Some game day traditions never lose their thrill

Another UGA fan and I were talking recently about how much we were looking forward to the start of another football season (51 days and 19 hours away as I write this) and we got onto the subject of our favorite game day traditions.

His favorite was the Dawg Walk, with the Redcoats playing and the team walking past the fans gathered in the Tate Center parking lot. I admit that’s a good way to get pumped up for a game if you’ve got a good vantage point, but it’s kind of difficult to see unless you snag a front row spot, so that’s never been a must for me. Even with the Dawg Walk Overlook that’s planned for between the new Tate II and the Alumni Development Center to be built next to Lumpkin, it’s still going to be tough to get a good view.

For kids, seeing the parade of UGA buses carrying the players down Lumpkin Street with their police escort is pretty exciting and I admit that even now I still wave as they go by, but that’s just like a teaser as I start walking to the stadium from the church where I park.

Watching the Redcoats march into the stadium with their chant is one of my favorite game day traditions (I like to get to my seat at least an hour before kickoff). Ain’t nothing finer in the land!

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When I was young, one of my favorite traditions was chanting “Dog food, dog food!” as the visiting team ran onto the field, but over the years as more often than not both teams run on almost simultaneously, that’s sort of fallen by the wayside (though I still find myself doing it). 

I still think the Redcoats scrambling onto the field for their pregame show is fun, and another popular and thrilling moment is the pregame Larry Munson recording and the footage of Dawgs past and present on the big video screen.  I love how the fans never tire of cheering Herschel running over Bill Bates. The countdown to the kickoff is another great bit, though I liked it better when they used “Baba O’Riley” to back the video montage, and the excitement really hits a fever pitch there, especially for a big game. (I’ve never understood folks who don’t get to the game in time for the kickoff … or, for that matter, those who leave a game early when the Dawgs are winning!)

During the game, the crowd holding up four fingers at beginning of the fourth quarter may be a common tradition shared by a lot of schools, but it can be a special moment in a close game, especially if you really sense the Dawgs have victory within reach. And when my son was young and we parked downtown, I always got a kick out of taking him by the Chapel to ring the bell. We don’t go that way any more, though, and while the video screen footage of Hairy Dawg ringing the bell was kind of fun to start with, the fact that he’s not actually at the Chapel ringing the bell makes it ring a little hollow, so to speak.

No, my two favorite bits of game day tradition both come before the game. One is after the team has finished its initial warm-up, gathers at midfield and walks deliberately toward the east end zone while the Redcoats play the “Krypton Fanfare” and the crowd gets on its feet and roars. That gets me every time. 

And then there’s the solo trumpeter kicking off what they now call the “Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation” (still a slowed down “Glory to Old Georgia” to me) from the southwest corner of the upper level of the stands. If that doesn’t give you goosebumps, you’re definitely not of the Red and Black persuasion!

What’s your favorite game day tradition? Tell us in the comments, vote in the poll or do both. Go Dogs!

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Cuz

July 16th, 2009
7:07 am

Calling the Dawgs.

Goo Dawggs, Sic em. Woof, Woof, Woof, Wooof!!!!!!!!!

Cuz

July 16th, 2009
7:08 am

WOOOFFFF!!!!

Bob

July 16th, 2009
7:34 am

The solo trumpeter coupled with the Larry Munson hi-lite reel. That really gets my blood flowing.

45-42=haha

July 16th, 2009
7:51 am

My favorite is tearing off a big piece of hedge after we whip you at sanford and son. A close second is counting the passed out sorority girls.

Big G

July 16th, 2009
7:58 am

I think I gonna puke!!!!

Big G

July 16th, 2009
7:59 am

Restated: I think I’m gonna puke!!!!

MADDAWG55

July 16th, 2009
8:00 am

My favorite is during the game…After the defense makes a big play or gets a three and out!!! Then the Bands starts playing “Leroy Brown”!!! Gives me goose bumps every time!!

