UGA fans can show support for the team by showing up Saturday

dog LOGONothing is a sure thing in college football, but Georgia shouldn’t have too much trouble picking up its first win of the season against Coastal Carolina. So the biggest uncertainty about Saturday’s game is whether the game will continue UGA’s string of home sell-outs, and even if it does, how many Dogs fans actually will show up to cheer the team on in a one-sided nonconference match-up.

Unsold tickets to this game keep popping up, first when the opponents returned some and now with unclaimed UGA student tickets going on sale to the general public today. The athletic association says tickets can be purchased prior to 3 p.m. Friday online or by calling the ticket office at 1-877-542-1231.

And tickets will also be sold Saturday at the east end will-call windows beginning at 10 am., which reminds me of those Saturdays of my youth when kids could line up on the morning of a game for cheap “high school” tickets. Unfortunately, there won’t be any discount this time; they’ll still be the full $45.

As for those of us who already have tickets to the game, the decision remains on whether we’ll show up. My wife and I will be there, but several other fans I’ve talked to this week have been undecided about going. After all, it’s only Coastal Carolina.

Yes, but it’s also one of only a half-dozen opportunities this season to see the Dogs play Between the Hedges, and I can’t see passing that up, no matter who the opponent is.

I’m not a big fan of UGA President Michael Adams, but I like how he put it Thursday: “I’d love to see the stadium full Saturday for probably what will not be the most high-profile opponent we’ll play this year. I go to the locker room. I know these young men. I know a number of our student-athletes. We had a heck of an effort last Saturday. There’s nobody here who likes to win more than I do. But it’s time for us as a community to get behind this team, support them from now ’til the end of the season.”

Some fans already have thrown in the towel on this season after only two games, but others are like Eric Zeier and think Georgia can run the table, as Adams urged the players after the South Carolina loss. Whether you’re that optimistic or not, if you call yourself a Georgia Bulldogs fan and you are able to go to Saturday’s game, I hope you’ll do so.

For those who can’t, the game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis. Cable and satellite systems in both Georgia and South Carolina will offer the telecast for $34.95 and commercial establishments may purchase the game for $400, so I imagine most area sports bars will have it on. For viewers in other states, the game will be available on ESPN Gameplan and ESPN3 online; the ESPN feed will be blacked out in Georgia and South Carolina, though fans in those two states will be able to access the broadcast online at georgiadogs.com for the same price as the pay-per-view.

Production of the game will be handled by CSS with Bob Neal doing play by play and Buck Belue as color analyst.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and it should be a fairly glorious fall day with the high expected to be in the mid-70s. The 1971 Bulldogs, led by my old classmate Andy Johnson, will be honored at halftime.

Even at 0-2, it doesn’t get any better than Saturday in Athens. So let’s fill those seats!

Go Dogs!

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ssidawg

September 16th, 2011
10:51 am

JAWJeRDAWG

September 16th, 2011
10:52 am

Nothing better than a fall afternoon Between-the-Hedges! .. Go Dawgs!

macrotech

September 16th, 2011
11:02 am

Well stated Mr. King…well stated!

ARdawg

September 16th, 2011
11:10 am

Good upbeat column Bill however, I will not attend and it has nothing to do with support. I’ll still be cheering and rooting.

GO DAWGS

adawgfan

September 16th, 2011
11:13 am

Nothing beats football between the hedges on a fall day, we’ll be there!

pj

September 16th, 2011
11:23 am

Yes, the atmosphere will be different for an early start against a patsy – but I’ll be there, and I’m using this opportunity to take my 6 year old daughter to her first game – she’ll be wearing her Georgia Cheerleader outfit, with pom-pom’s ready to cheer on the Dawgs! It’ll be 75 degrees and sunny – why would ANYONE pass up such a beautiful day for a football game where we know we’ll get to see Georgia win?! If you’re staying home and leaving the tickets on your dresser – then shame on you. At least give em to someone who will enjoy it. This is my 120th Georgia game and I love every one of them.

Bill King

September 16th, 2011
11:27 am

PJ,

A child’s first Georgia football game is a great memory. If you can, take her down to field level to get a closer look. Hope she enjoys it.

murfdawg

September 16th, 2011
11:32 am

I will be there! My wife is going to a baby shower. The 71 Auburn game vs Sullivan and Beasley was one of the best games I have ever seen. And who can forget the GT game when Andy Johnson led the Dawgs down field and Poulos dived over for the winning TD.

