Why not give the old Dawg a full season?

A lot of fans are particularly fond of interim mascot Russ. (University of Georgia)

A lot of fans are particularly fond of interim mascot Russ. (University of Georgia)

As had been expected, Sonny Seiler has made it official that a new Uga won’t be ready in time for the start of the season, meaning interim mascot Russ will be around for a few more games. In fact, Uga VIII might not make his debut until the homecoming game against Vandy on Oct. 16.

But what might surprise Seiler and the folks at Butts-Mehre is that there’s a growing contingent in the Bulldog Nation that thinks changing mascots in midseason isn’t that great an idea. And just imagine what the chatter would be if the Dogs were to be undefeated coming into that homecoming game. Is that really when you want to make that kind of switch?

Sure, it’s understandable that Russ at age 5 is considered too old to become the next Uga. But there’s a definite fondness for the not-quite-all-white half-brother of the late Uga VII, probably because his tenure as a sub kicked off in such spectacular fashion last year with an upset of the Jackets in Atlanta.

Why not let Russ serve out the entire 2010 season and let Uga VIII begin his reign with a full season in 2011?

GAME TIMES

It might not have been a pressing issue for most fans, but I’m quite relieved to hear this morning that the Dogs’ Oct. 2 game against Colorado will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET. I’ve been worrying about the possibility of a night game ever since it was decided the Athens High School Class of 1970 40th reunion will take place in Athens on that evening. Now I don’t have to juggle the two.

Speaking of game times, though, David Hale of Bulldogs Blog mentioned in a roundup of notes from the SEC meetings in Destin that the athletic directors had met with representatives of ESPN about the conference’s TV deal and that UGA’s Damon Evans brought up the issue of kickoff times.

While Evans recognizes that Georgia is likely to continue to have a lot of night games at Sanford Stadium because of the ESPN deal, he would like a better balance than last season. Evans noted that early kickoffs appeal to a broader demographic of fans and cause less of a burden on campus police and support staff.

I don’t know whether Evans speaking up is likely to make any difference (I tend to doubt it), but I’m glad he did. I’ve sort of gotten used to the extended game day routine that a night kickoff requires, but I’d still love to see more afternoon starts.

(UPDATE: UGA announced today the Sept. 18 game against Arkansas at Sanford Stadium will kick off at noon.)

What are your feelings on the shift to mostly night games in Athens?

103 comments Add your comment

F. Sinkwich

June 3rd, 2010
11:31 am

Russ will be fine this year. He’s done a good job so far.

Daniels Dawgs

June 3rd, 2010
11:35 am

Amen, I totally agree

Daniels Dawgs

June 3rd, 2010
11:39 am

Ohh and I love the night games!!!!

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

June 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

I like the night games because i get to watch them , of course i like listening to day games on the radio so its really a win win .
why not keep russ and if the new mascott is ready mid year let them both finish the season.

uga_b

June 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

Apparently this was posted before they gave us 2 noon kick-offs.

Jim Williams

June 3rd, 2010
11:44 am

Sonny knows what he’s doing. Good idea on letting both dawgs finish the season. Russ is our lucky charm. Gotta love those night games. Prime time baby!

snotbubble

June 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

I like the 3;30 pm games. Gotta a good buzz by then and ready to watch some football. I hate the night games because I’m usually passed out by then. Go Dawgs, Sic ‘em !!!!!

chazzo

June 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

June 3rd, 2010
12:02 pm

Anybody see that Colorado will be honoring the 20th anniversary of their 1990 AP National Championship when we are there? Funny…. doesn’t another school “claim” a 1990 National Championship?? Hillarious!!!!

(((((30-24)))))

oh…. and GO RUSS!!!!

So Predictable

June 3rd, 2010
12:08 pm

how2fish

June 3rd, 2010
12:09 pm

I’d be just fine with Russ having the entire year..damn good dawg! As for kickoff..frankly Sept and early Oct needs as many night games as we can get its just too darn HOT! But a crisp late fall day game is hard to beat !

