter to swing.

Agreed. That’s also illegal in the sport and any coach that does it is tossed immediately.

Dontavius Supremo

November 3rd, 2010
11:47 am

Unfortunately, this is fairly typical of Georgia’s program right now. It is sad to see a proud program go this route. I would go farther though and take his resignation today. The New AD (or Richt) needs to act now.

katherine

November 3rd, 2010
11:47 am

Bama…..I don’t know about another incident…but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. I already said I thought what happened was very immature and shouldnt have been done. All I’m saying is that it’s football and things are said and done in the heat of the moment sometimes…and not just at uga. If bama and florida think they are on some moral high ground now…well ok then.

Rick

November 3rd, 2010
11:48 am

Again – If Grantham had spent as much time on his defense as he did on the UF kicker, maybe we could have held the gators mediocre at best offense to less than 31 points and 450 yards in regulation. I believe that he was upset because he was caught off-guard by the new wrinkles UF put into their offense during the bye week. The UGA D was totally unprepared for it. I also feel that Grantham’s choke sign shows a lack of self control, and that same lack of control in evident at times in our defensive players. Good grief, Miss State held the gators to 7 points in the Swamp! Rainey is not good enough to make that much of a difference.

mike

November 3rd, 2010
11:48 am

No, you should be suspended and fined for writing such a stupid article. Moron.

Al

November 3rd, 2010
11:50 am

I never thought I could add Tony Barnahrt to the list of journalists who have completely overblown this story.

richtfan

November 3rd, 2010
11:50 am

tony,

you have gone senile. what grantham did was not only appropriate but hilarious. this is football, not a girl’s dance recital.

Bob/ Okeefe

November 3rd, 2010
11:50 am

I was told one time that the entire DAWG nation was stupid. I said–No way ,all of them can’t be stupid. Well, guess I was wrong.

OaktownGator

November 3rd, 2010
11:50 am

Grantham was out of line, no doubt. But I think the university should just ask him to “man up” and apologize for his behavior, then handle any other punishment internally.

Even as a long time rival, I don’t think Grantham needs to be suspended. But I understand TB’s argument for it – Grantham is supposed to be leading his team, rather than behaving like somebody who needs to be disciplined himself.

But the officials can take care of that kind of behavior, too. Just throw an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on it. If the rules don’t currently support that, maybe they should.

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:50 am

Katherine, take the next step now. You don’t agree with what CTG did. Does UGA have him apologize, or take no action. That’s the subject of this blog today. Pick a side please. You can’t defend CTG’s action.

OJ

November 3rd, 2010
11:51 am

Hey If I was a youngster again I would go to UGA. Sounds like a fine school.

All of you 5 star players go to Athens. It is the place to be.

And remember if the glove don`t fit you can`t convict.

Tony who?

November 3rd, 2010
11:52 am

Tony, I usually agree with most everything you say but you are blowing this WAY out of proportion. Did Urban have to apologize when he called 2 timeouts last year in a blowout to let his team celebrate and let Tebow run up and down the sideline gator chomping? Thats unsportsmanlike but nothing came of it. An apology from Grantham should be enough, but to be fined and suspended is absolutely CRAZY. Did you just decide to jump on the bandwagon because everyone else is? Is this the most important thing going on in college football this week? He is a defensive coordinator, somtimes they lose their cool and it just happened to be on camera. Im sure if there was a camera on every coach every second of the game there would be more stuff like this seen but we are going to suspend CTG because of what he did? Get over it.

shalalalaquandra

November 3rd, 2010
11:52 am

Who Cares. no wonder this country is in the shape its in.Man up people. who cares.

katherine

November 3rd, 2010
11:53 am

Mobile Dawg
November 3rd, 2010
11:50 am

Katherine, take the next step now. You don’t agree with what CTG did. Does UGA have him apologize, or take no action. That’s the subject of this blog today. Pick a side please. You can’t defend CTG’s action.

I would have him apologize…and that would be the end of it.

RJM Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:55 am

What a joke. This is insanity! Get over yourself MR. College footballl dork! This is a nothing story

StatesBurr

November 3rd, 2010
11:56 am

Please TB. You as the Media continue to energize this… The only time you have grabbed your neck in the choke hold is when you were at Bryant-Denny stadium and choked on the ribs…. Dufus. Let the University’s settle it as most do… Apologize.

258DAWG

November 3rd, 2010
11:56 am

Quick response to a blown WAY out of portion topic…..
what do you think he was trying to do?? Answer: get in the kids head!
what do you think coaches call timeouts to ice the kicker? Answer: to get in the kids head!

there really is no difference, unless we are now confirming which one is the most proper way to get in a kids head. Remember this is a full contact, brutal sport.
take your fines and suspensions and put them on yourself for getting your panties in a wad over such a bland topic! It’s football!!!

shalalalaquandra

November 3rd, 2010
11:56 am

Henry might suffer mental problems the rest of his life because of this. hey Tony, maybe he should sue UGA and JAX for future complications from his great ordeal. Everyone pray for Chaz . this truly devastated him.

Really????

November 3rd, 2010
11:56 am

This is the most idiotic piece of drivel you’ve ever written. You’ve been hanging around Bradley and Schultz too long. Sensationalizing this to this level is ludicrous. I certainly lost a lot of respect for you with this one. I’m a dawg fan that can honestly say had the roles been reversed and this were a florida coach my response would have been the same: “So What?”. Get off the sanctimonious high-horse. Of all the things Georgia fans and Administrators should be concerned about surrounding the football program, this ranks just below “Who’s going to cleanup Uga’s poop at the game on Saturday.”

Richard Cranium

November 3rd, 2010
11:57 am

WHY DO UGA PLAYERS AND COACHES HAVE SUCH A HARD TIME FOLLOWING BASIC, COMMON SENSE RULES… ???????????

NO CLASS.

Bubba

November 3rd, 2010
11:58 am

Tony, you must be a whiny Liberal. Man up bro

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:59 am

Katherine, thank you. So would I, and he hasn’t done that, yet….

gdawginkalamazoo

November 3rd, 2010
11:59 am

To be such a middle of the pack lower tier SEC program that is irrelevant there sure are a lot of post about the program today.

hobnailboot

November 3rd, 2010
12:00 pm

I love what coach Grantham did. I love his intensity and passion. If he would have done the same to a Idaho State player, nothing would have been said. This game that I love is being polluted with wusses and crybabies.

Richard Cranium

November 3rd, 2010
12:00 pm

WHAT DOES UGA AND THE TITANIC HAVE IN COMMON….. ???

Jonathan Smith

November 3rd, 2010
12:01 pm

I honestly think, this is the stupidest story ever posted on this site, have you really nothing else to write about? Its not like Grantham was holding his throat, insinuating he wanted to kill the kicker, he simply wanted him to “choke” and miss the kick, which is what every coach on the possible losing side would want to happen. Had, this been a high school game you may have an argument, but these student athletes are grown men, they aren’t in high school anymore, they aren’t babies. They live on their on now. You have blown this way out of proportion, and I truly wish you had something better, more interesting, more worthy, to write about.

Honest Lee

November 3rd, 2010
12:01 pm

Nice article, Tony. As a Gator fan, I basically agree with your position, though I feel the punishment you prescribed is probably a bit overzealous. Fundamentally, he should apologize (as you suggested), not just state that he regrets his actions. As for the rest – the fine and suspension – I think Grantham sincerely regrets his actions so additional punitive action is not necessary, IMO.

To all you Dawg fans trying to claim some moral high ground based on whatever actions Urban Meyer has taken that offend you, I hope you can recognize how ironic it is that you are now defining the standards for your football program in terms of another football program that you despise. That’s pretty stupid, even for a Dawg.

GT79

November 3rd, 2010
12:01 pm

Good story, Tony. How can UGa expect to control their athletes’ behavior if the adult coaches and administrators cannot control themselves – first the the AD and now a football coach. Coach Grantham should be reminded that this is not the NFL and trying to intimidate a college kid is totally unacceptable behavior. And I would think this way if a similar situation at Georgia Tech happened. Thankfully, it hasn’t. I could only imagine the wrath of the Bulldog fans if a Tech coach did this to one of their athletes. Now, lets Go Tech and take care of business in Blacksburg.

Double Standard

November 3rd, 2010
12:01 pm

Shankit, the UGA fans don’t need the AJC’s help to make fools of yourselves. You do a pretty good job of that all by yourselves!

Bubba

November 3rd, 2010
12:01 pm

If the kicker was not white this would have been a hate crime.

Rick

November 3rd, 2010
12:02 pm

gdawginkalamazoo,

Yeah – too bad none of the posts are about football!
Maybe UGA really is lower tier now.

UF

November 3rd, 2010
12:02 pm

The Rainey story has been bashed and publicized over and over again. Whether he should of played or not, why even bring it up in this story? It’s a completely different topic, this is about a coach from UGA doing something he shouldn’t have towards an opposing player. Could you ever see Mark Richt doing this? Nick Saban? Bill Belicheck? NO! Both teams have players that play dirty in a rivalry. Spikes was wrong for gauging last year and your defender was wrong for elbowing Omarius Hines in the head this year. Its not right for players to do these things but it goes both ways. A coach can’t always control a players actions but they can control their own to set the example. Maybe UGA fans need to dwell on the Rainey story to forget Grantham’s mistake, 34 -31, and 18 of 21

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:02 pm

I agree with what Tony wrote wholeheartedly. For those of you questioning his reasoning for writing it, he dances with a national circle of media doing the same thing. He was called out by Paul Finebaum yesterday on the national stage for being an “AJC and UGA Homer” for his article supporting CMR return to Athens.

This was his volley back at them that he can also be “unbiased” in his criticism of UGA making his opinions once again relevant on the national scene. Does this make sense to any of you as to his motive in writing this article?

gabuldawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:03 pm

Tony, I have officially quit reading your columns… Your an idiot. What would you like him to do? Cheer him on? You guys are blowing this out of proportion. Maybe the AJC just wants to get rid of the entire Georgia football program. Are you looking for a coaching job. How about reporting stories that matter. I guess it really doesn’t matter. I won’t be reading your crap anymore.

Agree

November 3rd, 2010
12:03 pm

WATERGIRL and Aqua MAN swimming

StatesBurr

November 3rd, 2010
12:04 pm

IF you have ever been to a College Football game and have seen what and how opposing fans say and act towards players, coaches other fans then you realize how idiotic a piece this is by TB. Of course TB you can’t see or hear this from the press lounges….. What a weak a _ _ article!!!!

Richard Cranium

November 3rd, 2010
12:04 pm

I DIDN’T MEAN TO SHOOT THAT GUY – I JUST GOT CAUGHT UP IN THE MOMENT.

Seriously

November 3rd, 2010
12:05 pm

OMG…SHUT UP!!!

give me a break TB

November 3rd, 2010
12:05 pm

g8r grad, seriously????? professionalism??? CUM is the king of that huh? oh dear GOD! you live in a fantasy world. unlike my friends who actually graduated from UF, you do not agree with their sentiments! they loved it! you know why? because that’s what they’re used to seeing & hearing from their (your) side. so yes, tb’s column is nothing but pc b.s. and i and many others are over it!!!

Agree

November 3rd, 2010
12:05 pm

Can someone throw in the “race card” here? I want to see all angles.

JNitro

November 3rd, 2010
12:05 pm

Your boss should prob do similar to you for writing this stupid “article”

Not a GT or UGA fan

November 3rd, 2010
12:06 pm

Mr. Barnhart, thanks for upholding a reasonable standard of sportsmanlike conduct. The only thing worse than losing is losing like that. The players need a better example. And I think Chris Rainey should never set foot on a football field at the University of Florida again, but that has nothing to do with Grantham’s behavior.

"MissitDanny"

November 3rd, 2010
12:06 pm

I’m with those who say it is an embarassment to the UGA program and its head coach and AD. It should not have happened and those who attempt to justify it in any way (e.g. “we need more ‘a-holes’ in our program”; “why did the kicker look at the UGA sideline?”; or “Rainey threatens to kill his girlfriend and he plays.”) are sadly missing the point and exactly why so often Georgia fans in general are looked at as overly obnoxious and “blindly loyal”! The real question here is: “Is this action or behavior what you would have wanted an opposing COACH (not a player) to do to your collegiatley competing SON or DAUGHTER (regardless of the sport)? In other words: “Would you feel the same way and do all this “justifying” were it to have been done to your son or daughter and IF you say “yes”…then I’d feel awfully sorry for your kid!

Coach G needs to apologize and Coach R and AD McG need to REQUIRE a public apology at the MINIMUM…public misbehavior needs public apology…sorry but we make the athletes themselves do it…why not the Coaches too! TB…YOU GOT IT RIGHT!!

Bremen Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

Oh shut up, we finally have a coach with some fire in him. These are grown men in college and you (media) is acting like they are children. There was smack talked the whole game and the media is making a big deal out of it.

Joe

November 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

BARNHART belongs in a Sorority house where only primadonas frolic and do stuff to selves. BARNHART needs to become a referee so that he can apply those rules on the field and not on paper. BARHART is a MORON.

Bubba

November 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

Coach should have choked crybaby Myer. that would have been funny

Top Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

So how do you feel about the situation, Tony?

randy

November 3rd, 2010
12:08 pm

all you sports writers have nothing to write about, all you want to do is put every school down, why don’t you go and write about men killing deer standing still in a field, that’s a hell of a sport

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:09 pm

Bubba, that was completely insensitive and politically incorrect, but I have to admit I chuckled….

You all have a good day, it’s pouring rain, I’m stuck in the office, and have to this point avoided my responsibilities today. I will check in now and then to see if sanity has returned. Thanks you to all who voted yesterday. Maybe we can begin to restore some sanity to our government also.

Stacey Conaway

November 3rd, 2010
12:09 pm

So what? What’s the big deal? What’s the difference between yelling, “Miss it” and the choke sign? The entire rest of the S.E.C. wanted him to miss it, too. Now we know to make the choke sign, too, while we’re screaming, “Miss it!”. Can the players, coaches and fans not do anything anymore to support our teams? What if we all just stayed home and watched it on TV so we don’t offend anybody?

Bubba

November 3rd, 2010
12:10 pm

I think Coach was doing that to Rainy’s girlfriend

Richard Cranium

November 3rd, 2010
12:10 pm

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY – UGA HAS NONE.

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:10 pm

Go put your little pink dress on Barnhart. Suspended and fined, good god man. Even Bobby Bowden on 680 The Fan this morning said it was no big deal. And for that bible thumper to put the cabash on this should tell you how big of a deal it is. If Grantham should apologize to anyone, it should be us fans. When he took this job, he came out and said, “that ke know who the fans want to beat.” Well, we haven’t beaten any of them ecept for a crappy Tin hu c team. I am much more upset about losing to South Carolina and Florida than I am Grantham being super competitive in what could have been a huge game for us to win. I never knew you were such a little girl!

Patrick Hutchenson

November 3rd, 2010
12:10 pm

Get a life, you are an idiot, sports are about emotion, you should be writing about little kids playing soccer in church leagues, were they don’t keep score and theirs no losers. Everything doesn’t have to be politically correct. I, like so many other fans were hoping he choked as well, that’s the purpose of icing the kicker. AJC should fire you’re a$$ for being a winy b@tch. You should be covering The Southern Womens Show or a Home & Gardening Show It fits you better. Maybe Pride week in Midtown that fits you.

FalconsXDawgs

November 3rd, 2010
12:11 pm

Tony, You are on Crack Cocaine! The guy did NOTHING wrong.. Everyone, except for Florida fans were giving the choke sign to that kid! You are a joke and you just lost my respect and should NO LONGER be named Mr. CFB.. You should be fined for writing that article.. how about someone takes a sizeable chunk out of your $200,000 salary. Your new nick name is Mr. Pansy!

Brant Davis

November 3rd, 2010
12:11 pm

Tony, you’re a moron!

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:12 pm

A couple typos in my rant! Oh well, I guess I’ll be suspended from work and have a sizeable chunk taken out of my paltry pay.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
12:12 pm

All I’m saying is that it’s football and things are said and done in the heat of the moment sometimes…and not just at uga. If bama and florida think they are on some moral high ground now…well ok then.

Who said that? I’m just suggesting that this is highly atypical behavior from any coach.

jackyldo

November 3rd, 2010
12:12 pm

Like this has not happened in every sport from little league on up.
Next you won’t want baseball chatter hey batter batter,,,, swing.

