As a new season begins, I sure do miss Erk Russell

 I was going to write this morning about What We Learned on the final weekend before the start of the 2010 season. A lot of it wasn’t going to be good.

I was going to rag on Washaun Ealey, wondering which part he did not understand when the UGA coaches said: “Don’t drive on a suspended license.”

I was going to update you yet again on the money grab that is conference expansion as the WAC tries to save itself from being eliminated as a Division I-A conference.

I was going to raise a skeptical eye to South Carolina’s Weslye Saunders, who contacted a Columbia radio station to profess his love and loyalty to the school, his teammates and his coaches.  While expressing such devotion, Mr. Saunders has also managed to be under NCAA investigation on multiple fronts. Hard to show love and loyalty when you’re not on the field, youngster.

All of this comes on the heels of a tough, short summer that included athletics directors behaving badly, players behaving badly, bad agents behaving badly and one of the class coaches of the sport (Bobby Johnson of Vanderbilt) deciding that he’s had enough.

If you love college football like we do, you could be a little down about the state of the game.

But then a fraternity brother sent me a copy of “The Letter” from former Georgia defensive coordinator Erk Russell. Russell, for those of you out there too young to know, was the single greatest motivator of people that I have met. In July of 1980, just prior to the Georgia team returning to campus, Russell penned this letter to the Bulldog players.

A little background. The 1980 season would be the last for fans to sit on the railroad tracks that run along the outside of the East end of Sanford Stadium. Those folks would camp out on Friday night to be in place when the two teams arrived to enter the stadium on Saturday. It could get a little rowdy.

 But after the 1980 season expansion would enclose that end of the stadium and thus the tradition would end.  Coach Russell thought it would be a good idea to send “The Railroad Track Crowd” out with a season they would always remember.

So instead of reading about players misbehaving and all the stuff that is wrong with college football, take a minute to read Erk Russell’s letter:

 

July 7, 1980

 Gentlemen (and Linemen),

The football season of  ‘80 will be my seventeenth as a Georgia Bulldog. During this time there have been many thrilling Saturdays of competition, each with its individual memories, because each game has its own personality.

 There are two Saturday traditions and experiences which have remained basically the same throughout the years for me and I would like to share them with you.

The first one concerns the THE RAILROAD TRACK CROWD.  These are my people because they love the ‘Dogs almost as much as I do. Oh, I know they do some crazy things- like turn over our opponents’s buses sometimes and now and then they throw one another down the bank and into the street below. But they stamp out Kudzu and they pull for us to win and that ain’t bad.

If you can get off the bus to cheers of THE RAILROAD TRACK CROWD and walk down those steps to the dressing room and not be inspired to play football as best you possibly can, something important is missing beneath the Georgia jersey you wear. It is impossible not to be inspired. They choke me up!

The season of 1980 will be the last for THE RAILROAD TRACK CROWD. A great Georgia tradition will have passed with the new addition to our stadium. The view from the tracks will be no more.

Your team will be the last Georgia Team to be greeted and cheered by THE RAILROAD TRACK CROWD. Wouldn’t it be fitting if their last team was also the best Georgia Team ever? Think about it!

Another Saturday tradition which has meant so much to me over the years can be stated very simply. “THERE AIN’T NOTHING LIKE BEING A BULLDOG ON SATURDAY NIGHT—–AFTER WINNING A FOOTBALL GAME.” I mean like whipping Tennessee’s ass to start with, then ten more and then another one.

This is the game plan. We have no alternate plan.

Sincerely,

Erskine Russell

Assistant Head Football Coach

P.S.–Run!

In 1980 Georgia went 12-0 and won the national championship.

Even if you’re not a Georgia fan, that should get you in the mood for football season.  Let’s have a great one.

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335 comments Add your comment

TonyBFan

August 30th, 2010
8:04 am

TonyBFan

August 30th, 2010
8:05 am

Oh wait, I’m supposed to be a dumb-A and write “first”. Sorry.

Charles Bradshaw

August 30th, 2010
8:10 am

As a Tennessee fan, I am still trying real hard to get over that first game you reference. Maybe having a Dooley on our sideline will do the trick after 30 years but I doubt it. You were down 15-0. Herschel should have debuted the next week.

Spike

August 30th, 2010
8:10 am

Tony, a fraternity brother also sent a copy of the letter to me. I once met Coach Russell. He had the strongest handskake I have ever experienced. Those were the days.

GA Vols Fan

August 30th, 2010
8:11 am

I am not going to be the head coach at Alabama. I am the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

August 30th, 2010
8:13 am

Tony— great job.

bungle bee

August 30th, 2010
8:15 am

gawd, u gotta luv Erk, and all the bulldawgs like him…

Old School

August 30th, 2010
8:16 am

Great post Tony. BTW, enjoyed your show last night.

Let’s tee it up!

Paul ( You doesn't have to call me Johnson)

August 30th, 2010
8:17 am

What! No more view from the railroad track?
I will just have to watch the game from Reed Hall

Still living in 1980...

August 30th, 2010
8:20 am

Says it all.

5IML

August 30th, 2010
8:22 am

Stories about this year’s season would get me in the mood for football season.

What dawg?

August 30th, 2010
8:22 am

I was in the mood for some football long before I wasted 3 minutes reading this. It’s Great to be An Auburn Tiger! War Eagle!

TDone

August 30th, 2010
8:23 am

So Tony, how are you going to placact the rest of your audience that are not Muttland fans?

WonderDawg

August 30th, 2010
8:25 am

The greatest failing of Vince Dooley as AD was that he didn’t bring Erk back to UGA, when Coach Dooley retired. The rumor was always that Vince was worried that Erk would overshadow him.

I got to meet him after a GSU playoff game when my buddy (who was a star linebacker for one of Erk’s National Champ teams) introduced us. He stood around and chatted with me kinda like any average-Joe down at the hardware store would. Seemed so laid-back. But not so, according to my linebacker buddy. He said Erk would get them so riled before a game, they would have run through brick wall if he’d just pointed at it!

Great guy, great coach. Just wish he could have finished his career at UGA.

athensdawg

August 30th, 2010
8:28 am

Now, if we could just get him back on the sidelines butting heads, bleeding and running the defense, I might have a little more hope for the future of this season.

Spike

August 30th, 2010
8:28 am

TDone..”placact”? You moron.

cuttysark

August 30th, 2010
8:29 am

Erk Russell was an excellent DC for the Dawgs, and it is unfortunate thet he was pushed out at GSU as their head coach. I will always wonder why he wasn’t given the head coaching job at UGA after all that he did for that school. I see a little bit of Erk in Paul Johnson on the sidelines now that he is coaching at Georgia Tech. Nice article and I too can’t wait for the season to start. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com

UGA Expert

August 30th, 2010
8:30 am

Looking back at similar seasons to 2009, you go back to 2001/2002 & 2006/2007. Both times Richt found a way to bounce back from dismal seasons, to a top 3 national finish, should have gotten an invite to the National Championship, both times.

Here’s the deal:
1) Florida lost 70% of its’ offense, guys like Cooper, Hernandez, Tebow, are all gone.
2) Alabama lost 70% of its’ defense

It reminds you a lot of 1979, when Georgia had a 6 win season, and critics had written Georgia off. And then, it happened. The 12-0 run, the National Championship.

Whether we’re talking 79′, 01′, or even 06′, critics have been wrong, we’re talking WAY wrong, all 3 times.

I fully expect Right to be in the National Championship conversation, all year. This time, I don’t see him losing a game.

Word Police

August 30th, 2010
8:31 am

TDone,

You’re killing me (and the English language)

Are you from Alabama or Tennessee?

hammerhead

August 30th, 2010
8:33 am

WonderDawg – Vince Dooley had nothing to do with the hiring (or non-hiring) of Erk Russell. Believe it or not, VD was seriously considering a run for Governor at the time and separated himself from the entire process. A “search committee” made up of boosters and local bankers botched the post-Dooley hire and, after, Dick Sheridan (NC State) turned ‘em down, they grabbed ol’ Ray Goff because they didn’t know any better and neither did he… Otherwise, we totally agree – Erk would’ve been one helluva HC following Dooley.

Dawgdom

August 30th, 2010
8:33 am

Great Article. Ealey will be fine.

5IML

August 30th, 2010
8:34 am

UGA Expert,

Does referencing BAMA’s and Florida’s personnel losses insinuate that UGA can’t win unless the conference heavyweights are down?

WonderDawg

August 30th, 2010
8:34 am

UGA Expert, I too think Richt won’t lose any games for UGA this season. But Mike Bobo will probably lose 3 or 4 games for UGA . . .

Dawgdom

August 30th, 2010
8:34 am

TonyBFan, that is funny!! Good job!

George Stein

August 30th, 2010
8:36 am

It’s game week!

59bulldawg

August 30th, 2010
8:36 am

You simply can’t be a Georgia Bulldawg and not love Erk. As for the Tennessee game that year, “My God . . . and he’s only a freshman!”

Jason

August 30th, 2010
8:37 am

The letter itself wasn’t that good mostly. But Erk gave the boys a dream of an undefeated season. That planted a seed. Undefeated, somebody’s got to believe it first, before it happens. Then you got to go out & execute. Of course, having Herschel Walker on the team didn’t hurt.

hammerhead

August 30th, 2010
8:37 am

The rumor at the time also was the search committee talked to Erk, but wanted him to commit “long term” and he only wanted to commit to five years. He was getting older and he fully knew the demands of the job. Again, the search committee botched this, not Dooley.

The Real SugarHillDawg

August 30th, 2010
8:40 am

UGA Expert, I am an alumnus and lifelong fan and I pray that you are right. It’s time for us to take our rightful place in the conversation. It’s time someone knocked the lizards of the top and give Meyer an teach Meyer some humility—what a JERK!!!

Picker

August 30th, 2010
8:40 am

Richt’s done better in his 1st 9 seasons that Bear Bryant.

Bear got 1 top 10 finish, Richt got 6.
Bear got 1 top 3 finish, Richt got 2.
Beat won about .725% of his games, Richt won about .770

Bear was great, Richt’s GREATER.

Frank Lane

August 30th, 2010
8:40 am

Tony,

I have often thought that Erk Russell may have been more important than Dooley. His record coaching without Dooley before and after Georgia was better than Dooley’s coaching without Russell and better than their record together I think. I loved him too. Thanks for sharing.

What fraternity were you in?

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
8:42 am

UGA Expert,
Must be nice to live in Fatasyland. How are my Gators gonna do in your “world”? LOL!
Tony,
I know you are a UGA grad, but can we get something other than Erk, Vince, Hershel, Lindsey, Munson, etc.? It’s been 30 years. Half of your audience wasn’t even alive. Let it go already.

nemov

August 30th, 2010
8:43 am

5IML – Someone always has to be “down.” Has Florida faced a full strength SEC East the past two season?

nemov

August 30th, 2010
8:45 am

The last time the Gators lost this much talent they lost 4 games including a loss to Michigan. Teams don’t simply “reload.” It’s fascinating that fans always seem to forget this fact.

Sugar Hill Dawg

August 30th, 2010
8:45 am

cuttysark – THAT’S what I was trying to figure out. Paul Johnson just needs to head butt a few D-linemen and he’d be the second coming of Erk! I was in at UGA from 71 – 75 – watching the pregame antics of Erk Russell (cut off black nylon shirt thing he used to wear, blood running down his forehead, etc.), thinking how great it is to be a Georgia Bulldog!!! I see a lot of Erk’s personality running through Paul Johnson. I’m a big fan of his – except, of course, Thanksgiving Saturday, when the Big Dawgs Eat!

Shut up

August 30th, 2010
8:46 am

Beast from the East, go read Bianchi and the other Orlando Gatorbutt sniffers if you don’t like Tony’s blog.

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
8:46 am

nemov,
UGA was preseason #1 in 2008. Part of the reason they didn’t finish as highly as expected was the beatdown they faced at the hands of UF. What would you consider “full strength”?

5IML

August 30th, 2010
8:46 am

Picker (aka Patrick, Q Dog, etc.),

Give it a rest. You post the same stuff every weekday.

