“You know what? I could coach them to nine or 10 games a year.”

Why, oh why, does the AJ-C continue to waste bandwidth on the crotchety ramblings of Fran Tarkenton?  He’s like that dotty uncle about whom you feel a little guilty over not seeing more than once a year until he shows up for Thanksgiving and reminds you why you don’t.

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147 responses to ““You know what? I could coach them to nine or 10 games a year.”

  1. Dolly Llama

    This post is like the Will Trane Bat Signal.

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  2. TXBaller

    One of the first to boldly and openly say Mark Richt had to go….God bless Fran Tarkenton.

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      Absolutely – I’ll forever be thankful for that. The problem with Fran, however, is his personality basically sucks, and he thinks he has the answers to all of life’s problems. Hell, we should send him over to North Korea – he’ll united both Koreas within a matter of days, then retreat to his 120 inch home theater room to watch UGA games alone.

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  3. Mayor

    Well….while he can be a bit arrogant at times what did Fran say in that interview that you disagree with, Senator? I agree with everything he said. It certainly looks like he was right about Fromm doesn’t it?

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    • Did you learn anything new from him? If not, what’s the point of hearing from him?

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      • MakeFranGreatAgain

        So much for all the tolerance and open-mindedness talk.

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      • Derek

        From? No. About? Yes. I really didn’t know he was a major contributor or that he was even that engaged other than occasionally by critical commentary. I always thought he was a pretty absent high profile alum. Maybe all this is recent.

        Anybody whose passionate about us winning on Saturday is ok with me.

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        • Cojones

          You mean that you missed his high-profiled 100k donation after he was instrumental in not supporting Richt’s facility-begging like he asks you to support his successor? You missed him purposely denying facilities support even when Pruitt joined in and when he worked to ouster Richt because Richt wasn’t raised in Red and Black and came from FSU? You missed all that?

          “Crotchety old man” indeed. Fuck Fran and the GOB’s horse he rode in on.

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          • aladawg

            ++ to Cojones. F**k Fran and those GOB’s. All they want is the POWER to get their way………..

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          • 79DawgatWork

            Here, here!

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          • Derek

            I did. I always thought Fran should our second highest profile alum based on his pro career. For whatever reason I don’t think until recently a lot of people even knew he played at UGA. Like I said above though I’m not gonna ding guys who are being passionate about Georgia football. I do think that sowing public discord is wrong no matter your passion, especially if you are high profile.

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          • lakedawg

            Little Fran is a first class prick and the only way he could change my mind is to do something about McGoofy. Oh sorry about that, forgot he is one of the AD’s biggest supporters.

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      • PharmDawg

        He was part of an SEC championship team at UGA…he set NFL passing records during a Hall of Fame career…he was a successful TV show host…guest hosted SNL…is a successful businessman…Fran Tarkenton is a DGD and I believe he probably could coach a football team if he chose to.

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        • Talk to people who know him personally and get back to me.

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        • Dolly Llama

          Are you talking about “That’s Incredible” when you’re talking about him being a “successful TV show host?”

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        • aladawg

          And he never won a national championship, he was a part time player in 1959 and had a poor record in 1960. He choked in the Super Bowl big time and he is a pompous a**. Go see him some time or read his book(s). He’s so full of himself he can’t get out of the way. Don’t give him credit for the money that began to be spent while Richt was here. That credit goes to Jeremy Pruitt and you see what they did to him.
          We have grand talent this year and we need to win NOW. You don’t replace Thompson, Smith, Chubb, Michel, Wynn, Sanders, Davis, Atkins, Carter, Sims(Both of them),Bellamy…………no matter how good the recruiting. Godwin could also leave. We have the talent to do this. Kirby and Chaney have been a pleasant surprise this year. Now don’t lay eggs in Knoxville, Jacksonville and Atlanta……..

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      • Otto

        When have we heard anything new from the Coke Bottle? They still hold weekly press conferences.

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  4. South FL Dawg

    Maybe I”ve been out of the area too long but IMHO If anybody else said what he said it wouldn’t raise an eyebrow. I guess the AJC knows it. I don’t know why people resent Fran so much. Who cares anyway, let it go.

