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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Dawghater

September 16th, 2011
1:06 pm

Woof, woof, all UGA fans will be calling for an SEC championship after they play Coastal Carolina. Then will come the FL game and reality will set in again. A wimpy opponent never stopped a good UGA fan from another tailgate hangover!

Good doggie

September 16th, 2011
1:06 pm

Watching the Miss State-LSU game last night, I couldn’t help but notice how much better looking the Miss State bulldog looked than UGA’s mangy fleabitten mutt.

SSIgator

September 16th, 2011
1:08 pm

This is really sad now. Bill King parroting Adams and UGA fans having to pay to watch one of the few games they may win this year on television. When you have dug yourself a hole the solution is to quit digging.

Fred Sanford Stadium

September 16th, 2011
1:09 pm

@ War Dang Dawg

these are the type games the alumni love…easy win, pads CMR’s resume, puts him over.500 in last 31 games…can’t wait to hear all the “we’re back” statements next week. Pathetic…you think Crowell and Murray would have survived against thet LSU defense last nite? Miss St. is coming to Athens in a few weeks a desperate team and will beat up the dawgs; they are much more physical than UGA…

V-8 is better for you and has fewer calories, but watch the sodium or get the low-sodium kind

September 16th, 2011
1:10 pm

It’s amazing how quickly the Kool-Aid starts flowing again after a humiliating loss.

Fred Sanford Stadium

September 16th, 2011
1:12 pm

@ Good doggie

Bully is the dog uga should have; he looks much healthier and probably will live much longer than what they are now getting..

Starring Michael Adams as Ted Striker...(talking about Richt)

September 16th, 2011
1:12 pm

Ted Striker: It’s a damn good thing he doesn’t know how much I hate his guts.

Elaine Dickinson: It’s a damn good thing you don’t know how much he hates your guts

Ringleader

September 16th, 2011
1:14 pm

You cannot give the tickets away. It is part of McGarity buying wins so we can qualify for a bowl every year. Just look at the non conference games for 2012 and 2013, the tickets will bring nothing………..

Games like this does nothing to encourage tailgating, wives do not come, you cannot bring a friend or business associate and it only gives you a weekend to bring the children.

ruadawg

September 16th, 2011
1:18 pm

If you have tickets and don’t come it only confirms the fact you don’t support the program or the university. Please don’t come when we play Auburn in November and for God’s sake please don’t come to Jacksonville for the Florida game. Get off the bandwagon you jumped on when things were good, please go away.

Half Century Dawg

September 16th, 2011
1:20 pm

DawginLax, thanks for the good laugh

Fred Sanford Stadium

September 16th, 2011
1:20 pm

UGA tried the competetive home and home schedule thing with Evans (Colorado, OK State)…that strategy only works if you win the majority of those games…since that strategy failed, welcome ULM and Southern Univ. to Sanford…with the same ticket price as Auburn and Tennessee…

Fred Sanford Stadium

September 16th, 2011
1:22 pm

@ ruadawg

spoken like a true kool-ade drinking idiot…don’t forget your pom-poms sweetie…

UGA Dawg 97

September 16th, 2011
1:23 pm

I’m staying home until we get a new head ball coach and a real QB!

Krogunner

September 16th, 2011
1:26 pm

Can we pick up a QB who can see over the linemen and who’s not so darn mistake prone. I may go just to see our back up QBs in the 2nd half.

Bama Stan

September 16th, 2011
1:27 pm

I think Richt is a fantastic coach and should be kept in Athens for a very long time. :)

Bama Stan

September 16th, 2011
1:29 pm

And just think Aaron Murray still has 2 more years. That’s a lot of fumbles and pick 6’s!

DC

September 16th, 2011
1:32 pm

hahaha you guys are trollin hard! War eagle! Can’t wait for the Clemson game!

Bobo is Not the Problem

September 16th, 2011
1:35 pm

If you are charging for tickets, the concept of “support” is senseless and off the table.

I will “support” the dang team when they support me by winning some games and showing improvement.

My mission in life is not to “support” any college or pro teams. They are putting a product on the field, like any entertainment option, and I am choosing whether to buy that product.

It is amazing that folks like you don’t get that.

Gator AD

September 16th, 2011
1:37 pm

Bama Stan, at least we can agree on something. And after Murray’s elgibility is up, we have another QB from Florida we can send to Georgia :) . Go Gators!