War Dang Dawg

September 16th, 2011
11:36 am

Notre Dame is also 0-2, and they have to play Michigan State. We play…Coastal Carolina. I realize the coaches and players have nothing to do with scheduling, but games like this feel kind of chicken**** to me. Have fun if you’re going, but they’re not getting MY money for this garbage. I haven’t bought season tickets in 15 years and still manage to attend a few home games each year and a Florida game about every 2-3 years. The fans will get what they put up with.

CAhopkins

September 16th, 2011
11:38 am

Just love the dawgs and the coach. Support the UGA and CMR!

Biggdawg33

September 16th, 2011
11:39 am

A member of my congregation blessed me with their tickets because they have an engagement out of town and my daughter will join me for this awesome game. We have a split household (UGA & Clemson). She went to the Clemson game last week and now she can get some good ol’ times at Sanford.

And for those people breaking their ankles jumping off the UGA bandwagon: Look for those diehard fans that are around you and let them have your tickets so we can have some real fans show up.

Lee

September 16th, 2011
11:40 am

Our prayers and thoughts go out to Larry Munson and his family.

Alphare

September 16th, 2011
11:42 am

Since UGA fans donated so much money to the program, when would UGA show their fans some appreciation by giving them a free ticket?

I know, UGA’s ticket selling scheme or con will continue.

War Dang Dawg

September 16th, 2011
11:44 am

“It’ll be 75 degrees and sunny – why would ANYONE pass up such a beautiful day for a football game where we know we’ll get to see Georgia win?! ”

Seriously? I want to see Georgia win as much as anyone, but the fact that they might lose is what makes it exciting. That nervous excitement starts when you wake up, continues through the tailgating, and builds to a pitch as you arrive at the stadium. Back when you could tune in Munson for the pregame it was even better. No one was more of a nervous wreck than Munson. That’s what makes the hassle with crowds, parking, and the time investment worth it – the tension and anticipation. You were given bang for your buck. Give me the old home-and-home against Clemson anyday.

UGA Alumnus

September 16th, 2011
11:44 am

Let’s go Dawgs!!!

UGA Alumnus

September 16th, 2011
11:45 am

Love my school, love Athens, love my Dawgs – win, lose, or draw.

Big time?? Not

September 16th, 2011
11:46 am

Normal tailgate is 75+ Expect about 20 this week. At least we didn’t do anything stupid like:

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

Richt`s Hammer

September 16th, 2011
11:46 am

Sorry I will be hiding with Russ.

Oh lord what a beatdown this weekend. The end is near.

Just in Crowell is going to the NFL after the Coastal Carolina game. He failed basket weaving and will have to leave before the Auburn game.

harold

September 16th, 2011
11:46 am

MOST UGA FANS WILL SHOW UP WHEN ADAMS AND MCGARITY PROVE THAT UGA IS COMMITTED TO PUTTING A BETTER PRODUCT ON THE FIELD.

15-15 WILL NOT BE TOLERATED BY THE DONORS OR FANS.

IT IS TIME FOR RICHT TO GO!

Richt`s Hammer

September 16th, 2011
11:48 am

Oh lord. Choakdwag just passed out on the floor after 650 krispy kreme`s. He fell on Murray`s leg and broke it.

Half Century Dawg

September 16th, 2011
11:53 am

murfdawg, showing your age there my man, I to remember those games. I was working the concession stands eating dogs & Poss’ BBQ. Go Dawgs

Dangerous

September 16th, 2011
11:54 am

Biggdawg, don’t break your ankle jumping up for joy when you beat Coastal Carolina.

Logan Walker

September 16th, 2011
11:55 am

I couldn’t agree more. This biggest disappointment of this season so far has been the attitude and lack of support of the fan base. We have the whole long offseason to be unhappy, but only 12 short game weeks to show how much we love our team. Step it up people!

Half Century Dawg

September 16th, 2011
11:56 am

NO HAROLD, it’s time for you to go

Rob DAWG

September 16th, 2011
11:58 am

I will be there! Taking my girlfriend to her first game. I don’t get to go that often, but when I do it’s like the national championship game to me. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Frank Lane

September 16th, 2011
11:59 am

I will be there with a date. My only dogs tickets that I could get this year. I am flying in from Orlando.

muschamp

September 16th, 2011
11:59 am

Little R

September 16th, 2011
12:04 pm

I know that 1971 team very well….seeing my Dad is Royce Smith. Some of you older guys might know the name!! Dawgs will be fine the rest of the year. Let’s show them we (true fans) still support our team.

