A game without a bulldog makes history

Uga VII won't be replaced for the Kentucky game. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Uga VII won't be replaced for the Kentucky game. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Saturday apparently will mark the first home game since the beginning of the line of Uga mascots in 1956 that Georgia won’t have a live bulldog at a Sanford Stadium game.

According to the “Damn Good Dogs!” book written by Uga’s owner, Sonny Seiler, and Kent Hannon, there have been away games with no mascot since the current line of mascots began, most recently the 2000 Oahu Bowl when Uga VI didn’t make the trip because of Hawaii’s quarantine laws. But since Uga I made his debut on Sept. 29, 1956, there has always been one of the Ugas or a substitute at all the games in Athens.

The most famous sub was Otto, who took the place of his injured brother Uga IV for four games during the 1986 season and was co-mascot with Uga for the Tech game that season. Otto, who had a brown and black spot on his back that kept him from being considered for the official mascot (which traditionally is all-white), ended up with a 4-1 record (counting the game with both dogs) and reportedly was cited by Vince Dooley as a favorite because he came off the bench and got the job done.

There have been other subs besides Otto, though, and one of them was a real rarity. All the Ugas have been male and part of the same lineage, but in 1971, when Uga II was ailing, an unrelated brown and white female English bulldog named Bugga Lou that had been given to the Seiler family took Uga’s place for the South Carolina and Florida games, both wins. Bugga Lou wasn’t just an English bulldog, she actually hailed from England originally.

I was a sophomore at UGA at the time and I remember hearing that a “Bugga” had taken Uga’s place, but I don’t recall it being revealed that Bugga was a female. We assumed it was a son or brother. The switch was so low-key that the Jacksonville newspaper ran a photo of Bugga at the Gator Bowl that they mislabeled as “Uga.”

Uga II had sired an all-white pup named Argos that the Seilers had given to Sonny’s sister in Maryland because they didn’t think he’d be needed for mascot duty. But when Uga II died before the 1972 season and the designated Uga III wasn’t deemed quite mature enough yet, Argos (who had been renamed Knute) put on the red sweater for the home opener against Baylor, another victory. Uga III was then coronated at the second game of the season against North Carolina State.

One other time that the Seilers had to go to their bench for a mascot was the 1989 Peach Bowl, when Uga IV was ill. One of his all-white sons, Magillicuddy I, filled in at the loss to Syracuse. However, when Uga IV died after the season, Magillicuddy wasn’t considered for the mascot job because he was considered too old. A pup sired during Uga IV’s last days and born after he died got the job.

The Seilers plan on having a replacement dog at the Tech game and bowl game this season, though it probably won’t be one of the dogs in the running to be Uga VIII.

There’s still no word on when Uga VII will be interred at Sanford Stadium, though the rumor out of Butts-Mehrer is that the ceremony might happen as early as Saturday morning. UPDATE: It’s been confirmed that Uga VII will be interred sometime Saturday before the game. The ceremony will not be open to the public.

It’s good to know the Uga line will continue. But it’s going to seem awfully strange not having one of those damn good dogs roaming the sidelines on Saturday.

149 comments Add your comment

Cuz

November 20th, 2009
10:33 am

RIP Uga VII, you will be missed.

We need Otto.

GeoffDawg

November 20th, 2009
10:38 am

Damn Good Dog.

Habersham Dawg

November 20th, 2009
10:38 am

Damn Good Dawgs.

daslicksta

November 20th, 2009
10:41 am

Saturday will be a sad day indeed for the Bulldawg nation in Sanford Stadium. UGA VII will be missed and I hope those ‘Cats will feel his presence in spirit thru the collected team on the field that they will be facing. GO DAWGS!!

Poor UGA

November 20th, 2009
10:45 am

UGA’s in a better place now. He no longer has to watch that miserable UGA football team.

Out of Town

November 20th, 2009
10:45 am

He didn’t go to Starkvegas a few years ago due to weather.

jesse james

November 20th, 2009
10:46 am

The UGA Tradition. How great it is! Thank you Sonny Seiler and Family for making it happen, and most of all Thank you UGA I,II,III,IV,V,VI,and VII.

Cuz

November 20th, 2009
10:46 am

On a brighter note. Baylie and I made the trip to Atlanta yesterday and picked up her skybox seats to the Kentucky game. Thanks to the AJC parking attendent, the excellent front desk security staff and Sonya for her attention to Baylie when giving her the prize. Thanks to Bill for the kind words in the winning column. We will see you on Saturday. We will be wearing red so you won’t be able to miss us. And thanks to all who voted and commented. Yes I have said this before, but it is hard to feel as if I have said it enough.

Baylie wrote this yesterday on the original contest blog. I have some serious competition.

