UGA, Florida playing for new trophy

(UGA Sports Communications)

(UGA Sports Communications)

Starting this year, the Dogs and Gators are playing in Jacksonville for more than just bragging rights and a recruiting advantage.

They’re battling over the Okefenokee Oar!

It seems the two schools’ student governments have teamed up to create a traveling trophy for the winner of the annual border war. Victoria Lee of UGA’s Student Government Association dropped me a note about the new Okefenokee Oar, carved in the shape of an oar out of a 1,000-year-old cypress tree from the Okefenokee Swamp.

Some might think a keg would be a better symbol of the game popularly known as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, but the oar (and, please, no jokes about the Dogs being up the creek without one this year) is intended to be symbolic of the European settlers who first navigated the Okefenokee Swamp, which crosses the borders of Georgia and Florida and which the two states used to fight over in boundary disputes.

The trophy was paid for in part by the UGA and University of Florida student governments as well as a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

Now, admittedly, at first the name “Okefenokee Oar” sounds a bit silly. But, really, it’s no sillier than other traditional trophies awarded in college football rivalries. Michigan and Minnesota battle over the Little Brown Jug. The Minnesota-Wisconsin winner gets Paul Bunyan’s Axe. Indiana gets the Old Brass Spittoon if it beats Michigan State and the Old Oaken Bucket if it beats Purdue. Arkansas and LSU go for the Golden Boot. Ole Miss and Mississippi State exchange the Golden Egg. TCU and SMU play for the Iron Skillet.

And out in Oregon, where they love ugly uniforms and marching to the beat of a different drummer, the Ducks and Beavers play for the Platypus Trophy.

All of which beat the boring Land Grant Trophy that Michigan State and Penn State play for. Or, for that matter, the generic-sounding Governor’s Cup that the Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry inherited from the old Bullpups-Baby Jackets Thanksgiving Day freshman game.

So I’m on board. Bring home the Okefenokee Oar!

141 comments Add your comment

UnderDog

October 30th, 2009
3:53 pm

And UGA will be up sh1t creek without that oar this weekend.

Urban Meyers

October 30th, 2009
3:53 pm

1 2 3 4 5, them Gators don’t take no jive. Go Gata!

Bill King

October 30th, 2009
3:58 pm

UnderDog

Repeating a joke from the original post. Congratulations.

Jake 7

October 30th, 2009
3:59 pm

Bill…this is WEAK…..start over

Cuz

October 30th, 2009
4:02 pm

The trophy should be an empty 1/2 gallon of Jim Beam.

Villa Rica DAWG

October 30th, 2009
4:05 pm

Saint Simons

October 30th, 2009
4:09 pm

Florida 77 uga 0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe Cox 5 INTs!!!!!!!!!!

Saint Simons

October 30th, 2009
4:12 pm

UGA going to the Carpets of Dalton Bowl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saint Simons

October 30th, 2009
4:13 pm

The trophy should be a Mullet wig!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahhahahahhahahahahah

Einsteindawg

October 30th, 2009
4:18 pm

Saint Simons…you sir, are a riddle inside of a mystery, wrapped in an enigma. Peace.

GeoffDawg

October 30th, 2009
4:19 pm

Meh…it adds some color. Definitely better than playing for a spittoon.

Burdell

October 30th, 2009
4:26 pm

Carpets of Dalton Bowl….LOL!

Sam

October 30th, 2009
4:27 pm

Lame. Sorry, but several of the others have some sort of real history.

Paul H

October 30th, 2009
4:28 pm

Handle of Jim Beam. Or a pair of jean shorts.

Rick

October 30th, 2009
4:29 pm

$100 to whoever can steal that thing

L-Dawg

October 30th, 2009
4:30 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!!!

WHAT DO GEORGIA TECH “FANS” AND UGA FANS HAVE IN COMMON?? THEY ARE BOTH OBSESSED WITH THEM DAWGS AND WHAT GOES ON IN THE GREAT TOWN OF ATHENS!!!

FIRE WILLIE MARTINEZ!!!

FIRE MIKE BOBO!!!

