It’s a Dawg’s life: One week to go!

Are you ready for some Dawgs football? (AJC staff)

Are you ready for some Dawgs football? (AJC staff)

Well, a week from the moment I’m writing this my wife and I will be strolling down Lumpkin Street on our way to Sanford Stadium for the the Dogs’ season opener.

I’ve never understood those folks who are still showing up after the game has started; I like to get to the stadium about an hour before kickoff so I can chat with the other fans who sit around me, soak up the game day atmosphere, watch the players warm up and get on my feet and yell as the Redcoats strike up “Krypton Fanfare” and the team walks toward the east end zone.

A friend asked me yesterday if I still get excited about the first game of the season after all these years and I said that while the prospect of seeing the Dogs play Louisiana-Lafayette might not have me at a fever pitch, the answer is definitely yes.

My pulse still quickens as I turn the corner onto the Sanford Drive bridge and the stadium looms over me. I still get a surge of adrenalin on hearing the first strains of Bulldog music from the Redcoat Band. And when that lone trumpeter gets up in the southwest corner of the upper deck and plays the opening strains of the “Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation,” a chill literally still goes down my spine.

As I wrote five years ago Sunday when the very first Junkyard Blawg post was published, I’m a lifelong Dog, born and raised in Athens, and I don’t remember a time when the Bulldogs weren’t an everyday part of my consciousness.

What a wonderful part of my life UGA has been.

As my brother Jon, a former Redcoat, likes to say, “Once a Dawg, always a Dawg … how sweet it is!”

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"Caesar Dawgustus" in downtown Athens. (Weletthedawgsout.org)

"Caesar Dawgustus" in downtown Athens. (Weletthedawgsout.org)

Steve Spurrier raised a lot of eyebrows with the Gamecocks depth chart released Friday. At quarterback, it said Stephen Garcia OR Connor Shaw, the latter a true freshman. Count me among those who figure the Ball Coach is just playing mind games with Garcia — and, perhaps, with opponents. When the Dogs come to town the second week of the season, I think there’s absolutely no chance they’ll see South Carolina starting a true freshman at quarterback instead of the talented but erratic Garcia. … If you’ve visited Athens since 2003, you’ve seen those colorfully decorated fiberglass bulldogs stationed all around town as part of the We Let the Dawgs Out program sponsored by a local woman’s club. Now The Athens Banner-Herald reports you can bid in an online auction for one of those statues, which you’re welcome to leave sitting on public display or take home for your own as of Oct. 2. About 22 of the 40 statues, including “Caesar Dawgustus,” who sits on College Avenue downtown, are already sponsored and likely will stay where they are, the report says, but others will go up for auction on eBay as of Sept. 18, with proceeds to be donated to AIDS Athens. Of course, before you plan on taking one home and parking it in your front yard, you might want to check with your neighbors. … Speaking of bulldogs, a friend who raises them passes along a gossip update about the search for a new Uga mascot. He says that two different all-white males in the Uga bloodline who are old enough to serve now as mascot have been offered to the university, but Sonny Seiler, who has overseen the mascots since the 1950s, rejected the offers. Seiler reportedly has identified an all-white Uga relation who’s likely to be Uga VIII, but not until midway through the season, meaning interim mascot Russ will reign at least until then. (I still think if he’s undefeated come homecoming, Russ might get to stick around for the whole season.) My friend says that anyone who gets a pup in the Uga line has to sign a contract in which Seiler gets first pick of any all-white male offspring. (No, he doesn’t personally have all the prospective Ugas running around his Savannah home.) There are also restrictions that prevent owners of the dogs from publicizing the fact that they have an Uga relation or from cashing in on that connection. After all these years, Seiler has his territory well marked, it seems.

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84 comments Add your comment

The Hedge

August 28th, 2010
11:40 am

Go You Hairy Dawgs!

Character Matters!

August 28th, 2010
11:46 am

Wow…. how many more arrests UGA can get in before kickoff ?

Game Day

August 28th, 2010
11:49 am

saturday night’s alright for fightin’……

Character matters.....

August 28th, 2010
11:50 am

……but you dont!

Gayterds lick nutts

August 28th, 2010
12:13 pm

gdawg

August 28th, 2010
12:17 pm

Ready for some Georgia Football?

…this tune will get you pumped!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuXYxKa2d9Q

Frank Lane

August 28th, 2010
12:22 pm

Bill,

I went to my first Sanford stadium game in October, 1944, at only six months. I still get so excited every fall leading up to the season, I can hardly stand it. I changed my wedding to not interfere with a game, I am grousing this fall because my high school scheduled a reunion on game day. I plan my life around Athens and I don’t even go to the game, finding watching on TV a much better experience.