Baylie (Fan #3)

November 19th, 2009
7:52 pm
I just wanted to thank everyone who voted/commented on this for your support & kind words, I appreciate it so much! You guys have no idea how excited I am to be going to this game! I haven’t been to many Georgia games, but my dad & I watch every one they have on Tv. That can’t possibly compare to watching the game from a sky box, though! Not only that, I’m extremely honored to have been named the ‘Ultimate Bulldogs fan’! Thank you guys so much!

& To ‘jc’,

( November 18th, 2009
12:56 pm
Thanks Bill for giving us a shot, and congrats to fan # 3! Though my wife say’s she has hit a new low, she has now been called a “hillbilly”, we did enjoy the contest! Enjoy the game! Go Dawgs—–# 1 Family )

Thank you! & Tell your wife not to worry about that person calling her a hillbilly, y’alls yard is awesome!

Gatorzone

November 20th, 2009
10:48 am

Sautee Dawg

November 20th, 2009
10:51 am

Bill
UGA 7 was on the cover of the program last week at the Auburn game. What a coincidence to be on the cover of the program and not be here the following week. As we all know UGA 7 won’t never miss another home game between the hedges.

L-Dawg

November 20th, 2009
10:56 am

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM L-DAWG!!!!!

FIRST: RIP Uga, YOU WERE EVERYBODY’S PUPPY, AND WE WILL MISS YOU.

SECOND: I AM USING THIS MOMENT TO ANNOUNCE MY RETIREMENT FROM THE JUNKYARD BLAWG!!!!

I HAVE NO REGRETS, AS I HAVE AQUIRED SO MANY FANS AND ADMIRERS THROUGHOUT THE PAST COUPLE YEARS. I KNOW I WILL BE SORELY MISSED IN THESE PARTS, BUT IT WAS BY FAR A GREAT RUN.

I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THANKS AND CREDIT TO A FEW PEOPLE…..

BILL KING: FOR NOT BANNING ME FORM THE BLAWG

CUZ: FOR BEING THE ONLY LIKED PERSON ON THIS BLAWG. ENJOY THE GAME WITH BAYLIE THIS SATURDAY. I’LL BE THERE AS WELL.

HERSCHEL TALKER: FOR BEING MY TOP FAN AND BEING THE MOST JEALOUS OF ME THROUGHOUT.

EVERY GEORGIA TECH FAN THAT COMES ON HERE TO TALK SMACK: THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR COMING ON HERE AND SHOWING YOUR A___, WHICH MAKES ME REALIZE HOW LUCKY I AM TO BE A BULLDAWG IN TH GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA. IF “SUCCESS” IS DEFINED IN THE JACKET NATION AS BEATING A CROSS STATE RIVAL, AND GETTING EMBARASSED IN A WEAK BOWL, THEN BARELY ESCAPING COUNTLESS ACC TEAMS THE FOLLOWING YEAR, I FEEL SORRY FOR EACH OF YOU.

GATOR FAN: THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME REALIZE HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO BE A BULLDAWG. IF YOU INVESTED AS MUCH ENERGY TALKING POSITIVE ABOUT YOUR TEAM AS YOU DO TROLLING THE BULLDOGS BLOGS, YOUR TEAM MAY GET MORE RESPECT FORM PEOPLE FARTHER AWAY THAN DELAND OR LAKELAND. AS EVERYBODY KNOWS, “UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA FOOTBALL: A TRADITION SINCE 1991″

FINALLY, SAINT SIMONS: I THANK YOU IN A UNIQUE WAY. BASICALLY, I REALLY WANT TO THANK MY FATHER, FOR BEING THE ONLY MAN IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA BACK IN 1985 THAT DID NOT SLEEP WITH YOUR MOTHER. HAD YOU COME OUT AS MY BROTHER, I WOULDN’T HAVE ALLOWED MYSELF TO LIVE THIS LONG TO EVEN SEE YOU ON THIS BLAWG. TO HELL WITH GEORGIA TECH. LOOKING FORWARD TO THE JACKET CLASS LEAVING SO THEY CAN NO LONGER RECRUIT, AND YOU CAN GET BACK TO YOUR “MAGIC THE GATHERING” GAME AND FRIENDS.

I AM HEREBY LAYING DOWN THE TORCH FOR ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO PICK IT UP. ONLY REQUIREMENTS ARE TO CONTINUE TO CHEER FOR THE DAWGS THROUGH THICK AND THIN AS ANY TRUE DAWGS FAN SHOULD DO. I ALSO ASK WHOEVER PICKS IT UP TO CONTINUE TO REMIND GEORGIA TECH FANS THAT THE ONLY REASON THEY COME ON THIS BLAWG IS BECAUSE THEY ENVY OUR PROGRAM, AND WISH THEY HAD THE FAN BASE AND TRADITIONS WE COVET SO DEARLY.