Everyone associated with Georgia wanted the kid to choke and half of us were hexxing him over the TV.

Grantham was one who got caught on TV.. Florida won — move on ..

fan48

November 3rd, 2010
12:14 pm

Why would you cause him to want to leave Georgia? They had to beg him to come there. And, it was great to see someone on the sidelines who had some fight. Ole prima donna just walks around with his earphones, looking cool and all together, while his team, (if you can call it that) is getting run over because him, and a stupid coach he won’t fire.

Dawg-o-crites

November 3rd, 2010
12:15 pm

You call out TB for being a UGA homer, and when TB calls out UGA you tell him to move on. Hypocrites all………….so sorry………………….so sad.

Gen Neyland

November 3rd, 2010
12:15 pm

zoodawg : 1 questions, 2 statements and a donut : Gotta ask, how does the WCHA shape up this year..? Gallopin’ Gophers scoring but being scored on as well…Noticed MN-Duluth is skating well early…You hear Fulmer is, er, wondering aloud about a job at the U of Minnesota…? Mascot maybe. He’d look good in that Goldie Gopher headgear.

Red Clay Hound

November 3rd, 2010
12:15 pm

Lighten up Francis, I mean Tony! The media blows everything out of proportion just to have a story.

UGA=Yawn

November 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

UGA is sad and yes. . . . so boring (YAWN). Their coaches? Hideous and hilarious. The class line is drawn and it is GT !!!

SECWasteManagement

November 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

Barnhart wanted Pelosi to remain speaker of the house.

Richard Cranium

November 3rd, 2010
12:17 pm

Actually, the fact that UGAger’s need to be told the difference between yelling, “Miss it” and giving the “choke sign” says it all…..

If it’s possible, I have even LESS respect for UGA than I had before. Now it’s less than 0%.

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:17 pm

Patrick Hutchenson, FalconsXDawgs & Brant Davis…you guys are awesome! After reading this crap from “Mrs. College Football,” I almost went out and bought him a box of maxi-pads. Maybe should get him some Preparation-H too so that he can get the swelling under his eyes down from all of the crying he is doing over trying to freak out a kicker! I am begging ya!

Soulja Boy

November 3rd, 2010
12:18 pm

Appropriate behavior by Grantham in the “Gangsta Bowl.”

StatesBurr

November 3rd, 2010
12:18 pm

Mr. College Football?? Yea, Right… Maybe your too starched shirt, silk tie and Johnston and Murphy wingtips have cut off the bloodflow… Its football, not the country club …

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
12:19 pm

give me a break TB:

Again, this blog is not about Coach Meyer, the UF players or the UF administration, it is about the idiotic behavior of your number two coach.
Why can’t you just admit that he screwed up and needs to apopolgize for failing his head coach, players and the Bulldog faithful?

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:19 pm

Gee Richard Cranium (appropriate name by the way) I hope I lose a lot of sleep over your comments.

StatesBurr

November 3rd, 2010
12:20 pm

Richard Cranium: Who cares what you think with your swollen forehead….

Charlottedawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:20 pm

Tony, I’ve got a suggestion…..how about in the most important moment of your short football career (previously as a punter…Chas Henry)…..you actually focus on kicking as opposed to watching the other teams’ sideline…..to be honest….short of running on the field and grabbing the guy….I think coaches should be able to do whatever they want to try and distract opposing teams…..give me a break….it’s a sport where you try and knock out the opposing players and you want to suspend a coach for yelling “choke” at a kicker? You do realize that it’s a “symbol” for missing the kick….he didn’t actually want Henry to choke.

I usually respect you and your writing….but this borders on insanity. Why not show the clip where Tavarres King almost gets his head knocked off by a FL player after the OT interception? The Gators should’ve been penalized 15 yards in OT, putting them out of field goal range….but no one is critiquing that video after the fact….I’m so sick of media members (especially UGA supposed supporters) blowing all of this stuff WAY out of proportion.

It’s a joke and I don’t even need to get into the Chris Rainey situation which is a far greater insult to College Coaching than Grantham’s act.

mgdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:21 pm

He wasn’t telling the kicker “I’m going to choke you” he was signaling him to choke and miss the kick. It’s not like he told him “I’m going to kill you” that’s what florida players tell people and still play.

Vol4ever

November 3rd, 2010
12:21 pm

Political correctness has gone way too far. It was part of the game, Georgia’s coach did NOTHING wrong. What a bunch of wussies this country is coming to.

Richard Cranium

November 3rd, 2010
12:21 pm

UGA might make it to the “Gangsta Bowl”…. Grantham would fit right in.

StatesBurr

November 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

G8R GRAD: ahhhh, cute name.. Is that you Tony?

Who Cares Anymore

November 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

I can’t take anymore bad news from this once stellar football program. I am shifting my allegiance to Tech—at least there isn’t any crap news coming out of their program–UGH instead of UGA

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

How do we know that Grantham didn’t swallow a piece of gum and it went down the wrong way and he was signaling that he in fact was choking? Ever think about that Mrs. College Football!

Ray Goof

November 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

Rainey should have texted Richt and Grantham….”Time to Lose”

Bulldog always

November 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

A bunch of crap about nothing. Not one word was said about Urban mouthing “f….ng b…..it” after a call he did not like. Or calliing timeout over and over again in a blowout to embarrass and intimidate the kids from Ga. or Paul Johnson constantly physically grabbing and cursing his players in front of national television. What Grantham did pales in comparison to those examples above and they did not even bother me. IT IS FOOTBALL and it ain’t always about the kids now is it. that is proven over and over again with the salaries,etc. that are being paid.

trey

November 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

LMAO. Is this still sizzling?

Barnhart said:
“I don’t have a problem with players trash talking each other in the heat of the game. But adults don’t get to do that.”

Since you didn’t know: the players are also adults. They are not children.

trey

November 3rd, 2010
12:25 pm

Go Coach Grantham!!! Can’t wait to see your hand signals for the maggots when they come to town. LMAOOOOOOO.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
12:25 pm

Vol4ever

November 3rd, 2010
12:21 pm
Political correctness has gone way too far. It was part of the game, Georgia’s coach did NOTHING wrong. What a bunch of wussies this country is coming to.

Why do people have such a hard time understanding this issue? Granted, you’d have to be borderline insane to dress up in that puke orange voluntarily, but other than that? It ain’t a political correctness issue. It’s a behavior issue from a 44 year old millionaire who is supposed to be representing the University of Georgia in a positive way while being a role model to the young men on his team. Political correctness? How about decorum? Etiquette? Self control? Sportsmanship? It’s not about hurting feelings as much at it is the behavior you expect from a man of his staure and in that role.

SECWasteManagement

November 3rd, 2010
12:26 pm

Richard Cranium is a nightly attendant at Swingin’ Richards night club bear Turner Field.

tom

November 3rd, 2010
12:26 pm

i like how the loss to florida has been overshadowed with this garbage. who cares. itsn not that big of a deal. you never find articles about fans giving referees the finger after they make a bad call. by the way, these players arent pop warner 6 year olds. they are grown men. quit treatin it like granthem flicked off a 6 year old.

SECWasteManagement

November 3rd, 2010
12:26 pm

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
12:27 pm

I can’t tell you how disappointing it is to read the majority of the posts here.
You people ought to be ashamed of yourselves.
Whatever happened to good sportsmanship?
It was clearly absent on the UGA sideline.
Yet, y’all keep diverting blame with, “well, Coach Meyer let Chris Raney play.”
Really?
That’s all you’ve got?
Have a nice rest of your season.
It ends on November 27th.

UGAJD

November 3rd, 2010
12:27 pm

Vol4ever has it right. Whatever happened to “stick and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” This is so much ado about nothing. So what if Grantham told Henry he was going to choke? If the kid can’t handle it, he shouldn’t be on the field. Tony, you are way over the top on this one. “Go back to mamby-pamby land, you jackwagon!”

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
12:27 pm

IT IS FOOTBALL and it ain’t always about the kids now is it. that is proven over and over again with the salaries,etc. that are being paid.

And if I’m paying a man $750k he ain’t gonna act like that on game day.

jack bull

November 3rd, 2010
12:28 pm

just wondering if TB actually thinks this is the FIRST time something like this has happened. it very well may be the first time it was caught on TV, which i kinda doubt, but surely he knows this couldn’t be the first time a coach has tried to intimidate an opposing player.. and i’m saying this all the while being very embarrased, for him, and the university.. heck, i’d fire him just because i’m not impressed whatsoever with his defense..then i’d throw that 750K at Manny Diaz(he did only give up 7 pts to UF)…

Poked EYe

November 3rd, 2010
12:28 pm

What about the gater player Spikes who tried to blind a player? Is that acceptable?

Flying Tigers

November 3rd, 2010
12:28 pm

Why Tony? Everyone knows what a classless university uga is. Things like this just keep happening and no one, the president, the head coach, and I would say the AD, but in fairness to the new AD it is his predecessor who was just as classless. The point being no one in Athens has the class to clean up a mess, a mess that is a total embarrassment to the whole state of Georgia. This goes beyond team affiliations, uga is classless as they continue with these types of misshaps and classless behaivior. I travel alot for business and uga is seen for what it is a “party” school and a joke. The uga degree is really only good in one state Georgia, wonder why? But the real problem is the alumni and “fans” who make excuses for this type behavior and bring up other teams and what they do. The fan base in Athens do not care what or how their so called “university” is percieved, and thought of, just as long as they win 10 or 11 games a year. It is why the fan base is seen as classless inbred jerks around the country, and as a native Georgian who graduated from a small college outside of the state I truly am beginning to see what others think and why they think of Georgia the way they do. uga and their fans should never throw insults at Tennessee, Alabama. Florida or anyone until they clean up there own mess, and beleive me it is a considerable mess. I also think Adams should step down or be fired as he has provided NO leadership in this area at all. Also, flip flop Richt, needs to look at some of his recruits character instead of the stars beside their name. uga is a digrace, and someone should clean it up.

Vick=Dog killing thug

November 3rd, 2010
12:29 pm

Barnhart needs to change his name to Mr. Interior Decorator or something? Geez dude, get over yourself. Football is a passionate and violent sport played by aggressive men. Football is watched by fans that like blood and guts. Football is one of the few things that men have left where it’s ok to hate a team just because you want to. Football allows you to yell and scream and get mad.

Go get your toenails done Barnhart and leave football to men.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
12:29 pm

Poked EYe

November 3rd, 2010
12:28 pm
What about the gater player Spikes who tried to blind a player? Is that acceptable?

Of course not, and it has nothing to do with this.

Richard Cranium

November 3rd, 2010
12:29 pm

Word of the day for UGAger’s.

DELUSIONAL. Example: OUR FAN BASE IS DELUSIONAL.

Make a note of it in the back of your coloring book the teacher gave you.

got2bkiden

November 3rd, 2010
12:30 pm

first of all those players are adults and what would u like TG to do BORROW some palm palms and do a cheer c’mon man

P O'd DAWG

November 3rd, 2010
12:30 pm

Please don’t bring that politically correct crap into a man’s game. We get enough of that on the nightly news. Do you think the Florida kid was crying because of this? Write something that we care about…like why the hell we can’t win anymore.

Poked EYe

November 3rd, 2010
12:31 pm

A gator fan telling othe SEC fans about sportsmanship – you are KILLING ME.

AltamahaDawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:32 pm

I have to admit, I’m just not seeing something here. Just simply not a big deal to me, not even sure what the quick admittance that it was soooo wrong. I understand that a coach doesn’t need to be interacting with the other guys players, but that’s just because there’s nothing to gain except put yourself at risk of getting a bunch of hissy-fit reactions (case in point) but geez, come on! And to the gator fan that said if the shoe was reversed..well I’d still be saying, what’s the big deal and why is that even a story? BTW, I seriously doubt that any member of the UF team thought it was either. I assume the UF coaches aren’t giving it a second thought, except that they are chuckling at a rookie mistake by TG to not realize what kind of PC news cycle he is dealing with on a college program.

got2bkiden

November 3rd, 2010
12:32 pm

thanks VICK=DOG

Bulldog always

November 3rd, 2010
12:32 pm

Bama dude:
You should be hiding under a rock talking about coaching etiquette with that crowd of mercenaries at bama. Oversigning, lying to recruits and them screwing them out of their scholarships in the name of competition. Lying to his teams about his loyalty, etc. etc. etc.

StatesBurr

November 3rd, 2010
12:32 pm

SECWasteMgmt: More like Richard CroMagnon…

Agree

November 3rd, 2010
12:33 pm

A car drives off into the woods. It was a red car.

jack bull

November 3rd, 2010
12:33 pm

and am i the only one who hates the time-out thing right before a kicker lines up to kick it? i believe it would be much much harder for a kicker to run straight off the sideline, line up, and kick a game winner on the spot, rather than let him line up, call time-out, let him get his composure, then drill it. just my thought on it…

georgedawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:33 pm

The AJC should fire schultz, bradley and you! This to allow for some interesting sports writers before the AJC has no subscribers, at all. You are boring and pretty much talentless.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
12:34 pm

poked eye:

For the last time, I am not saying UF is perfect – no one is.
I am saying your coach behaved idiotically when he is supposed to be an adult AND a role model.
Get it?

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
12:35 pm

Bulldog always

November 3rd, 2010
12:32 pm
Bama dude:
You should be hiding under a rock talking about coaching etiquette with that crowd of mercenaries at bama. Oversigning, lying to recruits and them screwing them out of their scholarships in the name of competition. Lying to his teams about his loyalty, etc. etc. etc.

Yet i’ve never seen any of them taunting the other team’s players. Of course, maybe that’s because Saban is a perfectionist and thus is hyper-focused on HIS players? Perhaps that’s why Bama blocked two crucial kicks, including one as time expired, to preserve a tight victory in our rivalry game last season. Just a thought.

jack bull

November 3rd, 2010
12:35 pm

and i watched the game, the replay twice, and still haven’t noticed of AJ was out there to block that field goal…was he??

oh, one more thing, have to give a shout-out to my nephew, who made a big hit on kick-off..

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
12:36 pm

bulldog alawys:
“Bama dude:
You should be hiding under a rock talking about coaching etiquette with that crowd of mercenaries at bama. Oversigning, lying to recruits and them screwing them out of their scholarships in the name of competition. Lying to his teams about his loyalty, etc. etc. etc.”

Dang!
Get over it!
Your season is over!
Good luck to you!

edumacated

November 3rd, 2010
12:36 pm

Tony Blowhard, you sir are not a journalist. Mr. College Football my butt. I will not read anymore of your sorry articles. Yesterday it was keep Richt. Today it is suspend Grantham. You are just talking out of your @$$.

Agree

November 3rd, 2010
12:37 pm

BAMA dude:

I think it was YOUR def. coach that said regarding the Black Out something to the effect your players needed to send our players to their own funeral. Why was he suggesting such violence on the UGA players – enough to kill them? That coach needs to be suspended and or fired.

Chris

November 3rd, 2010
12:38 pm

Heck, just go ahead and fire the whole coaching staff. I see nothing but bad fortune for my DAWGS and this group of misfits as long as they are around.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
12:38 pm

“Please don’t bring that politically correct crap into a man’s game.”

:-D

Real men ACT like real men.

Richt's Butt Cut

November 3rd, 2010
12:39 pm

StatesBurr

November 3rd, 2010
12:40 pm

BammerDude: You have nothing to say… with that Coaching Huckster, Marlboro smoker you have in tuskerlooser. Talk about the Great Liar… What is worse? A Liar or a Choke Hold… I know

ms. shirley

November 3rd, 2010
12:40 pm

TB, please contact Furman Bisher and immediately retire to obscurity at Gwinnett Daily Post. At least Grantham is showing some kind of emotion instead of being a zombie like most of Georgia’s staff. If a college football player is intimidated by a gesture like that, then he needs to quit football and go play ping pong. Good Lord, stop blowing things up. May be you should join the state run, mainstream media and over exaggerate every freaking story that comes across the news wire. You seem to have stooped to that level with this article.

ballfan

November 3rd, 2010
12:40 pm

I agree with the comments that have said that following your logic, icing the kicker should require an apology now, too…

alagabigdog

November 3rd, 2010
12:40 pm

Grantham is a firey individual. WHat he did was in the heat of the battle. Life goes on. Media should not blow this out of proportion. It’s been a long time since the contest’s played on Saturday’s were just games. Tony you are over the top on this one my friend.

bdaamwag

November 3rd, 2010
12:40 pm

“so far over the line that it can’t even be debated.”

