A weekend worth barking about

Football may have entered the official off season, but UGA athletes were still competing in a serious way this weekend, mostly at an elite level.

Of course, the Gym Dogs sent Suzanne Yoculan off into retirement with a fifth consecutive national championship, with resident Olympian Courtney Kupets wining the all-around, bars, beam and floor titles and setting a career record with nine individual NCAA titles. Already proclaimed the best college gymnast ever by her coach, who’s known quite a few exceptional ones, Kupets is one of four finalists for this year’s Honda Award, presented annually to the nation’s top gymnast. She’s already won the AAI national senior gymnast of the year award.

Meanwhile, at Foley Field in Athens the Diamond Dogs weren’t able to sweep Arkansas, thanks to an exceptional one-hitter pitched Sunday by the Hogs’ Brett Eibner, but they took two out of three in the series and sit atop the overall SEC standings with a two-game lead.

But wait, as the TV pitchmen say, there’s more! Georgia’s ultra-successful equestrian team took another national championship, its fourth in just seven years, and the No. 1-ranked men’s golf team notched another SEC championship, winning by 13 strokes. The women’s golf team didn’t do as well, finishing sixth in team competition, but the Dogs’ Marta Silva Zamora, a freshman, took individual medalist honors in the SEC Championship. And the sixth-ranked UGA softball team swept a three-game series with Auburn, securing them a birth in the SEC Tournament.  

I know some folks who post on this site don’t think these spring sports are worth talking about, even when the football team is idle, which puzzles me. I suppose they’re strictly tunnel-vision football fans, and that’s it. But a lot of us Dog fans get a kick out of any success UGA students have athletically, even if it’s not at Sanford Stadium.

So I’d say this weekend rates a couple of extra woofs.

68 comments Add your comment

NCdawg

April 20th, 2009
4:01 pm

ok UGA’er, now you’re just trying too hard to get a rise out of people. Not worth the time to comment on any further. Again, nice sports weekend for the dawgs in all sports participating. I enjoy all sports and am glad we have a great venue at UGA and many other colleges to see so many phenominal athletes.

Bill King

April 20th, 2009
4:05 pm

Two out of three against Arkansas proved to be good enough to keep the Diamond Dogs No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, out today.

Cuz

April 20th, 2009
5:02 pm

Bill, tell me that the AJC is not reassigning you also.

BigNCDawg

April 20th, 2009
7:00 pm

The golf team has been ranked no. 1 just about all year and has added yet another one of many SEC champships. Most all of our spring sports teams have been top 10 contenders for many years. I am very proud of there accomplishments. I was able to attend my first DAWG baseball game in 40 years last week. I have sadly lived away from Athens for that long, and have always loved the spring sports. Like most, however, I live for football.

dawg3fan4

April 20th, 2009
7:28 pm

Anytime UGA wins anything it is great. Congrats to all the Dawgs on this weekends accomplishment, espcially the gym Dawgs 5 in a row!

Hunk Erdown

April 20th, 2009
8:28 pm

I think it stinks that we finally got Chip broke in good and now they have taken him away from us.

ghost dawg

April 20th, 2009
8:51 pm

yep tech boy uga didn’t face tech, simply put you aren’t good enough. Don’t fret one day when you grow up and say your prayers you may turn into what every bug wants to be a Dawg. Till then mommy will change your diapers and you keep dreaming of better red and black days. sic em

student

April 20th, 2009
10:06 pm

UGA’er, you have the right to your own opinion, but you need to get something straight concerning the UGA Athletics Association. It operates on an entirely seperate budget from the University of Georgia. The scholarships are not funded by the general scholarship fund, but through private donations to THE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION and revenue from all sports. The school and the athletic association are separate entities and the funding of the varsity sports at UGA has no effect whatsoever on the University as a whole. The UGA Athletic Association has had one of the top three profits each of the last 4 years. The athletic association actually donates some of it’s money to the university to fund general scholarships each year.

And Mad Dog….you obviously don’t know Suzanne or any of the parties involved in or affected by her life. If you did, you’d know that she is not only an exceptional coach, but an outstanding teacher. She prepares her athletes for the real world, has never had an athlete transfer in 26 years, and as a personal friend of several alumni of the gymnastics team, I can tell you that they adore her.