WonderDawg

August 30th, 2010
8:46 am

I remember Erk being quoted that he had been offered the job, and UGA denying it. “Botched” is probably too nice of a description for not getting Erk, then having the Ray Goff era bestowed upon UGA. Disastrous.

Never knew Dooley didn’t have his hands on the hiring/non-hiring though . . .

59bulldawg

August 30th, 2010
8:47 am

I love my Dawgs but let’s not go crazy here. Richt’s numbers thus far may be better, but Bear Bryant he ain’t! I didn’t know the Bear but I saw him coach. Mark Richt is no Bear Bryant. A good man? Definitely! A pretty good coach? Yes! Greater than Bear? It ain’t even close.

DawginLex

August 30th, 2010
8:47 am

This article applies to Tech fans as well since Erk trained your current coach.

:) :) :)

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
8:48 am

Shut up,
I don’t care for Bianchi (he’s an idiot). I’m just tired of reading and hearing about the same thing. I think we all agree it was a magical season with lot’s of great storylines. But it’s been done to death. Can we not get a little more current?

Dawgdom

August 30th, 2010
8:49 am

Ass from the East, get lost. UGA is the state team for Georgia. The AJC is in Georgia. What a dumb ___ !

reese

August 30th, 2010
8:49 am

Damn – I still miss Lewis G

Chris

August 30th, 2010
8:50 am

As a GSU alum, I will always remember Erk for his time as an Eagle more than his UGA days. If you think Erk is beloved by bulldog fans you haven’t seen anything until you see the way he is remembered and treasured in Statesboro. When he passed away a few years ago the entire city went into mourning. Erk brought football back to Georgia Southern and established the school as a national power house. The eagles have won 6 national championships in the last 30 years. Paulson Stadium is one of the most feared places to play in FCS football. I grew up a Ga Tech fan (I still am btw). But Erk is a the true class act that can transcend petty rivalries. I respect him for what he did for both UGA and GSU… but I love him for what he did for all of college football.

LOL...

August 30th, 2010
8:51 am

Sheesh…. Tony what happened to you? why dont you just write for the “Red and Black” …

nemov

August 30th, 2010
8:51 am

Beast from East – UGA had 24 season ending injuries that (2008) season. Do you consider that full strength?

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
8:53 am

Dawgdom,
What about the anti-UGA bias I read about all weekend because Bradley only predicted UGA would win 9 games? Listen, I like Tony’s stuff. It just grows old to read different versions of the same thing over and over. He is supposed to be Mr. College Football…..not Mr. Northeast Georgia.

5IML

August 30th, 2010
8:55 am

nemov,

When Florida won the NC two years ago, UGA was preseason #1 with two first-rounders but, somehow, UGA and the division were down?

59bulldawg

August 30th, 2010
8:55 am

As long as Tony tells it like it is and doesn’t get into the “rah rah” blind homer stuff, Mr. Northeast Georgia is ok with me. LOL!

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
8:55 am

nemov,
Honestly, the East hasn’t been at full strength in many years. When UF and UT where up, UGA was down. When UGA started rising, then UT and UF started falling. Now that UF has risen again, UGA has slipped somewhat and UT is in shambles. UK, USC and Vandy have had their moments, but never really enjoyed any continued success.

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
8:57 am

59bulldawg,
If I was a UGA fan, I would tend to agree with you.

nemov

August 30th, 2010
8:57 am

Beast from the East – I agree with that assessment. UGA has improved their coaching situation on Defense and expect UF and UGA to go back and forth.

59bulldawg

August 30th, 2010
8:58 am

Beast, I understand where you’re coming from!

WonderDawg

August 30th, 2010
8:59 am

I don’t get that, Suger Hill Dawg. While PJ’s a really good coach, Erk was not a smart-ass, nor was he prone to making snide remarks about opponents.

Hey, TonyBFan

August 30th, 2010
8:59 am

…you tried, but you were still a dumb-A, cause you wrote
“Oh wait, I’m supposed to be a dumb-A and write “first”. Sorry”.

And sorry, Tony, but ‘ol Erk, God rest his soul, loved UGA football so much that this statement”These are my people because they love the ‘Dogs almost as much as I do” really rings hollow when he dumped UGA for GA Southern…

guy

August 30th, 2010
9:00 am

when will uga fans stop living in 1980?

Dawgdom

August 30th, 2010
9:00 am

Beast, the problem with you lizards in general is the fact that you have been dominant over EVERYBODY in college football for the last 20 years but most of you handle it with no class. I guess you can’t “act like you’ve been there before” because prior to 1990, ZERO SEC titles. So, I guess being irrelevant for so long you should be excused for most of the s___t you guys smack ALL THE TIME.

59bulldawg

August 30th, 2010
9:01 am

1980 was a great year to be a Dawg! But to answer your question, I guess when and if we ever win another NC!

gt45

August 30th, 2010
9:06 am

The only UGA man I ever admired!

WonderDawg

August 30th, 2010
9:06 am

When hell freezes over, guy. Get lost.

JB

August 30th, 2010
9:06 am

Our friends on here who are haters will hate this article because if they are old enough, they will remember that they were usually on the losing end of a Erk coached defense, and it’s a time they want to forget…………or pretend never happened………..right old Gator fans ?

JB

August 30th, 2010
9:08 am

guy………………………….I guess when we never hear about the Boddy Dodd era again.

GSU Alum

August 30th, 2010
9:09 am

Erk was never forced out as the HC for GSU..Erk retired after the having the first 15-0 season in the history of college football.

guy

August 30th, 2010
9:10 am

JB, sorry my memory is too clouded by 20+ years of total dominance…

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
9:12 am

JB,
The only memory I’ve tried to erase was the run Lindesy run. Alas, Tony ensures that will never happen. LOL!
Seriously, I was 13 years old and I never wanted to leave a stadium as badly as I wanted to get out of there that day. We ended up being blocked in by Dawgs in the parking lot and had to endure several hours of “woofing”. Not a good day for a Gator. It definetly left an impression.

guy

August 30th, 2010
9:17 am

JB,
i must’ve missed all the articles the AJC has been running about the glory years of tech. weere they before or after the erk letter article, the articles about hershel walker’s multiple personality/book/MMA career (wtf?), the article about an entire book written about one play in 1980, etc. etc. etc.

please feel free to point me in the direction of this supposed glut of bobby dodd nostalgia.

JB

August 30th, 2010
9:17 am

Good stuff Beast…………It’s been a long time since we could look you guys in the eye except for a year or two…………Florida’s run has been unbelievable and we Dawgs fans are hoping we can make the game a rivalry again. Our struggles with you guys of late IMO has been on the defensive side of the ball. Richt’s teams, when the D isn’t throwing the offense under the bus, can score on anybody.
We’re hoping for better coaching and schemes and motivation from the defense in Athens now.

Dawgdom

August 30th, 2010
9:18 am

Beast, nice post to JB. I was there too in the endzone Scott ran to as a youngster. Look, I know we have our obnoxious fans too- many I wish we could lose.

Old Dawg

August 30th, 2010
9:18 am

Erk swore till his last day that UGA offered him the job but the South Georgia crowd pushed so much for Ray Goff that they had to relent.

Either way, he remains an icon all over the state. There are too few like him today … perhaps we will never see someone like him again.

Sad state of affairs.

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
9:22 am

JB,
This year is still a mystery. UF could be great or could be a repeat of the 2007 season. UGA could be great or they could have a similar showing to 2009. Lot’s of questions for both teams. They both have tons of talent, but new schemes, coaches, players, etc have me worried. It should be an exciting year and up for grabs. Let’s not forget about South Carolina as they could make some noise, as well.

5IML

August 30th, 2010
9:23 am

Can someone steer this blog towards modern times? If so, please do.

guy

August 30th, 2010
9:24 am

JB, you guys sure lit up the scoreboard the past two years. stafford/moreno couldn’t even score a TD until the 4th quarter against the water boys. 90-27. some offensive juggernaut you have there.

Gene

August 30th, 2010
9:24 am

Imagine how Michael Adams would view the railroad-track crowd and Erk’s non-politically correct approval of them. Erk would not have lasted a season under Adams. But how many tons of garbage did mostly non-students toss on the campus last season, Mike? Players viewed Erk with a mixture of fear and respect. Those elements have been missing under Richt. You don’t get either by winking at bad behavior, frolicking with the boys in a swimming pool, or encouraging unsportsmanlike conduct on the field.

Lewis Grizzard

August 30th, 2010
9:25 am

You can see the original letter here: http://howboutthemdogs.com/erk.htm

Delbert D.

August 30th, 2010
9:27 am

What I remember about Erk is the bloody head when he’d go toe-to-toe with his guys with no helmet to fire them up.

5IML

August 30th, 2010
9:28 am

Thank you, Beast.

I feel that answering the defensive questions marks (i.e. new scheme, lack of lineman suitable for new scheme, overall depth) will have a more profound effect on UGA’s season than questions about the inexperienced QB. With a good O-line and two talented RB’s, Murray will be fine.

Road Scholar

August 30th, 2010
9:29 am

Erk was one helluva coach, and the Bulldawgs knew that they shouldn’t cross him or the team. Wish that was true today.

I see that the Bulldawgs are No 6 in sales of team attire. Where can I get a pair of those prison warmups with the big G on the front?

TommyJack

August 30th, 2010
9:29 am

JB

August 30th, 2010
9:29 am

guy, there are a few people and schools that look at all their history in football, good and bad. Most Florida fans I meet consider that Football started at UF in about 1990. No wonder most Gators ( Except classy beast) don’t want to talk about their history, because before say 1990, all Florida had was a lot of disappointments, like UGA lately.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 30th, 2010
9:30 am

If that doesn’t give you cold chills! It is that time of the year again! Erk and Lewis great Dawgs! Have to break out the old Grizzard audio tape Saturday morning it sounds like. Love the story of the boy who wants money from his dad because of a gambling debt, but he tells his dad that the University is teaching his dog to talk. Thats good stuff.

Ole Ball Fan

August 30th, 2010
9:31 am

Tech fans love and respect Erk Russell too!

Foghorn Leghorn

August 30th, 2010
9:31 am

If you are an Erk fan, or just a fan of college football, try to get your hands on a copy of “Erk. Football, Fans & Friends” by Erskine Russell with Ric Mandes. It’s out of print, but you might find a copy in a used bookstore or public library. It’s hilarious! And in a chapter titled “Georgia Did Call” Erk gives his version his dealing with the UGA search committee. It basically came down to Erk not wanting to make a long term commitment to anybody. He was already thinking of retiring anyway.

how2fish

August 30th, 2010
9:32 am

Tony nice article I was one of the Rail Road crowd during the mid and late 70’s..good times (what I can remember) rowdy really doesn’t do justice to some of the antics ! Chris nice post about Erk he really had a great impact on football in our great state and beyond !

cuttysark

August 30th, 2010
9:33 am

Sugar Hill Dog,

Of all of the college coaches in the game today, Paul Johnson would be the first one to head butt a player on the sidelines to get him motivated. UGA made a huge mistake not hiring Erk back in the day. Had they made that hire they would have avoided the Donnan and Goff mistakes that did nothing for the program. Erk Russell was THE “Junkyard Dawg” defense!

JB

August 30th, 2010
9:34 am

guy……………………………..I wish they sold it, I’d buy you some, but you either have some class or not……………..I don’t know how old you are, but what goes around comes around, and be ready for it when it does……………..Try a little class.

jumbeauxtiger

August 30th, 2010
9:36 am

I am glad it’s finally game week! It seems like a long time since January.

What we didn’t have in 1980 was a game on Thursday night. I think ESPN has done alot for college football and it’s nice the season kicks off in just 3 days.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

Jax dawg

August 30th, 2010
9:36 am

Beast,

So, Tony highlights one of the best that every coached this game and he is a homer. He gives similar attention to the Ol Ball Coach and he is Mr College Football.

Just so, I understand.

Tony,

You had me at (Dear Gentleman (and Lineman)).

