UGA or Tech? It’s no contest, really

classic uga logoESPN’s SEC and ACC bloggers had an interesting exchange this week in which they argued the relative merits of UGA and Georgia Tech.

The discussion was prompted by a reader named Tom in Denver who is moving to Atlanta and wanted to be sold on which school he should root for in place of Colorado.

ACC blogger Heather Dinich had the unenviable task of making the case for the Yellow Jackets, and she mainly concentrated on similarities between Tech and CU, like both teams wearing gold and sharing the 1990 national championship, which she noted “is 10 years more recent than the last time the Bulldogs won a national crown.”

Ouch. That’s about the only blow she landed, however.

As for Tech football, her backhanded sales pitch was that “it’s not a bad product on the field. Georgia Tech has played in 14 consecutive bowl games. It’s been 17 years since the Yellow Jackets had a losing record in conference play. And personally, I like Paul Johnson’s offense. It’s unique, it was the best rushing team in the nation last year, and defenses never know when they’re going to get hit with a play of over 20 yards.”

SEC blogger Edward Aschoff made a much more convincing case, but then he had a lot more to work with.

Among the reasons he cited that Tom should switch his allegiance to the Dawgs and not the Jackets was that this year’s team “has the ability to not only win the SEC East but could be a BCS buster for the team that comes out of the West. Following the Bulldogs this year won’t lack excitement, especially with the SEC’s best quarterback in Aaron Murray running the show.”

Also mentioned: SEC coaching dean Mark Richt being “a classy guy,” Uga being “one of the most popular mascots in all of sports,” a rich tradition, playing a game “Between the Hedges,” the annual trip to Jacksonville and “Finally, I think it says everything about the two programs when Bulldogs fans buy Georgia Tech’s season tickets just to get a seat for the Georgia game.”

Good job, Edward. Those are some pretty good reasons to be a Bulldog fan.

But there are many more. In fact, a couple of years ago I wrote a series of blogs listing many of them. So here, in no particular order and compiled together for the first time, are 101 Reasons to be a UGA fan:

1. “It’s Saturday in Athens!”

2. Uga and all his predecessors. The most recognizable — and, as Sports Illustrated said, the best — college mascot in America.

3. “The ball ain’t heavy.”

4. Erk’s bleeding forehead.

5. The Arch.

6. “There goes Herschel.”

7. The most beautiful stadium in college football.

8. The “G” helmet design — even better than Green Bay’s original and the best-looking in all of football.

9. Hines Ward.

10. Silver britches.

11. It’s still “10 to 9″ in Dallas.

12. Ringing the Chapel bell after a victory.

13. David Greene and “70-X-Takeoff.”

14. A favorite headline: “Unbeaten, untied and unbelievable!”

15. North Campus in the spring. Or fall. Or any time, really.

16. How many other teams have a Beatles song named after them (”Hey Bulldog”)?

17. “Run, Lindsay!”

18. We don’t wear orange! Or blue, green, purple or yellow (ugh)!

19. A drive down Milledge Avenue during Pledge Week.

20. “Between the Hedges.”

21. You can’t spell “Sugar” without “UGA.”

22. The electricity in the air when you step on the Sanford Drive bridge before a game.

23. Appleby-to-Washington.

24. Dan Magill and the loudest tennis crowds in America.

25. Sinkwich and Trippi in the same backfield.

26. “Glory, Glory Dixieland.”

27. Red and black, the best color combination in sports.

28. Verron Haynes in the checkerboard end zone.

29. Teaching a child to say “Go Dogs!” (Especially if he belongs to your Gator neighbor!)

30. Vince Dooley’s sideline body English.

31. Kevin Butler kicking it “a hundred thousand miles” against Clemson.

32. The Gym Dogs’ 10 national championships.

33. Foley Field’s six College World Series banners (twice as many as the school in Atlanta).

34. A jersey number retired for good reason.

35. “Keep your seats everyone, the Redcoats are coming!”

36. Dominique Wilkins.

37. Kudzu Hill.

38. Jake “the Snake” Scott.

39. Uga V lunging at Auburn’s Robert Baker.

40. A crisp fall day in Athens — as close to heaven on earth as you can get.

41. “Oh, look at the sugar falling out of the sky!”

42.  UGA is the only school to have three different Super Bowl MVPs: Jake Scott of the Miami Dolphins, Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos and Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

43. An undefeated, untied national championship season.

44. Uga V on the big screen in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

45. How many schools had a song written and performed for them by James Brown?

46. “Cowboy” and “Moonpie.”