Larry

September 16th, 2011
1:38 pm

For all the so called fans that have thrown the towel in on these players and this season…I hope and pray no matter what happens this year that they are never able to attend another UGA game. There is no excuse for this team, these coaches and the rest of the fan base that are true supporters to have to listen to a lame bunch of so called “fans” . Let those people sit home and call themselves fans of another team- we dont need them

Larry

September 16th, 2011
1:39 pm

I will “support” the dang team when they support me by winning some games and showing improvement.

My mission in life is not to “support” any college or pro teams. They are putting a product on the field, like any entertainment option, and I am choosing whether to buy that product.

Please feel free to leave and “support” another team…..you’re the loser….not this team

ruadawg

September 16th, 2011
1:40 pm

Amen, Larry!

UGA Dawg 97

September 16th, 2011
1:45 pm

“The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one’s country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.”
George McGovern

cajdawg

September 16th, 2011
1:51 pm

I am so fed up with the UGA mediocrity mafia. Looks like Bill has joined Buck Belue and others, watch out if you are not a “real fan” supporting the coach and cheering on the team.

I’m not advocating booing the team or coach or not showing up for the game, but who are the “real fans” the ones with a firm grasp of reality who realize this program needs a new coach after 4 years of poor performance or the ones who continually excuse setting a low bar and under achievement and then threaten the fans “that don’t support the program”.

UGA Dawg 97

September 16th, 2011
1:52 pm

I’m with you cajdawg.

Rooster

September 16th, 2011
1:56 pm

Who wants to watch our worthless coaches beat coastal carolina 60-0. what a joke. I see they are playing Richt’s ford’s tuff commercials. Pathetic.

pcidoc

September 16th, 2011
1:56 pm

Enter your comments here

Rooster

September 16th, 2011
1:58 pm

Belue is full of crap. Always is always will be.

pcidoc

September 16th, 2011
1:58 pm

PJ, I’ll be taking my 10 yr. old to her second game and my 7 yr. old to her first game . Looking forward to it.

Go Dawgs!!!!

ARdawg

September 16th, 2011
2:03 pm

No, what amazes me is how fast the UGA subject blog fills up with the Nerds

chemdawg

September 16th, 2011
2:05 pm

It’s kind of funny how Adams and Dooley are calling for support on the eve of the inevitable smackdown of an FCS opponent. It’s hardly going out on a limb for Richt. Any other week and you wouldn’t get this.

ruadawg

September 16th, 2011
2:07 pm

Who should we get as head coach? and don’t say Mullen at MSU (not that good), Peterson at Boise (not leaving Idaho), Smart at Alabama (already snubbed us once)…maybe Butch Davis (oh yea already got fired at UNC for violations), Brian Kelly at ND (0-2, same as Richt and 0-3 after tomorrows loss to Sparty, Lane Kiffin?, Paul Johnson (he’s a genius, undefeated so far), but can’t beat an underachieving UGA team, oh yea and got slapped with NCAA probation. Dabo Sweeny?, Houston Nutt, Bobby (I might leave in the middle of the night if fans get on my ass) Petrino, I’m running out of options, who does everyone else want?

ruadawg

September 16th, 2011
2:13 pm

Still waiting for all you football know-it-alls to tell me who we should get?

cajdawg

September 16th, 2011
2:16 pm

I want the anti-Richt. Someone who is profane, been married multiple times, borderline drinking problem; but a good football coach:

Bill Parcells

DC

September 16th, 2011
2:18 pm

Mullen isnt that good?…haha wow..

dmr

September 16th, 2011
2:20 pm

I still think the fans are getting a raw deal on the image front. After a weak Boise St. performance, the fans showed up for USC. I am sure the stadium will be a little lighter than usual. After all, for all the talk about kids, and support, and this, that, the other; deep down this is still a billion dollar industry. The product must be compelling.

As a Georgia fan, I think the compelling story here SHOULD be the play of ALL the young freshmen and red-shirt freshmen we have on the team. Georgia should play as many young players as they can. They should allow Crowell to get the bulk of the carries, Samuels should rest up, and Thomas and Malcom should get some carries.

The young wide receivers should rotate in constantly. The young linebackers…ALL OF THEM…should see some action. At some point, the OL should be littered with young pups. Even the QB position should have a fresh face in the 2nd half.

Richt and Company have failed miserably at building depth on this team in several key areas. Here’s a chance to start the process. Honestly, this week and next week should provide an opportunity to build depth and rest some guys. If we struggle this week or next…hang on tight, cause it will be a bumpy ride.

