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Overreaction To Choke Sign More Stupid Than Actual Choke Sign

New defensive coordinator Todd Grantham didn’t do Mark Richt any favors when he chose to give Florida kicker Chas Henry the choke sign on Saturday.

Richt is already on the hot seat and those who are frustrated by Georgia’s losses are now using anything they can against the man they blame.  Off-field arrests — Richt’s fault.  A coordinator who acts immaturely — Richt’s fault.

Richt is the CEO of Georgia football so the buck will indeed stop with him.  Fine.  But aren’t we going just a tad over the line on the Grantham thing?

The coach gave a choke sign to a player.  It was juvenile.  It was a bad example to set.

But it was most certainly not Woody Hayes clocking a kid on the sideline.

The word “overreactors” should be sewn onto our national flag.  It should be written on the bottom of our coinage.  And 90% of the overreactors out there are driven by talk radio hosts looking for ratings and bloggers who know they’ll get more eyeballs by feigning outrage.  At anything.  At any time.

The media stirs things up and a good chunk of media members don’t care whether their stirring is fair or not.  Ugh.

Listening to and reading some of the responses to Grantham’s choke sign, I’ve come to the conclusion that either Grantham, Richt or both should be fired for the heinous act that was perpetrated against Florida’s poor kicker on Saturday.  Double-ugh.

Grantham will have the choke sign pop up whenever he attempts to land a head coaching job.  Richt has had another log thrown on to the fire beneath his seat.  Trust me, the punishments have already been handed out.

So can we all please move on?  Grantham is a football coach, not a UN ambassador.  The guy’s whole life revolves around teaching one group of young men how to hit another group of young men.  We aren’t talking about brain surgery here.  So when Desmond Tutu gives someone the choke sign, alert me.  Then I’ll be shocked.

But a football coach?  Sorry.  Grantham acted stupidly.  That doesn’t mean the rest of us have to stupidly overreact.

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