47. “I rose to the occasion.”

48. Greeting the heir to the British throne at halftime with “Damn good prince!”

49. Tarkenton to Herron for the SEC championship.

50. “How ’bout them Dawgs!”

51. The Water Girl.

52. The flea-flicker over Alabama!

53.  Five-time Olympian Teresa Edwards.

54. The “Give us your lunch money, nerds” banner on Kudzu Hill.

55. Wally’s Boys.

56. Herschel Walker gaining 150 yards playing with a dislocated shoulder against Notre Dame.

57. “Pop” Warner coaching UGA at Herty Field.

58.  Andy Johnson leading the Thanksgiving night 1971 winning drive against Tech.

59. The original Junkyard Dogs defense of 1975.

60. Sonny Seiler.

61. David Pollack stripping the ball and scoring in Columbia.

62. “Let the big Dawg eat.”

63. Kicker Bobby Etter picking up a bad snap and running it in for a touchdown against Florida.

64. We don’t have to advertise to sell out our stadium.

65. Munson breaking “a metal steel chair.”

66. Richard Tardits.

67. Hairy Dawg.

68. Memories of the fans on the tracks.

69. Longtime trainer “Squab” Jones.

70. Gordon Beckham.

71. “General” George Patton.

72. That Bill Bates moment in Knoxville living forever on the video screen at Sanford Stadium.

73. “Get the picture … ”

74. Bill Goldberg.

75. “If your blood runs red and black … ”

76. Belue off the bench.

77. “Man enough” against Bama.

78. The Dawg Walk.

79. Joel Eaves.

80. “Ain’t nothing finer in the land …”

81. Reggie Ball wore a Tech uniform.

82. “Going back to Athens town.”

83.  The annual performance by the Redcoat Alumni Band.

84. As the late, great Athens Daily News once put it: “Oh, Hot Diggity Dog, Mr. Dooley, You Have Wrecked Ole Tech Again!”

85. Scott Woerner.

86. Being a part of the luckiest 92,746 folks around on a fall Saturday.

87. GATA.

88. Clisby Clark’s “Bulldog Bite.”

89. Bill Stanfill introducing himself to Steve Spurrier at the Gator Bowl.

90. “One and done, baby!”

91. “Between the hoses” at Auburn in 1986.

92. Dooley’s shaved head in 1976.

93. There’s only one “hobnail boot,” and everyone knows who wore it!

94. Great names: “Catfish” Smith, Jiggy Smaha, Happy Dicks, Buzy Rosenberg, Bucky Dilts, Hiawatha Berry, Wycliffe Lovelace.

95. “God is a Bulldog,” as Bulldog legend Dorsey Hill famously noted to Lewis Grizzard when UGA moved to No. 1 in 1980 with the help of a Georgia Tech tie with Notre Dame.

96. Theron Sapp, the Drought-Breaker.

97. Terry Hoage.

98. The Diamond Dogs’ College World Series championship trophy (you won’t find one in Atlanta).

99. Mark Richt.

100. Four-plus decades of Larry Munson.

101. The solo trumpeter in the southwest upper deck.

Feel free to list your own reasons!

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— Bill King, Junkyard Blawg

553 comments Add your comment

DawginLex

June 23rd, 2011
10:23 am

Great list Bill.

Get ready for the TROLLS to have a field day with this one.

I’ll add a few

Ben Zambiasi
DJ Shockley sticking it out
The fumble recovery under the pile against BYU and Steve young
Rex Robinson 1978 versus Kentucky
Braves clinch and Goff beats clemson on same day “Greatest Day in GA Sports History”

DpDOG

June 23rd, 2011
10:24 am

They’re both 6 win teams, medicore, Richt has more talent, Johnson’s a much better coach. Tech will beat Georgia this year.

DpDOG

June 23rd, 2011
10:25 am

Aaron Murray is 0-6 against winning teams, not much to get excited about unless you like beating teams like Idaho State.

Dave

June 23rd, 2011
10:26 am

51-7
7 of 8
We Run This State

Outsider

June 23rd, 2011
10:26 am

haha..101 reasons to be a dawg fan..with 1 championship..LOL.. Go Horns!

JaxDawg05

June 23rd, 2011
10:32 am

You shouldn’t have to “pitch” UGA over Tech, that kind of stuff sells itself.