Keep it up!

guy

August 30th, 2010
9:37 am

JB, for a school supposedly celebrating their entire history, you guys sure do seem to focus on one year a whole lot…

as for being classy and what goes around comes around, you mean like you guys after that endzone dance?

Mobile Dawg

August 30th, 2010
9:37 am

The 1980 season was truly magical. It will never leave the memory of us older Dawgs. We have the resources this year to have a good year, maybe great. Of course the young QB concerns us but we have the cast around him to allow him to develop slowly if properly coached. The unknowns of the defense is my biggest concern. I have faith in CTG but I have to wonder if he has the personnel to run this “D” in his first year. As always, I start the year with great anticipation and faith. GATA Dawgs, it’s game week….

And, thanks Tony for being loyal to your Alma Mater first, unlike some other “sports” personalities out there.

Concerned

August 30th, 2010
9:41 am

Guys-

Coach Russell was offered the UGA job and turned it down. Coach Dooley was instrumental in trying to get Coach Russell back to UGA. Dooley thought he would take the job automatically. However, Russell told UGA that he was going to retire in a year or two and couldn’t accept the position.
Coach Russell retired after one more season…15-0 in ‘89.

RxDawg

August 30th, 2010
9:42 am

The Bald Eagle! Man, you ain’t kidding Tony. I miss him too. I’m pretty young in the grand scheme of college football. I barely remember the Dooley years. But I had the pleasure of meeting Erk at GSU during my undergrad days there. Truly a man’s man, someone we can all look up to.

virginia dog

August 30th, 2010
9:45 am

Bear Bryant was once asked where was the toughest place in the SEC to play. he responed … “athens , because of those fans on the tracks. it is the only place where we are booed and have rocks thrown at us on a friday afternoon walk thru.”

JB

August 30th, 2010
9:45 am

guy, You and I control what we post here, not end zone dances……………Have some fun with this, discuss football and leave the jabs alone, for you give the good Florida fans a bad name, as our bashers give us a bad name. Be a leader, not a follower.

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
9:46 am

Jax Dawg,
Yes, Tony is a homer. You know it, I know it……even he knows it. That being said, I still love to read his posts everyday and will continue to do so.

jumbeauxtiger,
I agree with you about ESPN. Don’t care for some of their commentators and analysts, but I do enjoy the extra coverage of college football.

GSU Eagle 91

August 30th, 2010
9:47 am

I wanted to address the comment that Erk was “pushed out” at GSU as the head Coach. Nothing could be farther from the truth. He decided that after 40 years of coaching it was time to step down and do something else for awhile. I heard him say it and I know he said it with sincerity.
The fact that our GSC ( at that time) team went 15-0 seemed to be that perfect time to step down and hand the reins over to an experienced coach.
Dawg fans…He was offered the Head Coach position at your school but he did not want to commit a lot of years to that, or any other, position.
I do know we all miss him!

Savannah Jacket

August 30th, 2010
9:47 am

Tony – Great Article. Having grown up in and around Statesboro I had the pleasure of watching Erk build a national championship team from nothing, starting out on a highschool football field in 1982 and wining back to back I-AA NC in 85 & 86. He was the best motivator that I have ever heard speak. The “good ones” that coached with and under him seem to carry that same no-nonsense straight forward approach. Erk is one of the best coaches that was ever in college football and it is an absolute shame that his is not in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Go Jackets!!!!

how2fish

August 30th, 2010
9:48 am

jumbeauxtiger yeppers can’t wait for Thursday…and best of luck to your Tigers in your opener!

JB

August 30th, 2010
9:49 am

Tony better be a homer………..This is the ATLANTA Journal, and although he is Mr. College football, he grea up near Athens, Be he’s been tough on the Dawgs at times, and usually, it was deserved.

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
9:51 am

JB,
Well said. I still throw in a little “jab” every now and then, but I made myself a personal commitment that I would refrain from the name-calling. Some days it’s hard, but I try to do my part to keep the conversations civil. Atlanta Gator has been a great example for me to follow. We’re never to old (or young) to learn.

WonderDawg

August 30th, 2010
9:55 am

And TampaGator, Beast. Analysis and humor. He’s (or she’s?) hard to beat.

DawgByte

August 30th, 2010
9:56 am

Hmmm, failed to mention that many consider the 1980 Uga team the weakest National Champion EVER! We beat only two teams with winning records that year during the regular season. A South Carolina team that finished 7-5 and a Florida team that went 8-4. We did beat Notre Dame in the Sugar but shoot even Yech tied them that year and remember Yech did not win a single game all year. Why is it we only win when the rest of the conference is mediocre??? I expect us to win the East this year for that very reason. East is very weak this year.

jumbeauxtiger

August 30th, 2010
9:56 am

I agree Beast but no matter who ESPN has on there someone is not going to like an analyst and/or commentator.

Thanks how2fish. That’s a big game for the Tigers.

5IML

August 30th, 2010
9:57 am

With all the craziness going on in Chapel Hill, LSU should have a much easier time on Saturday. I don’t usually root for Les but I’d like to see the SEC keep the CFA Kickoff Game streak alive.

reebok

August 30th, 2010
9:58 am

tech fan here…always liked Erk.

Ghost of Erk

August 30th, 2010
10:01 am

In honor of Mr. Russell we’re gonna whip Tennessee’s ass worse than ever this year.

CharlotteGator

August 30th, 2010
10:01 am

This season can’t get here soon enough.

Really looking forward to watching the young WR’s and young players on D at UF. Brantley I think will be fine with a couple of games under his belt. The USF game will be good to get some good competition/reps.

Interested to watch the RB duo and offense at Bama. One of the few times in recent memory I can remember the Bama offense being expected to be ‘explosive.’ That’s a hard mantle to carry even with all the talent in the world. A few doubts/issues seep in and it’s hard to catch a rhythm. I think that’ll be a great team, that’s just a dynamic between the teams and fanbase I’ll be interested to watch.

Really intrigued by the UGA D. I think they’ll be much more energized by the new coach and schemes they get to run, I just don’t know if the personnel lines up they way Dawg fans would want. I can also see some breakdowns in key moments (just like UF will have) due to unfamiliarity with the scheme. UF and UGA will both deal w/ somewhat slower D’s at times as players think about their responsibilities instead of responding with instinct and confidence. AJ should be fun to watch as always, but you’ll really need King and Charles to step up. If there’s a sophomore slump with either, it could be tough sledding.

Jefferson at LSU should have a good year as well. Sheppard isn’t breathing down his neck for time (which I don’t think he deserved anyway) and he should be a little more freed and relaxed to just go and play. He’s got talent and can get it done, just not sure he’s been able to overcome his coach at times. If they can replace Scott’s production and get back to good D, they’ll mess up someone’s season for sure.

Most excited to watch Mallet play. Not sure why, but to me, he’s the most exciting player to watch in the SEC. At least for now, as I hope Debose at UF comes into the converstion in the Harvin mold, but he’s a freshman and unproven quantity. I know Ingram and TR at Bama, Green at UGA, and some other players are phenoms, but there’s something with Mallet that has me impressed every time he makes a crazy out of this world throw and carries a team with not a ton of firepower. Will be interested to see him to respond to the expectations.

Let’s kick it off already…

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
10:01 am

DawgByte,
Your points above may be true, but that doesn’t change the fact that the team took care of business week in/week out and managed to go undefeated. No matter how toguh or easy your schedule is, that’s really hard to do in the SEC. That’s why I am really impressed with what Saban’s done over at Bama the past couple fo years.

Gen Neyland

August 30th, 2010
10:02 am

Spike and Word Police : Iz u too giys GT fanns. Uze fellars gotz a ceen i four spelin..?

To not have a measure of respect, no matter your loyalties, for what CER was and what he did during his coaching career is almost anti-American. Well, forget the almost part…

WonderDawg

August 30th, 2010
10:02 am

I don’t remember that, DawgByte. If that was the case, it was dismissed by the following three years when UGA won 10,11, and 10 games.

I do remember the BYU team of ‘84 winning the Nat Title in the Holiday Bowl being snickered at.

Ghost of Erk

August 30th, 2010
10:03 am

No national champion has to apologize for anything. Except for maybe LSU.

Lewis Grizzard

August 30th, 2010
10:06 am

CuttySark, Sorry, but Paul Johnson would need both hands to carry Coach Russell’s jock.

G

August 30th, 2010
10:10 am

how2fish

August 30th, 2010
10:17 am

Gen Neyland agree about Erk..and the forgot almost comment…..outstanding !

CharlotteGator

August 30th, 2010
10:18 am

Sign #437 that college football is upon us:

Watched a DVR’d copy of the UF FSU game from last year and as fun as that game was for Gator fans, I couldn’t enjoy it as I was reminded how much I dislike the Lundquist and Danielson combo. Absolutely terrible. They’re in Madden territory now where I need to watch the game on mute and find some other source for audio. HD is making that tough though as the HD video feed is typically 3-4 seconds behind.

JB

August 30th, 2010
10:18 am

Paul Johnson is a fine coach. He’s got an uphill battle taking Tech to the promise land because of Defense. You need studs and lot’s of them, and Tech always seems to have a couple starting on D, that won’t do it. Georgia beat Tech year ( and a pretty average Georgia team) not so much Georgia’s D could not stop Tech, but because Tech’s D didn’t have a prayer to stop Georgia. Again, a very Average Georgia team. But related to this Article, you can see some ERK traits in the guy.

RxDawg

August 30th, 2010
10:23 am

“and it is unfortunate thet he was pushed out at GSU as their head coach.”

Cutty…..WTH are you talking about? He was winning national championships, Southern didn’t want him to go anywhere.

producewiz

August 30th, 2010
10:26 am

Happily for Georgia’s opponents,not having Irk as coach in waiting was the best thing for every S>E.C. opponent. Havn’t recovered yet.

SEC FAN

August 30th, 2010
10:36 am

The ones that miss Erk the most are the ones that saw him coach. UGA could really use him now.

RxDawg

August 30th, 2010
10:38 am

DawgByte
August 30th, 2010
9:56 am

The NCAA video games beg to differ. Just sayin..

S FL Chapter of the Bulldog Nation

August 30th, 2010
10:43 am

Guy….go jump on a sword!!! If that doesn’t work then roll over on a hand grenade!!! If that doesn’t work try swallowing RAID or Bleach….

Sat in Athens is right around the corner baby!!!! Let’s get this party started!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!

Nurse Ratchet

August 30th, 2010
10:45 am

“Look at the red panties falling from the sky”.

Bryant

August 30th, 2010
10:49 am

In 1976 I came to Athens to see the Bama game. Was on the sidewalk beside the stadium when a whiskey bottle from the rr tracks bounced off the top of the Bama bus and hit me in the head 17 stitches later I made it back before the start of second qtr. UGA completely dominated my beloved Crimson Tide that day like no one had in years. You have to remember we lost only like 10 games over a 8 or 9 year period in the 70’s and were never dominated like that game. Still do not have any hard feelings toward the rr track people. They were crazy!! RTR

Erkseagle

August 30th, 2010
10:58 am

I’ve had the pleasure of both watching Erk coach from the tracks, and watching him at GSU. He is greatly missed by old time fans at Georgia Southern (and UGA). I wish he was still with us to watch the restart of the TO at GSU.

GO EAGLES!

JB

August 30th, 2010
10:59 am

Back when Dooley and Erk roamed the sidelines in the 10 game per year era, Georgia won 8 or 9 every year, and when we lost, it was nail biter, not a blow out. Even a young Saban learned how to win.
Great defense and a clock killing ball control offense. Dooley was great at it and Erk did his part, Georgia won a ton of 17-10 games. Boring, but effective.

Erk's Legacy

August 30th, 2010
11:00 am

To the brilliant poster What Dog, who slammed this article and pumped up his beloved Auburn Tigers…you may want to check you history. Erk graduated from Auburn and was the school’s last 4 sport letterman. You may want to support your school’s famous alumni…just like a good Georgia fan can show admiration for Pat Dye…a great Georgia player!

how2fish

August 30th, 2010
11:01 am

Bryant I was on the tracks that day..but I did NOT throw a whiskey bottle.I did catch a beer can on the shoulder right after kick off it was a crazy day. It was the first shut out of a Bama team in quite a while.