Dan

June 3rd, 2010
12:17 pm

Is this a serious blog (blawg?)?

YoungDawg

June 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

Completely agree on going with Russ all season then the new UGA in 2011.

Let’s face major college athletics have sold to TV so it is what it is. To get all the SEC games on TV most will be played at noon or at night.

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

June 3rd, 2010
12:24 pm

Russ is a good looking dawg. I say keep him. As for game times, no one can control that. The better you do, the more night games you end up playing. Kinda sucks but that’s the way it is.

The ghost of Jim Williams

June 3rd, 2010
12:24 pm

I guess when Colorado is celebrating the 20 year anniversary of their N.C. we can celebrate the 30 year anniversary of our last N.C.

guy

June 3rd, 2010
12:31 pm

courtesy of EDSBS: “Just adopt one out of rescue, dammit. It’s not like the Seilers need the money, and the obsession with breeding the perfect fat inbred white animal to represent your school is far too close to certain negative stereotypes about Southerners for our taste.”

1eyedJack

June 3rd, 2010
12:32 pm

Russ is undefeated. Give him some love.

12 pm starts mean less time for everybody to get drunk and trash the place.

knoxdawg

June 3rd, 2010
12:35 pm

Russ deserves a full year as the mascot. He earned last year and it would give the new pup time to mature into a full grown dog. Let Russ have his day.

Colorado Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
12:37 pm

As far as game times are concerned, I just hope we don’t end up on CBS very often. Ol’ Vern and the CBS crew drive me crazy and they take an absurd number of commercial breaks. As for the CU game, I was advised by a Nebraska fan not to wear any UGA colors to the game to avoid drawing the ire of the CU fans. I guess he’s never been to LSU or Jacksonville and faced those drunk rednecks.

Not Saint Simons

June 3rd, 2010
12:41 pm

30-24 hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

On the business – as an outside dawg (i.e. one who lives far enough away that the last UGA game I went to was the UGA-AU classic in 2002), I like any game that ends up on TV. If I lived there, though, I’d want either the noon kick-off or the late game. Either way, lots of time to set up the smoker…

Paul H

June 3rd, 2010
12:49 pm

Give Russ his due! He’s undefeated!

30-24
1-8
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Paul H

June 3rd, 2010
12:51 pm

The Ultimate ASTERISK should be shown on Colorado’s jumbotron when they honor their 1990 “”"”"”"Championship”"”"”"”" team. I’m a UGA fan but I still can’t believe Tech had to share a championship with a team that got 5 downs to win a game. Unbelievable.

Funny

June 3rd, 2010
1:27 pm

Dam poor blog………nobody cares. 45-42!!!!!!

leslie22h

June 3rd, 2010
1:30 pm

I think it would be bad luck to replace Russ in the middle of the season. He’s undefeated as “interim mascot,” so give the old dawg his due and give him the 2010 season.

H. Walker

June 3rd, 2010
1:30 pm

I don’t like night games, period.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 3rd, 2010
1:33 pm

Russ or UGA VIII- just make sure to have a Bulldog on the sidelines this year.

UGA VIII

June 3rd, 2010
1:36 pm

I can wait until 2011. I’d rather come in on a season when we actually have a chance at the NC, not saying that we don’t every year, but we didn’t last year, and we have made to many changes and don’t have an experienced QB to be considered in the hunt for a NC this year. Let Russ go 10-2, and I’ll come in and go 14-0! Again, I’d rather wait!

Money

June 3rd, 2010
1:37 pm

Russ is the man (errr…dog)! I say keep him for as long as he is able…through 2010 and beyond…

He Bobbled the Ball

June 3rd, 2010
1:37 pm

I agree, let Russ handle it this season. Call him Russ I and make all interim mascots come from the Russ line. Besides, he’s a handsome fellow.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

June 3rd, 2010
1:41 pm

Thank you, fans. I appreciate all the great support. You know my heart is in the right place- it is my a$$ they have problems with. I hope to lead the Dawgs this year as your mascot of choice. One thing for sure . . . I will not be a part of any a$$ paintings- mascot or not.

