Fan talk: How about a little Bulldog love for Russ?

Should Russ be named official mascot? (University of Georgia)

Should Russ be named official mascot? (University of Georgia)

Saturday’s game against Kentucky is the last chance to see the Dogs play Between the Hedges this season and a limited number of unclaimed UGA student tickets went on sale to the general public Thursday morning. If you’d like the chance to see Georgia try to clinch the SEC East in person, Georgiadogs.com has the details.

Now, let’s get to some Junkyard Mail. …

Brady Johnson writes: I heard one of the guys on the post-game radio show speculate after the Auburn game that if Georgia wins the SEC Championship that Russ will earn full “mascot” status and be buried inside Sanford Stadium with his forebears when he goes on to that great fireplug in the sky. Since it’s pretty obvious the new Uga isn’t going to be introduced this season, what do you think is the likelihood of that?

I don’t know if Russ will ever be declared on official mascot, but if Georgia wins an SEC championship on his watch I think he certainly deserves to be acknowledged inside Sanford Stadium. I think it would be a great idea for him to be buried with the Ugas, but if that doesn’t come to pass he at least ought to get a plaque or some other permanent honor. Even Mike, the predecessor to the Uga line, is honored with a statue (in front of Memorial Hall). Russ deserves no less.

Brian Stewart writes: I know most of the praise this year is going towards the defense (and rightfully so) for this run the Dawgs are making. My question is why the offensive surprises, like the strong O-line play and phenomenal play of the wide receivers, has gone largely under the radar?

Well, I’m not sure you can say they’re going under the radar any longer, but the answer probably is that the injury-plagued offensive line progressed slowly and the wide receivers are mostly very young. There’s still room for improvement with the OL, but coach Will Friend has done a terrific job with very little depth. As for the receiving corps, the sparkplugs there have been a terrific batch of freshmen who certainly are on the radar now.

Beach Dawg Living Happily Among Gators writes: Bill, It is obvious that the 2011 “Dream Team” recruiting class has made significant contributions to the Dawgs’ success this year. I found it very surprising that UGA was able to have that much success after the dismal 2010 season capped by a very embarrassing bowl loss. The opposite seems to be happening this year — very good season, so far, but Coach Richt does not seem to be attracting the top in-state players. Your thoughts?

As our recruiting expert Michael Carvell notes, Georgia’s recruiting efforts had to weather an 0-2 start and lots of speculation about the head coach’s future but are beginning to gain some momentum and the Dogs are in the running for some highly rated players. Just as it was too early to write off this season after the first two games, don’t dismiss Richt’s 2012 recruiting efforts until we see which players he lands.

Kelly from Buford writes: Junkyard, do you know the status of Kolton Houston? I heard rumors of a NCAA investigation and noticed he hasn’t been dressed out. It would be nice to have him in the mix with the loss of Dallas Lee.

Houston has been unable to play because of an unspecified “NCAA issue,” according to Richt. There’s been no official word, but at this point it looks like Houston won’t be available until next season (hopefully).

Rontavius Smith writes: Hey Bill, seeing how the Dawgs have improved greatly under [Todd] Grantham, I believe he deserves to get a big increase to his pay and to give him a contract extension when they give Richt one. I believe when a team is doing well that it’s not [right] for all the credit to go the head coach because success is achieved by a team and right now the team has the coaches and players to do big things. In your opinion why wouldn’t UGA do everything in their means to keep Grantham?

I’m sure Richt and athletic director Greg McGarity want to keep Grantham and will do whatever is reasonable to keep him. He’s already one of the most highly paid assistants around but a raise after this season would seem likely. And possibly an extension, assuming Richt gets one, too. But if his agent isn’t just blowing smoke and Grantham really does have NFL defensive coordinator or college head coach offers on the table, it’ll ultimately come down to what direction he wants to take his career. A personal choice, in other words, not just money. Frankly, though, it sounds like a negotiating ploy.

Jax Dawg writes: Do you think Drew Butler’s punting struggles have come with the new punting protection formation that UGA is using this year? I’m by no means a special teams expert, but it seems that with the three defenders directly in front of Drew he is not taking his usual steps before he punts it away.

I’d say it’s doubtful the formation is the problem. Butler punted well for most of the season and has only recently had a couple of off games. And let’s not forget that the one blocked punt came when the Dogs weren’t using that maximum protection formation. I think more likely the recent shanked punts are a concentration problem on his part that he can fix.