JB

August 30th, 2010
11:02 am

Nurse……we are glad they were panties, red, and off a women…………….Now, go back to the protractor and work out some problems and dream about what most Tech men do…………………………………….seeing some red panties on…..or off a women…LOL

Hike !!

August 30th, 2010
11:07 am

As a Ga Southern Grad, I think we got the best Erk had to offer. Just think of what he could have done as UGA’s head coach. Dooley’s 3 yards and a cloud of dust offenses could never have won a lot of those close games without Erk’s Junkyard Dogs.
I wonder if that caused Dooley not to hire him; maybe afraid he would “show him up”.

Dirk as in Erk

August 30th, 2010
11:07 am

Erk Russell was an honest gentleman with genuine integrity.

Unfortunately there is no one in the athletic department at UGA today with those characteristics. Erk would roll over in his grave if he knew what was happening at UGA today, with the arrests of dozens of players, the illiteracy, and the red panties.

btgt69

August 30th, 2010
11:08 am

Yes I am A GT fanatic. I really love Erk’s letter;; what a great guy eventho he was a big factor in defeating my beloved yeller jakits. Let’s all pray for a sucessful year for our favorite teams and for no serious injuries to the players or over reactionary fans. College sports are the greatest !

Dink

August 30th, 2010
11:13 am

Whenever I think of Coach Russell I think of that T-shirt he wore.

Go Dawgs!

Bryant

August 30th, 2010
11:14 am

Hey how2fish was it like that every Sat. or was that day special? The Fri. night before the game our players had to pull the mattresses into the hallway of the hotel to try and sleep. Athens was nuts the entire week-end.

SHERWOOD SPARKS

August 30th, 2010
11:15 am

ERK MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PUSHED OUT AT GSU BUT HIS SON RUSTY WAS. WHERE IS RUSTY NOW?

WonderDawg

August 30th, 2010
11:16 am

Bryant, my best friend (a Tech student) was at that game and he had, over the years had gone to bowl games and multiple GA-UF games in Jax, but he said that when UGA stopped Bama on a 4th down play, it was the loudest crowd-roar he had ever heard.

Dumbo

August 30th, 2010
11:24 am

Tony B…..I was one of those very hung over kids who spent Friday Oct 1, 1976 up on the tracks dodging rain and remembers at about 6:30 am Saturday a black 4 door drives up, a big old bald headed man gets out and starts yelling at us to get up and get ready cause we were gonna pound Bama…and UGA did 21 -0 over ole Bear his self..and that old bald head was none other than Erk Russell…now that was a man’s man!

cantondawg

August 30th, 2010
11:29 am

Cuttysark,

Where do you get that Erk was forced out at GSU. I was a member of the 1988-1989 teams at GSU. In 1988, Coach Russell was definitely offered the job at UGA. He was 63 at the time and stated that he wasn’t willing to make a long term commitment to anyone not even his wife. The next year we went 15-0 and Erk retired and was definitely not forced out. If Erk would have been younger he would have taken the UGA job in an heartbeat. However, you could tell that his knees and health were beginning to take a toll on him in 1989 and i’m sure he felt that it would be wrong to take the job at UGA and then have them looking again in 2-3 years.

kauai dawg

August 30th, 2010
11:33 am

GREAT article and run down memory lane.

If I remember correctly, speakign of troubled players, Georgia did have some players being punished that summer. I think Scott Woerner was one of them. He and several others had to stay around campus and cut grass, pull weeds etc…

Erk was a treasure and awesome motivator. GATA was an “Erk”ism !

Go DAWGS! 30-24

cantondawg

August 30th, 2010
11:33 am

Tony,

I played for Erk on the his final two teams at GSU. The thing that i remember most is how you felt that he held this magical power to make you better than what you were. At GSU, we would always be smaller than everyone else but Coach Russell used that as motivation by saying “Runts have to try harder”. We expected to win every game because of Coach Russell. Even when we played Florida State we expected to win and almost beat them in 1988. We were leading 10-7 in the 4th quarter before they came back to win 28-10.

Nurse Rachet

August 30th, 2010
11:34 am

Awwwww JB- that was just another red letter classy day for the dawgs. One to be cherished.

UGA #1 FULMER CUP Champs !!!!!!!!!!

August 30th, 2010
11:35 am

As Tony Said:

“All of this comes on the heels of a tough, short summer that included athletics directors behaving badly, players behaving badly, bad agents behaving badly and one of the class coaches of the sport (Bobby Johnson of Vanderbilt) deciding that he’s had enough.”

All thr proof you need that SEC Integrity & Credibility are
just “circling the bowl” on the way down.

BuzzKill

August 30th, 2010
11:37 am

After reading Tony’s article…

Is there ANY remaining doubt that Tony is a COMPLETE UGAG-SEC Homer??

Dawgsfan82

August 30th, 2010
11:38 am

To honor “THE RAILROAD TRACK CROWD” AND Coach Russell, UGA should install a “Tran Whistle” to sound everytime the Dawgs enters Sanford Stadium or make a great play. That should get the crowd and Dawgs fired up. Why not, other schools do similar things from sirens to fireworks. “Hey What’s That Coming Down The Tracks” the “Bulldawgs Express”

Go Dawgs!

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
11:38 am

3 days till CarolinaE kicks off against South Miss and 5 days till the big day. Great letter from Erk and I don’t care who you’re a fan of. It gets your juices going. If not you may want to check and see if you have a pulse.

jumbeaux, beast, others,

In regards to the ESPN commentators I like Corso, Herbstreet, and Mark May. They all have reasonable things to say. Holtz lets his personal feelings influence him too much and sometimes looks like an azz like when he picked ND to win the bcs title last year. When they make their picks like Kirk picking OSU to win it all sometimes they are just being homers to stir the pot and create interest and they have to do that. But when they analyze a game like at pregame or at halftime they are usually spot on except for Lou drinking kool aid of his personal favorite.

The game announcers of ESPN I’m fine with. But definitely not impressed with some of their bomb throwers like Jim Rome and Colin Cowherd. I put these guys of the same ilk as Finebaum. They just have a bigger barrel of ink from which to sling mud. These 2 guys disgust me.

Tech Sucks

August 30th, 2010
11:38 am

David Granger

August 30th, 2010
11:40 am

Erk was a great one…best defensive coordinator EVER.
Used to occasionally be one of the Railroad Track Crowd myself…we should get T-shirts made to wear to the games…and it was a hoot.
Funny thing was, occasionally Southern Railway would route a train through Athens on a Saturday afternoon, and it would always break down on the tracks. And the only way to repair it…apparently…was for the engineer, conductor, and brakemen (plus any other RR personnel) to climb up on top of one of the boxcars, grill hot dogs and hamburgers over a charcoal grill, and watch the game in those folding aluminum lawn chairs. They’d even let some of us climb up there, or open the boxcar door and let fans sit in the doorway. (Athens Banner-Herald ran a big picture of that one Sunday.) Simpler, less-complicated era, I guess. Do something like that nowadays, you’d risk being sued all to hell and back.

Wash-out Early

August 30th, 2010
11:40 am

“I HIT & RUN…THIS STATE”

U – U
G – Get
A – Arrested

Greg

August 30th, 2010
11:42 am

Damon Evans

August 30th, 2010
11:42 am

“FINISH THE DRINK”

UGA Insider

August 30th, 2010
11:43 am

Other insiders are telling me that Steve Spurrier is really worried about his team on 9-11. His biggest worry other than his pathetic offensive line is the fact that the game is being played at noon instead of late afternoon. Plus he has no idea what Grantham is going to do. He knows Columbia will be hot and the fans will be hungover and uninterested. Look for an easy UGA win and a big confidence builder for Murray. I’m starting to think UGA will be undefeated at the UF game. I’m not making any predictions after that but look for CMR to have a big big year. Then a #1 ranking going into the season next year which could be bad.

Will2be

August 30th, 2010
11:47 am

Hey Tide Rising. I saw on “Crimson Tide” the other night a player said that Alabama fans were “crazy”. I thought about you.

MURPHY

August 30th, 2010
11:48 am

Thanks Tony! I have tears in my eye’s. Maybe the famed Junkyard D will show back up this year. Man wouldnt that make Erk proud!!!!

StingerSplash

August 30th, 2010
11:52 am

Tony,

Ask Jeff Dantzler what it was like getting his tail kicked in tennis by Erk.
I miss Erk.
Gettin’ dusty in here again ….

DDPO

August 30th, 2010
11:53 am

So, Richt is better than Bear Bryant?

You learn something new every day…

#1 BAMA FAN

August 30th, 2010
11:54 am

Erk was a great motivator and coach. He was a man’s man and he was my favorite DAWG. If he was on the present coaching staff I couls hear me say ” run the damn ball, it ain’t heavy. Boy, I am ready for some CFB. RTR

Sussex Club Apartments

August 30th, 2010
11:57 am

`
I remember driving my motorcycle up to the Railroad Tracks to watch a game in 1973.
Those were cool times in Athens.

Everybody picked up their trash back then.

hitsalot

August 30th, 2010
11:58 am

Perhaps one of the greatest travesties surrounding college football is the fact that Erk Russell is NOT in the College Football Hall of Fame due to an obscure rule stating that a coach- any coach- must be a head coach for at least 10 years to be eligible for consideration.

Sorry folks, it ain’t a Hall of fame if Erk Russell ain’t in it…

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
12:02 pm

Will2be,

No. I’m just loco.

Mobile Dawg

August 30th, 2010
12:08 pm

Kauai, greetings. Can you imagine the flack those guys would have taken today. I hesitate to even speculate what fate they might face today….Sic’em Dawgs. Hope Erk and Lewis enjoy another “special” season….

Beautiful Eagle Creek

August 30th, 2010
12:18 pm

`
There will never be another ERK Russell.

how2fish

August 30th, 2010
12:20 pm

Bryant every one I went to was insane, and frankly back then that was saying something. At times it was like going to an outdoor festival and having a football game break out!! And yes even then there were red panties falling from the sky!

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

August 30th, 2010
12:23 pm

You can bet old Erk wouldn’t have allowed a little dog’s rump to be painted.

1980!

August 30th, 2010
12:25 pm

Last title: 30 years ago! Those were the days—buck and herschel, where are you?

how2fish

August 30th, 2010
12:27 pm

UGA Insider I have to with respect disagree, hungover or not the USC fans will not be disinterested they are some of the best fans in the SEC, trust me I have a daughter who is a alum. 9-3 or 1-11 they will show up and bring the passion. This will be a dawg fight from the opening kickoff just like always..I hope your right about the rest ! Go Dogs !

HugoStiglitz

August 30th, 2010
12:28 pm

Am I the only person who has never heard of Erk Russell until this blog?

Lane Kiffin

August 30th, 2010
12:29 pm

3 days til kickoff and this is what Barnhardt wants to write about. Forget reading anymore love letters to THuga and bammer.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
12:38 pm

WonderDawg, Dogdom & Shut Up:

Remember, the blog’s title is Mr. College Football.
and regarding the Railroad Track Crowd: One of its “proud” members must have been in Jacksonville in the late 70’s, when a bottle sailed out of the crowd at the UF band, breaking a member’s instrument in half!
HOW in the world are these rowdy idiots seen as a fond memory of a by-gone era?!!
As many Dawg bloggers are fond of casting aspersions on UF’s classiness (or lack thereof), I suggest you imortalize more admirable behavior..

eagledawg

August 30th, 2010
12:41 pm

I miss Erk as well. Georgia’s loss was our gain at Georgia Southern when he arrived in Statesboro to start a football program. He had to go across the street to K-Mart to buy our first football.

Simple Simon

August 30th, 2010
12:41 pm

Tony-

You should be upbeat about Georgia and Mark Richt. Thanks for positing a somewhat positive article.

If I told you Richt crushed Bear Bryant head to head comparing 1st 9 years, would you believe it?

