Having 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.
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