TB, are you kidding me? Get over yourself. It was a choke sign. I’m sure the other 50k UGA fans were doing the same thing. Also, the choke sign is most likely better than the gestures Gator fans were throwing at our boys. But I forgot, it’s all Georgia’s fault. My bad.

Richt's Butt Cut

November 3rd, 2010
12:41 pm

Looser Journalist with nothing better to write about…

georgedawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:41 pm

Does anyone recall the Alabama fans spitting on and throwing drinks on our players as they left the field after beating them in overtime. Now that’s redneck! You guys that spread such venom about Georgia its fans, coaches, school, players, facilities need to get a life of your own. I bet most of you jerks are losers and have nothing you’ve done on your own to be proud of. On total I’ll take Georgia. Academics, great college town, and a rich tradition of sports success.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
12:42 pm

Agree

November 3rd, 2010
12:37 pm
BAMA dude:

I think it was YOUR def. coach that said regarding the Black Out something to the effect your players needed to send our players to their own funeral. Why was he suggesting such violence on the UGA players – enough to kill them? That coach needs to be suspended and or fired.

That was the S&C coach (does UGA have one of these?) talking to his players in practice, motivating them to work harder. Nice try.

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:43 pm

The funniest thing to me, is that Grantham had to apologize or whatever, and the truth is he really doesn’t give a damn. He is who he is and I love to see a little fire coming off of that sideline. With the 12 apostle’s over there we need a little devil hanging around. By the way, he could claim that the devil made him do it. Sorry Flip Wilson!

Agree

November 3rd, 2010
12:43 pm

The SEC to make a rule where there will be no yelling or hand jestures during the game. One must treat it like the Patrons at the Masters. Golf claps only please.

yall are stupid

November 3rd, 2010
12:43 pm

I wouldn’t suspend or fine him. It is a competative sport and sometimes emotions get tied up in this crap. He didn’t hit anyone or say anything to the player. He did it, get over it and move on. Tony this is the newspaper and you have your opinion like everyone else. Keep writing your BS and you’ll be alright.

258DAWG

November 3rd, 2010
12:44 pm

Honest Lee is ignorant.
name one arrestor act by a UGA football player that comes close to sending those kind of text messages?? NONE… then again 1 game suspension for gouging eyes out during games is what you were known for last year. The year before – using dead girls credit cards…… see a trend?
Does Urban call timeouts to ice the kicker??? why does he do it??? to get in a kickers head???
Gator fan has become such a crybabies since Urban and Timmie came, grow up it’s football!

258DAWG

November 3rd, 2010
12:44 pm

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
12:44 pm

georgedog:

“On total I’ll take Georgia. Academics, great college town, and a rich tradition of sports success.”

Whatever gets you to sleep at night.

kent

November 3rd, 2010
12:44 pm

Maybe the choke sign was meant for Mark Richt.

Richt's Butt Cut

November 3rd, 2010
12:45 pm

Anyone know TG’s email address so I can tell him thank you for actually caring if we win or loose. Love the emotion coach. This is a mans game TB, not for pansies like you.

Agree

November 3rd, 2010
12:45 pm

A BAMA fan telling other SEC fans about sportsmanship and how to act. You are KILLING ME.

AltamahaDawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:45 pm

And thank you to the Bama fan. We all needed you in a UGA blog to inform us about what a UGA topic is all about. We KNOW what the point is. NOBODY is saying it’s prefectly fine for a 44 yr old coach to act in complete jackass like manner while representing our school. What we are saying is that calling WHAT he did some kind of unacceptable poor sportmanship act is a HUGE stretch, made only to invent an issue, so everything you preach about after that point has no basis.

DC Braves Fan

November 3rd, 2010
12:45 pm

I don’t think it was classy, but I also think you’ve become the epitome of a hack “journalist.” You break no stories of significance, and your excessive preening to the people who read the stories in the AJC is just tiresome. It’s as if you think your job is to survey the college football landscape and tell the masses how stupid they are (”I don’t want to hear” etc.). Guess what. Your self-annointed title notwithstanding, you are not in fact the ruler of college football. You’re fast becoming a caricature of a sports writer, and I thought Schultz had already taken that mantle.

What an unbelievable overreaction to a guy who didn’t physically intimidate anyone and basically just told an opponent that he was going to miss a FG. Not something I condone but also not something I really care about. Suspensions or fines, however, are so far beyond the pale that if we have to debate this, you’re too hopeless to be subject to persuasion or reason of any kind.

What Grantham did wasn’t an example, but it was no worse in terms of “class” than a Wisconsin coach going for two points a few weeks ago. And I don’t recall you demanding, as if anyone gives two cents about your opinion these days, a suspension there. The same for CUM taking timeouts near the end of the game that was readily in hand.

All of these are examples of classless acts. None involved actual intimidation as that word is defined by anyone familiar with the English language (I’m beginning to wonder if that is the problem here). Just poor sportsmanship, nothing else. And you can dress up all the differences you want, there are a lot more egregious acts of unsportsmanship today than what Grantham did and it’s not even close.

You owe an apology for this monstrosity of a column. It’s shockingly bad. Quite possibly the worst I have EVER read in any sports section, and that’s a tall order. You should be ashamed of yourself.

JB

November 3rd, 2010
12:46 pm

I’m ill at all this…………

ncdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:46 pm

Tony,
Saw your reply. Rainey aside, if you’re talking about coaches acting as role models, I agree. What Grantham did was a “little” childish. However, if we are talking about role models, Urban Meyers gator chomp to the UGA team and fans is just as childish, along with TO’s in the last minute and 1/2 game suspensions for eye gouging. Grantham apologized about this mountain out of a molehill. Richt apologized immediately for the celebration. Has Urban Meyer apologized for anything??? Looking at it that way, UGA coaches have taken the high road and apologized like role models should. Urban, not so much.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
12:46 pm

Agree

November 3rd, 2010
12:43 pm
The SEC to should make a rule where there will be no yelling or handCOACHES shall make no jestures GESTURES DIRECTED AT OPPOSING PLAYERS during the game. One must treat it like the Patrons at the Masters. Golf claps only please.

Fixed.

wins-by-a-link

November 3rd, 2010
12:47 pm

Hey Tony ease up man, You having a bad day or what? We finally have a coach who shows a little emotion on the sidelines and you want to fire him? This ain’t Woody Hayes slapping someboby OK? Let up man.

JB

November 3rd, 2010
12:47 pm

The ONLY thing Tony really cares about is the 1000 hits this story gets….He giddy…..

BigDawgBoogie

November 3rd, 2010
12:47 pm

Why are we spending time on this stupid issue? Is it to deflect from the real issues here? We need a coaching staff that will bring us back to our rightful place on top of the college football world! UGA is a storied program steeped in tradition unlike any other. We should be winning the SEC most years and winning multiple NCs like we did back when Dooley was our coach!

SCJack

November 3rd, 2010
12:47 pm

Hey Tony: I’m one of your most avid readers/listeners and supporters; I quote you almost daily. However, your article reminds me of a statement made to me by the old managing partner of the accounting firm at which I worked when I was confronted for the ‘excessive’ auditing privileges I had taken given my position and access to client assets and documentation (but I’ll address you), “first of all you are a journalist and not a college coach policeman, you are not an SEC official, you are not the NCAA, you are not UGA Administration but are merely an observer of college football who has taken liberties with his pen far and beyond his position”. The partner ended the conversation with me as follows, “you’ve gone from auditing to meddling”. I’ve been there and while I totally support your right to your opinion, I also am as embarrassed for you as I was for myself many years ago; however, did I mention that I was one year out of UGA and 22 years old at the time?

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:48 pm

Aplogize to Chas Henry, The University of Florida and the University of Georgia! Are you out of your damn mind! Did you write this during your time of the month? Go suck up to Brady Ackerman.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
12:48 pm

AltamahaDawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:45 pm
And thank you to the Bama fan. We all needed you in a UGA blog to inform us about what a UGA topic is all about

This isn’t a UGA blog, I check in on Tony’s blog daily. And this isn’t exactly a UGA issue either, I would be interested in it regardless of school affiliation.

Agree

November 3rd, 2010
12:48 pm

DC Braves Fan – great take. LMFAO.

savannahdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:49 pm

Adults don’t get to trash talk? Bullcrap!!!! You have overdone it this time Tony! Ever played sports? This is a non-issue! Too many thin-skins these days!

You critizied Meyer for playing Rainey? Didn’t see that article on the AJC!!!!

suwanee dawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:49 pm

Tony, Keep your new loyalties to CBS and the national media and don’t expect the Dawg nation to buy any of your future books.

suwanee dawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:50 pm

How about writing about Meyer playing the thug that threatened to kill his girlfried?

gdawginkalamazoo

November 3rd, 2010
12:50 pm

At least he wasn’t sitting on his hands like Willie Martinez used to do during the fourth quarter against Florida.

Lake Oconee Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:50 pm

Tony Barnhart your statement about firing UGA defensive coordinator is sick.
You and Mark B. are the reason the AJC is not selling papers. All you want is to stir up a mess. Not report sports as you should. Go get a job!!! Whimp

Agree

November 3rd, 2010
12:51 pm

BAMA Boy care to comment on this one?

A BAMA fan telling other SEC fans about sportsmanship and how to act. You are KILLING ME

Tim

November 3rd, 2010
12:52 pm

Tony I like you and your college football analysis but I disagree with you and every one else that thinks this is big deal. Ok, the man should not have been making choking signs but if that is worst that is done a sideline then that’s not too bad. He was just acting out what every UGA fan was thinking. Stop calling for fines and suspensions. Let’s just stick to X’s and O’s

dog-gone crazy

November 3rd, 2010
12:52 pm

Was the choke hold classless. Yes. Is it news worthy, or even discipline worthy? No.

When you “Ice” a kicker by calling timeout, you are trying to make him choke. Just don’t make the sign and it is ok?

It should not have been done, but this is over the top.

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:53 pm

DC Braves Fan & SCJack:

Beeeeeeeeeeeeutiful on both your parts!

not a dawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:53 pm

TB, I am appalled that this many people have come out against your comments. Sad to say but the truth is Dawg fans have proven when it comes to class they really have none. At no time should a coach or any adult engage in any negative dialogue with an opposing playerwho happens to be a student athlete. But then again many of these players don’t have a probllem that UGA is leading the nations in arrest!!!

dogfan

November 3rd, 2010
12:53 pm

I agree 100%. Coach Richt obviously is not going to take any action since he has lost complete control of the program. With Richt being the 6th highest paid college football coach in the country and this assistant making $750,000 a year, there is no excuse whatsoever for these actions.

Adams needs to clean the UGA football house.

Gen Neyland

November 3rd, 2010
12:54 pm

This is about the point where Charie Brown leans his head against a tree and says to no one but himself, ” Good grief.”

Elrod

November 3rd, 2010
12:54 pm

Enter your comments here

bertzilla

November 3rd, 2010
12:55 pm

This falls into the “big, fat, hairy deal category” in the “much ado about nothing” file.

Florida Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:55 pm

Tony, while what Grantham did was childish, I agree with “ncdawg” above. Urban Meyer has been classless for years and he is NO better than Grantham.
I think you actually stated your problem with Grantham…YOU have never met him.
Are their hard feeling there? Maybe he doesn’t want to meet you for some reason.
Your comments are really out of line about a suspension.
Did you condone Richts OK with storming the field in 2007…don’t say he didn’t won’t them too….he certainly did.

big don

November 3rd, 2010
12:55 pm

got to agree. Are you serious? What about the “murderer” on the other side that threatened his gf. Let it go and quit looking for this incident to do your work.

Bush League

November 3rd, 2010
12:55 pm

I heard Bobby Bowden on 680 the Fan this morning say that what Grantham did was no big deal. Just another proof point of how Richt’s approach to discipline has been influenced by him.

I just can’t see any respectable coach doing that.

fishtales

November 3rd, 2010
12:56 pm

I personally don’t think it’s a big deal. But for all of you ever-rationalizing Dawg fans saying “move on” and “it’s not a big deal” please tell me why you all come absolutely unglued every time Saban throws his headset or screams something on the sidelines? Hypocrits much?

boog

November 3rd, 2010
12:56 pm

Oh please…. let it go. No big deal. Its football…stupid article. Thank God we have someone on the staff with fire. Why don’t you shut your pie hole. Have you ever coached a game in your life? No!

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:56 pm

I thought choke holds were only not tolerated in the WWE! I guess Grantham would be more well suited for the MMA. Got your CTG. Just win baby!

Alabama Jack

November 3rd, 2010
12:58 pm

It’s football Blowhart! Bet you never played! Jock sniffers never get it!

Sean

November 3rd, 2010
12:58 pm

Tony, you are not in charge of UGA or anything else for that matter. I’ve seen worse at high school games. Get a life. And who named you “Mr. College Football?”

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
12:59 pm

Boog, I think the more appropriate question for Mrs. College Football, is does he know which side of a jock strap goes in the front!

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
12:59 pm

Gen. Neyland:

“Good grief” is right!

FOR THE LAST TIME, PEOPLE:

No one has said that Coach Meyer, the UF players or the administration are perfect.
We aren’t.
Still, you cannot defend your coach’s indefensible behavior!
He’s a representative of your fine institution, an adult and a role model.
Yet, his conduct saturday betrayed all of that.

Richt's Butt Cut

November 3rd, 2010
12:59 pm

THWTB!! Keep up the intensity Coach Grantham.

Dave

November 3rd, 2010
1:00 pm

I am amazed you are appalled at this, being a UGA homer and all. This is UGA after all. How many players have been arrested again? Where do you think they get it from?

Dawg Bone

November 3rd, 2010
1:00 pm

Can’t have it two ways. Sometimes emotion brings out mistakes. Sometimes they are not in the best taste like this one. BUT give me the emotion every time. I don’t want our coaches, players, or fans sitting with their hands in their laps afraid of being wrong by showing emotion. If this was a serious infraction like tripping a player or hitting a player then that is different. Grantham, keep up the emotion and competiveness. The rest of you and Florida fans, get a life. I don’t think this is as bad as the time outs.

Fred

November 3rd, 2010
1:00 pm

Still no apology from Todd. What a schmuck. Nice loser you got their dogs. No wonder your program is in a downward spiral. I see 7 losses for u turds.

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:01 pm

Anybody else notice that Mrs. College Football looks like that little dog in the Looney Toons cartoons that goes around saying “oooooooohhhh boooyyyyy?”

Call it

November 3rd, 2010
1:01 pm

Oh Boo Hoo ncdawg,

If you remember the only reason Meyer called those time outs, was due to the classless act by GA a year prior by acting like they had never scored a TD, and having their lack luster program march out on the field to look like a bunch of thugs from the hood.

The bottom line is for a coach to display this lack of sportsmanship is unacceptable just like what Spikes did last year with the whole eye deal. I do not understand why most people can not call a spade a spade and mark this down as a dumb move by a coach no matter who he is coaching for or playing against. If you were to reverse this situation, you GA fans would be calling the NCAA until Meyer fired his coach, so do not try to dismiss this as nothing big. The bottom line it has gotten bigger since CMR wanted it to go under the radar without anyone saying a word about it.

All I ask, is do the right thing here and address it, and move on as we all make mistakes.

Enough Said!

Agree

November 3rd, 2010
1:01 pm

TB said “Then he will accept a one-game suspension and a fine and keep his mouth shut.” How about you keep your mouth shut and don’t talk out of turn?

Legal Mater

November 3rd, 2010
1:02 pm

Last I looked an 18 year old was concidered an adult. I know they can drink until they are 21 but they and go to war, legally marry, sign contracts, decide where they will play football. Mom and dady are nolonger in control if they ever where for most of these athletes. I think it is time to get away from this Adults have to act like this. Let put this in perspective. At this point in there lives they all should be adults and act as if they are. Yea lets teach these adults on Monday through Friday to head hunt, try to hurt there opponents, allow trash talking between the players as we as coaches mingle among them call it teaching. Yes it is teaching them to be semi-milary minded adults who as long as they dont kill someone on Saturday it is alright to attempt to. I thing the wrong jesture is being scrutnized. It is what it is.

Jerry Springer

November 3rd, 2010
1:02 pm

Tony..you have a job on my show anytime! I need some new writers!