Jaxdawg

June 3rd, 2010
1:48 pm

Haha I was waiting for a good a$$ painting post. Let Russ stay on he deseves it.

WonderDawg

June 3rd, 2010
1:51 pm

Is funny, Funny, that you have to post a score from ‘08 . . .

Paul H

June 3rd, 2010
1:52 pm

Hey “Funny,” are you serious? That is sad. But hey while we’re at it, 31-17!!!! (score from 2007 game).

Paul H

June 3rd, 2010
1:53 pm

14-7!!!!!!! (score from the 2005 game)

Rampdawg

June 3rd, 2010
1:57 pm

Russ, the Temporary Mascot :

Don’t worry ’bout it Russ. as long as the Dawgs keep putting the A$$ WAXINGS on TECH everything will be fine.

jimmy

June 3rd, 2010
2:01 pm

leave the dog in place until we lose. i love night games on tv’but they sure wear you out live

S FL Chapter of the Bulldog Nation

June 3rd, 2010
2:02 pm

to hell with that two timin, yellow belly, weasel of a coach in Ark! make him and his boys wake up at the crack of dawn (their time), and come get their whoopin!! And thank you for lettin our boys wake up at a decent time out in Boulder! Very nice of ya! HA!

Let get it on! Go Dawgs!!!

Ted Striker

June 3rd, 2010
2:02 pm

I prefer night games.

Keep Russ. Just don’t paint him again.

59bulldawg

June 3rd, 2010
2:23 pm

Russ in 2010! Dang fine dawg!

Dawg Trainer

June 3rd, 2010
2:46 pm

“And just imagine what the chatter would be if the Dogs were to be undefeated coming into that homecoming game. Is that really when you want to make that kind of switch?”

As long as the Dawgs have to play Tennessee, you don’t have to concern yourselves about being undefeated coming into that homecoming game.

BullyMack

June 3rd, 2010
2:51 pm

Hey CO Dawg, I wouldn’t worry too much about the “ire” of CU fans when they are getting their asses handed to them. I heard the same about AZ State fans in Tempe and their chirping lasted all of about 1 quarter before they caved and Dawg fans owned that stadium.

BigDawg

June 3rd, 2010
3:05 pm

Russ is fine for a temporary fix, but we need a full time mascot that is pure bred, all white english bulldog…this isn’t Miss State.

Sanger

June 3rd, 2010
3:06 pm

What the heck difference does it matter? One ugly, mangy, flea-bitten mutt is as good as another.

It must be a really slow week if a sportswriter has nothing better to write about than a stupid mutt.

May Tangier

June 3rd, 2010
3:10 pm

Serious Dawg fans need to start organizing and demanding that D. Evans fire Richt.

Otherwise, sports writers will be asking the same question this time a year from now.

Richt represents mediocrity. Saban and Meyer represent excellence and championships. Richt simply isn’t in their class, nor will he ever be. Richt would have to be incredibly lucky to win the division, and the odds against him winning the SEC championship go up to at least 20:1.

Those are the simple facts, and there’s no amount of enthusiasm or cheerleading or Top 5 recruiting classes that can get around it. And a stupid mutt mascot doesn’t matter either!

As they say in poker, “Read ‘em and weep.”

Dale

June 3rd, 2010
3:30 pm

Is there a “keep Russ” facebook page or has some bozo not created it yet?

risk376

June 3rd, 2010
3:48 pm

night games are the best games

GeezusDawg

June 3rd, 2010
3:50 pm

Sept. 18 at noon???
It’ll only be about 10,000 degrees.