Dogit

August 28th, 2010
1:03 pm

Is it true that the Redcoat Band is going to play Dixie this year? I sure hope so!!

The Ghost of Wally Butts

August 28th, 2010
1:03 pm

This Just In…..in addition to the severe penalty of missing the game against that high school team from Louisiand, Ealy’s additional punishments are:

- he cannot play his iPOD for 24 hours;

- he is not allowed to practice gansta rap sideline dancing moves

- he has to turn his head away when the coach does the high dive into the pool

I am certain these severe penalties will have the desired effect. We can all be proud of the high level of maturity and respect our players have for our coaches.

Cuz

August 28th, 2010
1:09 pm

The old ball coach is evil!

Evil, I tell you!

Cuz

August 28th, 2010
1:10 pm

Bill, Baylie and I scored tickets in the disabled section. I believe this game will turn out better than the last one we attended. I sure will miss that smoothie bar though.

Lindsey

August 28th, 2010
1:17 pm

Can’t wait until next Saturday, GO DAWGS!!!

Cause

August 28th, 2010
1:21 pm

Instead of a “black-out”, could we have a “red-panty-out”???

Destin Dawg

August 28th, 2010
2:08 pm

One Week ..can’t wait… talk the talk… NOW walk the Walk… B.S. stops.. F.B. starts….. Go Dawgs !!!!! Spurrier has lost his edge…. we’ve been waiting to Richt the ship after last season…. Grantham has upped the intensity level !!!

Mark "Crimson Crier" Ingram

August 28th, 2010
2:27 pm

Congrats to UGA Curdawgs, 2010 SEC and BCS Arrest Champions!

Urban Meyer

August 28th, 2010
2:30 pm

You Dog fans are in for a treat, getting to see Aaron Murray’s opener. The Gators would have loved to have had that young man. I feel he is going to be one of the premiere young quarterbacks in the nation.

My defensive staff is already working OT trying to gameplan for the UGA running game, plus Aaron throwing to one of the nation’s elite receiving corps.

$750K

August 28th, 2010
2:33 pm

$750K for a football coach while the education budget is being slashed. Always money for football. Never money for education. Keep us ignorant and stupid so all we can do is bark.

Other SEC coaches

August 28th, 2010
2:34 pm

Mark, what’s up with a game suspension for minor traffic violations? That sort of thing only merits in-house punishment. You are hitting Ealey with a game suspension AND in-house discipline.

First, you give a one game suspension for underage possession to Tavarres King, which is unheard of. Urban is not too happy with that, after the news got out that he had two freshmen arrested for the same thing, and will not miss any games, making him look like a wimp disciplinarian.

To $750 K

August 28th, 2010
2:38 pm

You are going to upset some Tide fans, coming on here and criticizing Saban for giving that $750 salary to Kirby. He’s probably worth it recruiting wise.

Tennessee fans can’t be too happy with you either, since their assistants salaries are near the top in the conference.

This is a UGA topic, lets stay on subject.

1980 was so long ago

August 28th, 2010
2:42 pm

Instead of a “black-out” you can have a “bail-out”

Bill King

August 28th, 2010
2:46 pm

Cuz:

Glad to hear it!

Yeah, the amenities in the skybox were nice, but I think Joe Cox managed to ruin that view of the stadium for me forever!

ryan

August 28th, 2010
3:01 pm

Did anyone catch the Plant H.S. and Manatee game on ESPN Jame Wilder Jr . was a none factor Manatee HS just dominated Plant HS Wilder who .

Snoop Dawg

August 28th, 2010
3:03 pm

Let’s trade Richt for Spurrier. Sometimes you have to bite your lips in order to win…

3DawgKnight

August 28th, 2010
3:34 pm

I say we adopt “Red Panties” as some sort of
play on the ’spirit towel’ & use them as a
*pre-emtive strike* before all the other schools
do it to us. Embrace the “Red Panties”.

Right On Time

August 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

Always excited for football to start.

However, this is the first year that I can ever remember feeling like the Dawgs
have no shot. I believed in them when they had the worst coach in the history
of college football. I believed in them when they had a first year coach and a
freshman QB. I even believed when JTIII was the QB. This year just seems
like it is black cloud headquarters. Arrest after arrest. 15 year old backups. LB
injuries. AD issues. Depressing.

I know, I know… I’m the life of the party.