George Roberts

November 3rd, 2010
1:02 pm

Tony, You must be crazy. The response to Todd’s gesture is anofher example our PC obsessecf culture.
Is it now wrong to ice a kicker? Also, does anyone know if the kicker saw the gesture? I contend that the gesture was more for Todd’s players than the kicker. On a coaching staff that shows so little emotion I find this to be refreshing.

Josh

November 3rd, 2010
1:02 pm

What I don’t get is this. This is at the least unsportsman conduct. Where was the flag? He did this 4 times. You can’t tell me 4-5 officials didn’t see him do it. And why didn’t any fla players mention it.
Fla should have kicked up 15 yards. Man, if he missed that kick, this story would be 50 x bigger and there would be calls for his resignation.

Jesse Stone

November 3rd, 2010
1:03 pm

I’ve been critical of Meyer and I still don’t believe he should have let Chris Rainey back on the team. But the man coached his team well
——————————————————————-
That’s from Tony’s article on Monday. He has been critical of CUM and the Rainey issue. You just chose to ignore it.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
1:03 pm

Dog Bone:

“The rest of you and Florida fans, get a life. I don’t think this is as bad as the time outs.”

How quickly we forget that those perfectly legal timeouts were in response to the illegal (and disrespectful) “Dance in the Endzone.”

Have a nice day.

Dawgfan4life

November 3rd, 2010
1:03 pm

Yo King Gaytor i heard the Blood’s and Crip’s have some good athletes so there are more THUGS for Urban to recruit. Also dont comment on here again

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:03 pm

Good one Fred. I am sure all of us DAWG fans are on our way to Athens right now to burn Grantham at the stake. Thanks for clearing all of this up!

MURPHY

November 3rd, 2010
1:04 pm

One last remark from me and Im done discussing this issue.

What Grantham did was un-excusable.McGarity needs to reprimand him and if suspension is added then Im ok with that also. I have been around this UGA program since I was born and have been around some firey competitors that were coaches here.I have never seen a coach at UGA show a lack of class such as Grantham has displayed.As a Dawg fan,season ticket holder and yearly contributor I am fed up state of issues our football program has at this time.McGarity must make some wholesale changes at the end of this year.

Dawglifer

November 3rd, 2010
1:04 pm

TB, you are crazy! This is ludicrous. I disagree 100%. Who cares??!?!! Fined and suspended?!?!? Grow a pair!

Glockmeister

November 3rd, 2010
1:04 pm

Congratulations, Tony. You have jumped into the “idiot line with the politically correct. I played college football and have been a keen observer of it for more than forty years. I have NEVER, ever seen so much made of something so minute. You, like Schultz, must be reaching hard to find a column subject. Silly, Silly, Silly!

[...] Tony Barnhart of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham should be suspended and fined. [...]

Mark

November 3rd, 2010
1:07 pm

Hey George you dumb$ss. This is not professional sports you retard. This is a student in college who kicks a ball. Man some of you are freaking idiots.

James

November 3rd, 2010
1:08 pm

Your an idiot Tony! Big deal he gave a choke sign..what a joke…get over it, he should not be suspended, you should be suspended from writing sports columns if you cant come up with better material then this…lol

Observer

November 3rd, 2010
1:08 pm

Any surprise as to why this guy was Richt’s 5th choice as D- coordinator. This guy just aint very bright.

ABQ_DAWG

November 3rd, 2010
1:08 pm

Your an idiot. Threatening a player? He wasn’t insinuating he was going to choke the kid to death you idiot. Nobody cares about this except guys like you looking for stories.

The Ole Ball Coach

November 3rd, 2010
1:09 pm

Barnhart this is dumb, Write an article on D.Dooley not suppending J.Smith for a bar assault this weekend in Knoxville ” now that would make sense”.

Ed

November 3rd, 2010
1:09 pm

“A coach does not attempt to intimidate a student-athlete from another school. You don’t do it. Period. I don’t care what the other side is doing.”

I agree. It’s Bush League. If I were Urban Meyer you’d have to separate me from Grantham after the game.

Agree with the fine and suspension, but believe the suspension should come against Auburn, a game of significance. Georgia could pull students out of the stands to coach against Idaho State and win easily. A suspension should have the potential to hurt the team before it can have any real teeth. Otherwise, just fine him and move on.

dt4c

November 3rd, 2010
1:10 pm

You have got to be kidding me! I usually agree with you but this is over the line. Why were you not outraged when CUM called timeouts and stared CMR down 2 years ago? You can’t have it both ways. Personally I think you are FOS on this one.

JR

November 3rd, 2010
1:11 pm

It’s funny how such a pathetic 5 loss team has so many delusional fans that think they are the cream of the crop. Hey you SUCK. You’re coaches are losers. Your team is a loser team. And you, the fans are the most delusional morons from any sport. Enjoy losing to Auburn and I hope tech beats you too sending you home with no bowl.
Auburn 45
Ga 17

Any coach

November 3rd, 2010
1:12 pm

with any class would have picked up the phone Sunday, called meyer to apologize. Not the classless losers in Athens. Enjoy your bad season. It couldn’t happen to a bigger bunch of losing dicks.

Donnie Doldorf

November 3rd, 2010
1:13 pm

I’ve been a Georgia fan all my life. This has become the most embarrassing program to be a fan of. This has turned into the “U” of the late 1980’s and Barry Switzer’s Oklahoma teams…only we can’t do any better than a .500 record.

And as far as the lunatic at UF Meyers played….you are all crazy. I’m so sick of the constant defending going on for Richt. There is no telling what Richt would have done with the kid, although kicking him off the team at UGA would have been pretty unlikely as well. Ridicilioius.

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:15 pm

The only thing Grantham needs to apologize for is for having Sanders Commings not fall on the ball giving us posession at about the 8 yard line and for Bacarri “not over my concussion” Rambo nutting up and dropping what would have been a huge interception. As far as apologizing to the gayturds, ain’t gonna happen!!!!! Even the SEC is staying out of it. Leave it to Mrs. College Football to make a mountain out of a mole hill. Oh, I guess I do have to give him (Mrs. College Football) some credit, he has gotten about 19 pages of comments out of his moronic article!

Donnie Doldorf

November 3rd, 2010
1:16 pm

Observer -

You’re correct. This was the FIFTH choice for DC. The guy is a lunatic.

Gator Hater

November 3rd, 2010
1:16 pm

Tony, You’re one of my favorites in the media, and I don’t have many! But, you’re wrong on this one. I don’t recall you asking for Urban Meyer’s suspension or fining when he called timeout 2 years ago and proceeded to lead the Florida fans in the Gator Chomp, or whatever you call that silly crap. Coach Grantham wasn’t doing anything except visualizing what all of us were wishing! Let’s move on!

dufferdawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:17 pm

Wow…I am stunned that you of all people spewed this garbage ! I would expect it from Schultz or Bradley…but they write things to agitate a fan base and generate hits….but Tony…you are so freaking off base I can’t believe it is actually your article. Tell CTG you didn’t like what he did…don’t do it again and move on….but a suspension and fine! Please tell me you are just following the model the other 2 “column writers” (certainly not journalists) are following. Gotta get the blog hits so I can keep writing crap. Man, this is just extremely frustrating having you and your ilk give life to such a non story…..Don’t look to get any additional blog hits from me going forward.

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:17 pm

Ed @ 1:09.

You may want to be a little careful before you go volunteering CUM for a beat down at the hands of Grantham. Maybe you ought to try TG first since you seem to be such as bad a$$!

Grantham's "Knowledge"

November 3rd, 2010
1:18 pm

Spurrier said back in September that Grantham’s defense couldn’t even defend a simple thing that SC was running in the game. He must really be dumber than dirt. But, keep paying that obscene salary, for nothing.

Whiskeydawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:18 pm

Tony, yes, I agree, GA should be better than what happened. I don’t think what CTG did was classy, but I think what your proposing is over the top. A ton of bricks is dropped on a guy who has been back in the college football season (actual game time) less than a few months after he’s used to being in completely different environment. I know you will argue that he’s a professional and it shouldn’t have happened and that is a point taken, but I think there is some merit to my argument. I like this guy’s fire and his intensity and I think over all he’s been good for the program. His behavior up to this point has not been in question so, I believe he should be given a warning and apologize. From all the national coverage, you would think Grantham had texted the guy a picture of his d**k before the kick.

AndyD

November 3rd, 2010
1:18 pm

C’mon, Tony. You’re over-reacting. This is football. Sticks and stones…., Tony. Lighten up!

David

November 3rd, 2010
1:19 pm

Boy, I sure hope Chaz Henry can bounce back from something so terrible. He may be scarred for life.
I’m glad he didn’t stick his tongue out at him or something like that. It might have really damaged that poor boy’s self esteem.

Fined? “Fired on the spot”? You’ve got to be kidding me.

PVDawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:19 pm

Hey Barnhart, how about quit being one huge ussy, grow a pair, and realize its grown men playing football, not 4 year olds at a gymnastics competition…..

UGA fans are hypocrits

November 3rd, 2010
1:20 pm

If Saban or Meyer had done it this blog would be over 40 pages by now.

B. Scott

November 3rd, 2010
1:20 pm

Making a little much out of it don’t you think Tony? Maybe you should move on.

Haha

November 3rd, 2010
1:20 pm

God you ga fans are morons.
Oooh urban called timeouts! And stared him down!! Man you are by far the most moronic fans in existence.
18/21 losers
30 years and counting….dirtbags

Wallis the dog

November 3rd, 2010
1:21 pm

Seriously? I felt a lot better about Grantham after this happened. Tony, good luck with that new NPR analyst gig.

mr.reality

November 3rd, 2010
1:21 pm

here’s am idea lets fine you and dock your pay for writing such a dumb article……….get with reality

Whiskeydawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:22 pm

Donnie, your not a GA fan and you’re not fooling any of us on here who truly are.

Hey Tony

November 3rd, 2010
1:22 pm

See what kind of losers your program is associated with? Not just the coaches and players but the fans too. This is why ugag is considered the cesspool of the South.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 3rd, 2010
1:22 pm

I want an apology for having to pay $2000 to get season tickets each yr

With the result being

2-8 record against FL
23-16 in the SEC since 2006
30 arrests
excessive coaching salaries
hoping FL loses out to participate in a SEC championship.

Pitiful UGA Fans

November 3rd, 2010
1:23 pm

Just typical classless antics by Grantham…that’s what UGA is all about.

Bob

November 3rd, 2010
1:23 pm

You guys sure picked a great dc. Pathetic. Right on Tony

East Atlanta

November 3rd, 2010
1:23 pm

OK, Tony, just take a deep breath, put down the gun…you’re the only person who seems to be outraged (”OUTRAGED!”) at this. Even the kicker doesn’t seem to be that traumatized. It’s almost like he’s had people cheer against him before? But you’re right, Tony…let’s give Todd Grantham a blanket party. Then, we should cancel the rest of the season, and make the Georgia players buy flowers for the Florida players, and take them out for a nice seafood dinner. I would join them in writing love sonnets, but I’ve gotta go light a candle under my statue of St. Urban Meyer, Patron Saint of Late Timeouts, and His only begotten son, Chris Rainey.

Get over yourself.

give me a break TB

November 3rd, 2010
1:24 pm

g8r grad………..again, please try to remember you are on a UGA blog talking about something our coach did “wrong”. that opens yourself up to myself & others bringing in UF & CUM. right???? oh, in your world it doesn’t. get a clue. it does & as long as you continue to post on this blog, it will be brought up. geez, you don’t get it.

and bamadude, same for you. i’ve seen your boy saban in action. don’t try to spill your b.s. here. go to your bama blog and talk about us. it’s simple & you guys don’t quite get it.

Johnnie Cochran

November 3rd, 2010
1:25 pm

If the throat bends, you must suspend.

The "Choke"...

November 3rd, 2010
1:26 pm

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UGA is crap

November 3rd, 2010
1:26 pm

Do ANY of you Dawg idiots remember the reason for those timeouts? I thought you all were the Harvard of the South and you can’t put two and two together? I wouldn’t wipe myself with your diploma.

gdawginkalamazoo

November 3rd, 2010
1:26 pm

Oh yeah, what does the SEC commissioner have to say about this? ………….Crickets, chirp, chirp………chirp…..

Enough of the damn crickets. Can I say damn crickets or is the not PC?

The SEC has put out a statement that it is now hiring 2800 people to work the “QUIET” signs at SEC football venues during field goal attemps and point after attempts. Anyone making a sound or gesture (choking, knife across the throat, middle finger, or anything deemed offensive to middle aged sportswriters) shall be suspended and fined.

Jack Wagon

November 3rd, 2010
1:27 pm

Tony, do you want a tissue?

Prediction

November 3rd, 2010
1:28 pm

Ga will beat last place 1-8 Idaho st 49-3 and their stupid fan base will once again talk trash how they are back and will beat Auburn.

THE QUIET SIGN COMPANY

November 3rd, 2010
1:28 pm

Whoooo hooooooo! We just got an order for 2800 “Quiet” signs to close out the year. Wait, what? And an addtional 300 signs for the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.

GTBob

November 3rd, 2010
1:29 pm

Reading this, the Damon Evans blogs, and the arrest blogs, its pretty clear that UGA fans aren’t really concerned with anything that happens within their program and everything has an excuse. They are awfully upset about Chris Rainey though.

FaithfulDawg86

November 3rd, 2010
1:29 pm

Either the coaches don’t have enough passion or they have too much… GET OVER IT! He didn’t go out there and beat the kid up, he just motioned what everyone in the stands and on the sideline was thinking. Wow! Some people need to get a life if this is all you have to worry about!

Tony, you're fired

November 3rd, 2010
1:29 pm

First, this is football we’re talking about. Get touch or get off the field.

Second, we hired him because he is tough.

Third, most everyone in the stands – those in Red & Black, as well as those in Blue & Orange – were saying the same thing. Most of the gators near me turned around on every kick because the guy had been choking all year.

BTW – 18 – 22 year olds are no longer a kids

GSU Eagle 91

November 3rd, 2010
1:29 pm

I agree that adults must be held to a high standard…But Coach G just had a moment he certainly would not repeat again…..Let’s move on.
Idaho St? What a patsy game….How about Clemson, FSU or Oregon? Until UGA plays a worthy team on the road out of conference, they will never get the respect they seek from other areas of the country. The SEC schedule argument does not hold water any longer..Too many average to beloe average teams are in the conference….Yes..Ole Miss, Vandy, Tennessee and UGA are average teams..at best…

poopdawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:29 pm

Barnhart, you said it . Now you can go show your face amongst your tv peers. I vote for suspending Barnhart!

DFR

November 3rd, 2010
1:30 pm

Puleeze. This article is a waste of your time. You mention that the choke incident is an embarrassment for UGA. Well, why don’t you quit writing this crap about it. You’re making it a bigger issue than it is. Good grief. You have NO CLUE what was going on down on that field. NO CLUE. All you know is what you’ve seen and read. You just wrote an article about something and admitted you don’t have all the facts…ALL THE WHILE you are calling for suspension and/or heavy fines for this man….but you don’t know all the facts? Give me a break. This is useless journalism in my opinion. I appreciate your voice in CFB and do find your opinions credible and meaningful, in most situation. This one however, crosses the line. This is something you have no business getting into because you don’t know all the facts, nor will you ever. Mark Richt is a tight-lipped individual and all issues will remain in-house. Florida could have done something that no one but the staff knows about? You ever thought about that? Mark Richt wouldn’t tell it if he knew. But here you are bashing his program with minimal knowledge. Give this a rest, please

GSU Eagle 91

November 3rd, 2010
1:30 pm

I meant to spell it below, not beloe..Sorry!

BEN

November 3rd, 2010
1:30 pm

I think he should be suspended only if he wanted UF to make the field goa or if he physically attacked a student. If you werent a Gator, then you were probably hoping the field goal would have been missed.

Telsa

November 3rd, 2010
1:30 pm

Hey CMR
What Granthma did wasn’t a very christian thing to do. You sir are a joke if you let this pass without any reprucussions.

bake

November 3rd, 2010
1:31 pm

all you UGA people who are saying it’s time to move on from this incident have your head up your a$$e$. i’m one Dawg fan who’s getting sick of the repeated bs coming out of Athens. this isn’t about urban crier letting rainey play. if rainey does something else then that’s on urban forever. this is about our team stepping up and making the right decisions…top to bottom. and right now that’s not happening! how long is it going to take to stop this crap? i love richt and want him to stay but how can those kids look up to a man like grantham with that behavior??? they can’t unless he’s made to be accountable for his actions. then maybe they’ll learn a lesson about owning up. this shouldn’t be swept under the rug. leadership most certainly starts at the top and that was a terrible display on saturday. i have been ashamed of the way our team keeps getting in trouble the last year no matter how small the infractions. this took it to a new level.

