Fan talk: Urban tailgating, Dawg Walk, Smurfs and heavenly help

chick-fil-a-kickoffHaving spent many years working in downtown Atlanta before our office shifted out to Dunwoody, it didn’t take me long to conclude that the best place to tailgate before Saturday’s Georgia-Boise State game would be … Decatur.

I know some Falcons fans regularly tailgate in the vicinity of the Georgia Dome, but somehow the pigeon pit under the viaducts doesn’t seem like a good replacement for the usual pre-game environs of the Classic City. (Speaking of which, UGA just made the No. 8 spot on Newsweek’s list of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation. It’ll be good to get back there next week!)

So, anyway, our plan for Saturday is to grill out at home in Decatur with my brothers and then head downtown a few hours before the game. I’d be interested in hearing how other UGA fans plan on spending Game Day.

Which brings us to a pertinent piece of information requested in our latest installment of Junkyard Mail …

Rob writes: Bill, when and where is the Dawg Walk going to happen this Saturday? And, is it time for Brandon Boykin to stop tweeting challenges? Go DAWGS!

Rob, I wasn’t bothered by Brandon’s tweets. I’m glad someone on the Georgia team is feeling confident. A bit of swagger definitely doesn’t hurt before a game like this. As for the Dawg Walk, UGA sports info honcho Claude Felton says it will take place in Hall C of the Georgia World Congress Center at 5:40 p.m. Saturday. Hall C is where the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Fanzone is taking place from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5 in advance and $8 at the door. The Chick-fil-A people promise food and drink, the chance to watch football in the Game Time Lounge, interactive games, giveaways, the chance to get autographs from UGA and BSU greats, “sponsor attractions” and pep rallies in addition to the Dawg Walk and Bronco Walk. Speaking of the Broncos …

Buddy Musgrove writes: I love our chances against the Smurfs from Boise State. I think we’re going to be focused and I believe we’re going to remind the country that Georgia Football is a force to be reckoned with. What’s your assessment of the Dawgs’ chances? See you at the Dome!

I think Georgia’s chances are going to depend on heavily on the play of both the offensive and defensive lines. If the OL can help establish an effective running game and give Aaron Murray a decent amount of time to find receivers (especially Orson Charles), and if the Georgia defense can get in the face of the ridiculously accurate Kellen Moore and disrupt his rhythm, I like our chances. But if the Dogs come out flat and fall behind early, it could get ugly.

And for those who like to mix a bit of humor in with their heavenly entreaties for Georgia to do well, Todd Miller sends in this prayer given by John Brown of Monticello to the East Metro Bulldog Club this week:

Tonight our Lord we are gathered as members of the Bulldog Nation and we thank you for the blessings of being a Bulldog.

We thank you for fall afternoons between the hedges, we thank you that we are blessed to hear the Redcoats playing “Glory, Glory,” and we give thanks for the chills we get when the trumpet tones the battle hymn. We give thanks for the smell of ribs cooking on the grills of campus tailgates and we gave thanks for the chapel bell ringing after a victory, and are grateful  for the sheer joy of wearing red and black.

We thank you for those moments that we treasure, Tarkenton to Herron, the flea-flicker versus Bama, Appleby to Washington, that kid outa Johnson County running through two men, run Lindsey run, sugar falling from the sky, Butler kicking it a million miles, hobnailed boots  that still hurt in Knoxville and Johnson in the end zone.

Tonight we thank you for Aaron Murray, a fine young man who did not charge us $180,000 to play quarterback.

Tonight we thank you that Mrs. Geathers and Mrs. Jenkins allowed their sons to discover biscuits and pound cake at an early age so that we might have a nose guard for the 3-4 defense.

Tonight we thank you Lord for the potato industry in Idaho so that the boys from Boise will have something to do after they learn they know nothing about football.

Tonight we thank you for the new Nike uniforms. We may not like them but we know they look better than a Gator in a tank top and jean shorts.

Tonight we thank you that as we gathered here that we have been blessed, we have been blessed to live in land that stands for freedom, for those who have given of themselves to defend our freedom. We thank you for the blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and we pray for your blessings to continue on we who are gathered here this evening that may truly understand that it is great to be a Georgia Bulldog.

Amen.

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102 comments Add your comment

Teasley51

September 1st, 2011
10:54 am

Do you know when the Walker video is supposed to be on ESPN? Is this at halftime or earlier…havent been able to find it. They did a short version some weeks ago…but I understood there would be a longer video…Section 104..

Marvin

September 1st, 2011
10:59 am

For the record, Munson didn’t say “Run, Lindsay, run.” Just sayin’

funny....

September 1st, 2011
11:00 am

Everyone exhale.

Simmer the Bobo/Richt fury.

GEORGIA……

funny....

September 1st, 2011
11:04 am

Dawg fans, we’re the 12th man.

