How Dealing With Toddlers Helps You Understand Grantham-Franklin

The summer before last, my whole family went to my dad’s house for Father’s Day weekend.  My sister, her husband, and their 3 kids were included in that mix.  Mrs. Corbindawg and I don’t have kids yet, but  I have two nephews and a niece.  The two boys were at the time 6 and 3.  We were hanging out before going out to lunch, and the kids were playing in the living room.  My wife and I were the only adults around and walked in the living room right as something went down and witnessed something very similar to what happened with Grantham and Franklin.

The 6 year old took a toy tractor from the 3 year old and proceeded to run around the coffee table, taunting his younger brother.  The 3 year old wanted the tractor back, and the 6 year old was not having any of it.  Well, since he was 3 and couldn’t verbalize his desire well, started screaming and crying, as 3  year olds do.  Before my brother in law could come in, the 6 year old was smart enough to realize that someone was about to be in trouble and gave the tractor back right as their daddy came in the room.   Their dad asked them what happened, and the 3 year old was still upset and could only muster tears and said he wanted the tractor back.  He was upset and couldn’t communicate that he was provoked and let his emotions get the better of him.  Their dad took it as the 3 year old not sharing and just throwing a temper tantrum, so he sent the younger one in time out.  The 6 year old grinned like a jackass eating briars, knowing he got away with something.

I felt some responsibility to tell what actually happened.  I told my brother in law I didn’t want to interfere where it wasn’t my place, but I told him what went down, and how the 3 year old just reacted to being provoked.  Sure, he could have handled it better, but he wasn’t 100% at fault.  Once the truth came out, the 6 year old confessed and was then sent to time out and the 3 year old was released and got his tractor back. 

James Franklin can spew all the BS he wants about how he just innocently went on the field to find Coach Richt and was then was verbally abused by Todd Grantham, but he is a liarWatching this video that the Senator posted, Franklin cleary walked out on the field and wagged his finger at Shawn Williams (who yes, was called for two personal fouls.  One was a clear late hit on a reciever, but another one was a shove to Vandy player, and was just reacting.  That one should have been, at the least, off setting or no foul called).  Grantham comes across looking like the bad guy, but he is a firey guy.  He is emotional. He was provoked and, while I agree with Coach Richt there should have been a better way to handle it, the TV doesn’t show what Franklin said, or how he said it.  It does show Coach Franklin walking on the field, pointing out Shawn Williams, and Coach Grantham then turned around to see what he was talking about, and he reacted. 

Grantham could have, and should have, reacted differently.  But that is who he is.  And it is what it is.  I’ll say this, Grahtham was 100% wrong last year when he told the Florida kicker he was going to “choke”.  But if Urban Meyer had cursed out Grantham for doing that, ESPN and the media would love Urban for his fire and defending his players.  So it shouldn’t have happened, but don’t criticize Grantham without giving Franklin the credit for what went down also.

Also, I find it very ironic.  Vanderbilt and Bobby Johnson several years ago banned cursing from his players.  Funny how Grantham’s “F U” tirade happened on Vandy’s field. 


2 Responses to “How Dealing With Toddlers Helps You Understand Grantham-Franklin”

  1. 1 Booger Presley October 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I think Franklin’s claim that he was looking for Coach Richt was BS too. He wasn’t looking for Richt, he was walking in the direction of Shawn Williams and ran into Grantham. Grantham cut his ass and he used that to cover up his intentions.

  2. 2 Corbindawg October 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    If you look at that video, you’ll notice Franklin was not near the 50 yard line. He has been head coach for only 5 games up to that point, but he has gotta know that the head coaches meet at the 50. He was around the 40 or 35 yard line. If he was truly going after Coach Richt, he would have gone to mid field. He was not going in that direction. I think Franklin is full of crap.

    Again, not trying to give Grantham a free pass. He shouldn’t have been acting a damn fool. But Franklin is full of it.

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