Matthew Cafaro writes: Bill, the people who said Richt needed this WHOLE season to see if his new decisions and appointments would work out were right. That still does not erase the fact that Richt’s success as a head coach is extremely dependent on having not only a competent defensive coordinator, but one who is the yin to his yang. So, let’s say Georgia wins the SEC next year and contends for a BCS Championship, two possible scenarios, and Todd Grantham leaves to become a DC in the NFL or a CFB head coach. Good for him, of course, as he saved Richt’s job just as sure as [Brian Van Gorder] had a huge hand in Richt’s early success. If that scenario presents itself, will Richt make the same mistakes of the past, coming off a successful season? Will he promote from within, someone who is not qualified to be a DC? Someone who is NOT the fiery, passionate DC this team needs to balance Richt’s cool, even temper? I can’t say I trust a “fat and happy” Richt to make the right decision. An “under fire” Richt made decisions to save his job. … Does a comfortable Richt make those same kind of “out of the box” decisions when he needs to replace the man who saved his job?

If Grantham leaves, I’d be surprised if Richt didn’t look outside the program for a similar replacement. He’s a smart man and I think he recognizes the same factors that you cite. In the past, I think his judgement in promoting Willie Martinez was colored by their close friendship.

Eddie Whitaker writes: Hi Bill, love your work! My question is regarding our QB situation. Currently we have [Aaron] Murray, [Hutson] Mason and [Christian] LeMay. Sounds like (if recruiting holds true) we have Brice Ramsey coming in and then “the next Tim Tebow” [Faton Bauta] who just committed for 2013. Do you see LeMay transferring? We will soon have quite a logjam at the QB spot.

No, I doubt LeMay is going anywhere. If any of Georgia’s quarterbacks transfers, it most likely will be Mason, though that’s by no means a foregone conclusion. Mason also could take a redshirt year in order to create some class separation. But if he stays and plays next season I think it’ll be a terrific battle for the No. 2 spot and his experience will give him the edge over LeMay, who missed his senior year of high school football.

Jon Wilhoit writes: Bill, always enjoy your work. In order for the Dawgs to continue to resurrect to the expected level of competitiveness, Isaiah Crowell has to make a statement, a claim, to the role of “every-down SEC tailback”. He has flashes of promise. He makes rookie mistakes. Those are the edges of the issue. If he cannot carry the ball for an entire drive, if he cannot become more effective as the game wears on … he will be just another back. And, it will be no one’s fault but his own. He has the tool. Does he have the heart?

I think he’s getting there. He’s been playing banged up and has had to get used to that but Crowell said this week that he knows staying in the game is “what I haven’t been doing well” and he’s trying to improve. Richt noted this week that in the Auburn game Crowell didn’t ask to come out, unlike earlier games. Early in the season, the coach said, “he’d run one or two and then he’d come out. Then he’d go back in and then he’d run a couple more and then he’d come out. This last game he wanted to keep getting it.” Richt attributes that to Crowell’s stamina improving. As that happens, I think No. 1 will reach his full potential.

Alex Richards writes: Great to see the fellows put 4 quarters of complete football together against a legitimate opponent. While the Dogs need to keep playing well to clinch and beat the trade school, I hope this quiets all the haters out there calling for a new coach. Not only is Richt first class, he is a solid, solid football coach. Yes, the program dipped but his leadership has held steady throughout. He’s worked through a myriad of issues on field and off, given support, encouragement and rope to his coordinators and it’s paying off. Most importantly, he and his staff have recruited better in the last couple of years and it’s paying dividends. Players matter more than coaches. Look at Auburn from a year ago. What are they now? What are they without Cam and Fairley last year — average at best. Look at invincible Nick Saban and Alabama. When they met LSU who could match up athlete to athlete what happened? Look at Florida this year. All I’ve heard is what a great d-coordinator Will Muschamp is. Not so much this year. His o-coordinator is one of the most gifted offensive minds football has ever seen. Florida’s offense was pitiful this year. PLAYERS MATTER MORE THAN COACHES. Watching our team right now, it’s obvious that our players are more talented than most SEC teams (minus Alabama and LSU). I’m tired of hearing how a guy like Kirby Smart is the “answer” to Georgia’s woes. He may be a fine head coach one day, but I for one think that hiring a guy like that is a lot more risky than letting a guy like Mark Richt do his job. I’m telling you, I could coach for Nick Saban, run Hightower and Upshaw and that secondary out there and get some impressive results too. I’m not slamming Smart. Just asking the Bulldog Nation to let a great man and great coach lead our program for many years to come. Get united behind this guy, what looks to be a pretty good staff and some talented YOUNG players that are about to make it to the SEC Championship Game! Go Dawgs!