Dwayne

September 16th, 2011
12:05 pm

even booboo couldn’t screw up this game.

Dwayne

September 16th, 2011
12:06 pm

I remember him Little r, wasn’t his first name Rolls?

Bobby P

September 16th, 2011
12:12 pm

Should be a chance to see UGA win this year!

funny...

September 16th, 2011
12:21 pm

We only get six of these a year, if we’re lucky seven.

I can never understand the idea of not showing up or leaving early.

Dawg 39

September 16th, 2011
12:25 pm

The product on the field this year is very good & deserves to be supported because it is vey good.
Dwayne, you are right. Bobo did not screw up the first 2 games & he will not screw up this one.

Atlanta87

September 16th, 2011
12:26 pm

$34.95? That’s a little steep isn’t it?

War Dang Dawg

September 16th, 2011
12:29 pm

Bobo might not be able to screw this game up, but I wouldn’t put anything past Richt. He’s still the head coach, right?

Rumpelstiltskin

September 16th, 2011
12:45 pm

$35 to watch the UGA losers on TV? You’ve got to be kidding.

ARdawg

September 16th, 2011
12:46 pm

muschamp

That’s just funny right there. I don’t care who you are

Chris

September 16th, 2011
12:47 pm

I will always support the team, cheer them on, and hope for the best. However, I will never support this coaching staff again. They have got to go, and until they are we will struggle.

Bobo did a wonderful job of screwing up the first game as hard as he could. Anyone that thinks otherwise doesn’t know jack sh_t about football. The players played bad as well, and the defense didn’t do great either, but Bobo’s play callling was horrendus. He did better against South Carolina, but that alone doesn’t excuse the first game and the last three years.

ARdawg

September 16th, 2011
12:48 pm

The good upbeat column doesn’t seem to be getting much play Bill.

I, too...

September 16th, 2011
12:49 pm

…have kids who went to UGA and Clemson. And, I have season tickets for UGA, Clemson and Tech – unfortunately I have to go to wedding tomorrow, as do my sons, so I, and they, cannot attend any of the games for any of these teams.

Guess which tickets I could not unload – yep, the GT v KS tickets, with face value of $50 each, got sold for face value; the Clemson v Auburn tickets, with face value of $65 each, got sold for $100 each. Yet, I cannot even GIVE AWAY my UGA v Coastal tickets, nobody I know wants them, even for free. Sad, but true….

ga gator

September 16th, 2011
12:53 pm

I “get” to stay home and watch UF/Tn while Granddaughters go to game.

Ace

September 16th, 2011
12:54 pm

After all the Coach needs a paycheck, 3 mil — you folks aint’ getting much for you support.

Gay Dawg

September 16th, 2011
12:55 pm

I will be there in all my glory!!!

Ace

September 16th, 2011
12:55 pm

$475000 for a win, who’s gonna pay up ?

bitter hershaldontavious-cesar walker

September 16th, 2011
12:55 pm

when the coach speaks we need to lissen———–coach dooly has ask for full support bulldawg

—————————————nation——————12-0—-1980——-11-1——-1971

———————vince was like a winding curvee–road—–good and bad years

————————-and he never lowered his head———god take care of munson

DawginLax

September 16th, 2011
12:55 pm

Look for those diehard fans that are around you and let them have your tickets so we can have some real fans show up.

I left two UGA season tickets on my car’s dashboard, with the windows rolled down. When I returned to the car, there were a dozen more UGA season tickets, and a lot of hotdogs and cokes in the car.

Now what the heck do I do?

I thought the face value..

September 16th, 2011
12:57 pm

…on my season tickets for this game was $40, not $45…

That is a very old joke...

September 16th, 2011
12:58 pm

…DawginLax…you need better material if you really want to compete here…

And if you look on craigslist...

September 16th, 2011
1:01 pm

…there are a bunch of folks sho seemingly cannot unload their tickets, either…

The big question is....

September 16th, 2011
1:04 pm

….which UGA football team is going to show up?!?