Gaitbait 17-3

August 28th, 2010
3:52 pm

There are somethings even Spurrier won’t do money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

69dog

August 28th, 2010
4:17 pm

UGA fans call Arthur Johnson, asst AD. Tell him not to schedule ga southern!

jack bull

August 28th, 2010
4:22 pm

3Dawgnight, i’ve already raided my girlfriend’s panty drawer and took her one and only pair of red panties(thought she had more actually), but, they’ll be flying high on my truck antenna all week and i’ll definatley be waving them around come next saturday…I’m like you,,,”EMBRACE THE RED PANTIES” before every other team hits us with it….

oh yeah, don’t look now, but we’re all of sudden thin at RB, along with QB, LB, and WR….no worries though,,,behold the RED PANTY POWER!!!!

Dogs in the Pen

August 28th, 2010
5:12 pm

Look like many of the Dawg football players have spent a little time in the pen this year. Not many dogs like to be penned up. When in the world is CMR going to take control of the football program and get rid of the bums and thugs. I find myself not enjoying the tongue lashings from other fans about our thugs. Come on CMR … set down the rules and make them stick. No more arrests this year.

Glory Glory

August 28th, 2010
5:14 pm

Bill King….

why can I not post….

So Sad

August 28th, 2010
7:21 pm

What a wonderful part of my life UGA has been.

How sad it is that a grown man has been so influenced by an institution that is rotten with corruption, lack of morals, and illiteracy. In other words, a sham.

Do you need to read the transcript of the Jan Kemp trial again to remind you of your school’s legacy?

Reassure $750 K

August 28th, 2010
7:50 pm

Good news for you. The football salaries do not come out of state education money. I am sure we both take pride in UGA being a Top 20 Public University, and highly rated academically by Parade magazine, so don’t worry about football money being taken from academic purposes.

Jan Kemp

August 28th, 2010
7:54 pm

Kemp exposed some weaknesses in the UGA athletic/academic setup. In the long run, the raised standards athletes have to meet has been a plus, though it cost us a number of top flight athletes over the years to some of our SEC and ACC rivals with lower standards.

I think most UGA alumni are pleased to be high quality both academically and athletically.

Kramer

August 28th, 2010
9:10 pm

Ah, I love the smell of trolls in the evening.

Bug Zapper

August 28th, 2010
9:37 pm

Jack Bull…….Just pull the panties off that you’re wearing that you stole from your boyfriend and wave those around!

Joshuwont Alittlebit

August 28th, 2010
9:42 pm

As poor as my pass percentage is, I sure wish that when I hit a wide open reciever on the numbers he would’nt drop it!

We Hit and Run This State

August 28th, 2010
9:51 pm

Ealey to bed to ealy to rise. I guess Character doesn’t matter.

jack bull

August 28th, 2010
10:08 pm

i can’t bug zapper, i don’t care to go commando..besides, my gf’s are so much prettier..

Durty Bo Dean fan

August 28th, 2010
10:29 pm

Bill,
Nice article. I guess there’s still a few “railroad track crowd” caliber spectators out there. Go Dogs and Roll Tide!

Still@theBAR

August 28th, 2010
10:40 pm

CUZ get BAYLIE the best seat in the House.

Still@theBAR

August 28th, 2010
10:43 pm

I will make P. O. A. D. bring Baylie every flavor of smoothie they make, but he will need ACP45 to protect his GT butt upon delivery. HAHAHAHA

jpaul

August 28th, 2010
10:44 pm

check out Otis for UGA on facebook.

Email:otiscarrodus@gmail.com

Website:http://otis4uga2010.weebly.com/

Dorkmaster General

August 28th, 2010
11:40 pm

HaHa..there is a Party in the UGA..

Curious

August 29th, 2010
12:31 am

Why is Jimmie Williamson, the infamous UGA police chief, talking to the AJC anyway? The AJC should just get their info from the police report.

RED DOG 77

August 29th, 2010
1:52 am

Bill …….Your experience at the University of Georgia is much the same as mine, you’re just the better writer ! God bless my friend, and now, lets……….GATA !!!!!

Missing

August 29th, 2010
8:06 am

It’s 8:05 am 8/29….. any arrest last night. its been a couple of days. do you know where your dawg is????

tman76

August 29th, 2010
8:10 am

I am sure 99 per cent of the players would love to hear the feel good strains of Dixie as they trotted on to the pitch of Sanford Stadium

Donnie Darko

August 29th, 2010
8:31 am

We Hit and Run this state!

Destin Dawg

August 29th, 2010
8:40 am

Parade mag… last week….”UGA #3 in large public colleges”…. “best of both world’s”.. great education, rich social scene, Big time sports atmosphere… Go Dawgs !!!!

RxDawg

August 29th, 2010
8:53 am

Ha! Bill I went back to your first blog post. I was reading some of the comments, you certainly used to interact with the trolls more lol. Great stuff. I’m also kinda surprised you’ve only been doing this for 5 years. It just felt like you had been around longer for some reason. Oh well, football is in the air!