ONE FINAL TIME FOR EVERYBODY….. “WHAT DO GEORGIA TECH “FANS” AND UGA FANS HAVE IN COMMON?? THEY ARE BOTH THOROUGHLY OBSESSED WITH THEM DAWGS, WHAT GOES ON IN THE GREAT TOWN OF ATHENS, GA, AND COMING ON THIS BLAWG TO TALK ABOUT THEM!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!!!! SIGNING OFF….. “THE” L-Dawg

Neil

November 20th, 2009
10:57 am

Dear “Poor UGA”,

Nice timing on such an inappropriate comment. You are a real class act.

Poor UGA

November 20th, 2009
10:58 am

L-Dawg…Good Riddance.

David

November 20th, 2009
11:02 am

Is Georgia wearing all black tomorrow to mourn UGA?

daslicksta

November 20th, 2009
11:02 am

Gatorzone, your link touched me when reading it. Thanks for the information…

Otis

November 20th, 2009
11:03 am

Otis would like to make himself avialable for the remaining games. He is a 15mo old UGA IV & UVA XI descendent.

Otis

November 20th, 2009
11:08 am

UGA VI that is.

Gatorzone

November 20th, 2009
11:14 am

Most of us have respect for your coach, team, mascot and program overall.
Don’t judge by the few idiots.
Good luck on UGA VIII

dawg dad

November 20th, 2009
11:18 am

Finish it vs KY fellas, for the seniors and for Uga VII. God bless you Uga!!!

TNfan

November 20th, 2009
11:23 am

I’m sure I speak for many Tennessee Vol fans who are very sad to hear of UGA VII’s passing. We have enjoyed watching him and his predecessors and extend our condolences to all Georgia fans and especially to the Seiler family.

GT87

November 20th, 2009
11:23 am

My condolences to to the Seiler family in the loss of their pet. The UGA line of mascots has been a great college tradition. I look forward to seeing UGA VIII in Atlanta when he is introduced to our rivalry.

prussell

November 20th, 2009
11:26 am

Willie Martinez did it ….

Hungry Dawg

November 20th, 2009
11:28 am

“Poor UGA” – God has a special place for @$$***** like you, hope you enjoy it when you get there.

Personally I’d like to see the team wear the black helmets’, black jerseys and silver britches with a “VII” emblem stitched to the jerseys to show our respect for our fallen mascot.

LazySam

November 20th, 2009
11:29 am

I think UGA’s doghouse should be all black for the occasion.

chipperdawg

November 20th, 2009
11:32 am

Sure will miss that “Dawg” roving the sidelines. It seems he was just coming into his own, you know? Like a second yr player who starts reacting by instinct on the field, instead of thinking to much. He was just gettin’ his game on! Rest in peace, Uga VII!

h2s2

November 20th, 2009
11:37 am

I know’d he was a bit nervous about playing Tech but who’d a thunk it would come to this.

PDawg

November 20th, 2009
11:37 am

LazySam….yeah a Blackout!

L-Dawg….can you trade places with UGA VII?

Glory

November 20th, 2009
11:38 am

First of all, it is always a sad day to loose a member of the family. To most UGA is an icon, to the Seiler’s he was a family member first then a DAWG! He will always be remembered and loved. He will be in the hearts of all 90k plus to morrow…GO DAWGS

UGAFan91

November 20th, 2009
11:41 am

i hope the team goes out tomorrow night and wins a good one for UGA VII. Its sad he didnt even make it for senior night.

UGAFan91

November 20th, 2009
11:42 am

Enter your comments here

Larry

November 20th, 2009
11:46 am

How hard is it to put a white English Bulldog on the sidelines for Saturday? We’ve had substitutes before so it should not be that hard now. Plus, it’s senior day. At least have a dog on the sidelines for Jeff, Geno, Kade, Prince, Rod, Joe, and probably Rennie and Reshad too. If Sonny can’t find a dog, find one!

dawgfacedboy

November 20th, 2009
11:51 am

All dawgs go to heaven!! RIP UGA VII!!

BigDawgThunder

November 20th, 2009
11:54 am

Poor UGA,H2S2, Real classless comments from two “Buttwipes” like you two isn’t surprising, both of you take your parents to dinner today to celebrate your life as a loser. Then when the bill comes hand it to them you losers couldn’t even afford a chick-fil A combo. Freakin Bums

Jim Jacket

November 20th, 2009
11:59 am

Sorry to hear about Uga. Condolences to the Seiler family. Saturday football just isn’t the same without a sighting of Uga on the sideline. Look forward to welcoming the new pup or replacement/substitute at Grant Field.