You make an excellent point. Even great coaches falter if they don’t have the right mix of talent on the field. Richt’s Dream Team signing class was a big step in the right direction.

Jason Bledsoe writes: Bill, I really enjoy reading your blog and your knowledge of the Georgia football team. This 2011 bunch has accomplished something that has been done since Herschel Walker was running between the hedges. They have beaten Florida, Auburn, and Tennessee for the first time since 1982. If we beat Kentucky how do you like our chances in the SEC championship game? I think it will be a heck of a game whether it is LSU or Alabama, our defense can play with anybody and our offense has more fire power than both LSU and Alabama. Go Dawgs.

Whoever represents the SEC West in the championship game probably will be favored, but if Georgia continues to play like they did against Auburn I think the Dogs could make it a terrific game, especially if the defense has a good outing. That would be the key in my mind, because I believe Georgia could move the ball and score against just about anyone right now.

Toby Carmichael writes: I have just one question. Where is all the negativity that you expressed about the Dawgs at the first of the season? Maybe another one. WHERE ARE ALL WONDERFUL FAIR WEATHER FANS THAT WERE CALLING FOR A GREAT COACH TO BE FIRED?

OK, let’s be straight on this: I wasn’t one of those fans calling for Richt to be fired. And I think you misrepresent me in your reference to “all the negativity.” I certainly pointed out problems throughout the season, but after the opening loss to Boise, when others were ready to write off the season, I wrote: “As I was trudging back to the car Saturday night with my wife and brothers, we found ourselves doing something that ran counter to the general mood of the evening: accentuating the positive. That long touchdown pass to true freshman Malcolm Mitchell was a thing of beauty, as he turned on the afterburners, catching the perfectly thrown ball from Murray in stride. That young man is going to be a Georgia football hero before very much time has passed. We also noted what a fine performance transfer linebacker Jarvis Jones turned in. And while tailback Isaiah Crowell’s debut was nowhere near Marcus Lattimore standards, he showed flashes of what is surely to come. So if you want to throw up your hands and declare this another ‘lost’ season on the basis of one game that Georgia really had very little chance of winning, go right ahead. I prefer to think about the blur that was Mitchell as he literally blew past Boise defenders. The story of the 2011 Georgia Bulldogs still has many chapters yet to be written.”

And after the loss to South Carolina I wrote: “Most of the Georgia fans I’ve encountered actually came away from the South Carolina game feeling encouraged by what they saw — a promising team that fought hard, didn’t give up, and which lost mainly because of mistakes, not lack of effort or talent.”

As the Dogs have cut out the mistakes and the young talent has begun to mature, success has come. There’s a big difference between “negativity” and realistic appraisals, which is what I try to offer here.

Brandon Giddens writes: Hey Bill, what are the odds of Georgia vs. Boise State in a bowl game. I would love to see what Georgia can do against them now that we are on a roll, and have ton’s more confidence and game experience. Great Blawg and GO DAWGS!!!

I don’t think a rematch between Georgia and Boise State in a bowl game is very likely. But if it somehow were to happen, as I wrote last week, I think the Dogs would do much better against the Broncos than they did in the Georgia Dome opener. The defense has improved considerably since then and the offense has gotten on track. It’d be a good game.

When did jorts become a Gator thang? (Jacksonville.com)

When did jorts become a Gator thang? (Jacksonville.com)

Luci writes: Dear Mr. King, LOVE your column. I regularly read it on Facebook.Will you please explain the issue about jean shorts? I am a 2nd generation UGA alum living in Central Florida with my husband (Volunteer fan, not alum) and our two sons who are 3rd generation UGA legacies. It is challenging to raise little Bulldogs here in Florida and I am careful to never, ever dress them in orange and blue together. They listen to the Redcoat CD regularly and are learning all the cheers (ages 2 & 4). The older one went to the Coastal Carolina game this year. I digress. Besides not dressing my boys in orange, I also refuse to put them into jean shorts and am just curious of the real story, as I have no clue. I had no luck with google. If you ever have the time, will you please explain the jean shorts thing? Thank you again for all your stories. They are awesome and I so enjoy getting news on the Dawgs! Sic ‘em!

Well, the main thing with jean shorts, or “jorts,” is that they’re awfully silly looking. I remember first seeing them on some elements of the NASCAR audience and I’m not sure exactly when they started to be associated with Florida Gators fans, but it became the pejorative of choice for Georgia fans traveling to Jacksonville mainly in the past decade. By the way, congratulations on keeping your children out of orange and blue, surely the most obnoxious of all color combinations in sports!