Marvin

June 23rd, 2011
10:33 am

#48(a) Someone in student section has sign that says “The Prince does it doggy style”

DawginLex

June 23rd, 2011
10:33 am

I told you Bill. TROLL central

Tech people predicting a GT win is like us predicting we will beat Florida. Both should never be said.

Outsider, UGA has 5 recognized National Titles and multiple SEC titles which is the real thing won on the field and frankly all I care about. The BCS is a beauty contest not won on the field.

UGA'05

June 23rd, 2011
10:33 am

DpDog, Tech couldn’t even beat UGA last year when they were at their worst. CPJ is not a better coach. He’s a better coach for high school cause he uses a gay high school offense that isn’t hard to figure out. Tech has no pass game, they only have a run game. Season 2 in Granthams 3-4. Uga has Geathers and John Jenkins and both will be stuffing the FB in the high school offense this season so all tech will be able to do is run to the outside which won’t work well because Uga has the most athletic LB backfield in the nation. Plus the fastest LBs. 9-1. Going to be 10-1. Tech sucks

Lou

June 23rd, 2011
10:34 am

Cant beat Gators!

old time dog

June 23rd, 2011
10:34 am

Want to know the difference between UGA and GT football? Just watch them play and red and black will be your choice of colors.

DpDog

June 23rd, 2011
10:36 am

Tech has no passing game? Georgia has no running game.

Want to compare rushing stats of Tech to Georgia? Didn’t think so.

By the Numbers

June 23rd, 2011
10:36 am

102. Red panties

103. Thousands of loyal fans watching televised games in their delapidated trails while drinking cheap beer and waiting for their food stamps to come in the mail.

104. Jan Kemp. Always Jan Kemp.

105. Cheering for punks like Washout Ealey, A.J. “South Beach” Green, and caleb Queen.

106. A mangy, fleabitten mutt for a mascot.

107. Thug coaches like Grantham.

108. Hypocritical, phony Saint Mark.

… and thousands of more sordid reasons.

Mr. Dawg

June 23rd, 2011
10:37 am

The fact the the Bulldogs football team has completely dominated the Tech series for the last 30 years might be a case for choosing Georgia.

West Side

June 23rd, 2011
10:39 am

109. Zero academics
110. Zero Final Fours
111. Zero potential

UGA'05

June 23rd, 2011
10:39 am

UGA has a running game. Just under construction. Wanna compare stats over the past ten years? Didn’t think so.

St. Richt

June 23rd, 2011
10:39 am

I just lost thousands of brain cells reading this article. Great job Uncle Jessie! Nice glasses.

Support UGA? R U kidding?

June 23rd, 2011
10:41 am

1. Four different SEC teams have won the last five BCS championships.

2. UGA was not one of those teams.

3. During that period, UGA did not win the SEC championship.

4. During that period, UGA did not even win its SEC division.

5. Red panties.

In other words, UGA has sunk into total irrelevancy both regionally and nationally.

Delbert D.

June 23rd, 2011
10:42 am

A college football fan wants to switch his allegiance? What kind of fan is that? Does he want to ditch the Broncos, too? I’m guessing he’s not a University of Colorado graduate.

UGA'05

June 23rd, 2011
10:43 am

One year of a bad runninig game and you wanna talk trash? Do you remember 2009-2010. How many rushing yards did Ealey and King have?

west side wizard

June 23rd, 2011
10:44 am

ahh.. i wish we still had kudzu hill

St. Richt

June 23rd, 2011
10:44 am

UGA- the only fans in the planet who lose their best players on both sides of the ball and think they are going to be better next year. Let the annual sunshine pump that is Georgia football begin! I’m sure this will be the year you beat Florida and take home the SEC title. It always is this time of the year, before the actual season begins.

dougmo2

June 23rd, 2011
10:44 am

The easiest way to solve this the following:

1- A GT grad runs WalMart.
2- All UGA grads shop at WalMart.

Nerds win, game over.

Lady Jacket

June 23rd, 2011
10:44 am

Brawn (and number of arrests) over brains is fine on a football field. I’ll keep my Georgia Tech degree!

GTBob

June 23rd, 2011
10:44 am

GT gets Heather Dinich for its defense? She hates GT, why couldn’t they get somebody better then that?

truedawg

June 23rd, 2011
10:44 am

First!!! as in first State University in the south, east, west, north..
The beginning of the fourth qtr…
Keeping steve spurier from having a national title as a player….
“It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog”!!!