Alabamadawg

June 3rd, 2010
4:00 pm

Love the night games, unless, except for that one Saturday each year.

how2fish

June 3rd, 2010
4:06 pm

May Tangier

really get a life Bug..

uga_b

June 3rd, 2010
4:17 pm

I hate to doubt the motivations of our president and AD, but I assume they only want to move the games because of tailgating. Since tickets are pre-sold out, they don’t worry about draw. Night games are one big hassle overall, especially if you go back at night, but I think that is a convenient excuse. I wonder if we went to all noon kicks and continued to eliminate tailgate options by 1/4 each year, when we would finally see significant dropoff?

bruce mac

June 3rd, 2010
4:20 pm

Keep Russ until he loses if he ever does. He has never been painted you Yech morons. The owner said it would take allot of paint to make an UGA out of him. What part of this story do you dumb azz engineers not understand?

4th Place SEC East Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
4:29 pm

Russ’s beautifully descended testicles will bring the divided Bulldawg Nation together!!

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

June 3rd, 2010
4:45 pm

48-17….. Come here little puppy

Russ Fan

June 3rd, 2010
4:57 pm

FREE RUSS!!!!!

Russ Fan

June 3rd, 2010
4:58 pm

Vote for Russ

UGA VII in '08

June 3rd, 2010
5:00 pm

Russ for Uga VIII in ‘010!

Bill King is a..............

June 3rd, 2010
5:11 pm

Giving Russ a full season is better than the AJC giving Bill a full season as a blogger

DSGB

June 3rd, 2010
5:16 pm

Russ has that junkyard dawg look… we need to keep him around so that it can rub off on our defense… we need that ol’ erk russell mentality back!!

oledawg

June 3rd, 2010
5:29 pm

I remember that Uga II was a puppy of sorts and don’t know why one doesn’t fit the bill from the litter just born. Waiting on another litter seems to be trying for perfection (all white male) and I would think it good to go for a female. Of course, Russ is lovable and we like the attachment to Uga VII that continues through him. We just don’t have to be superstitious about it. What happens if we go undefeated and can’t change? That should be in the mix. If the Seilers don’t think we have the perfect dog, then I don’t want that to be on their head. We can always cast about for the perfect well-bred mascot in Bulldog land and end our dependency on others making our school mascot decisions for us. Don’t get me wrong–if the Seilers are ready and able for an heir to the throne, then let’s get on with it. No problem. But, if the Seilers and the University have both got to be in perfect synch for every representative of our University, then we should look around for a new dynasty…and I was at Georgia during Uga I’s reign. Steeped in tradition doesn’t mean welded to tradition. If we are eschewing females and imperfection then let’s pause for a moment and think. This dynasty has been with us through the good graces of the Seilers and we indeed embrace that gift. If perfection is created in the giver’s mind, then let’s help them by telling the Seilers that we still trust in their judgement as to their choosing our mascot, but a female or not perfectly white color is fine from this lineage. Or declare Russ to no longer be the Dawg-In-Waiting , but instead to be OUR DAWG for the rest of his natural life. If that is just a few years of his life (and mine) then so be it! What the hell is a title anyway. Lewis Grizzard would think it is standoffish and a little too royal. He , like I , might just appreciate a Sluggo for a change. Erk Russell probably wouldn’t mind either.

Diamond dog's Parole Officer's Little Weiner

June 3rd, 2010
5:46 pm

I am a little man with no life. Obsessed with all things UGA.

I wish I was taller.

Why do all the inmates make fun of me?

I wish I could kiss a girl other than my mom.

DawginOH

June 3rd, 2010
5:55 pm

Sic ‘em, Russ! DGD!!

RedcoatATA

June 3rd, 2010
6:04 pm

As a Redcoat member I have mixed feelings about night games. Nothing beats the wonderful hours of tailgating before a game, the intensity of the crowd that seems to grow as the sun goes down, but 7 am rehearsals leading to an 8 pm kickoff is tiring. I’m all for night games, but maybe not as many this year?

F. Sinkwich

June 3rd, 2010
6:17 pm

oledawg,

I might agree with you, but your post was pretty much unreadable. There’s a key on the right hand side of your keyboard with a left hand arrow on it that reads “Enter.” It’s useful for paragraphs.