Beans

July 16th, 2009
8:00 am

Far and away the ringing of the bell. If for no other reason, it means we won. I can’t stand the four fingers. It will always be something started by Charlie Pell and that cannot be erased from my mind.

Beans

July 16th, 2009
8:01 am

Oh, and 4542, I think we’re talking about traditions that occur more than once or twice in a generation.

Long Dawg

July 16th, 2009
8:04 am

Please, can we talk about special teams… this subject is for the ladies.

rocksteadyfreddie

July 16th, 2009
8:05 am

watching the Gator Bowl be half empty by the start of the 4Q in Jax for the WLOCP. You’d think that UGAs colors were really Red, Black, and Teal.

cpdawg

July 16th, 2009
8:11 am

My favorite is now a long forgotten tradition by many. Some true dawgs never got to enjoy it. THE TRACKS!!!! God bless the memory of those wild dawgs yelling at the opposing team as they departed their buses.

lakerat

July 16th, 2009
8:12 am

39,000 seats “unavailable” for sale due to comps and student/faculty and visitor tickets – seems like a lot, but then at least 15,000 of those go to students/faculty, so 24,000 to sponsors and visitors is still a lot. I guess those 14,000 to sponsors really do make a difference.

I wish the athletic department would tell us how much money those 14,000 bring in from those sponsors – is it more than the approx. $7mil(donations to the Hartmann Fund of at least $250 per seat, plus the cost of the tickets – $240 each) they could get from selling them to the public – if it is not at least $14mil from the sponsors then they should be selling them to the public!

OrlG8r

July 16th, 2009
8:17 am

Seeing the Gators chomp another piece of puppy tail…..

Pulpwood

July 16th, 2009
8:19 am

My favorite game day tradition takes place early Saturday morning –which is when we line up in front of the Clarke County jail and welcome the boys out of lock-up in time for kickoff.

cffreak

July 16th, 2009
8:20 am

AU fans laugh at you puppies talking about your doggie walk. Since you don’t have any real traditions of your own you plagarize one of the great pregame traditions in college football from Auburn and start acting like its some unique, special georgia thing.

And yes, Auburn’s “Tiger Walk” is the first, the original, the grandest of pre-game team walks in college football.

I’ll be laughing the rest of the day at all the ignoramuses who post on here that georgia invented the dog walk!! LOL!!

Oh and by the way, there wasn’t one “pre game tradition” I read in this blog that anyone outside of doggieville would even know about. Pretty lame.

OrlG8r

July 16th, 2009
8:21 am

…That’s funny right there

Miami grad

July 16th, 2009
8:27 am

My favorite is the player introductions: “Now, Out on bail, Defensive End _______ ______. On work release: _________ _______. Back from his 4 game suspension for Asassault _________ ______.” etc, etc. It always makes the faithful proud.

BugKiller

July 16th, 2009
8:31 am

Bill, “Glory,” has always been called “The Battle Hymn,” as in, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

I think it’s cheesy when they call it “The Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation” or even “Glory, Glory.”

Just call it “Glory” or “The Battle Hymn.”

There’s something to be said about non-redundant succinctness.

As it is, when the lone trumpeter starts up “The Battle Hymn,” or even just before, when the Redcoats play that low, soft note to preface the solo, it gets chills running up and down my spine.

The best pre-game moment before every game, if you ask me.

Redcoat Sousaphone

July 16th, 2009
8:33 am

Thanks for all the Redcoat memories. Being on the inside of the band, it is hard to tell what gets the fans going most.
I tell ya, my first game I had goosebumps on the field from the run-on til we chanted off. Battle Hymn gets me every time even when we are in practice. But my favorite is Krypton during pregame. With the banner up, the team around the statue in the east endzone, we start playing, we hear “If your blood runs red and black…”, the team runs on and we play Glory. That’s my favorite part of every game day besides the football.
My mom a Redcoat back in the 80’s would probably say her favorite thing is morning Redcoat practice at Woodruff. It’s the best place to hear us because it is so quiet in the mornings.
Thanks again Bill. Keep up the good work.