Jail Blotter

June 23rd, 2011
10:45 am

reason 101. Fulmer Cup Champs

reason 102. Damon Evans

reason 103. Todd Granthams choke sign

reason 104. Central Florida

reason 105. Mark Richts Farewell Tour.

sandman053

June 23rd, 2011
10:46 am

Never forget Lewis Grizzard! RIP

Brett

June 23rd, 2011
10:46 am

Lewis Grizzard

JOE

June 23rd, 2011
10:47 am

Tell Tom Denver all he needs is a $10 bill and a Wal-Mart and he can be a (sic)UGA fan.

DawginLex

June 23rd, 2011
10:47 am

No final fours?-How about the year after Dominique left?
So you are a TROLL and a stupid one at that.
Confirmed

1eyedJack

June 23rd, 2011
10:48 am

You don’t have to worry about being robbed going to and from the stadium.

JOE

June 23rd, 2011
10:48 am

Pardon me. Tom from Denver.

Athens= God's Country

June 23rd, 2011
10:49 am

102. Being Man Enough

DawginLex

June 23rd, 2011
10:49 am

fulmer Cup champs-AUBURN
Damon Evans-We fired him
Arrests in 2011-ZERO

NEXT TROLL IN LINE TAKE A TICKET

Pull My Finger

June 23rd, 2011
10:50 am

Mike Bobo to Cory Allen in the back of the end zone to sting Tech in 1997.

lsmidnite

June 23rd, 2011
10:50 am

Haha! GT fans are delusional. Uga has one of the best academics in the south, Uga grads are more likely to get a job in the state look it up I saw an article on ajc.com. GT has become for alumni and relatives of alumni. GT talking trash about Uga is like Uga talking trash about Florida( even though we still own the overall series lead). Its always funny reading these blogs and hearing the idiot people on this blog

1eyedJack

June 23rd, 2011
10:51 am

Heather Dinich forgot to mention the free hot dogs and cokes.

Too Easy

June 23rd, 2011
10:52 am

2 NCAA men’s national golf championships (there are none in ATL), 1 NCAA women’s national golf championship (there are none in ATL because there is no women’s team in ATL). And, Outsider, if you’re a Dawg fan, it’s about more than just football trophies. BTW, your ‘Horns made a hasty departure from Omaha. What’s the saying? O-fer-2 and BBQ?

Nomobama

June 23rd, 2011
10:52 am

112. Arrests
113. Breaking n entering
114. 31 years n counting since the last time they were relevant
115. Fulmer cup champs
116. Deliverance
117. Agriculture majors
118. Smells coming from ag majors
119. Fred from b52s
120. Flea bites u get while attending fb games

Remarkable

June 23rd, 2011
10:52 am

What, no Hobnail boots?

Ga.

June 23rd, 2011
10:53 am

Since Dodd left Tech record 269-236-8 Georgia’s record 360-156-10. Since 1957 Georgia is 39-15 against Tech.

funny...

June 23rd, 2011
10:53 am

Can’t beat Florida?

That’s not even a dig, you people are idiots. Georgia still owns the series lead.

That’ how bad Florida was for 80 years.

The Gators forget how they used to be as bad as Vandy.

Too Easy

June 23rd, 2011
10:55 am

Athens = : See #77, but probably worth repeating.

funny...

June 23rd, 2011
10:56 am

ha ha, someone made a joke about arrests.

Look, Georgia is the only school to have arrests in last century.

Try some new material.

Georgia was pretty relevant in 2008 (#2 in the nation), 2005 (SEC Champs) – but you’re from Alabama, I don’t really expect you to read this.

Really?...

June 23rd, 2011
10:56 am

Who is Georgia Tech?

Bill King Looks Like a Goat

June 23rd, 2011
10:57 am

Bill .. why do you look like a goat?

Too Easy

June 23rd, 2011
10:57 am

Remarkable: See #93.

Ga.

June 23rd, 2011
10:58 am

As far as football programs go, the easiest comparison would be Colorado or Colorado State.
The only exception is colorado state has a higher win per centage over Colorado than tech does against
Georgia since 1957.

ATLNative

June 23rd, 2011
10:59 am

Tell Tom in Denver that if he’s moving to Atlanta, cheer for GSU. They need the fans and it’s fun to be a part of a program from it’s infancy. Plus, they serve beer at the games – you don’t have to sneak it in a double-ziploc bag duct taped to the inside of your thigh or stuffed in your date’s panties.