TechEngineer

April 20th, 2009
10:35 pm

No way Ga’s gymnastics program makes a profit. Giving away a bunch of cheap tickets to get a full house doesn’t earn a profit. UGA can win all this minor league titles it wants—no one really cares. Why can’t UGA win titles in football or basketball, the two major sports that fans care about. Tech won the football title in 1990 and has been in the final 4 several times in the last 20 years. UGA: last football title was almost 30 years ago!!! LOL! Tech’s football team will beat GA this year again–I’m not worried.

RealDawg

April 21st, 2009
1:49 am

TechEngineer-speaking of money-Your athletic department doesn’t turn a profit-$400k in net loss fiscal year 2007. Hmm..same year UGA put $9 million back for rainy day. Worry about your own teams and get off our blog.

AltamahaDawg

April 21st, 2009
7:18 am

Student, you can’t really think that the parents of those young ladies in the gymnastic program could possible care more about thier daughter, and role models around them, than somebody who has the full advantage of hearsay.

Chiefdawg

April 21st, 2009
7:53 am

Who cares! Football and Basketball are the 2 biggest sports. I would give all these other championships up for a football National title and a run at the Final Four. These other sports don’t mean a thing in the grand scheme of things. They are just something to brag about for those who can’t win one of the big ones.

UGA_Alum_93

April 21st, 2009
11:43 am

Hey Tech Engineer when was your last title in football? The 1998 Co-ACC Championship when you tie with FSU in the standings and lose to them head-to-head…what a joke. The ACC must be into charity to award you part that lame championship. Our last title was the 2005 SEC Championship. When you go to 3 Sugar Bowls in the last 6 years you have something to crow about and your fan support swells. That is why you can’t fill your pathetic 50,000 seat stadium…no tradition of winning consistently since the LBJ Administration. Little boys in Georgia dream of playing between the hedges. Very few dream of playing on the flats then again who could blame them…you haven’t been to a major bowl since the 1966 Orange Bowl <<<pathetic.

Voice of Reason

April 21st, 2009
1:29 pm

Tech Engineer- how can you laugh about our NC being almost 30 years ago when yours was almost 20 years ago…. in my opinion, they are both way too long ago to make a difference now. I just never realized until I started coming on these blogs that there were actually people out there who thought that Ga Tech had a major collee football program. I thought that everyone knew it was a joke. I guess team loyalty can be blinding. I bet you guys think that you have a lot of pretty girls there too!

RealDawg

April 21st, 2009
3:43 pm

Chief Dawg-I am a lifetime football season ticket holder and almost agree with you. However, basketball is not one of the major sports at Georgia and hasn’t been for a very long time (if ever). Many of us plan our fall around football. Does anybody really pay attention to basketball. We don’t even sell out our small arena that was built for rodeos not basketball.

It isn’t a competition to see which UGA sport is the best. If you look at the great athletic programs around the Country (including those with Good football teams), they are typically winners at the other sports. Having national champions training along side our football and basketball teams and staying in the same dorms can only inspire them. I would much rather have a bunch of highly ranked “other” sports than a bunch of losers.

Personally, I could care less if we dropped basketball all together. Football on the other hand is a different story.

Bill King

April 21st, 2009
4:28 pm

In answer to questions posted about how UGA coverage is being handled, here’s a response from public editor Shawn McIntosh:

We have been fortunate to have two strong reporters covering UGA. However, we’ve had to reduce staff, and so we have named Tim Tucker as the sole full-time UGA reporter. Tim is one of our most seasoned reporters, and an excellent writer. He has been an editor, columnist and reporter and understands how to develop a beat and find stories.

Tim will be helped by many on our sports team including Jeff Schultz, Mark Bradley and blogger Bill King.

Chip Towers will be moving to our breaking news team, where he’ll be aggressively jumping on breaking news on a variety of topics, heavily focused on sports.

Our goal is to continue to be a premier sports source in print and online and our editors believe this best positions us for that.

superDawg

April 29th, 2009
10:28 pm

superDawg

April 29th, 2009
10:30 pm

If you don’t like that then you are well you know what you are.