David

July 16th, 2009
8:41 am

Isn’t this the same thing Auburn does? I have never understood why they have the same fight songs and similar traditions. I.E. Glory, Glory….
Give me a break.

historydawg

July 16th, 2009
8:42 am

Reading an auburn fan discuss plagiarism is quite amusing, given that the mascots are still undecided, the fight songs are all from other schools, and the decent players are all Georgians who couldn’t make the grade in Athens..

Tiger224

July 16th, 2009
8:46 am

Although Clemson hasn’t been relevant in college football in quite some time…the buses bringing the players around to the east end zone and the top of The Hill to rub the rock is pretty exciting, especially in a big game atmosphere. And then the players running down The Hill into Death Valley is pretty cool.

I wouldn’t expect any Dawg to really agree with me, since the last time UGA visited Death Valley was for a 135 degree day game…that didnt have a great atmosphere and ended in a UGA romp. That was just about miserable.

JACKET3322

July 16th, 2009
8:50 am

My favorite uga game day tradition is when we ride over to the clarke county jail and watch the guards unlock the cell doors and then the players step out of thier cells as they are cheered on by the army of red, it is a very emotional scene as some of the player/thugs hug the jailer with tears in thier eyes-promising they will be back soon

UGAy fratboy

July 16th, 2009
8:54 am

I think that cooking up sum good ‘ol possum an taters (plenty o dead ones ‘roung th stadium) at th frathouse for th tailgaten is my favrite.
Then we wave our recrootin rankin’s at the other teams fans an thet reely intimidates em

b

July 16th, 2009
8:57 am

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JayRoot

July 16th, 2009
9:02 am

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I, personally, love the game-day tradition at Ugag of the kissing booths run by families for their own family. Ha! Ha!
Uncle & Aunt kisses HALF PRICE!
Sharing the same DNA is like having a coupon!

Also, the binge drinking by inbred, hill billy redneck alumni that are ssooo happy to have a degree, or pursuing a degree, from an inferior state institution that isn’t even in the top-ten of PUBLIC state universities. Maybe they are just trying to drown their own self-loathing insecurities in the cheapest beer and fattest redneck company they can find.
Yeah … gotta love those incestual game-day traditions at Ugag!

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Voice of Reason

July 16th, 2009
9:02 am

funny cffreak- I never saw a single post stating that UGA invented the “walk” whether it be dawg or tiger, yet obviously, the Bulldog fans won’t have the Tiger Walk be one of their favorite traditions. I didn’t invent Christmas, but my family all coming together every year to celebrate is still a tradition. Why would other schools be familiar with UGA traditions anyway? I am not familiar with AU traditions. Does that make them “pretty lame” as well??

Ed E

July 16th, 2009
9:03 am

That trumpet gives me chills every single time!!!!! Go Dawgs

yeah right

July 16th, 2009
9:04 am

Hey 42-45=haha…. 45-42 is not a whipping. 31-17, 34-17, and 51-7 like Georgia beat you are whippings. I think it’s hilarious that Tech finally gets a win and you guys it’s great enough to put on a ring. Really, we’re flattered it means that much, considering we’d never put a Tech win on a ring.

Voice of Reason

July 16th, 2009
9:04 am

Miami grad- wow. have you ever heard of the term “irony”? A Miami grad talking about UGA players getting arrested? Now that is irony.

gatordowneast

July 16th, 2009
9:05 am

Actually 2 and both have occurred regularly at FL-GA game in Jax over last 20 years. 1. Listening and watching drunk UGA fans (before kickoff) talk about kicking the Gators butts this year. 2. Listening to excuses about why the poods got beat again but rationalizing about how much more class Mark Richt has.

JayRoot

July 16th, 2009
9:05 am

HEY JACKET3322!

That’s hilarious!

I forgot about how the ankle-monitoring braclet is now part of the OFFICIAL uniform of Ugag!

Red,Black, & and two AA batteries.

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Pago Flyer

July 16th, 2009
9:07 am

Last year I was the second oldest Redcoat Alumni Band member, so I got to hear the “solo trumpeter” twice. 7:30am practice and “pre-game”.
Can’t get any better than this!

hey, tiger224...