Richt’s 1st 9 years vs. Bear Bryant’s 1st 9 Years:

Win %:
Bear- .690
Richt- .769

Top 10 Finishes
Bear- 1
Richt- 6

Top 3 Finishes
Bear- 1
Richt- 2

National Championships
Bear- 1
Richt-0

jumbeauxtiger

August 30th, 2010
12:42 pm

Tide Rising,

I like Herbstreit and May too. I’d have to throw in Rod Gilmore, Chris Speilman(awesome LB at Ohio St), Todd Blackledge & Craig James.

Actually I like the new Thursday night crew they started last season of Chris Fowler, James and Jesse Palmer. I believe Rece Davis is replacing Fowler on Thursday nights. He’s good too, even if he’s from Alabama :)

Courso is entertaining but I don’t like Holtz. I can’t stand the Dr. Lou segment.

Blackledge and others from ESPN were sitting next to us at a restaurant in BR the night before LSU played Auburn in 2007. He turned around and started talking to my son, who was 9 at the time about football. Blackledge is a really nice guy.

Simple Simon

August 30th, 2010
12:43 pm

Tony-

I know you’re a bit of a Sbana fan, so I thought you’d appreciate how Saban comapres with Richt, Richt simply blows him away when comparing 1st 9 seasons.

Let’s compare Saban’s 1st 9 years as a head coach to Richt’s 1st 9 years as a Head Coach.

Win %
Saban .638
Richt .769

Top 10 Finishes
Saban 1
Richt 6

Top 3 Finishes
Saban 0
Richt 2

Could it be that Saban is overhyped a bit, and perhaps Richt is underhyped?

Bob in Buford

August 30th, 2010
12:45 pm

This is the Atlanta paper, distributed in the state of Georgia. florida fans, vol fans etc., go online and read your own newspaper if you don’t want to hear about the Dawgs.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
12:49 pm

Hey, Bob, I’ve lived here (and paid taxes here) for 23+ years.
Where do you get off telling me (or anyone else, for that matter) where I can contribute and where I cannot?

Jambi

August 30th, 2010
12:54 pm

1980…..one of the sorriest so-called “national champion” teams ever………Pitt and FSU would’ve killed UGA that year easily.

Bob

August 30th, 2010
12:56 pm

1980 was a special year. My Dad and I saw Hershall run over Bill Bates from the upper deck of Neyland. Riding back from Knoxville after the game we had no idea of how great the season would turn out. We figured 3 or 4 loses and maybe a bid to the Peach Bowl. We had season tickets but watched the first half of the Georgia Tech game from the tressle for the last game seen from there. Now that was a rough crowd.

I will never forget the feeling of rushing the Superdome field when we finally won the title. We tore down one of the goal post but the police managed to keep the crowd off the other one.

poopdawg

August 30th, 2010
12:58 pm

G8R, Contribute?

gdawginkalamazoo

August 30th, 2010
12:59 pm

CharlotteGator, I have to agree with you on the Verne and Gary team calling games. They get stuck on a story line and beat it like a dead horse. Then they keep beating.

DDPO

August 30th, 2010
1:00 pm

how2fish:

The same passionate group that was at the Kentucky game last season? The same fans who booed and threw cups at their own players after getting the smack layed down upon them?

WE (HIT AND) RUN THIS STATE!!!!!

August 30th, 2010
1:01 pm

30-24 all year long Nerds. It does not matter how many of our players get arrested, how much our fans trash our own campus, or how many empty P.E. degrees our players get. We are going to beat UT and UK this year and reclaim our rightful spot behind UF as #2 team in the SEC east. You can chalk that one up!

how2fish

August 30th, 2010
1:01 pm

G8R GRAD to you its a bygone era..to many of us it fond memories of our youth. If you don’t like it simply don’t read it you have every right to make comments and we have every right to disagree..I mean the article was entitled ” I miss Erk ” did you miss that part?

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
1:02 pm

poop:

Are you in any way condoning or celebrating heaving a 10-14oz. glass bottle (and, apparently according to Coach Bryant, ROCKS) at unsuspecting and unprotected victims?

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
1:04 pm

Jumbeaux,

I have to say that out of all those ESPN game day announcers I like every single one of them and especially Todd Blackledge. Plus we had some great games against Blackledge when he was at Penn State. He has always been nothing but classy towards us.

As for Dr. Lou I always thought I was the only person that hated the Dr. Lou segment with a passion. I just don’t think much of Lou Holtz and I hate to say this bout the man but I think he’s something of a fraud- it seems as if almost every program he ever left went on serious probation within a year or 2 of him leaving for things that occurred on his watch. When someone was asking him about the problems at S. Carolina his last year and the NCAA allegations he got all defensive and changed the subject and started talking about the Bama probation instead of addressing the Carolina question. Totally classless but that’s just 1 reason why I’m not a Holtz fan.

gdawginkalamazoo

August 30th, 2010
1:06 pm

My seasonal anxiety is at its peak. THIS freaking Saturday folks! Noon time! We will find out what these teams are made up. Okay maybe not this Saturday but the following Saturday when we play SC. So here’s to not losing this weekend!

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
1:07 pm

how:

“Fond memories?”
Are you kidding?
Overturning a guest team’s bus?
Throwing rocks & bottles?
Hell, they’d be arrested and thrown to the proverbial Dawgs today!
That it took place 30 years does not excuse its inappropraiteness or forgivability.

Mike

August 30th, 2010
1:11 pm

Tony,

My Dad was a high school football coach at Sylvan Hills High School back in the 50’s and early 60’s when Erk Russell coached at Grady. Sylvan and Grady had some great games with Sylvan usually on the winning side. Unfortunately, Dad could not beat Northside and North Fulton, two teams that Erk usually won, so go figure. Dad and Erk were good friends and my remembrances of them as a child was that these were two men I would have loved to play for. I saw Erk on campus at UGA a couple of times while a student there in the 70’s and he was quite a guy!

UGAlien

August 30th, 2010
1:12 pm

CharlotteGator, please refrain from soliloquies in the future. Jesus… 3 pages on the iPhone.

how2fish

August 30th, 2010
1:13 pm

DDPO I don’t know I wasn’t there last year..newsflash a lot of SEC teams act that way when their teams implode only someone who hasn’t followed SEC football for long won’t admit that. Did that team deserve to get booed that day..after watching it on replay I’d say yeah that they did.If the tracks were still occupied I’m sure they would have lead the boos..it happened in the 70’s a couple of times when the team self-destructed…I do remember something that sounded a lot like boos in the Swamp when they lost to that Miss team. I’ve been at the Iron Bowl and seen Bama and Auburn fans giving their teams a piece of their minds…and anyone ever met a patient Vol fan..I promise I was born in TN and I haven’t. Passion drives college football and while we all want to cheer our teams..sometimes a boo is a lot more deserving of the effort being given.

GSU fan

August 30th, 2010
1:16 pm

I met Erk a few times on GSU campus. He was always a class act. I’m glad he was able to start GSU’s program, because his attitude and class has a much better chance of being remembered here than at UGA. For those who wonder why he didn’t finish his career at UGA, he was offered the Head Coaching gig but turned it down (or at least that is what Erk himself said in his autobiography). His “Do Right” motto was passed on to other coaches, such as Paul Johnson (who is obviously Ga. Tech now), Mike Sewak (also at Tech) and Jeff Monken (now back at GSU) – so his legacy will be passed on.

Alphare

August 30th, 2010
1:16 pm

I for one don’t believe Lynn Turner killer 2 men. Didn’t seem to have direct evidence, the only hard evidence is she was involved with both men.

Is this the right place to post?

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
1:18 pm

Alpha:

Didn’t she just die in jail?
I wonder if her coffee tasted “funny” this morning?

how2fish

August 30th, 2010
1:19 pm

G8R GRAD name one bus that ever got turned over? And no one said throwing bottles was a good thing. And anyone caught throwing bottles etc was arrested. Now please tell us that a Gator has never done anything like that in the past. But yes they were very fond memories for me just like jorts and mullets are I’m sure for you.

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
1:21 pm

G8R GRAD,

I was kinda thinking the same thing but wasn’t going to say anything since everyone seemed to think it was funny to thrown rocks and bottles at opposing players and fans. Bryant the poster on here earlier said he got hit with a whiskey bottle that bounced off the top of the Bama bus and hit him in the forehead and gave him 17 stitches. But he did get back in time for the 2nd qtr. He had no ill feelings toward dawg fans despite that. Not sure I’ld be able to say the same thing if someone threw a bottle that opened me up for 17 stitches. In a sick sort of way its kinda funny but if the bottle had landed a few inches lower and some glass had taken out an eye it wouldn’t be funny at all.

Alphare

August 30th, 2010
1:22 pm

Yes, headline news on ajc.com. She died too young, feel sad for her.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
1:24 pm

how:

” . . name one bus that ever got turned over?”
HOW should I know, but did you READ the letter above?!!

” . . they were very fond memories for me just like jorts and mullets are I’m sure for you.”

Brilliant retort, just brilliant.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
1:26 pm

Tide:

I’m certain there are equally horrific examples of bad Gator or Tide fans’ behavior, but for the life of me, I haven’t heard them nor would I celebrate them as “fond memories of my youth.”

Dawgdom

August 30th, 2010
1:27 pm

Simple Simon, GOOD STUFF!

tiger7_88

August 30th, 2010
1:27 pm

Erk Russell: Auburn Man.

Of course.

bank walker

August 30th, 2010
1:28 pm

Oh hush gatorgrab, and stop being a wimp. You sissy chumps make me want to puke. They were having a little fun. They could have threw the dam bottle back. Now get back on your mom’s tit.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
1:28 pm

Oh, and Tide:

If some jacka$$ opened up a 17 stitch gash on me ANYWHERE, I’d burn the place to the ground!

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
1:29 pm

bank:

Such tolerance, sympathy and insight is inspiring.

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
1:29 pm

How2fart,

Sorry but I just couldn’t resist since it was so funny the other day. We all got individual fans that do crap like that and I guarantee that there are Bama fans who’ve done the same crap. I think what G8R GRAD is saying is that the impression he and I are getting from this board is that it was funny to UGA people on this board that an entire group of their fan base instead of isolated individuals was doing stuff like that with the rock and bottle throwing and that it was largely looked the other way by other UGA fans, Athens police, and the UGA admin. There’s a difference between individuals doing some crappy stuff here and there and the UGA family- cops, admin, etc. basically allowing a mob to do stuff like that to opposing fans and players.

Dumbo

August 30th, 2010
1:30 pm

I think Friday evening I’m gonna go over to Spankys (it was better when they was at the marina) and have a drink and toast to Coach Russell a real man’s man! SSIGator I’m coming home to SSI Friday, have your ugly Gator tail meet me at the Round-about on Demere at 6:30 Friday!

The Jailhouse Dawgs

August 30th, 2010
1:31 pm

We R-U-I-N This State

Helmet Head on riding the Short Bus

August 30th, 2010
1:31 pm

Great Article Tony, Coach Russell was a fine man first, a great father and his sons live his legacy.

Now onto the Richt vs Bryant comparison by some embezel…

How many games did UGA win when you were a Pre-season number 1?
How many games has UGA won in the past 2 years?
How many games has UGA lost in the last 3 years?
How many times has UGA lost to Tenn, Florida, USC, Auburn, Alabama, Kentucky?

Unblinded and Truthful fans understand when our program has turned for the worst, we understand that we have coaches and staff who move on and our program changes, but it had better be for the better. The arrest on this football team has made the school a laughing joke of the Sporting News Media.

Richt has had the talent at UGA to win at least one BCS Title, how many has he won?
The arrest during Richt’s tenure is getting REAL close to his total number of WINS!

Good luck to all of our SEC Brethren…Let’s all go bowling, but the journey is going to be a fun one.

Greenville Dawg

August 30th, 2010
1:31 pm

I sat on those tracks while living in Athens waiting for my delayed entry into the navy. Lived at Riverbend apts. across the street. There was nothing greater in my life then wathcing Herchel run around the end on a pitch-out and going 65-70 yards for the TD! Thank-you for re-kindling old memories. Oh Yeah… You can whip it…Great song played every sat. morning B-4 the game!!!