PHIL

November 3rd, 2010
1:32 pm

Usually very good, but way wrong on this one. Also I believe it is highly hypocritical to respond to someone on the first page who pointed out this offense to be far lighter than that of Rainey’s playing. Your response was I commented that I wasn’t in favor of that either. But you didn’t call for Urban to be suspended, you didn’t call for him being fired on the spot if he ever does something similar again. What is the bigger offense in your mind, threatening someones life or trash talking to someone on the other side? Judging by the sentiments expressed in your comments, it’s your opinion that the poor hasty decision made by Grantham to behave like a child is far graver and deserves far worse consequences than the well thought out decision by Urban to eschew the thug like behavior of one of his players just in order to give himself a better chance to win a football game. To Grantham, suspend him, fine him, threaten him. To Meyer , I don’t agree with you. Pathetic you are.

The uga...

November 3rd, 2010
1:32 pm

now a perrenial sec bottom dweller

Couldn’t happen to a bigger bunch of losers.

JR

November 3rd, 2010
1:32 pm

Tony, get over yourself, it’s just a game. This politically correct non-sense is half the problem in America as it is. Chas Henry is getting a GREAT laugh at yours and ours expense.

meh

November 3rd, 2010
1:32 pm

Chillax Tony! it was wrong but it isn’t near as huge a deal as you’re making it out to be.

Hey watch out

November 3rd, 2010
1:33 pm

Idaho St beat Montana-Western! What a tough game you scheduled losers

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/teams/iib

Ed

November 3rd, 2010
1:33 pm

Thanks, Tony. Someone needed to say this.

Grantham is a disgrace.

SouthPawDawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:33 pm

Tony – I have to agree with you. I want our team (players AND coaches) to conduct themselves with class.

@WreckBuZZ

November 3rd, 2010
1:33 pm

This is all just a misunderstanding…Grantham was just describing Georgia’s season.

KimZ'sPackage

November 3rd, 2010
1:33 pm

If T Grantham was on the RHOA he woulda done snached Urban’s (Nene’s) Weave out his nappy azz head.

UGA Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:34 pm

What a freaking joke! Are you kidding me! This is D-1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL not POWDER PUFF!!! Please stop trying to make EVERYTHING fit the PC BS that is perpetuating itself throughout country and destroying its greatness as it goes! This a non-story and anyone with an ounce of sense in their head should realize that. In fact it strikes me more as a way for non-Dawg fans to try and distract our team as it looks to rebound from a loss while providing columnists with something to write about when they can’t develop any other rational leads.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 3rd, 2010
1:35 pm

I want an apology for having to pay $2000 to get season tickets each yr

With the result being

2-8 record against FL

wildbill

November 3rd, 2010
1:35 pm

Grantham should get an award for supporting his team. Good Job. Too bad many of the coaches are busy looking at their headsets and clipboards and yakking with the guys upstairs. Just like horseback riding, if you hold the horse back with tight reins, that horse isn’t gonna get into the race. Give ALL the coaches some free rein and kick em in the butt, that might get them into the fight instead of looking lost on the sidelines. Bobo especially needs a kick in the butt, and a GOOD one.

Lee Ermey

November 3rd, 2010
1:36 pm

Sounds like you girls on here b!tchin about this need a freakiin tissue! Maybe we should just remove your balls and relegate you to watching the food network! What is your major malfunction numbnuts? Did mommie and daddy not hug you enough when you were a child? Sounds like most of you could be the king of mamby pamby land. Go watch badminton…..jackwagon

GTMustang

November 3rd, 2010
1:36 pm

Dawg fans are ignorant and stupid.

Tony is right on this. You dawg fans on here are so stupid you obviously do not understand the concept of relativity.

Let’s look big picture here dawg fans. Just think with me. 11 arrests of UGA football players. 2008 most penalized team on the field.

Sounds…not good right? Sounds mostly like a discipline issue…yes?

Now, said again, 11 arrests of UGA football players. 2008 most penalized team on the field. Assistant coaches intimidating other players in crucial moments during the game.

Do you dawg fans really think this kind of behavior is needed for this team. What Todd Grantham did was reek of sore loser. Do you really want the UGA players who are already prone to not keeping their cool on the field to get a sore loser mentality? I mean it’s obvious to me they are taking what the UGA coaches are giving them on and off the field. Do you all really want them to start Todd Grantham behavior?

Forget about it. This isn’t Tony Barnhart harping on one incident. This is Tony Barnhart saying “Enough!”. When you have 11 immature arrests in one season you don’t need your coaches displaying this kind of behavior.

UGA fans can be ignorant if you want. Fact is, if AJ Green had sent a death text to his GF AND served a multiple game suspension you all would have no problem bringing him back if did was he was supposed to under his suspension like Rainey did. Hell Lagarrette Blount punched an opposing player and served a multiple game suspension but he did what he was supposed to and was allowed back and he turned it around. These are kids here. Not adults…

seabass

November 3rd, 2010
1:37 pm

Tony, surely you have more to gripe about than this! In a time where tshirts are sold that state f u Florida, f u Georgia, ( wrote out) the choke sign doesn’t bother me. I will never go to another game where vulgarity is sold on the sidewalk!

KimZ'sPackage

November 3rd, 2010
1:37 pm

UGA Dawg
Rainey just TXTed his passion and off the cuff hate that being dumped cause. Why should he have had to miss games until he is guilty in a court of LAW?
T Grantham is OK for letting his PASSION over thake him but Rainey is not affored the same UGA pass?

SEC lunch links | SportsTalk South

November 3rd, 2010
1:37 pm

[...] Tony Barnhart of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham should be suspended and fined. [...]

KimZ'sPackage

November 3rd, 2010
1:40 pm

SEABASS
F….U OBAMA. is that better or worse?

PHIL

November 3rd, 2010
1:40 pm

Bake you’re a joke. I love having a Sunday School teacher for a head coach. I actually don’t care if he ever wins a football game as long as the most visible representative of my alma mater represents that school the way I want it to be represented. But I sure am enjoying a black sheep for a DC. What in the world is so morally wrong with a little choke sign? How could they look up to him? If they had a little more meanness in them maybe we wouldn’t have given up all these third and longs. It’s because T Barnhart said it was bad? Is he the new moral compass of the planet? It’s in bad shape if he is.

Class of 86

November 3rd, 2010
1:40 pm

My gosh talk about an over-reaction!!! Get a grip Tony, Just lost a whole lot of respect for you, and I usuallt enjoy your stuff. This is just plain STUPID.

Susie

November 3rd, 2010
1:41 pm

The entire coaching staff needs to be sacked for allowing all of the crap that comes out of UGA with no sign that it will ever end.

It’s time for a fresh start.

funny...

November 3rd, 2010
1:41 pm

I’m not reading all of the idiot comments but seriously??

Do any of you really think that Florida cares?

They’re all watching film, moving on, laughing at Georgia. You idiot Georgia fans cry about Mark Richt being too soft or having no fire. Grantham comes in and shows some fire and some “in your face” and you cry some more.

Cry on Georgia fans, you continue to find the worst in every situation.

gerald spencer

November 3rd, 2010
1:41 pm

Are you totrally insane. This is a lot of wasted time and print over absolutely nothing. So what he made a choke sign to the kicker. It is not obsence nor is a threatening gesture of any kind. It is not a racial or religous slur and obviously didn’t matter to the kicker at all. Get a life and find something else to get on the soap box about. This is a non issue.

PHIL

November 3rd, 2010
1:42 pm

GT Mustang I think one terrorist and one dope smuggler from the trade school far outweigh 55 riding a scooter without a license arrest don’t you? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

KimZ'sPackage

November 3rd, 2010
1:42 pm

Class of 86
I usallt enjoy? WTF is that?

mr.reality

November 3rd, 2010
1:42 pm

tony’s he’s just upset cause roy barnes lost…….

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 3rd, 2010
1:43 pm

I want an apology for having to pay $2000 to get season tickets each yr

With the result being

2-8 record against FL

OR TICKET PRICES SHOULD GO BACK $240 A PIECE WITH NO DONATION REQUIRED

funny...

November 3rd, 2010
1:44 pm

Also, Tony, good suggestion, just what Georgia needs to tighten up the program after 10 arrests and 1 AD getting fired. Let’s suspend the DC for a childish act. Let’s take some of his salary. You have no idea what to write. Just flip a coin and go. You want to keep Mark Richt but crucify Grantham. LOL. UGA, where the chicken coup is just big enough so all the chickens running around with their heads cut off don’t run into one another.

Ted Striker

November 3rd, 2010
1:45 pm

Much ado about nothing. Period.

bad dawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:45 pm

How funny that people used the word competitors. If someone else does something bad like Brandon Spikes Eyes G… incident he is labeled as a thug….. If your own does something bad like Grantham he is a competitors… Spin doctors is in the house.

Give me a break

November 3rd, 2010
1:45 pm

Barnhart, your awful television show is more offensive than what Grantham did. Come down off your high horse. It’s football. It’s a sport for men, not little girls who get their panties twisted over something like this. You’d think “Mr. College Football” could find more important things to write about.

KimZ'sPackage

November 3rd, 2010
1:46 pm

Roy Barnes is mad that if he won he couldn’t Fly his UGA and Chi Guy Flag. No Cows are allowed on West Paces Ferry so his wife whould have had to stay in Cobb County.

Tuckerman

November 3rd, 2010
1:46 pm

Are the coaches teachers and role models or not? You screw up, you pay the consequences. You don’t just “Move On.” Where are the fans always screaming for “responsibility” and “discipline”? I can’t believe how many fans are saying “just move on.” Tony is right on target. A Coordinator has to set the example, both in success and in failure.

Dagny

November 3rd, 2010
1:46 pm

Don’t you get fed up hearing Mark Richt say “we’ve got to learn from this and move on?”

It doesn’t look to me like they’re moving on.

Glory, Glory to manface Courtney

November 3rd, 2010
1:46 pm

Wow Tony, you let emotion get the best of you here. I’d be embarrassed to be you right now. Maybe you should be fined for poor choice of language in an otherwise meaningless article. I am a Tech fan, and to me, this is not as bad as you’re making it out to be. You have lost some face here.

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:47 pm

Bake, you’re a bout as big of a DAWGS FAN as CUM! Poser!!!!!

Rainey vs Robinson, you hypocritical morons!

November 3rd, 2010
1:47 pm

At least Rainey got suspended for five games for a THREAT. I’m sure you remember Montez Robinson, right? Let me refresh your memory; He’s the guy that beat up his girlfriend and got suspended for two games by Richt. He then vandalized her car, and witnesses at the scene said he threw her up against it; he was allowed to stay on the team. Not until he beat her @$$ for a third time did Richt finally kick him off the team.

That’s right, Rainey got five games for a threat, and Robinson got two for multiple arrests of assault and criminal damage to property. You lame hypocrites need to just quit while you’re behind. Could you imagine what you leg humpers would be saying if the the roles were reversed? You would be calling for Meyer to be suspended, the game forfeited, and the coordinator fired. Try not being so incredibly hypocritical, show a few DUI educational videos to your football players, and stop embarrassing the SEC.

Kelly

November 3rd, 2010
1:47 pm

Thanks for this. I’m tired of Georgia fans trying to defend this classless act by bring up things like Rainey’s arrest and Brandon Spike’s eye gouging. Both of those were players who served their suspension. This coach deserves a suspension as well!

Are you kidding me?

November 3rd, 2010
1:47 pm

Once again, the AJC sports writers are displaying their hatred for UGA, and the Tech fans have no blog of their own so they try to dominate one about UGA. Stay out of situation Techies that do not apply to you, please. You are wrong on this one. All the Florida team ran out on the field when the FLA player ran out of bounds in OT, but no penalty was called. Recall that UGA had a penalty when something similar occurred three years ago. No UGA fan wanted the field goal to be good. You are blowing this totally out of proportion with your “holier than thou” attitude.

wildbill

November 3rd, 2010
1:48 pm

UGA football players are often referred to as boys. They are not BOYS! They may not act like a 30 year old with a job, but they are NOT BOYS.

VADAWG

November 3rd, 2010
1:48 pm

Grantham suspended and fined? You are an idiot!!!

Whiskeydawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:48 pm

Florida papers are reporting Chas Henry has been taken to a hospital due to the trauma which was cruelly inflicted upon him by Todd Grantham. Doctors say he could be in therapy for years. Meanwhile, Chris Rainey threatened a nurse while visiting Henry and will likely receive a five minute suspension in Urban Meyer’s time out corner.

funny...

November 3rd, 2010
1:49 pm

I agree flat tire.

2-8. That’s it. Of course he should be fired. But 55% of the UGA fanbase is retarded.

KimZ'sPackage

November 3rd, 2010
1:49 pm

Most of the Profs at UGA make the same sign when the UGA players showup for their Exams. Is that wrong too?

78 GA ALUM

November 3rd, 2010
1:49 pm

Bottom line: Florida won, Rainey is a thug and shouldn’t have been re-instated and played, but CUM only cares about winning. Georgia lost again and needs to toughen up, CMR needes to make some changes and stop the arrest. South Carolina will beat Florida and win the SEC East. Both Georgia and Florida are mediocore teams this year. We’ll meet in Jax again next year. Tony is an idiot…shut up.

Romedawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:50 pm

Totally blown out of proportion….Glad to have a coach who cares….

UGA2002

November 3rd, 2010
1:50 pm

So where did UGA go wrong, how about despite winning the game right here when the announcer within seconds says “this was planned, this was absolutely planned…” and they cut to Richt clapping and later he backtracked from his stupid move to prove UGA has no rudder:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9qm8JROXWc

Spurrier

November 3rd, 2010
1:51 pm

Grantham was raised by a white trash family. Everyone jumping all over him should know, he aint never been nowhere. Trailer parks are not the place to learn class, just ask most of the UGA fanbase.

rokdawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:51 pm

Tony:

So when Paul Johnson told a caller to punch out (or was it knock out) a Georgia fan who wouldn’t quit rubbing in the UGA pounding of Tech last year, did you call for Johnson’s suspension and fining?

Of course not. What a joke! Ruin a coach for a common choke sign AFTER ignoring another coaches telling a guy to physically attack a student.

You called for Urban to run the “time to die b***h” dude off the team … but somehow he is reinstated just in time for the UGA game. What do you recommend for Urban … ife in jail?

Why don’t you stick to writting about football and and leave the ethics and morality to folks who are a little more consistent than you

Floyd

November 3rd, 2010
1:51 pm

Gators can don the cape of righteousness just as soon as they stop playing guys who threaten to murder their girlfriends. I’m all for class and sportsmanship, but when it comes to Florida I’m willing to make an exception.

Dale

November 3rd, 2010
1:51 pm

Fire Grantham. He isn’t earning his $750,000 salary anyway.

Run the jerk out of town on a rail.

UGA2002

November 3rd, 2010
1:51 pm

A coach who cares!???? A coach, a 44 year old man making childish signs to a 21 year old student? He represents the University of Georgia, he is on staff, the kid is a kid. Why do people want to compare a UF kid to a UGA Defensive Coordinator???? Because what you are saying is a 21 year kid = our coaches. WOW.

Fire Richt.

Stacey Conaway

November 3rd, 2010
1:52 pm

Are you serious? So what? What’s the difference between that and yelling, “Miss it”? The entire rest of the SEC was wanting him to choke, too. And now we all know, since this got so much publicity, that while we’re all screaming, “Miss it,” to also use the choke sign, and use it, we will. Can our players, coaches, and fans not do anything to cheer on our teams? How about we all just stay home and watch it on TV so we won’t offend anybody? How’s that going to work out for you? Then, because we all saw it on TV, we wouldn’t need sports writers now, would we?.

DawgFan

November 3rd, 2010
1:53 pm

Come on TB, Suspended or Fined or the choke sign……..really. Hit or threaten a player, Call a player a derogatory name. The guy made a mistake………..Everyone is entitled to that every once and a while……I know that you are not perfect and I am definately not perfect. So…..why does Todd Grantham have to be perfect…….His worries are that the defense is prepared to play and that they do everything from their perspective to win the game….and that’s why he is paid $750,000. So what he is not Politically correct, decent or whatever you call it a few times….the guy deserves a break and I can tell you this…..he won’t make that mistake again.