Duh Bill King

September 16th, 2011
2:22 pm

Bill you need to do your homework before posting. Their are too many great CFB games on tv to spend a whole day trekking to Athens and dealing with traffic. I’m tired of wasting my money & time playing these cupcakes. Play a tough home schedule and folks will attend.

sign up true dawg fans

September 16th, 2011
2:26 pm

Atlanta87

September 16th, 2011
2:28 pm

Haha, I just went back and looked at some of the comments before the season started and am reading these now. Priceless….

Megan

September 16th, 2011
2:29 pm

This is the perfect game for many parents to take their children to their first UGA game! The crowd will be less rowdy and rude and more family friendly. If I had a ticket I would be there, but alas $45 for a ticket to a game that should be decided in the first quarter just doesn’t fit into my budget these days. Those of you who do go have fun!

Alabamadawg

September 16th, 2011
2:29 pm

Tell Jimmy Polous “hello from his Towers High friends !! “

Howdy Dawg

September 16th, 2011
2:30 pm

LOL – the President, AD and Bill King have resorted to begging alumni to attend UGA games. It wasn’t this bad during the Goff era. It’s Coastal Carolina folks, fans are no dummies with a sour economy. I’ll pass and be watching Clemson vs Auburn instead.

solja

September 16th, 2011
2:32 pm

(Giggling) So this is that diehard THuga fanbase we’ve always heard so much about huh. (Giggling some more). When you have to resort to people “rallying around the coach” just to get folks in the stands…..it’s bad. Really, really bad (giggling more now). I wouldn’t expect any recruits this year THUG U!! This kind of sympathy vote for a coaching staff mean you ain’t gettin’ NO ONE!! (LOL now)

Atlanta87

September 16th, 2011
2:32 pm

Look for me on TV @ Howdy Dawg. I’ll be wearing Blue probably in one of the corners of the end zones.

Pago Pago Dawg

September 16th, 2011
2:38 pm

First of all….who gets married on a football week-end?! The guy must be a big whimp.
We had to go to a wedding in Ann Arbor, during a home game…that marriage lasted 9 months.
Can’t make it to Athens, we’ll be in The Glass Bowl tonight…..

Megan

September 16th, 2011
2:38 pm

Also, one thing I hate about these type of games, other than they are boring as hell, is that these are the games where we get key players injured because they are playing half speed.

Consider this...

September 16th, 2011
2:38 pm

I will be there with my 5 year old daughter for her first ever UGA game. I am looking forward to getting to see her experience her first game “Between the Hedges.” There aren’t many things better than getting to make a memory with your kids.

Regardless of the record, etc., I will always support my Dawgs and our coach. Rather than complain about the 0-2 start, coaching, blah blah blah, I am going to take the opportunity to go to a game we should win and enjoy some time with my little girl. Fortunately for both of us, the obnoxious fans will probably stay home for this one.

GO DAWGS!

Had It

September 16th, 2011
2:39 pm

Enter your connemts here.

RxDawg

September 16th, 2011
2:44 pm

Here is something to chew on:

Eighteen of Georgia’s 30 losses since 2003 have been decided by seven points or less. Georgia’s 60 percent is the highest percentage of close losses in the SEC. Alabama is second with 20 of its 35 losses (57.1 percent) by seven points or less.

I-DOG

September 16th, 2011
2:57 pm

I do think it is impressive that so many Georgia fans are “standing behind” Rict. I happen to disagree, but I respect the loyalty. There are those that are still posting that we can run the table or go 9-3 this year and they talk about 8-4 like is a minimum number of wins for UGA this year. I have always thought of myself as a glass if half full person, but I just don’t see the liklihood of these scenarios.

I think we can handle Coastal Carolina, partly because I have never even heard of this team. Ole Miss seems like a 60-40 proposition (us being the 60) at best. Yes, I think we are MUCH more talented, but They are playing pretty well and with it being a road game for the Dawgs, think this one is pretty close to a tossup.

I don’t see how we can beat the OTHER bulldogs of MS State. We will likely be outcoached and they have played well, but lost some tough games already this season which I fear is a hump they will get over in Athens. I just don’t see how we will be able to run the ball against their defensive front. I think we have about a 25% chance in this one since we are playing at home and I think we will have to throw the ball 40 plus times a game, so it will be up to Murray to knotch his first win against a quality opponent.

One poster used Bobby Bowden of an example of a coach that could have been fired after struggling for several seasons with bad records and then going on to greatness. Terrible example. FL State was NOTHING before Bowden got there. He had to struggle through 4 years just to allow the good players to get into their living rooms. To compare Fl State when Bowden got there to what Richt took over (UGA was 9-3 and 8-4 prior to Richts arrival and we were LOADED with returning players)… is a comparison that has zero value.