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
1:31 pm

“They could have threw [sic] the dam [sic] bottle back.”

Really?
That’s the best you can do?
WHO’S the chump here, moron?

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
1:33 pm

“how2fart”

:)

Gen Neyland

August 30th, 2010
1:37 pm

zoodawg : Is winning an antidote for that condition or will a kickoff suffice..? Good luck down the field, er, road this year (x-cept for one at least)…

@WreckBuZZ

August 30th, 2010
1:40 pm

I can totally respect that letter and playing for those who support you. Erk Russell was definitely a legend (so is Vince Dooley). UGA can definitely be proud of that association.

As a GT fan I’m glad to have a head coach who worked under Erk and exudes some of those same qualities of motivation.

Thanks Tony.

Paul in RDU

August 30th, 2010
1:40 pm

I understand the nostalgia for a great coach and some good times, but quite frankly drunken hooliganism is not something to be nostalgic for.

All you have to do is see where it can go. Events like this
http://football-hooligans.info/?p=453

DawginLex

August 30th, 2010
1:43 pm

I AM UGAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

how2fish

August 30th, 2010
1:43 pm

G8R GRAD it’s called literary license Erk was using no one ever actually turned over any buses.and glad you liked the retort..I didn’t have to take long to think that one up..it just seemed so right. And boys if college fans acting badly is news to any of you I don’t think you’ve been to many games..most fans are just great but a lot of the younger fans or older ones who don’t know their limits when it comes to alcohol manage to show their butts. Tossing bottles, fists etc is bad and we all agree on that point. The fond memories have nothing to do with flying bottles cans etc….deep breaths the season is almost here.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
1:43 pm

On a more topical note:

UF will be lucky to get through the season with less than 3 losses (UA, UGA & FSU).
Good luck to all in the East!
And SOMEBODY (PSU, Ark., LSU & AU), PLEASE beat Alabama!

GO GATORS!

Mobile Dawg

August 30th, 2010
1:44 pm

He didn’t say there was anyone in the bus….

As for the Lou Holtz talk, way back when, I had some respect for Holtz, he was a huge motivational speaker draw. The older he’s gotten the more annoying. As for ESPN, I don’t understand their love for him, I’ve gotten to where I change the channel anytime Holtz is on.

gdawginkalamazoo

August 30th, 2010
1:45 pm

General Neyland, kickoff gets it in full swing, a victory just feeds it for another week. A loss dampens it. Two loses pretty much dulls it. A lose to Vandy or Kentucky kills it. Any drinks after that is just called alcoholism.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
1:45 pm

how:

Good luck to you & your Dawgs.
See you in Jacksonville!

Buzzfan®

August 30th, 2010
1:45 pm

Didn’t get to shake Erk’s hand last time I chatted with him….as he had a longneck in one hand and a fistful o’ peanuts in the other, at a wedding reception in The ‘Boro. But, this Techie still got the same huge grin and warm greeting as always. Super guy. He’s missed.

DawginLex

August 30th, 2010
1:47 pm

G8R grad,

Get your knickers out of a knot. The tracks crowd were mostly harmless. They had their share of idiots just like the drunk gator moron in 1982 after we had won 44-0 and got in my face and my girlfriend’s face in the parking lot. It was taken care of and he got what he deserved.

Painting all the tracks crowd as being drunken idiots is about like the Tech folks saying all UGA grads are inbred rednecks who live in trailers and all florida fans have mullets and wear jean shorts.

The tracks were a great part of UGA football but times change. Anyone would have to admit that it was fun to guess how many drunks would pass out and roll down the hill. Anyone who says they haven’t made at least one bet with a friend on the number that would occur during the game is lying.

DawginLex

August 30th, 2010
1:49 pm

to my impostor at 1:43, please don’t bring your own sexual issues to the blogs.

how2fish

August 30th, 2010
1:50 pm

G8R GRAD I think you win 2 of those 3 games but I will admit I hope it UGA that beats you. But I understand how Bama is the most likely…but I’d love to met you guys and both teams be undefeated in Jax. Tide Rising I understand how the letter might lead you to think that however I assure you the Athens police were out in force in the area. People did dumb stuff mostly they paid for it.

AltamahaDawg

August 30th, 2010
1:51 pm

Great letter, but I think he could have used a napkin doodle to motivation them to do better than the year before.

Sydney Stoltz

August 30th, 2010
1:52 pm

PERFECTION!!! Everyone needed to hear this especially on game week! SEC IS THE AWESOME!! :) hehe

Sydney Stoltz

August 30th, 2010
1:53 pm

SEC IS THE BEST + SEC IS AWESOME = SEC IS THE AWESOME….. my bad! haha

DawginLex

August 30th, 2010
1:53 pm

Once again, I resort to making retarded
“sexual” related criticisms of others

I am such a doosh-bag

DawginLex

August 30th, 2010
1:54 pm

1:53, i repeat, take your issues elsewhere

DawginLex

August 30th, 2010
1:55 pm

Impostor,

Is that you gatorbait 17-3 or yellow fuzz or St Richt?

mexdawg

August 30th, 2010
1:57 pm

Tony great article.I was at UGA from 74-78 and a huge Erk Russel fan.What your readers may not remember is that Vince Dooley almost left UGA to coach AUB after that championship season in 1980.If Dooley had taken the AUB job Erk would have most likely been named head coach at UGA.I have always regretted he never got a shot as our head coach.I’m pretty sure he would have been a great one.Oh and by the way even thou I had a ticket I sat on the tracks for the last game,it was great you had to be there.Georgia football aint nothin like it.LET THE BIG DAWG EAT.GATA boys especially those water lizzards.

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
1:59 pm

mexdawg,
That’s mud lizards to you, sir!

how2fish

August 30th, 2010
2:01 pm

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
1:59 pm

mexdawg,
That’s mud lizards to you, sir!

LMAO !!!

Rock

August 30th, 2010
2:02 pm

I was fortunate enough to play for Erk ‘84-’88. My freshman year Paul Johnson was, get this, our defensive line Coach. The following year he promoted him to OC and we won the NC. Erk was more of a father figure to me. Do Right was not our motto. That was our team rules. No joke that was our team rules. The only other guideline was 11:00 curfew. I didnt really realize at the time how special it was to be a part of those teams and coached by him. The master motivator, joke and story teller. I was in the room when he brought in some rattlesnakes in a big box. He opened the box and everyone scatterred especially the brothers. He then brought in another box right after that. He opened it and was a bunch of white powder. No one ran. He then proceeded to ask us why dont we run from this white powder? It kills more people per year than rattlesnakes do. It was Cocaine. Another time we were playing U of Montana in the playoffs and they were huge. We had to eat Dinner with them the night before the game and Coach Russell asked our All American Giff Smith to stand up and welcome them.Little did they know before the dinner he told one of our trainers who looked like the most non athletic nerdy type of little guy to stand up and act like he is Giff Smith and welcome The Montana Grizzlies to Statesboro. Lets just say the Coach for them was pissed. Erk did that because they were talking all week how they were going to beat us really bad. We ended beating them by 5 TDs. GATA

CrimsonPride

August 30th, 2010
2:04 pm

lex

many of your posts are vulgar and inappropriate on this board

better clean it up

DawginLex

August 30th, 2010
2:05 pm

1:43 and 1:53 are not me. I posted others above. how were they inappropriate?

The Dude

August 30th, 2010
2:08 pm

This is not Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
2:09 pm

DawginLex,
I’d suggest reporting those posts that were not your own.

how2fish

August 30th, 2010
2:10 pm

DawginLex in CrimsonPride you may have your “person”. Rock I had heard the rattlesnake story before but honestly had a hard time believing it . Thanks for passing it on!

DawginLex

August 30th, 2010
2:10 pm

Thanks beast

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
2:14 pm

Rock,
Great story, although, I’m sure that white powder was just baby powder or something like it. At least I hope it was!

DawginLex

August 30th, 2010
2:16 pm

Makes you wonder if Erk had become the head coach in Athens, Paul Johnson might have become the head coach in waiting.

We would have been running the wishbone/TO in Athens for 20 years now. GSU would have had a different set of coaches.

would all of us Dawgs feel differently about that offense if that had happened?

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
2:19 pm

DawginLex,
I’m sure that 99% of fans could care less what kind of offense or defense their team runs as long as it equates to W’s. I don’t care much for the spread, but as long as Meyer continues his winning ways, then it’s GREAT!

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
2:27 pm

Rock,

That is indeed a funny story- both the Giff story and the snakes and powder. He had a point on the powder but then he could have used a bottle of liquor 100k per year die from alcoholism or a carton of cigarettes 200k per year die from smoking.

Rock

August 30th, 2010
2:33 pm

DawginLex, your welcome, Beast yes it was real Cocaine. He had police officers escort it in. A couple more things about him. He looks like he would be a a screamer on the field at practice but he was the opposite. He Coached he didnt yell. He didnt really have to. The headbutting calmed down. However he did do it in NC game vs Furman and we when we played Florida State. He would play Tennis everyday before practice. He was very good. He lettered at Auburn. His knees were real bad but he would Wog ( that was his definition of a combination of Walking and Jogging) to the field. Heres some Erkisms:
Runts Try Harder
Courtesy Costs Nothing But Pays Big Dividends
Good things come to those who wait
Just one more time- He said it everyday before practice and after victories
When god gives you lemons make lemonade
Another day in which to excel

Erkseagle

August 30th, 2010
2:38 pm

Rock,

I’ve heard the rattlesnake story before, but never from one of the guys that was in the room. The Giff Smith story is pure Erk. I was at that Montana game. I think the score was something like 44-0! It was Montana weather in the boro that day too, cold and windy. Great story. Erk was something else.

Bryant

August 30th, 2010
2:43 pm

g8r grad I was at rhe Ga. Dome last Dec. 5th and what you got that night was way worse than the little cut on my head and I notice you have not burned down the Dome!!

Bryant

August 30th, 2010
2:45 pm

32-13 Tebow crying shut out in the second half Geez I was actually feeling sorry for you guys.

17 of 20

August 30th, 2010
2:58 pm

I wish Erk was alive today so he could see Florida beat Georgia 85% of the time for the last 20 something years.

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
3:07 pm

Sometimes you hear something so weird that has nothing to do with football that ya just gotta share it. Just heard on the news that an elderly Atlanta man just died from wounds suffered during an hour long attack from a neighbor’s goat last week. You can’t make this kinda stuff up.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
3:10 pm

Hey Bryant:

Have a good season.
See you Oct. 2nd.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
3:12 pm

Tide:

And I didn’t think his injuties were the ba-a-a-d!

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
3:21 pm

Sorry.
“that b-a-a-a-d!”

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
3:24 pm

G8R GRAD,

Its sad when anyone dies but there is a bit of macabre humor to being killed in an hour long attack by a goat of all things. I think I would rather have been snapped in half by a great white shark and die immediately than be literally gored by a goat.

egeagle

August 30th, 2010
3:30 pm

Tony, I’m sure you’ve tuned out by now, but as good as your Southern football book was, your omission of Erk as a great coach still puzzles me, and you even credited him for helping you with stories and anecdotes. As GSU fans, I and many others have t-shirts with a list of Erkisms. That hall stuff is a travesty; Erk deserves to be there. I was there when Erk cam to the Boro and have enjoyed the ride since, but it comes from having Coach come by and thank us for watching practice in ‘81 or having a kind word or howdy when he came out of Johnson’s with his tall Bud and cigar after practice every day. PJ learned from him, and the stories from Roc and cantondawg are true. Ga people love Erk, but GSU people ADORE Erk, to quote the late Frank Inman. I guarantee you I’ll rub that bald head on that bust in the corner of Paulson Stadium this Saturday.
The other thing I miss about the beginning of football season is hearing Larry say, “Get the picture” That was when the season was really on.
Go Eagles, Go Dawgs, Go Falcons!
Time to load it up and GO

Tigers34

August 30th, 2010
3:31 pm

My grandfather would tell me stories about him while he was at Auburn. Erk was a great man!