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  5. Jack Burton

    Excellent analogy, Senator.

    It’s unfortunate that Fran played and is an alumni because he personifies that other side of out fan base to perfection.

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  6. Bright Idea

    AJC needs to write a story on the real reason Kirby is getting what he needs. Adams is gone.

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  7. The Quincy Carter of Accountants

    He reminds me of Will Ferrell’s character in Eastbound and Down…but not in a good way.

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  8. georgiajeepn

    I am afraid I will have to side with all the Georgia and Viking fans that revere what Fran did for both teams and the vast majority do. I hate to bring this up but do a google search for does Fran Tarkenton support Trump to see why he might not be so loved by the esteemed leader of our favorite blog here. Of course he will say he would never be influenced or mix sports and politics right? Fran for sure puts his money and support where his big mouth is. Uh oh…Damn deplorables trying to get over 100 comments in here!!!

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  9. KershDawg

    I graduated in 2010. In my lifetime, the only thing I have known Tarkenton to do is speak out publicly against the current coaching staff at UGA. Not a fan of his in the least. He needs some new material and if he is in fact a loyal UGA fan, he needs a better way to voice it.

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    • PharmDawg

      The world existed long before the 1980s. Go to YouTube and see what the man accomplished in the NFL. When he retired, Fran Tarkenton held almost all the NFL passing records. He has been a success at almost everything he set out to do. If he chose to go into coaching, I’m sure he would have been equally successful.

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      • KershDawg

        I am aware of his accolades. He has been very successful at nearly anything he has been involved with. Since he has been so successful, I’d like to see him leading more by example than with his words.

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    • Mayor

      Actually that’s not true. He spoke out against the PREVIOUS coaching staff. As I understand it Fran is a supporter of Kirby Smart. He does like to give his opinion even if sometimes critical of coaching decisions by Smart and the current staff also though.

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      • Dawgwalker07

        Isn’t being critical of coaching decisions by Smart the same thing as speaking out against the current coaching staff?

        I completely understand the history of Fran and what he meant to this program in his day, but now he’s just a man who likes to (frequently) hear the sound of his own opinions and feels entitled to broadcast them because of the stuff he did 50+ years ago.

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  10. sectionzalum

    fran only shows up to whine.

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  11. John Denver is full of shit...

    Spoken like a bulldog that’s never had to stand in line to piss.

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  12. Chunky A

    If you dislike him so…as do I….why post a link to his “ramblings” via the AJC? Does that not increase their hits to the article, which in turn hives them more reason to continue interviewing him?

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  13. Brent

    “I’m a fan of Georgia Tech…”- Fran Tarkenton #dead2me

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  14. Uglydawg

    When you run a sports/political blog, it’s impossible to keep the two from bleeding over into each other.. Lot’s of animosity here today (and recently, a lot of days..GTP is becoming a microcosm of our divided society). This isn’t healthy for my favorite Georgia Bulldog Football site, and I would be happy to see it return to it’s former purity of purpose.

    And I do understand it’s not my call to make. Good luck Senator. This is like discussing politics at the Thanksgiving table, though.
    The good news is that this is a Panora’s Box that can be repacked and shut if you choose to repair things.

    I will still read, and take the Senator’s advice to skip the threads that are political..but a little leavening spoils the whole lump.

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  15. scrambledawg

    As with the political threads, if you don’t want to hear Fran’s arrogant, lunatic rantings, don’t read them. And if you don’t want to gouge your eyes out, don’t read Chip Towers’ columns at all. I don’t. And I’m happier for it.

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  16. Sanford222view

    I just choose to ignore Fran. Yes he was a great player but as a person…well, he doesn’t have the best reputation and he only seems to surface to say something negative. I went to high school with some of his kids and played football with his son. They are are good people. Unfortunately, you won’t find many who say the same about Fran.

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  17. Fran is a great representation of the very large entitled and insufferable portion of our fan base. I don’t care what he’s done at UGA or since.