Gator Mike

November 3rd, 2010
1:53 pm

There was a lot of emotion during the overtime of the game, and I find absolutely no problem with what Coach Grantham did. I totally disagree with Tony. He wanted henry to miss the kick as did every other Dawg Fan. He was caught up in the moment. Very few Gator Fan have a problem with it.
It was a good game; therefore, I hope that both UF and UGA win the rest of their games. C’mon folks, let’s quit wasting our time on this incident. Both UF and UGA are great schools, and beating on each other like this is crazy. — And for the record, I still do not agree with Rainey playing in the game or any further game this year.
Go Gators!

funny...

November 3rd, 2010
1:54 pm

I agree wildbill,

So the idiots on this blog would let their boys run around acting like Todd Grantham, or threaten their girlfriend, or not show up to court, or lie to police —- because their boys????

Idiots…

You are the same idiots in the state of Georgia who voted against a bill to add trauma centers to the state of Georgia. For only $10 a year in additional taxes. You stupid rednecks, I hope none of you are in a terrible car accident in your backwoods, redneck towns and need life support. God forbid you lose $10 of your video poker money for a trauma center. Mouthbreathers. The South in general is a bunch of retards pooling together making the world a worse place.

Suspend a defensive coordinator. LOL, get a life.

Rest of the SEC

November 3rd, 2010
1:54 pm

NO! DON’T FIRE GRANTHAM OR RICHT.

We like where you guys are headed. Why are you going to go off and fire them? They’re great guys. You’re not going to get anyone better, you’re just like Clemson thinking every blue chip coach wants to come running your way. Face up to the fact this is the best you’re going to get.

AND THE REST OF US LOVE IT. Not because UGA was unbeatable before but now they start to fade to un-winnable and we get to watch some of the most arrogant fans, no pun intended, choke.

HA! HA!.

funny...

November 3rd, 2010
1:55 pm

they’re

sorry got a little worked up

Sandy

November 3rd, 2010
1:55 pm

What really gripes me about the arrogant jerk Grantham is that he refuses to apologize or even acknowledge any wrongdoing.

This azzhole needs to be taken down a few notches.

USC GAMEC0CK

November 3rd, 2010
1:56 pm

Tony,

I agree with you 100%….and Grantham should do the appology ASAP (that means right now for you UGA people)

But, don’t fire the guy…we at USC love his weefense

Over It!

November 3rd, 2010
1:56 pm

Question: What would Vince Dooley have done if this would have happened on his watch? Answer: Nothing…because it never would have happened on his watch. Players, coaches, and staff had too much respect for the man and the program…and that, Dawg fans, is the problem.

mongo

November 3rd, 2010
1:57 pm

Who cares. We were all giving the choke sign at home. This uproar is laughable!

Rest of the SEC

November 3rd, 2010
1:57 pm

The problem is a coach could not control his emotions when he needed to be calling plays.

End of story.

Top Recruit

November 3rd, 2010
1:58 pm

Tony, Jeff, and Mark take every opportunity they can to attack UGA Athletics. If I was the AD at UGA, I would permanently ban these three from attending any function on the UGA campus because they always want to be agitators. How many writers does it take to cover this matter? We are suprised that Ms. Tucker has not said something? You are Atlanta, we are Georgia.

How did you decide what, if any punishment, should be made about something that may be inappropriate at best. What does the salary level have to do with any idea of a punishment? It is unbelievalbe how writers and journalist think today.

You do not like us. We understand that, and we really do not care what you write and think anymore. Amazing how a bunch of fringe, substandard writers like to control sports.

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:58 pm

Hey watch out: Montana State Westen Community College A&M beat Kansas who beat your sorry asses so you ought to have a big steaming cup of shut the hell up!

KimZ'sPackage

November 3rd, 2010
1:58 pm

rokDawg
Hell yes Paul said PUNCH a DAWG FAN in the MOUTH! You are a DAWG FAN and you are an Azz too. Hell Yes punch a Dawg in the Mouth when all they do is talk trash. When you see a Dawg Fan at the Cracker Barrel Spit on them too.

droopydawg

November 3rd, 2010
1:59 pm

Who cares about this at all?

Did he attack the K? No. Did he get arrested? No. Was it stupid? Kind of, I guess.

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:00 pm

Spurrier @ 1:51

I didn’t kow Grantham grew up with you,what a coicidence!

Cory

November 3rd, 2010
2:00 pm

It is well known in Gainesville, that Rainey has text correction on his cell phone. Rainey was trying to tell his grilfreind she was starting to gain some weight. “It is time to die(t), bitch”

GO GATORS!

Kenny Powers

November 3rd, 2010
2:01 pm

Just asking, but didn’t CMR have to talk to CTG about his colorful language earlier in the season when dealing with the players? Now there is this incident with the choke sign. Sounds like CTG is not the most polished professional. It will probably do his career some good working under CMR. The guy is rough around the edges and needs to learn how to conduct himself with some class. This behavior probably would play well at some other school, and with some other coach, but not with CMR. Hope he learns and grows beyond this type of behavior. It will make him a more respected and attractive coach going forward.

AltamahaDawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:01 pm

Kim, I think you are missing the point. Or confusing it at the least. What folks have mostly critisized about he Rainey situation is how it was handled. Let’s assume (as I do) that Rainey is not a bad person, and made a mistake, and wasn’t actually going to kill a young lady. Cool. But it happened. He “threatened” to do harm to a young lady. With death actually. But he did what he did and you can’t just ignore that. Personally, I could give a rats behind what the DA chooses to do about it or what the court decides, thats not my issue. My issue is that he did it, and despite UF knowing that, and a long time to think about it, talk about it and full well knowing HOW it looks and after having the full knowledge of the media and public critisism, they still picked to let him play. It wasn’t that he was not asked to miss a game till convicted, he was OFF the team, and let return. That’s a choice. A calculation, with concequences and options. IMO, a very poor one. Not strickly from a moral standpoint, but also from a seeming disregard for message and image, coincidentally (and perhaps it was) when the team needs a win . But it is what it is.

Although none of that has anything remotely to do with the Grantham story. UGA fans are not doing themselves any justice to try to compare the two, because is only lends credibility to say this is even a story about character. Just a stupid thing to do, nothing more.

Spurrier

November 3rd, 2010
2:01 pm

Grantham should not be coaching on the D1 level. His schemes are weak, and have quickly been exposed. I have heard that he is mildly retarded, and Richt felt sorry for his family. UGA, I respect you for hiring the lawnmower man. He is obviously just a misunderstood simpleton.

droopydawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:01 pm

This is “so far over the line that it can’t even be debated”? Really? Telling the kicker he is going to choke? OHHHH….Tony just scanned the article, he must have thought that Grantham actually tried to choke the kicker out on the field. Yeah. That must be it.

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:01 pm

Meant know, my bad. I don’t have a journalism degree like Mrs. College Football. Well, after this article, maybe he doesn’t have one either!

seadawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:01 pm

PEOPLES GET A FREAKIN’ LIFE!!! HE WAS DOING HIS JOB. OF COURSE HE WANTED THE CHUMP TO CHOKE. IT’S CALLED WANTING TO WIN, OR IS WINNING WRONG IN THE PUSSIFICATION OF THIS COUNTRY??? I SURE WISH I HAD MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT THAN THIS. PROBABLY NO ONE SAW OR EVEN CARED UNTIL SOME CHUMP AZZ MEDIA SLUG DECIDED TO START THIS BULL SQUEEZE. I GUESS YA GOTTA DO WHAT YA CAN TO MAKE PEOPLE THINK YOU’RE SOMEBODY.

KimZ'sPackage

November 3rd, 2010
2:02 pm

Funny…….
$10 for a trauma center? Just buy a HELO and fly the injured to the closests Trauma center. I am sure Crisp County needs a Trauma Center to sit idol for 340 days of the year while tax payers keep it running for 365 days.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
2:03 pm

UGA2002

November 3rd, 2010
1:51 pm
A coach who cares!???? A coach, a 44 year old man making childish signs to a 21 year old student? He represents the University of Georgia, he is on staff, the kid is a kid. Why do people want to compare a UF kid to a UGA Defensive Coordinator???? Because what you are saying is a 21 year kid = our coaches. WOW.

Fire Richt.

Not sure about the “Fire Richt” part, but the rest of your post shows that you are someone who gets it. I’m guessing that UGA didn’t plan on paying Grantham $750k a year to make an arse of himself on national television. And yes, making a choke sign at a college kicker is making an arse of yourself.

CaptainDave

November 3rd, 2010
2:03 pm

What Grantham did was embarrassing and a terrible representation of UGA football.

Evidently from the blog comments posted the past few days, most UGA fans have no problem with his actions. This is even more embarrassing and an even worse representation of UGA football.

We have met the enemy, and he is us.

PapaDawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:04 pm

Only thing that bothers me about this is HE DIDN’T CHOKE

G-Stings

November 3rd, 2010
2:05 pm

And this is coming from “Mr College Football? you sir, “Mr College Football” are making a mountain out of a mole hill…… And to think this logic is coming from another ‘homer’ like me.
. What’s up? tryin to impress your new bosses at CBS or something? MOVE ON. MOVE ON.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
2:07 pm

CaptainDave

November 3rd, 2010
2:03 pm
What Grantham did was embarrassing and a terrible representation of UGA football.

Evidently from the blog comments posted the past few days, most UGA fans have no problem with his actions. This is even more embarrassing and an even worse representation of UGA football.

We have met the enemy, and he is us.

Every fan base has lunatics Cap’n. I wouldn’t make these putzes into a referendum on UGA.

KimZ'sPackage

November 3rd, 2010
2:07 pm

ALTDAWG
What about King Extorting a woman at UGA? She let King borrow $500 and when he would not pay it back he stated that he would put naked pictures of her on the NET. She dropped the charges and so it went away, but that is Felony charges for EXTORTION. Is that equal to wht Rainey did?

Bill P

November 3rd, 2010
2:08 pm

Enter your comments here

big dawg man

November 3rd, 2010
2:08 pm

TONY, I PLEAD GUILTY TO READING YOUR COLUMNS. WON`T YOU PLEASE SENTENCE ME TO A LIFE TIME BAN OF READING IT? PLEASE DO IT, AS I AM TIRED OF ALL YOU WANNA BE COACHES, TRYING TO MAKE AS IF YOU KNOW MORE ABOUT SPORTS THAN THE REAL COACHES. I HAVE GROUPED ALL YOU SO CALLED SPORTS WRITERS INTO ONE GROUP AND HAVE PLACED IT IN MY COMODE AND FLUSHED IT OUT OF MY LIFE. WHAT GRATHAM DONE SATURDAY, WAS NO WAY WRONG. WHAT YOU SO CALLED SPORTS WRITERS WRITE, WELL NOW THAT IS NOT ONLY WRONG, BUT VERY SINFUL. COME ON TONY, MY GOD LIGHTEN UP A BIT. DON`T YOU EVER DO ANY THING THAT YOU REGRET LATER? I CAN NAME ONE THING AND THAT IS TO CALL YOURSELF A SPORTS WRITER. THANK GOD WE DON`T GET THE ATLANTA FISH WRAPPER HERE IN NORTH GEORGIA ANY MORE. I WOULD NOT READ IT IF WE DID. I GET BETTER COVERAGE OUT OF READING TOILET PAPER. PLEASE TONY, DON`T EVER COME TO ELLIJAY, WE DON`T ALLOW PEOPLE OF YOUR KIND HERE. SO WITH NO OTHER WORDS TO SAY, I WILL SAY THIS, YOUR COLOUMN MAKES A GREAT FISH WRAPPER

funny...

November 3rd, 2010
2:10 pm

Kim Z. You’re an idiot. Who cares if the trauma center lies dormant for a decade. It could save your life. Go support Nathan Deal. Idiots. Georgia, leading the way in dumb.

From Where I Sit

November 3rd, 2010
2:10 pm

It was a classless act by the coach, let GA or the NCAA deal with it as it does not change the outcome of the game. It will just add fuel to FL to stomp GA again next year.

Gators still win the East again in 2010 and GA loses to Auburn and GA Tech!

Enough Said!

Johnny FairPlay

November 3rd, 2010
2:11 pm

I was at the game and had noticed #17, Henry, was quite animated every time he came on the field (including pre-game) toward the UGA sideline, doing the gator chop, and one time during a TO half removed his helmet & spat towards the UGA sideline.
So, Tony, if you want to rant about how EVERYONE involved in the game should be on their best church behavior, then have at it. But if you want to single out just one player or coach without looking at the WHOLE situation, you need to SHUT UP and maybe start writing articles on home maintenance/remodeling or organizing a closet, etc.

Htowngtr

November 3rd, 2010
2:12 pm

Like I said earlier, it’s comical that UGA fans are bitching about Rainey and trying to spin a coach’s actions towards a student as what some kid did in his personal life. Do you UGA retards have any problem with King being reinstated just prior to the game? I highly doubt you do after all he was just driving drunk. He didn’t REALLY kill anyone so no big deal. Not quite like sending a text message, but yea let’s just ignore King playing in the game and catching a TD. Had Rainey gained 0 yards I’m sure you clowns wouldn’t even care.

greg

November 3rd, 2010
2:12 pm

This is to “Steve” at 10:56 am…a UT fan. Dude you should just keep your trap shut about your opinion. Instead why don’t you go read about another UT player beating the crap out of someone and not being suspended for even 1 game. The last fan base who should try to hold the moral high ground is you bunch of hillbillys…

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
2:12 pm

big dawg man

November 3rd, 2010
2:08 pm

Few things:

I believe lifetime, commode, Grantham, and column (though this isn’t a column anyway)were the words you were looking for. Also, there is a key names “Caps lock” on the left of the keyboard. Surely someone in Ellijay can teach you what it’s used for.

PapaDawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:13 pm

funny take your liberal butt to the left coast if you don’t like our politics

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
2:13 pm

bad decision

November 3rd, 2010
2:13 pm

It was a bad decision that I certainly would not expect from a DC even in the heat of competition, His taunting and unsportsmanlike conduct did not show much respect for the opponent. What would we think if it were Mark Richt that had made the gesture? That being said – he has been reprimanded internally and it is time to move on.

My head basketball coach used to pick someone at the end of practice to shoot free throws.
If you missed them – the entire team had to run suicides. He would stand right next to you and do the choke sign with great expression and tell you that you were going to choke and you are going to let your team down. I thought it was great coaching and taught us to handle pressure. But, I would not ever expect him to do it to an opponent during an actual game.

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:13 pm

Bama dude, a previous post of yours references blocking a kick at a key point in a game to preserve a victory. Are you dare suggesting that CTG may have been able to use the timeout more appropriately than spewing profanities and giving the choke sign to a college football player. Like maybe calling his defense together, motivating his team, reminding them of the importance of going after the field goal attempt.

Let me introduce you to the UGA coaching staff, one of the most inept and reactionary bunch, top to bottom in the SEC. Ask me why I would like to see a regime change?

USC GAMEC0CK

November 3rd, 2010
2:14 pm

georgia people don’t get it…nit wits usually don’t…

I hope parents of recruits see this grantham behavior and tell richt…my son is not playing for you or your team.

georgia defense is now known as WEEfense

Confused

November 3rd, 2010
2:15 pm

First of all I’m not a UGA fan by any means but struggling with the differnce between the head coach calling a time out seconds before the snap. The point of it is to get inside the kickers head and ultimately not perform to his ability. I know it’s different but isn’t another means of getting inside the kickers head by a choke sign the same. I’m personally not in favor of either but confused why all the criticism of Grantham.

Casual Onlooker

November 3rd, 2010
2:16 pm

It is obvious that TB has never played or coached a competitive sport. If so then he would realize that many players and coaches to things to the opponet to distract them. I think what TG did was to try and get in the kickers head because they both knew what a poor kicker the kid had been in the past few weeks. Get over it TB and go back to kissing AU and Bama’s backside side like the rest of the country. Go Ducks!

Mike

November 3rd, 2010
2:16 pm

Barnhart, I don’t disagree that Grantham’s actions were unacceptable. But you media types are running this into the ground and have taken every possible shot at UGA this year. This is why I cancelled my subscription to the AJC and why I will quite reading your columns. One day, one day we may find some reporters and journalists that will support our local teams. Folks like you – we don’t need. I’m finished with the AJC.