You’re welcome.

F. Sinkwich

June 3rd, 2010
6:24 pm

Now that I no longer have season tickets I prefer start times at 3:30 PM or later — fire up the big screen (and fireplace later in the season) and enjoy!

Gotta have a cold one or while I watch — can’t do that at Sanford, you know :-)

I enjoyed the earlier times when I made the trip to our classic city.

DawginLex

June 3rd, 2010
6:31 pm

I was in Columbia in 1988 and it was 200 degrees.

Should be about the same this year.

Maybe our depth on the OL will payoff.

I still think we are gonna win. I’d love for it to not be close for once with us on the winning end.

tony purvis

June 3rd, 2010
6:39 pm

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GaDawg

June 3rd, 2010
6:45 pm

RUSS!!! Until the Seiler family is ready to introduce Uga VIII. Hopefully, that will be the first game of 2011.

AltamahaDawg

June 3rd, 2010
6:54 pm

Did anybody cover the “Nick Saban would have had a mascot ready by now” angle yet? It’s never quite a story till we know how he would have done it.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

June 3rd, 2010
6:57 pm

THANKS FOR NOT SAYIN FIRST AND ACTUALLY MAKIN A POINT FRANK

AltamahaDawg

June 3rd, 2010
7:02 pm

I asked before and got no replay, but whats with the “half brother” deal? Same mama from a Differnt litter? I assume Russ was not sired by Uga, otherwise he would be Uga, sama as Uga.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

June 3rd, 2010
7:39 pm

If you remember Russ didn’t really care for the UGA role. Sonny had explained that Russ didn’t like the noise (especially the band) and I’m sure he’d rather hang on the porch on the homestead and get his ears rubbed.

I’m all for Russ as long as he’s a happy dawg.

RedandBlack

June 3rd, 2010
8:32 pm

Go ahead and make Russ UGA VIII and bring out the new UGA IX after the bowl game in January 2011, The ONCE, en espanol, por favor. Go Dogs!!!

Dumbo

June 3rd, 2010
8:53 pm

Go with Russ…he’s fat, he slobbers and he farts….dang, kinda sounds like the grandbaby, don’t it!

Delusional Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
9:12 pm

So, UGA ticket prices are falling like BP stock. Where’s all the demand for the “run the table” season???

KJ

June 3rd, 2010
10:07 pm

“So, UGA ticket prices are falling like BP stock.”

Yeah, except, they’re not. Ticket prices are the same, the donation threshold has been reduced. They will still sell out every game, and you will still be a pathetic loser troll.

The Ghost of Wally Butts

June 3rd, 2010
10:33 pm

UGA Ticket Prices Dropping? Well, this has me concerned in 2 ways:

1. Will the coaching staff still be able to afford the payments on their vacation homes on lakes?

2. Will we have enough case to bail our players out of Clarke County Jail?

AltamahaDawg

June 3rd, 2010
10:47 pm

Still plenty of case for that ghost.

And make that a pathetic loser troll….who is too ashmed of this own school to admit to it by name.

Delusional Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
11:25 pm

K J is just angry because he looks like the north end of a southbound bulldog.

AltamahaDawg

June 3rd, 2010
11:48 pm

No, he just understand the storyline. A mere 2000 people didn’t renew thier season tickets after a disapointing by UGA standards 8 wins, in the middle of a deep recession. Can your school say the same thing?

AltamahaDawg

June 3rd, 2010
11:50 pm

all of which will be requested by new applicants plus some.