HIRE BUCK BELUE!!!

HIRE THE PILSBURY DOUGH BOY!!!

***MISSING: PLAY BOOK. LAST SCENE AT PARKVIEW, SUSPECTED TO BE SOMEWHERE OFF NORTH AVE. -CECIL FLOWE

GO DAWGS!!!!! (DOES THAT MAKE ME A BLIND HOMER??)

TO HELL HELL HELL WITH GEORGIA TECH AND FLORIDA!!!!!!

superDawg

October 30th, 2009
4:30 pm

WHAT THE HELL ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH A PADDLE.Hit WM with it.Just kidding bring a big stick and trade UF after the game.Willie make us proud.GO DAWGS GET AFTER THAT TEABAG AND MAKE ME A LONG ISLAND TEA.

Gator Rob

October 30th, 2009
4:31 pm

Might as well go ahead and nail that thing to the wall in Gainesville, they’ll only have to take it down about once every 6 years.

Paul H

October 30th, 2009
4:34 pm

Maybe we can do something REALLY embarrassing and make special rings for the winner that have the score printed on them.

This the SEC. We don’t have trophies and we don’t make rings for regular season victories. Save that for Tech and other lame ACC games.

Dale

October 30th, 2009
4:34 pm

I have never typed in all caps on a forum before but…

WHAT A STUPID IDEA!

Delbert D.

October 30th, 2009
4:41 pm

Einsteindawg – If he’s a saint, he’s already dead, right? He’s no worse than usual around Halloween, so I don’t think he is an actual ghost. Might be schizophrenia.

RedMan

October 30th, 2009
4:44 pm

Yeh, I bet the nickname for that is going to be something that ends in “ore” and the student groups will not be proud.

AthensSG

October 30th, 2009
4:47 pm

The last time I heard so much crowing from these (L Grizzard nickname) Techmites, it was about 3 years ago; they had clinched their division of the ACC; had 1 loss and ranked about 10th. They then proceeded to lose to a 4-loss UGA team: lose the ACC championship to about 10,000 in the Gator Bowl; and I really forget which bowl (probably the one they seem to be so familiar with, the Carpets of Dalton) which they probably lost, in front of 3000 fans. So y’all will probably beat UGA this year, finally go to a decent bowl, etc, etc. But you still have to do it first. Y’all may want to wait this time til you really do all of those things before you crow so loud. Paul Johnson will probably lead Tech to no more than one more loss I believe, but ya still gotta win those games before you can count them. Just saying…
Oh and for the uninformed, Techmites are Tech fans that come out of the woodwork when the football has a winning season.

Saint Simons

October 30th, 2009
4:47 pm

Is anyone coming to my Dungeons and Dragons party tonight?

MDG

October 30th, 2009
4:55 pm

Cuz, or half full depending on the outcome of the game…

AltamahaDawg

October 30th, 2009
4:55 pm

Ok, who didn’t drink thier half of the beam?

Burdell

October 30th, 2009
4:58 pm

Another UGA fan living in the past with a Lewis Grizzard quote…

Hey, wasn’t he around back in the days of Herschel?

And BTW we have not had a losing season since 1996.

On the other hand...

October 30th, 2009
5:00 pm

They could have played for a 1964 Fleetwood single-wide, blocks included. Only problem, they’d have to watch it close during the game to keep teenage brothers and sisters from humpin’ in it when Diddy passes out drunk at the half. Come to think of it, playing for a Mullet Wig might make sense too. Or some cut-off jorts…

L-Dawg

October 30th, 2009
5:05 pm

BURDELL…..

THAT DOESN;T MATTER. YOU ARE STILL ON A UGA BLOG, TALKING SMACK ABOUT UGA, TO UGA FANS. THAT MAKES YOU THE PUNCHLINE TO THE TRUEST JOKE EVER CREATED:

WHAT DO GEORGIA TECH “FANS” AND UGA FANS HAVE IN COMMON?? THEY ARE BOTH OBSESSED WITH THEM DAWGS AND WHAT GOES ON IN THE GREAT TOWN OF ATHENS!!