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
3:33 pm

Even though UGA still hasn’t sold out its opener, don’t feel bad.
Jimbo Fisher’s ‘Noles still have 15,000 available in Doak Campbell’s opener!

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
3:36 pm

Let’s not be too dramatic Tide, as I understand things he suffered partial paralysis and starting with pneumonia, his organs slowly shut down.

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
3:39 pm

G8R GRAD,
Are you serious about the Noles having 15,000 unsold seats? Had not heard that.

bigcalidawg

August 30th, 2010
3:39 pm

Oh Schnapple!

Where’s my helmet. It’s time to go hurt it…………

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
3:41 pm

Tide,
I read that story and could hardly believe it. Didn’t know that he had passed away. Pretty sad story.

David Pitman

August 30th, 2010
3:41 pm

As a GSU alumni, season ticket holder, and GSU Athletic Foundation board member, I worship Erk Russell. Met him numerous times in meetings, fund raisers, etc. Have a cousin that was a trainer for him when he coached at Auburn. He built the undisputed best 1-AA program from scratch. The greatest motivator ever! Look where we are the last four years since his assistants, that became our head coach, moved on.
Trivia Fact: The only four sport letter winner at Auburn.
War Eagle! Go Eagles!

bigcalidawg

August 30th, 2010
3:45 pm

Greenville Dawg……dang that’s cool…you were there……

Mobile Dawg “SPEAK”

That Holtz gentleman needs to read books to preschool children and call it a day.

Nurse Rachet

August 30th, 2010
3:46 pm

Simple Simon And what has Richt won???? How many NC’s??? your stats mean nothing

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
3:47 pm

G8R GRAD and Beast,

I didn’t read the story. I just heard it on the radio that he died from an hour long attack from a goat a week ago. It does make sense obviously that the news headline is going to sensationalize it. They sensationalize everything. From time to time I needle some of my UGA friends about the fact that Georgia initially had a goat as a mascot. Apparently those critters can be pretty mean. Maybe the Navy mascot and maybe the original dawg fans who chose the goat know something we don’t know about the ferocity of a pissed off billy goat.

gcs

August 30th, 2010
3:48 pm

So sad he never got to be head coach at UGA.

.

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
3:49 pm

Nurse Ratchet,

Simple Simon aka Patrick Sulley and about 100 other aliases posts the same stuff everyday in his Richt worship. Just ignore him and don’t argue with him.

My ode to Simple Simon :Never argue with an idiot. He’ll only drag you down to his level and then beat you with experience.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
3:50 pm

TopShelfDore

August 30th, 2010
3:51 pm

Thanks, Tony…another good one…stirring up memories past…I can’t believe it’s been 30 years…Erik is one of a kind just like Munson and Vince Dooley…I’m a Commodore first but a Georgia Bulldog second and always will be…so many great memories ‘tween the hedges and you’ve started me down Memory Lane again…God Bless you Tony and God Bless the Bulldogs and Coach Richt…

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
3:53 pm

Tide & Beast:

Apparently, the pneumonia started the proverbial domino effect by dehydrating the 88 year-old and his kidneys shut down, then his liver, etc.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
4:04 pm

Tide:

Is that really true?
The UGA mascot used to be A GOAT? ! ! !

:D

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
4:06 pm

G8R Grad and Tide,
I just can’t get over the fact that the poor man lived 80+ years enduring everything that life threw at him and met his demise in his own yard by being attacked by a goat. No one would ever dream of going out like that. Truly a sad story.

Lifelong Dawg

August 30th, 2010
4:08 pm

All due respect to Coach Russell…but I’ve never, for the life of me, understood what, exactly, is so great about that letter. Very nice that he acknowledges and thanks a group of fans, but beyond that, it’s fairly innocuous at best. Break it down and it becomes:

“Dear [group of fans] for [school] that congregate [place]. We love when you cheer for us and we’ll try out best to win. It’s also nice when [school] beats [opposing school] and we go [local establishment].”

Wow. Awe-inspiring.

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
4:09 pm

G8R GRAD,

I sh&t you not. Its true that the origianal Georgia mascot was a goat. Hell Nebraska used to be called the bugeaters, Delaware is still called the fighting blue hens, UC-irvine or UC- Santa Barbara one of them is called the banana slugs. Lotta funny mascots in the NCAA.

I must now apologize to the dawg fans. I didn’t mean to inadvertently give you more ammo to rag the dawg fans with. Or did I?

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
4:09 pm

G8R GRAD,
Don’t make fun. Male goats are pretty darned mean. My aunt had one when I was a little kid and that thing would certainly let us kids know when we had stepped into his territory. You were lucky to get away with him chasing you. If he caught up with you it was like getting hit by a middle linebacker!

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
4:10 pm

Life:

Such a cynic at such a young age.

gdawginkalamazoo

August 30th, 2010
4:11 pm

G8R GRAD, of course it is true. Every school that has played football before 1990 at one point had a goat as a mascot. Being a Florida fan you might not know that.

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
4:12 pm

gdawginkalazoo,
I gotta admit, that’s a good one.

gdawginkalamazoo

August 30th, 2010
4:12 pm

Tide Rising, no problem, we didn’t mind the goat. It beats a detergent box and roll of toilet paper.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
4:12 pm

Tide:

It’s all good.
That trump card will be held up my sleeve until desperate.

Beast:

Didn’t mean to make light.
Apologies.
Imagine how bad his neighbor feels (it was HIS goat).

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
4:13 pm

Beast,

I didn’t read the story. Like I said I just heard the sensationalized version on the news. Did he do something to piss the goat off? Or was it the rutting season or something like that and the goat just got ornery and attacked him out of territoriality? I just can’t imagine being under siege to a goat for an hour long attack. If he was 88 I imagine it was pretty terrifying given that he was probably a very frail man and defenseless. It is pretty sad when you think about it.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
4:13 pm

Is anyone aware of any skelton mascots in UF’s closet?

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
4:14 pm

gdawginkalamazoo,

But that toilet paper comes in handy in an emergency.

Mobile Dawg

August 30th, 2010
4:15 pm

Cali, I’m not sure I would want a school age child influenced by Holtz at this point.

gdawginkalamazoo

August 30th, 2010
4:16 pm

Tide Rising, We wanted to have a detergent box and roll of toilet paper as a mascot but that was taken, hence the goat.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
4:16 pm

Wow, Beast. Judging from your post preceeding gdawg’s, you must be clairvoyant!

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
4:16 pm

G8R GRAD,

The only skeleton I can think of is that according to your own media guide from a couple years ago you guys are actually crocodiles and not alligators judging by the pic of the croc on the cover.

kinggator

August 30th, 2010
4:16 pm

I recently attended my 30 yr high school reunion, and in the process ran into a player from that ‘80 recruiting class with Herschel. When I asked my classmate, and former UGA player from that class what had happened to UGA since hwas there, he said, “the players have lost their toughness”. He said that in his days at UGA the coaches demanded a business approach on the field, and sad to say, it does appear that the coaches from that ‘80 era demanded excellence from the team and got it!! So, your article here does seem to validate the word out there on the street from the former players of these coaches

CrimsonPride

August 30th, 2010
4:17 pm

dawginlex

smack-talk is ok no matter what your team, but some of your recent posts like these listed below are way over the line.

The education of Georgia’s starting quarterback continues
August 26, 2010, by Tim Tucker

***All time hater, You hate humping?

***You must be a gay little tech nancy boy who has never gotten any

***Hater is a gay nancy boy who dreams of humping something other than a blow up doll.

***how is your blow up doll collection going?
***figured out all the “parts”?

that aint the kind of stuff thats appropriate on an unrestricted blog

very un-cool dude

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
4:17 pm

Trumped only by your misspelling, Tide!

gdawginkalamazoo

August 30th, 2010
4:18 pm

Tide, that first comment took a while to post sorry for the duplicate. I bet it would come in handy in a Beijing traffice jam. Or race day at Talledega on I-20.

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
4:19 pm

gdawginkalamazoo,

You’re always welcome to borrow some detergent when you need to wash the tobacco juice out of your t shirts or some toilet paper when you need to….well, never mind.

gt

August 30th, 2010
4:19 pm

Tony the homer, that little history lesson should depress your polyester college football team. The 1980 team was real, the teams before it were real, your teams now have the press paid off, the players playing too much for the crowd and future paychecks, what happens on that field doesn’t even effect the players on the bench now days more less the people on the tracks. The Alabamas and Floridas are far enough away from the city lights to keep the corn feed boys attention, Georgia is made up of 22 Dion Sanders, lots of flash but no national championship since 1980. Since then Alabama, LSU, Florida and Tennessee have all won with less talent, Auburn should have. Now that is what gets you motivated. Bring on the season!!

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
4:20 pm

” . . or some toilet paper when . . .” UF beats the crap out of UGA!

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
4:22 pm

gdawginkalamazoo,

I figure that roll of tp would come in at 500 yen for that 4 week traffic jam on the way to bejing. Is that what it is? 4 weeks or is it longer? You can’t borrow any detergent from us on race day in Talladega. We need it then for our own tobacco juice on our t shirts. And on our women’s bras.

Blackberry Cobbler

August 30th, 2010
4:24 pm

Erk Russell was one of the “old breed” sytle coaching. None of that namby-pamby wuss stuff like CMR. Todays UGA players lack discipline and they lack strong leadership from the coaches. They are soft peddled too much. They have no fear or respect for coaches. Do you think for one minute any player would dare get cross ways with Erk? I don’t think so. CMR? They don’t care what CMR says or thinks- he doesn’t command the same respect or fear.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
4:25 pm

“And on our women’s bras.”

LM ( ! ) O!

:D

gdawginkalamazoo

August 30th, 2010
4:25 pm

G8R GRAD, there you go that 4:20 PM post is the “All State Good Hands” call of the day!

gdawginkalamazoo

August 30th, 2010
4:26 pm

Tide, when did you let your women start wearing bras?

Beast from the East

August 30th, 2010
4:26 pm

Good one, Tide.
Nice chattin’ with you guys. Have a great evening!

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
4:26 pm

BTW, gdawg:

How long you been in Meeeshigan?

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
4:27 pm

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
4:30 pm

gdawg:

Re: my 4:20 post.
Sorry, had to.
It stems from a deep-seated fear of losing to the Bulldogs this year.
Good luck to you guys.

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
4:30 pm

gdawginkalamazoo,

Oh, I don’t know. Usually when they hit 12 or 13. Somewhere round there.

Tide Rising

August 30th, 2010
4:31 pm

I’m out guys. Check back with ya later.

69dog

August 30th, 2010
4:32 pm

ERK RUSSELL. What a man! What a coach! I was fortunate that I got to know him. I only knew him as a man,a friend. I was not a college football player.

I can’t believe he was at UGA 17 years and never got a head coaching job at any SEC school. How many openings must have been available during this time? Many schools made a terrible mistake not hiting ERK. Auburn included, his alma mater.By the way, there was not an opening for a head coach at UGA while Erk was there.

He would have made some major college the greatest coach in their history. Erk was the best motivator ever.

What a shame ERK had to get his only Head coaching job at lowly, crappy, ga southern. It must have weighed on him because he knew he could coach at the highest level.

ga southern honored him by firing both of his sons. I will never forgive that. Neither did ERK.

UGA is blessed that Erk will forevermore be a Dog! UGA loves Erk Russell

gt

August 30th, 2010
4:32 pm

I forgot to add if you really miss Irk Russell you will find his heir at Grant Field coaching real football. We may not be able to recruit with the state university,but we have always been smarter. If you had any dealt of that tell me why you didn’t hire Russell after Dooley retired.

PhilDawg

August 30th, 2010
4:33 pm

You have to love ESPN as the world wide leader in technology. How does that camera stay DRY when ole Lou Holtz starts talking and stumbling and spitting about college football. Dr. Lou, the only cure you can offer is how to get a school off probation, because you sure got a few on probation.

gdawginkalamazoo

August 30th, 2010
4:35 pm

Tide, G8R, Beast you guys have a great afternoon. 90 degrees here today beter go enjoy it. It helps to balance out the zero’s in January.