KJ

June 4th, 2010
12:08 am

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athdog

June 4th, 2010
1:35 am

Night games are fantastic. The stadium is gorgeous all alight and the atmosphere is electric…and when the game is over I can turn off the tv and go to bed. I live in Athens, am a season ticket holder and have been for twenty years. Night games are awesome, and one or two a year is great. Anymore, I’m selling the tickets, and watching it on the 50 inch LCD that I bought two years ago selling tickets to night games.

athdog

June 4th, 2010
1:38 am

And ticket prices are not dropping, merely the minumum amount for a new season ticket holder to donate in order to receive tickets dropped. The place is still sold out all season, and will be next year as well as the next, etc..
How’s the sales coming in that addition to Bobby Dodd/Grant Field/Carjack Stadium/Streetmugging Center over on North Avenue? And of course, 30-24, 8 of 9

athdog

June 4th, 2010
1:46 am

and of course, 15 of 20

UGA 2010

June 4th, 2010
3:18 am

lol tech fans care about our next mascot almost as much as we do.. maybe if your team put more emphasis on trying to beat us, instead of obsessing over our recruits, fans, stadium, beautiful town, future NFL stars, pretty girls, mascot, etc., you could win against us more than once a decade. Hey, i gotta go to downtown Atl tomorrow, who’s down for being on the unfortunate end of another armed robbery?

John MAC

June 4th, 2010
8:30 am

It makes more since to make the athletes play in the noon day Sun wearing all that gear. I for one prefer almost dying of heat stroke during a noon game to the cooler temps of the night games.

James T. Kirk

June 4th, 2010
8:34 am

Your best player towards the end of the season was Russ. Says a lot about your foot ball players

Innocent bystander

June 4th, 2010
9:29 am

Tell Damon Evans if Richt can start dominating the conference like Saban and Meyer, he will get more of the CBS afternoon games instead of ESPN night or the SEC TV noon kickoff.

Gatorbait 17-3

June 4th, 2010
9:38 am

The only good thing about Georgia playing the Gators, it’s about the only time
the dawgs get a prime time telecast.

Jeff

June 4th, 2010
10:15 am

If we are undefeated when we play Vandy…..just let them try and change mascots…..what will probably happen is we are undefeated when we go to Jax and the bright people that make these decisions will pick that game to make the change…..LISTEN TO THE FANS FOR ONCE….WE ARE THE ONES THAT HELP PAY MOST OF THE BILLS…..

Jeff

June 4th, 2010
10:17 am

Since when has Florida become an expert on TV times…..tell us chokers (no pun intended towards oscar Meyer) who has been in prime time more since 2000???????????????? go check it out Gaytors….you might be a bit surprised….

FLDAWG

June 4th, 2010
10:51 am

So Russ is old at 5???? He’s lasted longer than our last 2 beloved UGA’s. Let’s get him a sweater vest and take him to Colorado. He can ride next to me on the plane as we head for OUR national championship!

Innocent bystander

June 4th, 2010
11:20 am

Jeff, I hate to tell you but the way the contract is written CBS gets first choice, not ESPN and the humpers aren’t even close to UF.

Innocent bystander

June 4th, 2010
11:21 am

And oh by the way Jeff, as I recall the humpers lost to Vandy just a couple of years ago at Samford and Son stadium.

Bill King

June 4th, 2010
7:40 pm

Gatorbait:

Prime time? Yeah, well, maybe in Florida 3:30 in the afternoon (which is when the game is played most years) is prime time.

4th Place SEC East Dawg

June 4th, 2010
10:21 pm

Russ looks inbred, just like a large percentage of our fans. I say we keep him!!

AltamahaDawg

June 5th, 2010
10:09 am

Actually I think you mean “instead” of. Not “like” them. Only one coach from each division can “dominate” and really if you think about it, how did a coach that lost the SECCG be dominating too. So basically what you mean is that tell Richt to be the best coach in the best league and then……

And do it before the other 11 figure out that they get paid to do the same thing.

Natureboy809

June 7th, 2010
12:07 pm

Keep Russ if we get off to a good start to the season & start every game at 3:30 PM EST

Debbi Lewis

July 11th, 2010
2:35 pm

Give the DAWG a chance. He is 2-0 and I agree.. we should not change mascots in the middle of a season…

CatDawg

August 22nd, 2010
2:01 am

Keep Russ!!!!! GO DAWGS SICK EM WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!!!

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