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  18. Gaskilldawg

    Fran Tarkenton and UGA trivia question. What did Tarkenton do on his last play in Georgia Bulldog uniform?

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    • MDDawg

      I’ll bite, what did he do?

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      • Gaskilldawg

        He intercepted a Georgia Tech pass on the last play of the game to seal the 1960 victory.

        The guy who retired as the greatest passer in NFL history when he retired made a defensive play to end his UGA career!

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    • Cojones

      Took a shit on the football and left it on the 50-yd line? Did a scramble by himself in the end zone while being ignored by everyone headed home? Broke his arm patting himself on the back?

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      • Ok Cojones, I’ll bite. What did Fran do to you? Right now I am leaning towards that he ran over your dog, and did not stop. Athough him sleeping with your college girlfriend has an outside chance. Maybe you lost money on a game he QB’d?

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  19. UGA85

    Don’t shoot the messenger. The message is spot on and delivered by maybe our most accomplished football alum. Personal feelings aside, he is right and clearly wants the best for our football program.

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  20. W Cobb Dawg

    I’ve spoken with a guy who played in the arena, though not on Tark’s ’59 Dawg team. He thought both Charlie Britt and Tommy Lewis were far better QBs than Tark, and anybody off the street could’ve coached em. And everyone should find interest in this because it comes from somebody who played in the arena.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      West Cobb, Wally Butts thought that, too since Charlie Britt was his starting QB for the 1959 SEC champs. Never heard that about Lewis, though.

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    • PharmDawg

      Charley Britt started at QB because of the crazy substitution rules that existed in the late 1950s. Your friend must be a lousy talent evaluator because Britt played DB in the NFL for 4 years, and Tarkenton is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        I think the difference is that the scope of QBing in 1959 differed from today. The substitution rules made players play both ways. Britt was a better runner and DB. Brett was less of a liability passing than Tarkenton was as a DB.

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  21. Dotty old men telling everyone how simple problems are to solve is peak 2017.

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  22. Will Trane

    This is like the Dolly Llama…a genuine fuck up.

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  23. Scorpio Jones, III

    I will never forget Tarkenton’s pass to Fred Brown (wheel route) against Tech in what? 1960?

    But I will also never forget the following:

    http://onlineathens.com/stories/092999/spo_0929990046.shtml#.Wc0XZIprw9U

    http://money.cnn.com/1999/09/28/companies/sec_fraud/

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/sports-crimes-200745375.html

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  24. Don in Mar-a-Lago

    @3rdandGrantham September 28, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    “The problem with Fran….he’ll unite both Koreas within a matter of days, then retreat to his 120 inch home theater room to watch UGA games alone.”

    The very best people watch T.V. alone.

    When I do it’s in the white room with black curtains near the station and I sleep in this place with the lonely crowd

    And lie in the dark where the shadows run from themselves.

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  25. Dolly Llama

    Man, I don’t think I’ve read a thread like this one since I badmouthed Lewis Grizzard on here a few months back.

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  26. Biggen

    This comment thread gives me a headache…

    All of the DGD stuff aside for Tarkenton he reminds me a bit of Pat Dye: Always running his mouth but not really saying anything…

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  27. Gaskilldawg

    MDDawg, did you catch the trivia question answer at 1:44 pm?

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  28. Jt (the other one)

    Fran…please be quiet and just watch…

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  29. Scorpio Jones, III

    If Tarkenton was coach at Georgia he might get through two or three games before he was indicted for stock fraud, and at the end of the season the folks at Butts Mehre would notice all the staple guns were missing.

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  30. Damn Good Dawg

    Fran watches too many damn movies….AJC should ask him about the reserve fund and the difference in a commitment to winning. This fool is comparing the state of Alabama and Georgia…not the athletic departments of BAMA and UGA….one bleeds for championships….one wants earnings in the “black”…tarkenton should be in Tarantino movie

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  31. Faltering Memory

    Like many of our Mamas taught us, if you can something nice about someone, don’t say anything. Fran’s father was one of the best men I have ever known (Oxford College at Emory University (1969-70).

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