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176 comments Add your comment

WaycrossDawg

November 17th, 2011
11:10 am

What time is it Toomer’s Corner?

6:15!!! (45 to 7 all year long!)

WDE

November 17th, 2011
11:15 am

Russ = DGD!!

Jeff

November 17th, 2011
11:17 am

I think it is an absolutly pathetic that we dont have a permanient UGA at this point of the season- I love Russ, BUT McGarity needs to look elsewhere if Sielor cant come up with a legitimate mascot after almost 18 months…….yet another thing WRONG with the old guard

Jeff

November 17th, 2011
11:27 am

“OK, let’s be straight on this: I wasn’t one of those fans calling for Richt to be fired. And I think you misrepresent me in your reference to “all the negativity.”

What a bunch of crap Bill- go back and read your own blogs dude. At least man up and admit it- many felt the same I am sure. To write crap like that only further erodes any sense that you are no more than an average fair weather fan. Just because you’ve been around “supporting” the Dawgs (and I use that term loosly- many have that same take on you), doesnt make you any sort of expert on anything- except you write a blog for the AJC (and that isnt anything worth jumping up and down about)

bubba4dawgs

November 17th, 2011
11:27 am

Hey, they’re gonna get it again next year too!! They’ll be wanting to set the clocks forward to another year and hope for the best.

Class of '98

November 17th, 2011
11:30 am

Bill, you may not have called for Richt’s ouster, but you certainly lambasated Bobo a few times, more than was warrented in my opinion. Our offense has consistently been one of the best in the league under Bobo, and although I am seemingly in the huge minority, I think Bobo is an excellent offensive mind, QB coach, and play caller. I wish you would lighten up on him a little bit.

GO DAWGS

Class of '98

November 17th, 2011
11:31 am

Should be lambasted. Don’t you hate it when you try to act smart by using big words and then you misspell them?

Proof?

November 17th, 2011
11:33 am

Jeff–Bill has given you documentation of his optimistic writings! Please provide some documentation of your own or stop reading the blog. Grow up! The only thing that matters is that our Dawgs are on a roll and could seriously give LSU a run. Go Dawgs!

Raleigh

November 17th, 2011
11:40 am

Love the first comment, go dawgs!

War Dang Dawg

November 17th, 2011
11:40 am

Let’s start a Russ line. I’ve cherised the UGAs over the years as much as any other Georgia fan, but that line has seemed unhealthy to me for a long time.

WDE

November 17th, 2011
11:45 am

Bill nice article, amazes me how many people will complain about something that they go our of their way to do…if they don’t like the blog don’t read it. Most of the time I agree with you but some times our opinions are different…world sort of works that way.

War Dang Dawg

November 17th, 2011
11:50 am

“WHERE ARE ALL WONDERFUL FAIR WEATHER FANS THAT WERE CALLING FOR A GREAT COACH TO BE FIRED?

“OK, let’s be straight on this: I wasn’t one of those fans calling for Richt to be fired.”

I’ll admit that I WAS one of those fans, and I think deservedly so. It’s not just the underachievement in ‘08 or the down years in ‘09 and ‘10, it was the atmosphere that surrounded the team and the soft play. It was the inability to compete with Florida team, including some pretty average Florida teamms. I think call’s for Richt’s job were well-deserved.

But I said earlier in the year that I hope he proves me wrong, and he’s done just that. It helps to have a really good defensive coordinator, and that’s a hiring decision. It looks like Richt’s choice of Grantham has panned out, so kudos to Richt for recovering from the Martinez debacle.

I wish Richt nothing but the best going forward.

WDE

November 17th, 2011
11:53 am

@War Dang Dawg great way to man up! A lot of folks thought as you did CMR has shown he can right the ship and I think most of us were really hoping he could…Go Dogs !

OkieDawg

November 17th, 2011
11:54 am

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel got nailed with a DUI last night. I guess he was attempting to relieve some of the stress brought on by his team’s entrance into the SEC. He just doesn’t want to face the Dawgs Defense. And this is not a joke, drinking and driving is never a joke.

War Dang Dawg

November 17th, 2011
11:57 am

As for the jean shorts, or “jorts” question, since I grew up for awhile in North Florida, let me take a stab at it: Jorts are tacky and an indication of a complete lack of sophistication, on most people. Really gorgeous girls can get away with it, but most people can’t. Particularly a young man with a blonde mullet, starter moustache, and an orange and blue muscle-T to go along with the jorts. Add a Marlboro in one hand and a Natural Light in the other and imagine the voice of Boomhauer on King of the Hill, and the picture is complete. If you’ve ever spent much time in Florida, you’ve seen quite a few of those characters.