TO HELL WITH BURDELL

UGASlobberknocker

October 30th, 2009
5:08 pm

Is the oar flammable? If so, Ive got a match.

Jefferson

October 30th, 2009
5:08 pm

If they really wanted to piss off the UF fans, they would forfeit the game right before kickoff, some UGA fans wouldn’t even notice.

Law Dawg

October 30th, 2009
5:11 pm

A 5 gallon jug of genuine Chattahoochee River water to commemorate the current water war between Georgia and Florida (and Alabama).

On the other hand...

October 30th, 2009
5:15 pm

Any animal inbred, cross-eyed, and stupid would make sense

Herschel Talker

October 30th, 2009
5:18 pm

L-DAWG IS A G@Y TOOL

On the other hand...

October 30th, 2009
5:19 pm

An orange chain-gang suit, complete with handcuffs? Huge Palmetto Bug maybe? A year’s supply of hair bleach, spam, or Vaseline (would need to be a big supply if UGA slipped up and won)?

KJ

October 30th, 2009
5:37 pm

Ugh, no. Let the Big Ten teams play for the Gilded Jockstrap, or whatever mediocre conferences need to motivate themselves. We play real football, we don’t need that crap.

josh

October 30th, 2009
5:40 pm

Horrendous article…this is the height of journalism and topics to discuss before this game??? Good lord. Why don’t we talk about what Tebow and Joe Cox are going to eat for breakfast tomorrow and then compare pancakes & waffles. This is why you see newspapers crumbling…

45ACP

October 30th, 2009
5:40 pm

I thought 1,000-year-old cypress trees from the Okefenokee Swamp were protected by the Federal Government. Wetlands Act or something like that.
There should be a Congressional investigation about this.

Dawg Foot

October 30th, 2009
5:40 pm

3 Liter Bottle of Jack Daniel’s – i saw it on e-bay.

David

October 30th, 2009
5:42 pm

GEORGIA: 38 Florida:24!!! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SEC powerhouse NOT

October 30th, 2009
6:02 pm

a goofy toothy dawg fan

October 30th, 2009
6:04 pm

Who cares about a dumb oar anyway? Its will be years before Uga could compete for it anyway while Willie and Boo Boo are coaches at Georgia. Maybe some of our players need to learn how to obey the law in keeping drivers licenses up to par.! Then maybe they will know how to play football at UGA.

Uga Studd

October 30th, 2009
6:04 pm

Retarded video, white guys cant rap…. well besides Eminem

BJohnDawg

October 30th, 2009
6:07 pm

I am from St. Marys and that has got to be one of the funniest things I have heard this year. Okefenokee OAR.

Hey, I think IF ( Big IF) Georgia wins we should get to really humiliate Florida and send them the crew from Real Housewives of Atlanta to live in Gainesville for one year. That Kim chick probably would end up taking Tebow’s virginity and he would lose his superman powers and start drinking and smoking and doing bad reality tv.
Of course not sure there is any good reality TV.

Time to get my drink on before the game.

DBCOOPER

October 30th, 2009
6:20 pm

59-39-5, 45-37-2

What do these numbers mean?

45ACP

October 30th, 2009
6:30 pm

DB – You know there is a reward out for you.

Saint Simons

October 30th, 2009
6:32 pm

Hmmm DB i would guest how many boyfriends you have!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahhaha

GeezusDawg

October 30th, 2009
6:42 pm

You forgot the most important prize when Tech beats Georgia, all Tech players get to skip two child-support checks to their “babymama”.

45ACP

October 30th, 2009
6:43 pm

It’s the Longitude and Latitude of where you hid the money.

Dawg fans know it is the all time record of UGA vs GIT and UGA vs UF.

Or maybe if you multiply them it is the number of times SS has posted on a blog.

woa

October 30th, 2009
6:50 pm

Hey simons,

I bet you are all alone with nobody to play with. Im so glad tech made you happy last year, with a 3 point victory over a team that had won 7 straight. See if you can find a life in these next 7 years, so you wont look so stupid and ignorant on these blogs.