Up for Debate: Franklin's folly

Friday, June 1, 2012 at 12:04am

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin again finds himself on the wrong side of public comments. What's your reaction to his "inappropriate" comments? How critical is too critical when it comes to a public figure's comments? Given his past history with attention-getting comments, do you think he'll learn a lesson with this latest kerfuffle or should we expect these verbal flare-ups as long as he has an outlet for comments?

40 Comments on this post:

By: Ummm... on 6/1/12 at 4:34

A gaffe from a football coach??? What's this world coming to ?

By: govskeptic on 6/1/12 at 5:01

If it's determined to be an "inappropriate" by Vandy does that include
Mr. Webster as well? "kerfuffle"- do they serve those at Shoney's?

By: Captain Nemo on 6/1/12 at 5:07

“I clearly used language that doesn’t reflect my views on women and I am SORRY!”

Then why say it in the first place?

Some people should never speak in public.

By: dargent7 on 6/1/12 at 5:17

What is it with these cement heads? And what's a "D-1 recruit"?
Big hooters?
Something tells me he wasn't referring to a college education or a wife who works with the blind.

By: dargent7 on 6/1/12 at 5:19

"Get your ker out of my fuffle". Johnny Carson

By: bruingeek on 6/1/12 at 5:25

I think it is time for metro council and the Tennessee legislature to step in with bills that ban all "inappropriate comments". We simply cannot tolerate this reckless behavior in our state. We could create a whole new branch of law enforcement, the ICP (Inappropriate Comment Police). Just imagine how many college scholarships could be created by collecting a quarter for every "IC" violation.

(end sarcasm),
Good Grief!

By: yogiman on 6/1/12 at 5:50

Apparently the coach meant a joke but it cam out the wrong way. But the message I've just received isn't a joke. It's about phone area code 809.

You get a note on you call referring you call a number to receive a "gift". If that area code is 809, 284, 876, don't dial it. If you're calling from the US or Canada you will be billed $2425 PER MINUTE for that call.

This can be verified by AT&T at www.att.com/gen/press-room?/pid=6045

Snopes also verifies but that's too long of a code for me to view with such small printing.

By: dargent7 on 6/1/12 at 6:29

Only you, "yogi" could make a call that gets billed for $2,425. a minute.
"Lotta Goo" only charges $4.95 per minute. Takes about 5 minutes to get you goin'.
A deal in comparison.

By: yogiman on 6/1/12 at 7:02

I'm sure you're much smarter than I, dargent7. How about trying that area code and letting me know how much it cost you? Or are you too chicken?

By: yogiman on 6/1/12 at 7:06

I'm sorry, dargent7, I guess I made a mistake. The message I got on this issue commented about forwarding it to my friends. I thought they might mean other people I "know", also.

Sorry I interrupted you.

By: BenDover on 6/1/12 at 7:17

The City Paper dropped the ball by not having a picture of the smokin' hot wifey.

By: global_citizen on 6/1/12 at 7:17

"This can be verified by AT&T at www.att.com/gen/press-room?/pid=6045"

No, apparently it can't:

"Page Not Found

The page you're looking for has moved,
been replaced, or is currently unavailable
to view."

By: BenDover on 6/1/12 at 7:18

I didn't leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me.


By: slacker on 6/1/12 at 7:33

''If your wife's a dog.. you no coach the football''

By: slacker on 6/1/12 at 7:39

The Democratic party left me, when my homely wife campaigned at the polls.

By: BenDover on 6/1/12 at 7:41

It's a right in this country for ugly people not to be offended.

By: slacker on 6/1/12 at 7:41

My wife has a good personality.
-Unemployed football coach

By: slacker on 6/1/12 at 7:45

Beauty is only skin deep.. but ugly is on the epidermis.

By: Ummm... on 6/1/12 at 8:00

"If you want to be happy for the rest of your life,
Never make a pretty woman your wife,
So from my personal point of view,
Get an ugly girl to marry you."

Anybody remember that song?

By: BenDover on 6/1/12 at 8:27

My daddy used to say, "be careful of a good lookin' bitch... 'cause when the good-lookin' wears off, all you got left is bitch".

By: slacker on 6/1/12 at 8:55

My wife was arrested for mooning... she stuck her head out the car window.

By: Rasputin72 on 6/1/12 at 10:00

If the political correctness people had not informed me that the comments were inappropriate I would have been totally oblivious. Then again I am not a politcally correct person.

Anyone who accepts the Vanderbilt head football coaching job should not be held accountable for snaffus that are considered politically incorrect.

By: brrrrk on 6/1/12 at 10:43

dargent7 said

"What is it with these cement heads?"

I don't get it. Then they turn around and say they didn't mean it? Frankly I don't buy it. It doesn't take a genius to self censor yourself. I may not always say what I believe, but I believe what I say.

By: Mike Burch on 6/1/12 at 12:02

If someone is unmarried, that obviously means that he's a terrible recruiter, and should not be hired!

Bobby Knight once said that if rape is inevitable, the victim should relax and enjoy it. He was a stern disciplinarian who had temper tantrums and attacked policemen and even his own son.

It seems almost any sin can be forgiven, if coaches can win games. But at schools where winning is difficult, coaches should probably be more diplomatic ...

By: Mike Burch on 6/1/12 at 12:08

I think it would make better sense to make sure the coaches have smoking hot unmarried daughters!

By: yogiman on 6/1/12 at 12:30


By: yogiman on 6/1/12 at 2:16

Loner's got to come home from his vacation. Boy, if he ain't on line this is a quite place.

Doesn't anyone have something to talk about except Barack Obama?

By: bnakat on 6/1/12 at 9:21

@yogiman: Re the 809 area code scam please go to http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/a/area809.htm
for the full story.

By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 4:44

Is it truth... or fiction. Unless you were calling a scam artist, how could extraordinarily high charges be made for calling an old time family friend?

By: bfra on 6/2/12 at 6:16

bnakat - That goofball could read the full story, and still wouldn't know the difference. When has he ever posted anything of truth?

By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 8:59

I'm sure glad my mind isn't compared to yours, bfra. I like to being able to think.

By: bfra on 6/2/12 at 11:20

By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 9:59

I'm sure glad my mind isn't compared to yours, bfra. I like to being able to think.
With English like that, you should try to think more often. I forgot, you don't have anything to think with!

By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 4:04

Is that a two sentence paragraph or two one sentence paragraphs, bfra?

By: bnakat on 6/2/12 at 9:14

Copied from above:
By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 5:44
Is it truth... or fiction. Unless you were calling a scam artist, how could extraordinarily high charges be made for calling an old time family friend?

Yogiman: As the site I recommended explains, not all numbers with one of the designated area codes, e.g. 809 are exorbitant. A friend's number that one knows to be valid would be priced at the caller's international contract rate. Any unknown number requesting a call for any reason should be avoided.

By: yogiman on 6/3/12 at 1:15

I understand what you are saying, bnakat. I was simply passing on a message for a possible saving of a 'ripoff' on a phone call. One where you received a "message" when you didn't answer your phone asking you to return the call.

The message I received said the 809 area code, and the other two, was in a foreign country. My thoughts made me wonder if all numbers in those area codes set up a ripoff dial or if only one number was a ripoff dial.

I don't know, just trying to save my co-posters a possible theft. They must make their own decisions.

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