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Re: “In addition to being talented, Derek Mason has the benefit of not being James Franklin

Why attack the writer for getting the fact about the hand sign wrong, when, instead, you can attack his weird and annoying choice of complex references and words. Reference to Argus...."equivocation" ..."vituperative reaction to his machinations"

Don't get me wrong. I'm educated and understand the meaning; it's just distracting.

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Posted by MrRoboto on 01/23/2014 at 10:16 AM

Re: “In addition to being talented, Derek Mason has the benefit of not being James Franklin

http://www.vandymania.com/whitneyphotos/11_12/jc6vu.jpg

Care to explain this picture of Jay Cutler -- who played his last down at VU six years before Franklin ever coached a game?

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Posted by OoopsJR on 01/23/2014 at 10:06 AM

Re: “In addition to being talented, Derek Mason has the benefit of not being James Franklin

It's time to give the Franklin bashing a rest...it sounds like sour grapes from scorned lovers. He arrived, delivered, then left the program in better shape (record-wise anyway) then as he found it. The program will survive without him. Coach Mason gives every indication to being a man of integrity and has the potential to carry the team ever higher in the East. Go 'Dores!

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Posted by localboy on 01/23/2014 at 10:00 AM

Re: “In addition to being talented, Derek Mason has the benefit of not being James Franklin

The "Anchor Down" slogan was first introduced by the program in 2005. And the VU hand sign has been around forever. But he did take those things and market them like crazy.

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Posted by Amy on 01/23/2014 at 9:48 AM

Re: “In addition to being talented, Derek Mason has the benefit of not being James Franklin

The hand sign has been around MUCH longer. They taught it to kids at the Vanderbilt youth basketball camps in the early 90's.

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Posted by JR'sFactChecker on 01/23/2014 at 9:41 AM

Re: “In addition to being talented, Derek Mason has the benefit of not being James Franklin

Copy that link above JR and tell me if you are wrong or not.

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Posted by Jay on 01/23/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “In addition to being talented, Derek Mason has the benefit of not being James Franklin

http://forums.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=189&f=1603&t=12618821&stm=153430591

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Posted by Jay on 01/23/2014 at 9:23 AM

Re: “In addition to being talented, Derek Mason has the benefit of not being James Franklin

Sorry, but the hand sign has been around for 10 years at least ...

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Posted by Moxie Dore on 01/23/2014 at 9:15 AM

Re: “In addition to being talented, Derek Mason has the benefit of not being James Franklin

Uh, no. We have been doing our Vandy hand sign for many years. My favorite story about it was the VU student who, long before J Franklin ever appeared, had a sign on national TV at ESPN Game Day (when we played Auburn at Dudley), reading "At Vanderbilt, we use three fingers."

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Posted by michael on 01/23/2014 at 9:15 AM

Re: “In addition to being talented, Derek Mason has the benefit of not being James Franklin

I recall as a freshman in 2002 going to a pep rally type thing and the cheerleaders were excited about inventing a new thing - the hand sign. Took a while to gain steam, but it's there now and was there before Franklin. Go back and look at the College Gameday video - all over the place!

Anchor Down existed, too, but was rarely used. Franklin took it and made it the marketing plan.

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Posted by Ryan DeBoard on 01/23/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “In addition to being talented, Derek Mason has the benefit of not being James Franklin

WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG - "The hand sign, like so many of the touchstones of the Vanderbilt football cultural revival, was a creation of James Franklin".

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Posted by vandyfan22 on 01/23/2014 at 8:58 AM

Re: “In addition to being talented, Derek Mason has the benefit of not being James Franklin

The Vandy hand sign has been around since at least the Jay Cutler area. Please do your research before misstating the facts.

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Posted by Joe White 1 on 01/23/2014 at 8:57 AM

Re: “In addition to being talented, Derek Mason has the benefit of not being James Franklin

Good column, one nit. The VU hand sign predates Franklin. Fans were widely introduced to it during the 2008 season and it was everywhere at the Music City Bowl that year.

Some claim "Anchor Down" predates Franklin as well, though I've never seen anyone back that statement up.

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Posted by Forever Dore on 01/23/2014 at 6:52 AM

Re: “With Munchak gone, it's time for the Titans to torch the Oilers' legacy

"Hiraeth"! Lind is a goddamned treasure. Editor, you're a lucky man.

Posted by Ben P on 01/10/2014 at 8:37 AM

Re: “With Munchak gone, it's time for the Titans to torch the Oilers' legacy

Dress the mascot like Porter Wagoner from the 1970s.

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Posted by Steve Steffens on 01/09/2014 at 11:04 AM

Re: “If James Franklin leaves Vanderbilt, that might be a good sign for the program

Those who might hire Coach Franklin would do well to ask him during the interview about Vanderbilt's "Jersey Girls." Think Oklahoma State. (Although Les Miles hasn't done too badly)

Posted by notguilty on 12/21/2013 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Fans of Nashville's two major pro-sports franchises are calling for blood. One should give it to them.

The Preds are a young team. Trotz is in building mode. Fans need to be patient.

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Posted by Lori Krubitzer Allen on 12/12/2013 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Fans of Nashville's two major pro-sports franchises are calling for blood. One should give it to them.

Tennessee, "Wake-up", Bring in VINCE YOUNG…

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Posted by Vearly C. Evans Sr. on 12/12/2013 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Fans of Nashville's two major pro-sports franchises are calling for blood. One should give it to them.

The bottom line is this: How many playoff rounds much less Stanley Cups have the Predators won in its existence? You do not keep coaches and GMs out of fear. Trotz and Poile are good guys and have done a good job managing this team through rough waters.

However, they have not built a team here that can contend for a Stanley Cup. It is time for a change.

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Posted by James on 12/12/2013 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Fans of Nashville's two major pro-sports franchises are calling for blood. One should give it to them.

Totally agree with your assessment. I was not impressed with the Munchak choice and I think it's time for a fresh vision.

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Posted by Vickster on 12/12/2013 at 11:03 AM

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