Silver Britches, Red Panties

November 3rd, 2010
2:17 pm

Tony I cannot believe you have turned against Our Beloved Dawgs – you are usually their biggest supporter.

USC GAMEC0CK

November 3rd, 2010
2:17 pm

oh and thank goodness that $10 fee got voted down…stupid fee …i will vote it down again too….yeah, i live in georgia.

Alabama Jack

November 3rd, 2010
2:17 pm

Richt to staff and coaches:

“Y’all don’t forget to pick up your red panties for next Saturday’s game. Just don’t choke someone with them. Oh and might want to check that driver’s license, if you have one, and put down the beer. You don’t want to drink and drive, you might hit and run someone and spill your beer.

Uh, Bobo, if that is your name, who are we playin’ and what color uniforms will we be wearing? And is anyone not suspended?”

Snoop Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:18 pm

Tony Barnyard,
Quit trying to stir up trouble. Grantham didn’t do anything bad enough to even worry about. I’m glad he’s got some emotion, unlike da Preacha Man. The players need more coaches like Grantham. You would have wanted Erk Russell arrested on a weekly basis. Cut out the PC crap and man up.
Yo…

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
2:18 pm

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:13 pm
Bama dude, a previous post of yours references blocking a kick at a key point in a game to preserve a victory. Are you dare suggesting that CTG may have been able to use the timeout more appropriately than spewing profanities and giving the choke sign to a college football player. Like maybe calling his defense together, motivating his team, reminding them of the importance of going after the field goal attempt.

Close. What I was suggesting was that in a similar situation Bama’s coaches were more concerned about controlling the outcome by focusing on their players’ exexution rather than influencing the other side to choke. I think we’re on the same page.

schmeckdawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:18 pm

droopydAWG…thanks man. I wrote a little while ago that Mrs. College Football looks like that dog in the Looney Toones cartoons and I couldn’t think of his name. They could be separated by birth although, I think droop dog could probably write a more intelligent article!

Spurrier

November 3rd, 2010
2:18 pm

I suppose the dawgs hired a mentally challenged simpleton, because most of their players could not spell their own names. Again, I commend UGA for hiring a glorified Corky. Life Goes On.

Dear Mr College Football

November 3rd, 2010
2:19 pm

Grantham might punch you in the face if you ever meet him. Sure you wanna trash him on the AJC before meeting him?

PHIL

November 3rd, 2010
2:20 pm

Funny how’s that whole “Hopey/Changey thing workin out for you? :-)

I know you said you aren’t from here. Do you live here? If you don’t you have ZERO rights to comment on what we do here. If you DO then we have a saying here that was made famous by a late AJC writer and great American. “Delta is ready when you are.” Don’t let the screen door hit your sorry a$$ on the way out.

Bill P

November 3rd, 2010
2:20 pm

Tony…..I’m a big fan yours, and generally agree with most things you have to say…..but you are off base here. I can’t believe that you media types are making such a big deal out of this. When playing high school football (a lot of years ago), I had a man of the cloth get in my face and call me some things I had never even heard of at 16 years of age. I was told by my coach and my Dad
that this is just another part of the game and I had better learn to deal with it, so I did. Nothing different here…..so move on and find something worth writing about.

Crosby

November 3rd, 2010
2:20 pm

Tony,
This is the worst article that I have ever read. I have been watching UGA football since the day I was born, and this is the worst season of all of them. But I must admit the thing that bothers me more than loosing is the way we have lost. I would love to see a little more fire and excitement from our coaching staff, especially CMR. I respect Coach Richt for the man he is off the field and I love having him as the leader of our program, but I would also love to see him get fired up and show a little more excitement. But heres the thing what coach Grantham did was fine by me and every other Georgia fan in the country. The only people who are complaining are the pathetic Florida fans and you. I was sitting on my couch sat doing the same thing. Who cares if he put his hands around his throat. It wasnt like he ran out there and threatened the poor punter/kicker. Im not understanding why any Florida fans would give a crap, THEY WON. Move on and continue to morn the loss of Tebow like you will do for the next 30 years. Ok coach Grantham did what everyone else who wanted georgia to win did. thanks for noticing. Lets move on. I hope the SEC fines him so he can turn around and throw it in their face. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!

R-Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:21 pm

Did everyone on the Georgia side hoped the kicker would choke? This is a game played by young men that provides a living for coaches, any advantage that does not include bodily harm is fair. What are you Tony some sissy boy?

USC Talking Trash

November 3rd, 2010
2:21 pm

With an all time losing football record?
BBBBWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAA

Andy

November 3rd, 2010
2:22 pm

Tony, I agree wholeheartedly. I certainly wouldn’t want my son learning life lessons under a coach that would stoop that low. It is one thing for an 1-20 year old to do something stupid, but for a grown man who is supposed to be a role model it is an utter shame. Maybe the alarming rate of arrests at UGA can be attributed to the staff afterall.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
2:22 pm

Geez, I can’t type today…

Dawg Tired

November 3rd, 2010
2:22 pm

Crosby,

Right on man. Barnhart you owe Todd Grantham A BIG APOLOGY. Talk about Classless.

Boz

November 3rd, 2010
2:22 pm

Any Saturday you can see coaches act like screaming maniacs. They jump up and down, they curse, they throw equipment. I’ve seen two-year-olds who act with more restraint. What Grantham did is likewise a breach of decorum and something no normal person would do in everyday life. But it’s no worse than dozens of things you can see on any Saturday; in fact, it’s better than many.

So if we’re going to fine and suspend Grantham, there are probably 100 other coaches every week who deserve the same treatment. We all know that’s not going to happen, so what’s the point in singling one person out?

One more thing. I am just about fed up with political correctness and sanctimonious moralizing. Can’t we even escape on the sports page? Tony, if this is all you have to offer, please do us all a favor and keep your smarmy opinions to yourself. Maybe you could try some actual reporting for a change. When was the last time you actually broke a significant story?

PHIL

November 3rd, 2010
2:22 pm

Bama dud this action is much more appropriate for someone on your staff to do. And if it HAD been them, the whole Bama nation would be applauding him. But not her. We are to PC for that.

So Many Dorks

November 3rd, 2010
2:22 pm

Making Red Panty Jokes
We know you hate heterosexuality already

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:23 pm

We are on the same page. By your posts I can see you’re a knowledgeable person, and a man of sense and character. I enjoy your comments. What part of Bama do you reside in; if you care to answer. I will continue to enjoy your posts as well as those of other sensible people.

Idi

November 3rd, 2010
2:23 pm

Pfffffffffft.

Sorry TB but not only are you wrong, you very nearly expose yourself as a pointy headed, politically correct LIBERAL! This isn’t namby pamby land, it’s the SEC and the WLOCP where two traditional RIVALS are doing BATTLE! These ethics you so wish applied don’t exist and sorry dude but boardroom behavior on the sideline ain’t what Coaches are supposed to exhibit.

Adams, if he knows what is good for his job security, should be concentrating on University matters since his Rabbi is headed out the door. In the coming age of Fiscal Austerity, little Mikey is going to have to streamline his little fiefdom’s spendthrift ways or else.

As for Grantham, a “Don’t get caught doing that again” is the extent of any kind of reprimand warranted. In a game where emotions and passions are integral parts of the process, the stoic Richt types are the exception rather than the rule. Hell, Meyer was gesturing and exhibiting reactions the entire game yet nobody ever cites his demonstrative ways.

Sorry dude, but everybody has to be wrong sometime and today is YOUR DAY!

RUKIDDINGMEDOG!!!!

November 3rd, 2010
2:24 pm

Hey lets suspend CMR also he called a late time out to try and freeze the kicker!! I am sick of the media making a hugh deal out of nothing. Everyone wearing RED and BLACK was wishing for or doing the same. Get a life and report on something with substance and not garbage!!

LOVE TO SKI

November 3rd, 2010
2:24 pm

Incedible, I’m 992st!!!!!!!!!!

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
2:24 pm

Mike

November 3rd, 2010
2:16 pm
Barnhart, I don’t disagree that Grantham’s actions were unacceptable. But you media types are running this into the ground and have taken every possible shot at UGA this year. This is why I cancelled my subscription to the AJC and why I will quite reading your columns.

I’m not in love with the AJC either, being that it’s a part of the left leaning MSM. That said, I hope you aren’t serious that you based a decision on taking a newspaper on the sports writers’ opinions. There is other stuff to read about, y’know.

USC Talking Trash

November 3rd, 2010
2:25 pm

Not SC
The real USC took the right to refer to yourselves as SC from you
BBBBBBBBWWWWAAAAHHHHAAAAHHHAAAA

hopper

November 3rd, 2010
2:26 pm

This is being way over-blown. When a coach calls time out before the other time tries a kick at the end of the game to ice them, that coach is saying I hope the kicker chokes. To me, anything said or done related to the game is fine. As long as nothing is said about a players’ race, family, origin, or anything like that, I don’t have a problem.

Buckeye

November 3rd, 2010
2:26 pm

Wait and suspend him for the Birmingham/Libety Bowl

(Bruce, have you negotiated the block of rooms yet?)

Elaine

November 3rd, 2010
2:27 pm

This guy is a hothead. We watched one of the earlier games in the season when all the commentators were “Grantham this” and “Grantham that” and we were supposed to be so excited that he’d joined the coaching staff. Get this: my 5-year-old sees him on the sidelines, screaming at a player, and says, “He has bad manners.” My 8-year-old says, “Why is his face so red? Is he yelling so loud he’s making his own face red? The player is right in front of him.”

Over a month ago my two little kids saw this coming. This guy needs some anger management counseling and a new job.

Dawg Tired

November 3rd, 2010
2:27 pm

You sympathizers are idiots. I do not believe CTG gave him the finger did he? He was simply hoping the guy missed the field goal which he did not. CTG is a competitor. We need more like him with his fire and passion at UGA. We would not be the average team that we are today period if we had been more physical in our practices. Rest assured, CTG did not go along with the “thumping”

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
2:27 pm

PHIL

November 3rd, 2010
2:22 pm
Bama dud this action is much more appropriate for someone on your staff to do. And if it HAD been them, the whole Bama nation would be applauding him. But not her. We are to PC for that.

Speculate much, Phil? Also, based on this post I certainly hope you aren’t a UGA alum. I’m pretty confident that you aren’t.

g

November 3rd, 2010
2:27 pm

Love ya Tony, but we are making a bigger deal out of this then it is…

cyberdawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:27 pm

I understand why you might be disappointed in Coach G, but along with so many others I can’t believe you would overreact to a choke sign by any player, coach, fan or anybody. That’s silly.

What's Worse

November 3rd, 2010
2:27 pm

Making a choke sign about a kick or texting death threats?

RUKIDDINGMEDOG!!!!

November 3rd, 2010
2:28 pm

PS Tony you WERE one of my favorite CFB Experts but this is just bush league journalism from you.

matthew

November 3rd, 2010
2:29 pm

i’ve seen more press about this than Chris Rainey’s death threats. you people, i swear, need to get a life and start concentrating on the things that really matter. AJ Green selling a jersey was judged and punished at greater length that Chris Rainey’s actions.

Concentrate on the things that are important. I’m going to “suspend” you for the next two weeks and not read a damn thing you write.

SEC4Life

November 3rd, 2010
2:29 pm

I just lost a little respect for TB. I thought ESPN was the only place where I could find overblown sensational journalism.

I mean seriously, do you really want to fine/suspend a coach for gesturing to the opposing team’s kicker “I hope you choke and miss the GAME-WINNING FG?” Gimme an f’in break. It’s not like he literally said he was going to choke the guy after the game.

Whining like this only makes the loss that more embarrassing to Dawg fans.

USC GAMEC0CK

November 3rd, 2010
2:29 pm

keep richt

keep bozo for the offense

keep grantham for the weefense but make him appologize to player, florida, and georgia…then sit one game.

Htowngtr

November 3rd, 2010
2:30 pm

LOL…. the conversations have now shifted from trying to divert attention to Rainey to saying “everyone taunts, what’s the big deal?”

If you are too dumb to understand what was wrong with this picture then God help you. I’m sure all of you guys would have no problems if some coach in PeeWee football told your kid “don’t f’in choke!!” while he was trying to make a play, right?

“But those are kids!!”

Yea, they are kids, and so are these student athletes. They aren’t paid and don’t deserve opposing coaches acting like this towards them. If a UGA player had done it then who gives a damn, but this was a DC — reports directly to the HC. Not some waterboy on the sidelines.

KimZ'sPackage

November 3rd, 2010
2:30 pm

FUNNY……….
I Broke my back motorcycle racing at Road Atlanta in Brazleton. They flew mw to South Fulton Hospital because that was where the best Spin Doctor was at the time. A Full Time TRAUMA center caost Millions a year. Just Build a Trauma center on to some of the existing Hospitals. Maybe 3 or 4 Trauma centers are needed. A HELO is cheeper to keep Fueled and Piloted tahn it is to have TRAUMA centers all over the state. You pay as a Tax payer once for the Chopper and you pay for the TEAM 365. % people and a HELO + Fuel is cheaper than a TRAUMA Center building, Staff, Taxes, Ins, Electricity, Water, and other releated cost for a standing structure. 3 HELOS and Staff can do the job cheaper. Hell we have army bases with the helos and staff already in the state. put them to work when thay are not deployed. Tax payers are paying them to BE ALL THEY CAN BE already so put the Fu..ers to work.

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:31 pm

Hopper, what part of psychology don’t you understand? When you call a time out to “ice” a kicker you’re giving him time to think about what he has to do, under pressure, which in some human beings just amplifies the pressure. Results can be disastrous.

On the other hand, when you banter, gesture to someone with a competetive spirit the opposite usually tends to happen. It aggitates them, angers them, fuels the competetive spirit. Results can be disastrous.

Bottom line in todays lesson for you is you don’t aggitate an 800 pound gorilla with his foot on your throat.

Oh Brother

November 3rd, 2010
2:32 pm

We have become so wimpy. Big deal. Wahhhh. Somebody did something that hurt my feelings. I’m glad to see coach Grantham exhibit some fire.

Roy Wood

November 3rd, 2010
2:32 pm

I have seen that done in HS you must have led a sheltered life.But get a life at least he didnt threatin to kill someone so Tony go back to wher ever is so rosy white.I am sorr I cant say what I think but then they wouldnt print it Texas Dawg

My Eskimo Friend

November 3rd, 2010
2:32 pm

You heard him, Tony. Jeff is no longer following you.

He’ll never read your column again. Besides, he won’t have much time, anyway, as he’ll be in English class (we presume).

HANGMAN

November 3rd, 2010
2:33 pm

ajc tried not too long ago to sell their trash in Whitfield County but the people there didn’t buy it. ajc was lucky that their trash paper was not get burned when delivered. They finally withdrew their efforts to sell papers there and left. Now if only their trash sport writers could be pressured to leave.
UGA shows some life and they want to smother it. Then the topper is to praise ADAMS. He’s the main problem at UGA now!
How about you 3 stooges (yes, I’m talking about you too DOB ,the snake oil salesman) sticking to your hometown (ATL) teams and leave UGA out any further negative remarks!
I estimate that this posting will remain approx 3 minutes before it’s deleted….so much for freedom of speech.

Felix Millan

November 3rd, 2010
2:34 pm

Elaine- your 5 year old probably plays soccer, and gats time out when he misbehaves.

jimmymack

November 3rd, 2010
2:34 pm

tb you are usually right,but you are off base here ,let the coach apoligize and let’s move on, all me need is a coach having to worry about controling his emotion’s on the sidelines

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:35 pm

Dawg Tired, I like a competetive fire in my coaches to. I also like coaches with some intelligence and self control so they can direct that “competetive fire” in the appropriate direction.

This staff continues tripping over itself, does anyone else see that pattern, or am I the only logically thinking Bulldawg supporter on the planet?

MR

November 3rd, 2010
2:37 pm

Tony, you are the biggest Idiot I have ever read in a public newspaper!

RD

November 3rd, 2010
2:38 pm

Tony, I normally tend to agree with you but in this case I feel you, as well as other people, are just overreacting. Should Grantham apologize? Yes. Should he be fined and suspended? No.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
2:38 pm

“WHAT GRATHAM DONE SATURDAY, WAS NO WAY WRONG.”

I rest my case.