Make the Dome sound like 2002 right after DeCory blocked that punt!

or

The Superdome in 2008 when (after the false start penalty on Hawaii’s OL) we hit Colt Brennan in the chin. Hawaii never knew what hit them.

Dawg fans we will be the key to the game!

just a fan

September 1st, 2011
11:10 am

Sept 7th on ESPNU

it's time.....to see the bulldogs get beat...its time...

September 1st, 2011
11:11 am

27-23 boise.

funny....

September 1st, 2011
11:11 am

Bulldog March Medley will be so darn LOUD:

Go Dawgs
Go Dawgs
Go Dawgs
G
E
O
R
G
I
A
GOOOOOO DAWGS SIC EM

Glory, Glory to ol’ Georgia and to H@LL with Boise State.

ole riche

September 1st, 2011
11:11 am

funny is right. the dome will have to be rocking for the whole game for us to win

funny....

September 1st, 2011
11:12 am

What’s that coming down the track!

trupert

September 1st, 2011
11:14 am

Amen! and go Go dawgs!!!

funny....

September 1st, 2011
11:15 am

Glory, glory to old Georgia! Heroes have graced the field before you. Men with hearts, bodies and minds for which the entire Bulldog Nation can be justifiably proud. The tradition of unbridled excellence demonstrated by these individuals and many others spans more than a full century.

And now a new breed of Bulldog stands ready to take the field of battle. To assume the reigns of the Georgia program. To continue that tradition. Understanding that there is no tradition more worthy of envy. No institution worthy of such loyalty as The University of Georgia.

As we prepare for another meeting between the hedges let all the Bulldog faithful rally behind the men who now wear the red and black with two words. Two simple words that express the sentiments of the entire Bulldawg Nation – GO DAWGS

funny....

September 1st, 2011
11:17 am

I’m getting chills thinking about that Munson speech.

dawgdmd

September 1st, 2011
11:26 am

I don’t ever remember being this pumped up. Fan since early 70’s, UGA Class of 1991. GATA GATA GATA GATA GATA GATA GATA GATA GATA GATA!

Mad Dog 1

September 1st, 2011
11:36 am

To Mr. Brown a say AMEN.

Zach

September 1st, 2011
11:43 am

Marvin – while Larry Munson didn’t say “Run Lindsey Run”, he did say “Run Lindsey”. And that’s one heck of a prayer lifted up for the Bulldog nation!

Orl. Dawg

September 1st, 2011
11:46 am

Marvin, Munson did say “Run Lindsay, Run!” You don’t know what you’re saying….just saying!!

iowa dog

September 1st, 2011
11:51 am

oh munson did say run lindsey run.I was listening when it happened.

Stand Up Bulldog Nation

September 1st, 2011
11:55 am

He certainly did say run lindsey run

Spike 80DF

September 1st, 2011
11:57 am

Stand Up Bulldog Nation

September 1st, 2011
11:57 am

Not important though. We need every bulldog nation member to be just as ready as the players for this game. Need to be loud, get some liquid courage in you before the game and get your bark ready bc we will need to be louder than we ever have to throw moore off of his game. Stand up bulldog nation, get your flags flying and get ready for the showdown on staurday!

WDE

September 1st, 2011
12:00 pm

Great article Bill….now lets GATA!!! Go Dogs !

es54

September 1st, 2011
12:02 pm

What a beautiful prayer indeed. I wonder if they laughed out loud about the biscuits and pound cake line. Just classic

WDE

September 1st, 2011
12:04 pm

@Spike 80DF thanks for sharing….Dogs that’ll fire you up ! For certain and for sure !

DAWGS forever

September 1st, 2011
12:06 pm

Agreed on Dome needs to be LOUD. Boise doesn’t play in hostile enviroments with the WAC and now Mnt West so that is a key.

The heat wilted them last time and the dome is climate controlled unless someone can turn the AC off.

GO DAWGS and make some NOISE and rattle BSU for their one meaningful game of the year.

ugadawg2005

September 1st, 2011
12:08 pm

I’ll be down there by the dome early tailgaiting and watching some football (Ole Miss/BYU and USF/ND). I’ll also stop by Centennial Olympic Park for some live music. I like to spend my day immersed into the gameday atmosphere.

Doggie

September 1st, 2011
12:10 pm

I think he just said “run Lindsey” with feeling though.. I’ve been wrong once before, but it was when I “thought” I was wrong but as it turned out, I was right.

Spike 80DF

September 1st, 2011
12:15 pm

My favorite Dawg vid, if you’re working turn the volume down, if not turn it UP!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tiAJWFHS6g

Ivan Drago

September 1st, 2011
12:24 pm

“You will lose.”

Drago lost....remember?

September 1st, 2011
12:28 pm

“He’s just a man Rocky! Not a machine!”

wow, what a great movie….

funny...

September 1st, 2011
12:36 pm

To everyone at the Dome this weekend in Red

LOUD ON DEFENSE

quiet on offense

I’ll be loud first row, sec 325.
And dammit, get there early! Let Boise know early we’re not the 6-7 crap from last year.