BigDawgThunder

November 20th, 2009
12:00 pm

h2s2, As far as Tech is concerned, Name me 5 QB’s in the last 20 years who played in the NFL? Your answer is?… none. You losers need UGA to make you look respectable. 10 years from now you’ll be irrelevant in Atlanta when GSU picks up a head of steam in there program.

Mick Vick Fan Club, Inc.

November 20th, 2009
12:01 pm

Why do Georgia need a white bulldog?

You know what you need? You need a big mean Pit Bull, squired around by a brotha wearing chains and bling. They can lead all the UGA playas in the gansta rap dancing on the sidelines.

If you ain’t careful, you gonna lose all the thug recruits to Knoxville, so act now and get you a Pit Bull from my kennels.

BigDawgThunder

November 20th, 2009
12:04 pm

Enter your comments here

AU

November 20th, 2009
12:04 pm

Is this the same one that tried to bite the Auburn player? Burn in HE!! UGA, good riddance!!!! Just kidding. He was a good ole dog that was lucky enough to get pampered at games while peeking at cheerleaders on the sidelines. I’m sure he’s eating a big ole can of Alpo up in heaven.

Reponse to "Poor UGA"s Comment

November 20th, 2009
12:08 pm

How dare you take this time to make your Smart A$$ comments. I can only imagine what others will say about you when you pass.

knoxdawg

November 20th, 2009
12:13 pm

UGA 7 you will be missed. Always loved seeing the mascot on the sidelines. Game will not be the same w/o UGA. Team needs to rally and win this one for UGA 7 and the Seiler family. They deserve it. College football is all about the fans and mascots and rivalries and traditions. Wins are great but it is all the other things that make this sport so great. RIP UGA 7!

MAB

November 20th, 2009
12:15 pm

R.I.P. Uga VII. Damn Good ‘Dog.

Thanks to the Gator fan above with the link–most of which were classy gestures in saluting this truly hallowed college football tradition. I for one am thankful to the Seiler family for their deep love for The University of Georgia and all of the years of dedication to the school. The only “pay” they receive is our gratitude.

The school and the athletic department need to put some real thought into saluting this fallen mascot. He is more than an animal: he is a beloved family pet, he is a symbol of everything we want Georgia to be: dignified, tenacious, immovable, fearless…I could go on. The English Bulldog is a wonderful breed and we are fortunate to have such an enviable mascot tradition at UGA.

Long live Uga! Glory Glory to Ole Georgia!

PTC Dawg

November 20th, 2009
12:30 pm

No “dawg” at the home game tomorrow? Easy fix: invite the Tech cheerleaders, lots of dogs to choose from.

RIP Uga VII. Not the baddest, but definitely the biggest! Went out like a champ…with a victory over Auburn!

CF Smith

November 20th, 2009
12:33 pm

in all honesty, my sympathy on the loss of y’alls dog, but i have a suggestion for the next dog’s name:

Uga VIII or “Uga VII’s November 28,2009, the day multiple UGA defenders starred as Bill Bates”

CF Smith

November 20th, 2009
12:38 pm

or how about
Uga VIII or “Uga VII’s Lewis Grizzard’s Catfish II”

UGA VII

November 20th, 2009
12:47 pm

Future of purebred dogs seen yesterday?
“Most purebred breeds that exist today were created in the late 1800s from older dog types by selective breeding and rigorous culling. This created a genetic bottleneck that will at some point render breeding from closed stud books unviable.”

UGA VII

November 20th, 2009
12:48 pm

Future of purebred dogs seen yesterday?
“Most purebred breeds that exist today were created in the late 1800s from older dog types by selective breeding and rigorous culling. This created a genetic bottleneck that will at some point render breeding from closed stud books unviable.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purebred_%28dog%29#Future_of_purebred_dogs

DAWG Trapped in BAMA!

November 20th, 2009
12:52 pm

Gator Zone- Thanks for the link. To all you GA Tech fans who are without heart, and class,….. you will never be able to appreciate the magic that UGA brings to college football. This is a loss, not just for the Seiler family, or the BULLDAWG Nation, but for all “TRUE” college football fans. Not mascot anywhere in the country, for any team, will ever have the impact like that of our beloved UGA!

VOLSMANN

November 20th, 2009
12:56 pm

IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER FIRST UGA 7 THEN L-DAWG WHAT A GREAT FRIDAT THIS IS. IF ONLY WE COULD FIND A WAY TO MAKE SAINT SIMONS GO AWAY IT WOULD BE PERFECT.

CF Smith

November 20th, 2009
1:04 pm

DAWG Trapped in BAMA!:
let me assure you that your correlation between losing a mascot and what makes a “TRUE” college football fan makes a great deal of sense??

CF Smith

November 20th, 2009
1:05 pm

maybe you should have put:
“TRUE” college MASCOT fan.