G8R, I have been here since the Ray Goff era.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
4:41 pm

You from there or are you a Georgia native?

69dog

August 30th, 2010
4:41 pm

Paul Johnson is not worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as Erk Russell. CPJ is as negative a person as I have ever met. Coach Russell was the opposite. CPJ never had a good word to say about anyone. Coach Russell was never heard to say a bad thing about anyone. Well, Maybe he talked bad about Florida Gators and gt.

Ed

August 30th, 2010
4:42 pm

Dawgdom, I grew up as a Georgia fan in Central Florida, my formative years being in the 70s and 80s. I can tell you that Florida fans are not one bit more obnoxious now than they were in the pre-1990, no SEC title days. They talked smacked nonstop in the middle of Georgia’s 10 out of 12 run from 1978-1989. It was always “you guys suck”, “wait ’till next year,” “Herschel’s all you got” (I heard that little nugget after Georgia’s shutout win in ‘82 – Herschel wasn’t known for his defense), and then, post-Herschel “you guys were lucky.” Absolutely ANYTHING other than acknowledging that they were simply beat by a better team.

I hate to do it, but you I’ll give UF fans credit for this – whether they are in the midst of a 59-year conference title drought or winning multiple conference and BCS titles, they think their team is God’s gift to college football (remember the famous quip from a Florida sportswriter about UF having the tradition of Wake Forest but the arrogance of Notre Dame). Although I’ll never pull for the SOBs, there is something admirable about that.

69dog

August 30th, 2010
4:46 pm

Ed, love your post. I must say that as far as I am concerned, there is nothing admirable about Florida.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
4:47 pm

” . . the tradition of Wake Forest but the arrogance of Notre Dame).”

That’s hilarious.
And truthfully, we didn’t consider the UF/UGA game as big a rivalry as the UF/FSU game because y’all kicked our collective a$$es up and down the field every year in Jax!

simplythetruth

August 30th, 2010
4:48 pm

Tony, no need to rag on an immature kid like Ealy. His teammates, if they’re smart, will do it for you.Richt took a breath but if one of those big lineman would knock his block off just once, I doubt he’d do something to hurt the team again.

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
4:48 pm

69:

Have a wonderful evening, sir!

;)

GeorgiaDuck

August 30th, 2010
4:49 pm

I’m neither an alum nor a fan of the University of Georgia but Erk was about as good as there ever was as a football coach!

G8R GRAD

August 30th, 2010
4:50 pm

Ed:

” . . grew up as a Georgia fan in Central Florida.”

I grew up in Winter Park.
You?

Still@theBAR

August 30th, 2010
5:47 pm

Mature an 18 yr old can be on an ARMY BASE and drink. If he has a traffic violation on the base he can be court marshelled. That will be on his record for LIKE so pleas stop making excuses for a stupid college kid. If the kid can vote, die in the army, and be elected to office(like Levi Johnson), then he has to standup and be a MAN. Richt is a JOKE and you know it. Richt sits in a momma’s livingroom telling her HE will make sure HER son gets the BEAT HE and UGA have to offer. Richt is no LEADER is is a money sniffing uga sheep.

Sarah

August 30th, 2010
6:00 pm

I saw this letter on facebook, posted by one of the directors when I was in the Redcoat Band. I remember when Erk passed. I knew his grandson, and as I saw his family take the field, my heart went out to them. He was truly a great man and did so much for football in the state of Georgia.

eagleswinchampionships

August 30th, 2010
6:44 pm

Your right Hammerhead. I was a player for Erk at GSU and we lost to Furman in the National Championship because we thought Erk was leaving us going to Georgia. Afterwords there was alot of rumors. Erk told us in a meeting of the players that he had been offered the job at UGA and that he didnt want to comit to coaching 5 more seasons. What ticks me off is that UGA came back and said they didnt offer him the job. That was just wrong. Im glad he didnt take the job because I got to play for him “One more time” in a 15-0 perfect season in 1989.

REALBULLDAWG FALCON FAN

August 30th, 2010
6:45 pm

IF YOU DON’T MISS ERK RUSSELL, THEN YOU AREN’T A DAWG FAN!ERK AND THE LATE GREAT LEWIS GRIZZARD ARE A GREAT PART OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

eagleswinchampionships

August 30th, 2010
6:50 pm

Hey 69dog…..Erk chose to come to GSU and start a football team. We have won 6 National Titles in 25 years and played for eight. Erk was responsible for the success. Before you start doging on us you better start counting your own NC teams. And by the way, since you arent going to forgive Southern for firing his two sons, which was done by other coaches, I hope you forgive UGA for saying they didnt offer Erk the head coaching job, and they did. Now that to me is unforgivable.

SCP

August 30th, 2010
8:20 pm

No mention of your boys arrest t? I’d be embarassed too. Or perhaps you should have titled today’s article “how many uga players would be out against Sc. Stupid one sided jerk.

John Trotter

August 30th, 2010
9:35 pm

Tony: I generally always had a ticket (as a student), but between degrees, I was living and working in the Athens area and listening to the LSU game on the radio. The Dogs started coming back (and won the game!). I took off. Climbed up in the beaten-down kudzu and watched the rest of the game on the Tracks! I miss the Tracks too! Before the game, the Track people could see the team coming down East Campus Road, and they began to go wild! Then, the rest of the stadium sensed the urgency and began cheering too!

In !980-1980, I was back in school fulltime at UGA as a Graduate Assistant (not in football!). In addition to the Graduate Assistant money, I tutored the athletes at McWhorter Hall in the Mandatory Study Hall after supper — for a whopping $5.00 per hour (good extra money back then). Herschel was a freshman, and you know the rest of the story. I sat down at a table with Coach Erk and Buck Belue one evening. Coach Erk was quite a gentleman and had charisma galore! Those were the days, my friend. I remember when the whole study hall got very quite when everyone heard Herschel and Guy McIntyre getting into an argument over politcal philosophy! It was funny, and Herschel got the best of “Angus” (Guy’s nickname) in that dialectical discussion! I’ll tell you about it one day.

Yes, I have great memories of Coach Russell and The Track. I was just a student at the right place at the right time.

By the way, I enjoy watching you guys on CSS!

dawgma

August 30th, 2010
10:24 pm

ERK – the greatest coach ever in the state of GA. Screwed out of the Head Coach job by Vince Dooley when Vince saw Hershel Walker coming his way and didn’t leave to go to Auburn. Won the national championship in 1980 and politely went to Georgia Southern – started a I-AA team from scratch in 1981. Wins his first I-AA championship 3 years later and 3 more before he gives the reigns (and the stud recruits) to Paul Johnson who won a championship his 1st year.

Class – hard nosed – honest – a true gentleman. Gosh I miss Erk.

Chuck Uga

August 30th, 2010
10:46 pm

Well Tony, you just upset the Vollies with that “whipping their butts” reference from the letter. I can hear the catcalls already.

ckgator

August 30th, 2010
10:57 pm

Erk was old school. Can’t beat that.

But to have to reach back to 1980 to find memories worth recalling… long drought for you doggies.

Urf urf and Go Gators!

Chuck Uga

August 30th, 2010
11:11 pm

It certainly is a travesty that the morons on the athletic board could not agree to hire Erk after Dick Sheridan turned them down. It was the fault of the old President “from Iowa” Charles Knapp who could not tell a football from a tangerine. What an idiot.

Chuck Uga

August 30th, 2010
11:12 pm

ckgator, make so mistake. There are plenty of good memories for UGA since 1980. Maybe none as memorable, but hopefully another 1980-like season is around the corner. I am looking very forward to October 30th!

Chuck Uga

August 30th, 2010
11:17 pm

Just recalled that Charles Knapp was the one who SPEARHEADED the hiring of Ray Goff. Dooley was steadfastly AGAINST the hire but had taken that “leave of absence” to consider running for Governor. Charles Knapp set UGA football back ten years with that rush to judgement. These are FACTS folks. Can’t argue the truth.

Chuck Uga

August 30th, 2010
11:39 pm

Jambi,
You are brain dead.

Reality Tech

August 31st, 2010
12:27 am

Another homer article by the uga loving writers at the ajc. Redneck dawg fans–still dreaming of their only moment of glory–a fluke title in 1980. Even Tech has won more titles since then! Ga: arrogance, but no results. Rest easy dawgs— Tech’s winning another ACC title in 2010. Ga’s heading to another minor bowl somewhere cold

Red Dog 77

August 31st, 2010
1:36 am

Erk Russell, in my opinion was the greatest college football coach to walk the sidelines. Sometimes you never make it to the top, but that doesn’t mean you’re not the best ! It was a privelige to watch coach Russell motivate his “Junkyard Dawgs “………..Once while visiting friends in Statesboro, I happened to stop by the Georgia Southern practice fields. I stood in awe, 15feet away from Erk, and listened to a football legend “coach-up” his Eagles…….standing on a spot he called ” The banks of beautiful Eagle creek “………it was just a nasty, muddy little drainage ditch, but to Erk it was some place special………Erk Russell college football misses you, and so do I………..RED DOG 77

Satchmo

August 31st, 2010
4:16 am

The best motivational and point made to a team, Erk brought in someone to talk about how if you decide that you want to mess with drugs it can kill you. To make his point he opened a croker sack, and out came a rattlesnake, to which he said, and this can kill you too. Point made. They don’t make them like him anymore.

Bama Fan #2

August 31st, 2010
4:25 am

What was the QB name for GSU who beat my school MTSU every time in the playoffs in the 80’s.
Erk Russell I remembered watching him on the sidelines with marks all over his head back in the
late 70’s and early 80’s with the dawgs defense players getting them ready to play. That is a coach!!
RTR

Coolest in the Clutch

August 31st, 2010
6:21 am

Tech to unveil Nesbitt Heisman campaign.
My
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Nesbitt for Heisman
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paid off.
. . . . . . . Help out your Greensboro home town, Tony.

egeagle

August 31st, 2010
1:20 pm

Bama Fan 2, that would be the greatest Eagle ever — Tracy Ham
It was Tim Stowers who won the 90 title with Erk’s players, The Last of the Hard. PJ spent time at Hawaii and Navy in etween. He rerurned in 97, made the playoffs, title game loss in 98 titles in 99 and 00, then left for Navy iafter the 01 season.
69dog, that’s Mr 6-time NC to you, loser. I do feel Rusty and Jay got the shaft however.
And one thing, many of you may discount our NCs, but they were all earned on the field by running a gauntlet of the best in FCS. No doubts, no excuses, no votes–JUST EARNED!! And thanks to each of you former Eagle players. I’ve seen every one of you play and you guys made us proud. Erk made us proud.

rock

September 6th, 2010
11:46 pm

Satchmo that wasn’t exactly how it happened. He didn’t bring anyone to talk Erk did the talking. It was in a box not a bag. Read my post on previous page. Our 85 NC team is being honored on oct 9 for our 25th anniversary. Its not the same with our our Coach being there with us to celebrate. I can’t wait to bring my 15 yr old son who plays for north gwinnett to go with me for the first time to see where I played in college and see the statue of erk russell in the end zone. He has only heard stories about my coach. I grew up without a father and coach russell became my father figure. The most important man in my life.I remember being 17 rs old as true freshman in the summer of 84 and Coach Griffith told me to go tell Coach Russellt telephone. He was getting changed in the Coaches locker room. I was nervous so I found him and yelled to him “Erk telephone is for you in training room” I just then realized what I had done. I looked at him and he gave me a look that could kill an army of men. He said son don’t ever call me that again I am coach russell to you. I will meet you for sunrise service at 5 am tomorrow morning. Never called. Him that again. Another memory was when Coach Stowers ran the kick off team at least 10 kickoffs after getting scored on the previious Sat. He then asked me if I wanted to fight him over and over. Saying you don’t like me do you. Never had a Coach do that before. Coach Russell saw what was going on and jogged to where we were then got in Coach Stowers face and said don’t ever do that again and came to my aid. I will always remember that. By the way no offense to Dog fans but he told us candidly that he was more of an Eagle than he was a dog. Meaning GSU Eagle. Love you and Miss You Coach Russell