:-D

Politically Fed Up

November 3rd, 2010
2:39 pm

It is finally good to see someone with some fire in his belly. Too many others lack this and can’t get the job done!!! Shut up and move on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nate the Great

November 3rd, 2010
2:40 pm

Tony you are an IDIOT!! I would even boycott your show if it didnt have shlabagh. You stink and I haven’t met you but your articles are reminescent of Nancy Grace. You are a pompus prick with an over-inflated ego.

Your articles suck and YOU should be FIRED NOW.

Smart like a Fox

November 3rd, 2010
2:40 pm

mobile dawg , looks like you’re it. Coaches should lead by example. and by the way. He has yet to make an apology.

BullochDawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:41 pm

Tony, how is giving a choke signal any different than giving a “no good” signal on a field goal attempt?
See lots of coaches doing that while the ball is in the air and no official decision has been signaled.
Both are wishing the kicker failure on his attempt.
So, one is acceptable and the other is a suspendable offense? Really?
Guess you could argue one is wishing the kicker unsuccess and the other is wishing the ball unsuccess. Kind of a stretch though iyam.

Trader Rick

November 3rd, 2010
2:42 pm

Unfortunately for Georgia, Football nation hangs its head in shame, shaking it’s head back and forth and sighing. Bulldog fans have been embarrassed and humiliated by this coache’s lapse in judgment and resulting crude behavior and refusal to be a man and admit his mistake and apologize for it.

This act will remain a stain on an otherwise fine program. Too bad.

BTW, Georgia fans here dismissing it on the grounds that other individuals commit worse acts of behavior is rather curious and badly flawed thinking and does not reflect well on them.

Almost....

November 3rd, 2010
2:42 pm

Why are you DAWGS bringing up Chris Rainey? That was a national story for weeks…… Now your in the headlines. Show some class…..take responsibility

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
2:42 pm

AltamahaDog:

“Personally, I could give a rats behind what the DA chooses to do about it or what the court decides, thats not my issue. My issue is that he did it, and despite UF knowing that, and a long time to think about it, talk about it and full well knowing HOW it looks and after having the full knowledge of the media and public critisism, they still picked to let him play.”

Oh you KNOW him do you?
Don’t you think that the DA, the coaching staff and the administration have a better idea who this young man is than you?
Gimme a break and get off your high horse.

Must be a slow news day...

November 3rd, 2010
2:44 pm

If you are still writing about this. If this hadn’t been seen on the screen we would not have heard about it…PERIOD! I’m sure it happens all over the country every week and we just don’t see it.

So let me ask you this, if that is intimidation trying to get the kicker to miss, then so is icing the kicker with timeouts. Are you going to suspend a coach and fine him for that? I think not.

Mr. Barnhart, I’ve always loved your columns and your insight on the matters of college football but I have to disagree with you on this matter. Todd Grantham WAS in the heat of competition. Was what he did wrong? Maybe and maybe not. I for one think that there is nothing to report here and you should move on.

Boz

November 3rd, 2010
2:44 pm

On second thought, I’ve changed my mind. I say let’s tie Grantham down so Tony and the other sportswriters can tickle him until he promises to never, ever do anything rude again.

Htowngtr

November 3rd, 2010
2:45 pm

LOL, the responses here are truly awesome, dawg fans. Thanks for making my day reading them.

1) Icing him with a timeout is the same thng as cursing at him while making a choke symbol.
2) Doing a “no good” symbol with your arms is the same thing as cursing at him while making a choke symbol.
3) Rainey played in the game and he was convicted of domestic abuse (actually, it was misdemeanor stalking, you retards) so Meyer is worse than Grantham. (Do you guys mind though that King played? He was just driving drunk and didn’t actually kill anyone but that’s no where near as bad as sending a text message.)
4) Everyone taunts. Everyone kills. Who cares?

dogbutt

November 3rd, 2010
2:45 pm

uga mutts are the dirtest team in all of college football … we got aways with several personal foul penaties too that’s the way we coach um up here in the Junk yard no go sniff someones butt gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo mutts

bye richt

November 3rd, 2010
2:45 pm

poor fella was just choking on UGA’s dog bone and no one was helping him .

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:46 pm

Smart, I should have never logged back in this afternoon. Even the even keeled Altamaha Dawg didn’t seem to see wrong in what CTG did. I don’t necessarily think a fine and suspension are required, but an acknowledgement from the University, and CMR, that this isn’t the example of leadership we want shown by our coaches, along with at least a written, if not public apology from CTG condeming what he did.

All’s forgiven and we move on. Speaking of moving on, outta here again. Hopefully next time I check in I will see positive signs this is moving in the right direction.

This is stupid

November 3rd, 2010
2:46 pm

I agree it was wrong, however way worst things have happened. I dont think he has brought shame to UGA at all. If nothing else he has brought a spark to the defense. Let him learn from his mistakes.

Bulldawg528

November 3rd, 2010
2:46 pm

Come on, stop making this out to be something it’s not. WHO CARES! So he gave the choke sign during the game, I’M GLAD HE DID IT, I want our DC to be passionate and do anything to help us win. IT’S NO DIFFERENT THAN ICING THE KICKER, GET OVER IT!

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
2:47 pm

BullochDawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:41 pm
Tony, how is giving a choke signal any different than giving a “no good” signal on a field goal attempt?

Maybe because one is based on hope, while the other is based on affecting the outcome by interacting with the player?

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
2:49 pm

give me a break TB:

“g8r grad………..again, please try to remember you are on a UGA blog ”

EXACTLY my point!
Tony is usually UGA’s biggest homer.
But God forbid he speaketh the truth!
Oh, and BTW:
Since when does Mr. College Football mean UGA Football?

give me a break TB

November 3rd, 2010
2:50 pm

g8r grad, are you still here? weirdo!

funny….., if you do not live in ga, why do you give a rat’s behind about the $10 debate? i can tell you why i voted no on it. we have one of the highest tag rates in the country. if they want to add it to my property taxes, fine, but do not come to me on my birthday & ask for 10 more dollars. also, there was nothing, i repeat nothing, that said exactly where the money was going. more than likely, the trauma centers in atlanta. well, for a great deal of the state, if we were in a trauma situation, we wouldn’t be taken to atlanta. the amendment had no legs & that’s why it didn’t walk. why would you even bring that up? that’s right, because you’re an idiot! get a life & go blog somewhere else.

Pete

November 3rd, 2010
2:51 pm

you are such a joke, you actually think this is news. have you ever coached, or even played organize sports?? the ajc continues to go down the tube, and you are taking them faster!!! Your such a JOKE TB!!!

Looloo

November 3rd, 2010
2:51 pm

OK….say it’s a non-story. Say it’s a non-issue. Let’s move on now. But….do you have any standards? Are the adults, who are paid to lead these “student-athletes” held to any standard? Guess not. Class act, Dawgs. And that is why stupid things will keep happening, more than at any other major program. Fullmer Cup, indeed……

Dawg4Life

November 3rd, 2010
2:51 pm

Jesus Christ people. Just let him apologize and get over this crap.
He’s going to be punished enough trying to coach the defense against Auburn.

Bulldog Fan

November 3rd, 2010
2:52 pm

Old School:
If you are still around and read this:
It would be great to hear more specifics about the inciden in which Paul Johnson illegally hid a player while faking a kick. Did he hide the punter or field goal kicker? Also, in what game did this happen and what rule was broken? Just curious. You are right…if Johnson broke a rule with this type of deceptive behavior, he should have been punished. w

Lemay > Murray

November 3rd, 2010
2:52 pm

Mark this down: Christian Lemay will be the starting QB from day one in 2011 and he will take the Dawgs to the SEC east title!!!! Florida will be even worse next year and UGA can finally beat them—UT and USC? Get out of town—they are not going to have anything. Ga beats UT, USC and UF easily and plays Auburn for the SEC title! 2011—year of the dawg!!!!!1

Richard Cranium

November 3rd, 2010
2:53 pm

Word of the day for UGAger’s.

DELUSIONAL. Example: OUR FAN BASE IS DELUSIONAL.

Make a note of it in the back of your coloring book the teacher gave you.

Ed

November 3rd, 2010
2:53 pm

Grantham is a very expensive failed experiment. This malicious jerk has no business being within a hundred miles of a college athlete. Fire him now and be done with it before he does a Woody Hayes.

Do it now.

EmbarrasedDawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:54 pm

Enter your comments here

JB

November 3rd, 2010
2:54 pm

G8R GRAD…………………..you are obsessed with this story…..Do you have a life or a job….I check back here at 3 o’clock, and you’re still hammering away…..I think you are a Techie, but geez, go put some thought into this A$$ whipping you guys are going to get on National TV tomorrow son from VT.

Big Dawg

November 3rd, 2010
2:55 pm

If we can’t beat the Gators, let’s at least get some class back at UGA. Grantham can have all the fire he wants to, and we sure need some considering CMR is about as animated as watching paint dry. Grantham should quit acting like a street punk and needs to get his energy funneled in the right direction. Like with his own defense that gave up 34 freakin points to Florida this past Saturday. Great article Tony. It’s about time somebody stood up for something, cause it sure ain’t gonna be Mark Richt or Todd Grantham.

Tom

November 3rd, 2010
2:55 pm

I doubt if Mr. Henry saw the choke sign and I doubt if it would have had any effect on the kick he made. Mr. Grantham’s choke sign had far less effect on the Florida team than all the chest pounding, struting, and cartwheels done by the players who make a good play or score. Both, the choke sign and the player antics are degrading, unsportsmanlike, and totally unnecessary. Players who thrive on that type of attention are playing on the narrow edge of emotions. Superficial and rawedge emotions is not enough to sustain momentum made by good plays. I wish someone would address this issue to make the game of football more enjoyable to watch.

patrick

November 3rd, 2010
2:56 pm

Look……….a choke sign meant to mock someone is done
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1….AFTER THEY mess UP………not before
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2. IS DONE WITH BOTH HANDS………not one
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3. Grantham nor Richt is going to tip off other people/teams by saying its a sign for defensive alignment and Neither have admitted he was mocking some future alternate reality ending.
……………………………..
Grantham is the DC and in order to call plays he SIGNALS THEM IN. UGAs D was on the field and its HIS JOB to signal the play and no moron it’s not the special teams coach’s job AS UGA DOES NOT HAVE ONE.
.
When you clogged or choke the middle you send in more than the Oline can block hoping to get a free rusher at the kicker…..when you come off the edge you load up the edge with speed guys. the middle technigue has been successful in the past. Just last year AJ Green blocked one up the middle.
.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
2:56 pm

Floyd:

Again, see my 12:59 post, moron.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
2:57 pm

Nice try, patrick.

:-D

Ackers

November 3rd, 2010
2:57 pm

Tony,

You clearly never played sports in high school. If you think something as minuscule as that is so bad, you’d be blown away with what happens and is said in daily practices. Grow up.

patrick

November 3rd, 2010
2:57 pm

in other words……..it was a sign for a defensive alignment. Show me where Grantham admitted other wise

How do you have a job?

November 3rd, 2010
2:58 pm

It’s called the pussification of America and you’re a part of it Tony. If you really look at it, what’s worse, a gator chomping you and possibly killing you, or telling someone to choke. Get a life, or don’t.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
2:58 pm

JB:

You’re kidding, right?
You people have been whining for 22 pages here!

Htowngtr

November 3rd, 2010
2:59 pm

Speaking of Lemay, isn’t he the kid that claimed he liked UGA because they “didn’t curse”? LOL

Oh, and he got kicked out of his high school for inappropriate behavior. Sounds like the kid UGA needs!

The House

November 3rd, 2010
2:59 pm

We fired Princess Pelosi yesterday.

Let’s fire Grantham today.

G8R GRAD

November 3rd, 2010
3:00 pm

Still here “give me a break,” whatcha got in mind?
And thank you for the personal attack, fine sir!

JB

November 3rd, 2010
3:01 pm

Watch it, “you people” is a racist term………LOL

Preston

November 3rd, 2010
3:01 pm

This is really stupid. I’m glad Grantham is as fired up as he is. We’ve been needing that for a while. I doubt that he spends the entire game taunting opposing players. I’ve seen him getting in our players’ faces when they screw up which is a wonderful sight to see after watching WM stand around looking exactly like he did before the other team scored. Leave the guy alone and let him do his job. I don’t think you’ll be seeing him do anything like this again so don’t fine and suspend him to the point of losing his edge and intensity.

BAMA dude

November 3rd, 2010
3:01 pm

patrick

November 3rd, 2010
2:57 pm
in other words……..it was a sign for a defensive alignment. Show me where Grantham admitted other wise

Patrick, I think you’re late for your job at the Krusty Krab.

patrick

November 3rd, 2010
3:02 pm

Again………..since the kicker has missed numerous times before UGA left in the regular Defense in case he faked it. Granthams job is to signal in Defensive alignments. One is to clogge or choke the middle of the line with more players on Defensive than the Oline can block………….ITS HIS JOB. It was a signal. Show me where Grantham denied or admitted either.
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A traditional choke sign to mock is DONE WITH BOTH HANDS not one. Get over it. It was a defensive alignment signal. ………..go tru the middle to give AJ a clear shot to block the ball.

Ed

November 3rd, 2010
3:03 pm

Make a note of it in the back of your coloring book the teacher gave you.

:-) :-) :-)

JB

November 3rd, 2010
3:03 pm

He’d work fine on Paul Johnson’s staff…..Up to speed on cussing and all. No training needed.

patrick

November 3rd, 2010
3:04 pm

Again………..since the kicker has missed numerous times before…… UGA left in the regular Defense in case he faked it.
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Granthams job is to signal in Defensive alignments.
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One is to clogg or choke the middle of the line with more players on Defensive than the Oline can block………….
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ITS HIS JOB.
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It was a signal.
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Show me where Grantham denied or admitted either.
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A traditional choke sign to mock is DONE WITH BOTH HANDS not one. Get over it. It was a defensive alignment signal. ………..go tru the middle to give AJ a clear shot to block the ball.

G Thompson

November 3rd, 2010
3:04 pm

You have got to be kidding me. I don’t care for Georgia or Florida, but this is football. You are carrying political correctness way too far.
Get over yourself. Shut up and let them play. This is such a non-story.

greg

November 3rd, 2010
3:04 pm

OK, I’ve had enough from a couple of the UF fans on here. Your fan base is the biggest bunch of whinning, nambypamby pusses I’ve ever seen. You won the friggin game but you are still here and on other blogs trying to get your pound of flesh instead of just enjoying a win. Just like your coach who wants it both ways as well. Your players (especially the kicker) acted like a complete ahole the entire game taunting the UGA coaches/players(including before and after the game). Your coach acted like a ahole after the game with his gator chomp at UGA coaches/players. I know this because I was there and saw it. You had a player throw an elbow at CK’s head as he lay defensless on the sideline in OT on the int run back. Your coach and you fans are some of the most entitled and pitiful human beings I’ve ever come across. You won the game, but you want be satisfied unless you have CTG walnuts as well. This is just stupid. And while were on an apology…where is the one from CUM for calling those two timeouts 2 years ago? Was that not classless, childish, and inappropriate for a grown man to do to the entire UGA team…not just one player?

dawg1

November 3rd, 2010
3:05 pm

TONY, slow day at the newspaper. you are way off base here. where was your article and comments about rainey. fla. won the game and the kid make a great kick with all kinds of pressure. that`s the story!

TallyDawg

November 3rd, 2010
3:06 pm

Tony Barnhart should be fined for impersonating a journalist. What a piece of work. Sheeez

patrick

November 3rd, 2010
3:06 pm

Grantham said…….”I am not saying anything more about it” clearly not letting future opponents steal his signs. He cant admit that it was a signal for alignment because he will look petty and it would seem like he was making excuses. But if you ever played football (I have). Its a sign to send all you can up the middle or “choke” the line with players hoping to get a free rusher.

JB

November 3rd, 2010
3:08 pm

amen greg….

Dbalcer

November 3rd, 2010
3:08 pm

Tony, I disagree with you wholeheartedly. His gesture was not one of violence or any threat. The kicker should not even have been looking at the UGA sideline. To fine Coach Grantham would be wrong and to sit him from a game would be wrong. This column is further evidence of pot stirring. Why were cameras even aimed at the sideline of UGA or Florida they should have been on the team. The media needs to stop trying to blow up issues.

WarEagl3

November 3rd, 2010
3:08 pm

I’m