Termigator

September 1st, 2011
12:37 pm

Tonight we thank you for the new Nike uniforms. We may not like them but we know they look better than a Gator in a tank top and jean shorts.

And maybe better than some fat redneck in overalls with a UGA cap!

funny...

September 1st, 2011
12:37 pm

Tavarres King is going to have a HUGE game.

Mark it down.

funny...

September 1st, 2011
12:38 pm

You’re right termigaytor, there are no rednecks or fat people in Florida……lololol

Termigator

September 1st, 2011
1:03 pm

Did not say that, but get outside of ATL or Athens and that is about all you have in georgia; just go to walmart DA.

Termigator

September 1st, 2011
1:04 pm

ga gator; UGA 27 Boise 24, late.

ga gator

September 1st, 2011
1:05 pm

You must be reading other blogs Termigator as that is my prediction; sorry but that is the way I see it.

allwehaveishope

September 1st, 2011
1:09 pm

Sure hope the Dawgs win and win big. If they lose big and that is a possibility, it’ll probably be a replay of last season and CMR’s last one at UGA along w/all or most of his senior staff.

I feel this game is more important than the SC game because all the unknowns about this team will be answered. Their defense, offense, conditioning, etc., all contributed to last seasons performance. Have they really improved and good enough to live up to expectations of dawg fans and media too? I sure hope so and delivering a good whooping to Boise will give fans and this team a lot of confidence and erase from memory last seasons performance.

I’ll take a win no matter how close just as long as we don’t give away a win due to same mistakes made last season in close games we should have won.

Thomas Brown

September 1st, 2011
1:09 pm

Where does Boise State get the idea that they, of all people, can stop us from running the ball down their throats ?

Key to win

September 1st, 2011
1:17 pm

Talking about motivating a team to play. Richt needs to show this motivational video to players right before they take the field!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr2poGzwpI0&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1&safe=active

2002Dawg

September 1st, 2011
1:19 pm

Hail to Georgia, down in Dixie!
A college honor’d fair, and true;
The Red and Black is her standard,
proudly it waves.
Streaming today and the ages through.
She’s the fairest in the Southland
We’ll pledge our love to her for aye;
To that college dear we’ll ring a cheer,
All hail to dear old U-G-A!
Hail, our Varsity of Georgia!
Thy sons will e’er thy glory sing:
To thee we’ll ever be faithful, loyal and true;
Ever and aye will thy praises ring.
Grand old time of ours at Georgia
The happiest days they’ll be always;
Alma mater, fair beyond compare,
All hail to dear old U-G-A!

Still@theBAR

September 1st, 2011
1:29 pm

Dawg Fans APD ain’t the Joke ACCPD is. Don’t be DRUNK & STUPID like you do in Athens or you will end up in Wright St jail for the LONG WEEKEND. It will not be fun.
Break every Tradition you DAWG FANS normally have for game days. Be a nice Sober and Respectful Sports fan.

Wait till next year...

September 1st, 2011
1:35 pm

Hey “Funny”— you are a loser. “Just saying”

WDE

September 1st, 2011
1:38 pm

@Still@theBAR question what is having the greatest impact in preventing the Bugs of having a sell out for tonight’s opener vs the dreaded Catamounts of W. Carolina to your mind is it the needed prep work to get ready for tomorrow’s start of Dragon Con or the beginning of the 2011 Black Gay Pride Week..not that there’s anything wrong with that but the poor Bug Nation must be terribly torn, Oh what to do, what to do..or Who to do? Of those three options football is running a distance 3rd…..I think Bug Nation should break tradition and support their team with a sold out stadium !!

Ed Pilcher

September 1st, 2011
1:40 pm

@ Thomas Brown.

They get that idea from watching last year’s game films.

Ed Pilcher

September 1st, 2011
1:41 pm

We should be running the Veer. That would surprise and confuse ‘em.

WDE

September 1st, 2011
1:48 pm

@Ed Pilcher so last year Boise played a lot of team’s with a OL average of 310lb+ and RB’s at 240lbs and FB’s at 260lbs and change…really I missed seeing those games…oh and can throw the ball too.

Guggenheim

September 1st, 2011
1:50 pm

Boise is a backward place. Do you know they almost completely ignored the civil rights movement?

beebee

September 1st, 2011
1:50 pm

Umph, umph, umph. All this celebrating before the first door of the Dome is even opened yet.

Georgia, you’re gonna get your a.z.z.e.s. kicked sky high!

bee

P.S. Take notes of the fine execution the Jackets will display. Because in you all’s last game of the season, your butts will likewise get kicked sky high!

BMDPD

September 1st, 2011
1:55 pm

No Termigator, there are many from South of the Border at WalMart.

McDawg

September 1st, 2011
1:58 pm

i think we need to be very physcial w/ the wide receivers at line of scrimmage-and our O-Line will do fine now that are blocking schemes are not needlessly complicated