Dogs and TV a historic combo

With the ESPNization of the SEC’s TV coverage, every team in the conference can count on every game being televised on broadcast or cable each season except for one game reserved for possible pay-per-view (in other words, the weakest nonconference gimme matchup, this year being Tennessee Tech for Georgia).

Last season, 12 of the Dogs’ games were televised, including the bowl. Over the past seven years, Georgia has never had less than 10 games on the tube and usually 11 or 12.

Remember when having a game televised live was something special? If you’re of my son’s generation who grew up in the 1990s, no, you don’t. The last time less than half the Bulldogs’ schedule was televised was 1993, when we got to see only five games. And the last time less than that were televised was 10 years earlier, when only four games were covered by television.

Incredibly, during the national championship season of 1980, Herschel Walker and the Dawgs were on TV only three times on commercial networks: the South Carolina matchup with George Rogers, the “Run, Lindsay” game in Jacksonville and the Sugar Bowl win over Notre Dame. No wonder Larry Munson’s radio broadcasts were so important to us.

Back before college football became big business, the game of the week was literally the game of the week! I remember what a big deal it was when ABC came to Athens to televise the 1965 season opener against national champion Alabama. Yeah, the flea-flicker win being televised to the entire nation was a big leg up for Vince Dooley in elevating the Georgia program. That was only the fourth Georgia game ever seen on TV up to that point. 

Actually, the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide made TV history five years earlier, when Bama beat Wally Butts’ last Bulldog team 21-6 in Birmingham in the first college football game ever televised by ABC Sports. That was the first regular-season Georgia football game to be televised. 

The first UGA game seen on TV at all was on Jan. 1, 1960, when Fran Tarkenton led his team over Missouri 14-0 in the Orange Bowl on CBS. I remember I woke up with a bad case of the mumps that New Year’s Day, but my Mom still let me watch the Dogs on TV. 

It’s strange to think back to what a thrill that was. Now we take college football on TV for granted and can even while away the entire day watching just games from one conference.

In that regard, Mike Slive is right about one thing: This is the SEC’s golden era.

22 comments Add your comment

DawginLex

July 23rd, 2009
11:12 am

The saturation has just made the game more popular. As a CFB junkie, I can’t get enough. I will miss the “downhome” touch of the Jeff-Pilot and Raycom broadcasts. ESPN will make it really stiff sounding but the football itself will overcome it.

Recruiting is going to be the biggest benefactor because of constant TV exposure.

And the nerd herd will still be playing mostly on Thursdays or to a half full stadium at 1 on Saturdays.

Huh?

July 23rd, 2009
11:26 am

I used to watch teams from all over the country but now what’s the point? If I can watch Vandy vs. Miss. State I’ll take that over USC v. Oregon any day of the week. I only care about the SEC. I don’t start caring about other teams unless we play them or its bowl time. This increased SEC exposure could make us even more insular, myopic, and homerish. Works for me.

Huh?

July 23rd, 2009
11:38 am

go dawgs bark bark bark wheres my chicken

Huh?

July 23rd, 2009
11:39 am

i like chicken i like liver meow mix meow mix please deliver

Huh?

July 23rd, 2009
11:41 am

uga will go indefeated this year and they will will win the national championship write it down as fact ill be betting all i have including my double wide and my hound dog on it ill be rich even more rich them those damn nerds from georgia yech hell yeah go dawgs

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July 23rd, 2009
11:51 am

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AltamahaDawg

July 23rd, 2009
12:05 pm

How in the world did a Dawg Fans manage to be the first to comment on a Dawg blawg site? You have to get up pretty early in the morning to beat the rivals in thier obsession with the University of Georgia.

Saint Simons

July 23rd, 2009
12:11 pm

Someone please take note of my existence. I have no friends. hahahahahahahahahahahaha

DawginLex

July 23rd, 2009
12:15 pm

Sincerest form of flattery is having a nerd steal my blog handle and post a conversation between 2 homo’s.

11:42, 11:48 and 11:49 posts are from the 2 nerds.

SC Dawg

July 23rd, 2009
12:21 pm

The way college games are televised was changed forever 25 years ago. That was when the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Georgia and Oklahoma and against the NCAA that the schools had the right to negotiate their own deals, instead of having the NCAA control it. Previously, the NCAA limited the number of games that a school could be on television to two or three times a year.

The good part of that ruling? We can see our teams on TV almost every game now.
The consequences of being on television more often? The games last longer and end as late as 11:00 PM.

Crazy Thursday Linkage

July 23rd, 2009
12:31 pm

[...] King of the AJC says Georgia fans can sit back and turn on their TV to see every game this [...]

Dink

July 23rd, 2009
1:07 pm

Bill, speaking of that memorable Sugar Bowl game against Notre Dame, who was it that recovered the botched Irish kickoff for the Dogs?

Thanks and Go Dogs!

DawginLex

July 23rd, 2009
1:12 pm

The obsession with UGA and with me continues. The previous posts were posted by my admirers.

DawginLex

July 23rd, 2009
1:17 pm

Got cut of?

That in and of itself proves that it wasn’t the true dawginlex because I know how to spell.

When does school start back so the nerds can get off of this blog?

Tom

July 23rd, 2009
1:18 pm

Can Leonard Pope even spell “TV”?

Cuz

July 23rd, 2009
1:32 pm

Wow, the nerds must be desperate to pose as Lex and Altamaha. What did they ever do to the nerds, they usually ignore them. Lex, Huh, Altamaha, I know which version is you. Don’t let the dorks get you down.

And yes, if you pose as someone else, you are a nerd and a dork, a nork.

Cuz

July 23rd, 2009
1:42 pm

Oh, and Lex, I need your mom’s potato salad recipe from the last jello party. Thanks!

DawginLex

July 23rd, 2009
1:46 pm

Cuz, looks like they got you too. Sincerest form of flattery but this kind of flattery doesn’t garner my respect for some reason.

I’m out for the day. Gotta do some work.

DamnGoodDawg

July 23rd, 2009
4:05 pm

Tech would probably be on TV more often, but the cameras have a hard time picking up those washed out colors. “Old Gold”, my a_ _.

LifelongDawg

July 23rd, 2009
4:25 pm

Those imposters are why I only make a comment here and there anymore. I know it should be flattering, but it’s more annoying than anything. I’d hoped that the AJC could get a handle on this crap, pardon the pun. Apparently not.

chazzo

July 23rd, 2009
4:38 pm

Man, I grew up in central Florida, it was tough even finding a blurb in the paper (and usually not until the following Tuesday).

UGADawg83

July 23rd, 2009
6:16 pm

I know the t.v stuff is good but dang if I don’t miss consistent 1:30 kick-offs. Great for planning.