July 16th, 2009
9:09 am

…I’m with you re: “the most exciting 25 seconds in sports” as the Tigers run down the hill – doesn’t matter whether they are relevant or not!

And, I know this is heresy on this site, but the ‘ol Model T driving onto that high school field is pretty cool, too.

Finally, I believe Pat Dye started the Tiger Walk, that has not evolved into just about every major team now doing that as part of the pre-game ceremony. Even Clemson started doing it after Dabo took over last year!

DawginLex

July 16th, 2009
9:09 am

For all the classless gator posters(not all gator posters included):

You brag about an empty stadium? That happened last year 2008. You act like it is always the case. Look up the scores of the previous 7 games. See any scores like 49-10? Didn’t think so.

I was there in 1982 at the WLOCP. Almost froze to death. What was the score that day?

Things go in cycles.

lakerat

July 16th, 2009
9:13 am

I like the waving of the hats during kickoffs while bellowing GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS, SIC ‘EM, WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF!

The Grinch

July 16th, 2009
9:13 am

To 45-42=haha

Tech educated Reggie Ball stopped counting at 4. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

DawginLex

July 16th, 2009
9:13 am

All the aubie people just need to shutup. Kid graduates high school in the state of GA. Kid can’t get into UGA? ACT score not high enough?

Auburn will take them.

auburn=Fort valley state

AthensGA

July 16th, 2009
9:13 am

Gameday traditions of no place to park, walking to the stadium watching Athens police dept giving out open container violations, towing cars, drinking liquor in the skybox. Ahh..Football Saturday.

stoopid

July 16th, 2009
9:17 am

umm.. Jack Daniels and 50,000 beautiful ladies in red and black game day dresses! Oh, and the G tattoo on the cheek. I fall in love every saturday!

The Grinch

July 16th, 2009
9:18 am

To all tech fans

I just love how you make up jokes about UGA athletes being criminals yet you just inducted Joe “hit and run” Hamilton into your hall of fame. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Ringleader

July 16th, 2009
9:19 am

The walk to the stadium was started by Ole Miss, then carried to Auburn. The first for the Dogs was under Goff
The four fingers was started under Dooley, usually when we were behind by fourteen points going into the fourth quarter. The condition the Dogs were in, you knew we would overpower anyone in the fourth quarter and win.

dogdayafternoons

July 16th, 2009
9:19 am

a ring! are you freaken kidding me!?

B

July 16th, 2009
9:20 am

gatordowneast UGA owns Florida. Look at the series record baby. UGA has whipped floridas a** more times than not.

MattDawg

July 16th, 2009
9:21 am

David, Georgia is documented as playing Glory, Glory first. Auburn did not start playing it till after we did. I think the solo trumpeter is my favorite. It sends a shiver up my spine. If you are not a Dawg fan get off our blog. This one in no way relates to you.

The Grinch

July 16th, 2009
9:21 am

Joe Hamilton

aka Joe “DUI” Hamilton

aka Joe “open container” Hamilton

aka Joe “marijuana possession” Hamilton

aka Joe “hit-and-run” Hamilton

aka Joe “recent georgia tech hall of fame inductee” Hamilton

And UGA athletes are the criminals? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

AlphaDog

July 16th, 2009
9:29 am

The tuba player dotting the “i” in Script OHIO by TBDBITL

jacketbacker

July 16th, 2009
9:43 am

ugag is a joke….what traditions???….choking on your big BlackOut Day!!!….the only game day tradition in athens is trying not to puke before you get back to your car…..

45-42!!!!

THWG

Rob

July 16th, 2009
9:46 am

Hey Miami Grad: You know all about work release and bail don’t you? Pot meet kettle. Miami Thug-a-Canes. Enjoy another losing year.

OrlG8R: Tradition doesn’t mean the just the last few years. We still own your slimy butts all-time. Even with your recent success we still own you. Talk about tradition.