Jeff

November 17th, 2011
12:00 pm

Proof….yes, Billy has been so optimistic this year and every year. SO sorry- how could I possibly as a true Dawg fan have wrote such a tastelsss blog about UGA’s best bulldog- Bill??

WDE- I know- how dare I might complaign about Bill- never mind the fact that MY SON once played for CMR and he and his teammates were the target of one of “our best Dawg” Bill’s rants. Silly me- I must have read it wrong- Bill never ever says a bad word.

War Dang Dawg

November 17th, 2011
12:04 pm

Thanks WDE, glad you understood my post despite all the typos. That’s what I get for typing too fast.

Bibb Dawg

November 17th, 2011
12:06 pm

Just think of the possibilities if Dawgs would have kept louisville on the schedule and we were able to get some things worked out against a lesser team. Starting against a team with so many seniors they were playing at mid-seson form on opening day. No telling if we would have had so many errors agains SC. Not sure if it was such a wise decesion.

Kyle

November 17th, 2011
12:08 pm

Sooooo…WDE, if anyone doesnt like what Bill writes- the option is to not read this blog??? You are a moron dude….and probably one of our assortment of bandwagon fans that have now jumped back on….

Woofer

November 17th, 2011
12:15 pm

Q: Why is Russ like a UGA player?

A: Neither can read.

WDE

November 17th, 2011
12:17 pm

@Jeff you have ever right to disagree with Bill or me but if he upset you so bad why keep coming back? Do you feel the need to complain or point out how he wronged you so badly? And if Bill singled out you son I’d be upset too…

WDE

November 17th, 2011
12:19 pm

@Kyle this ain’t my first rodeo on this blog but I don’t remember seeing you.

Sparky Garfunkel

November 17th, 2011
12:22 pm

Rewarding the coaching staff was discussed here Monday. Honestly, look at how many coaches have done a very good job!

http://www.philsteele.com/Blogs/Individual_Team_blogs/Georgia_Blog.html

Vance Duly

November 17th, 2011
12:27 pm

Russ always reads a bit before taking his 4th Quarter nap. Get your facts straight!

On another note, it’s nice to see our play-calling break free from some of the predictable templates we’ve been using for 2 seasons. Kevin Butler commented that he believes Coach Bobo became more aggressive after all of Blair Walsh’s field goal struggles (starting with Florida). GO DAWGS!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 17th, 2011
12:27 pm

Its a sad day when we are boo hooing about scheduling Boise ST

WOW

Boise St a program no one heard of until about 8 yrs ago

Pup Fan

November 17th, 2011
12:29 pm

So what blog do I read if I want to see nothing but DAWGS through red and black colored glasses? It ain’t on the BLAWG! Band guy writing a football blog……ain’t working for me. Not sure why I still read it daily….but I do!

AltamahaDawg

November 17th, 2011
12:29 pm

jeff, if just finding a legit replacement is your beef, any number of folks could have found some very fine replacements the day after Uga passed. Including Seiler…….(which he did with Russ)

OBVIOUSLY the issue is finding the right combination of traits for that “job” specifically FROM the UGA bloodline that is available right now.

If Seiler is dropping the ball (and has the best access to the line) WHO on earth is going to solve that quicker?

Did you really think it out before posting?

WDE

November 17th, 2011
12:29 pm

@Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville I get your point but remember till 1990 no one had heard of Florida either .

funny...

November 17th, 2011
12:30 pm

Hutson is as good as gone.

Coach Dooley pick up the white courtesy phone please.

bbcsickdawg

November 17th, 2011
12:30 pm

damn good dawg!!!!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 17th, 2011
12:30 pm

Vance Duly

According to many on here Bobo has been calling great games

But I agree with you its good to see a less conservative playbook of late

funny...

November 17th, 2011
12:31 pm

and I agree, enough with the crap, PROMOTE RUSS!!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 17th, 2011
12:34 pm

WDE

FL was ranked #1 in 1985

then UGA came to town a 21 pt underdog and opened up a can

Best game I ever went to by far

Also we kept them from playing a national title when Spurier was there in the 60’s. Thats why he hates UGA so much

People have heard of FL my friend

Mad Dog One

November 17th, 2011
12:36 pm

Bill like that you jave fan questions in print. Also old gold & white will upset the digestive system also. As always GO DOGS & GATA
P.S. To the trade school BE AFRIAD BE VERY AFRAID THE DAWGS ARE COMMING

Mad Dog One

November 17th, 2011
12:38 pm

Sorry should have been have. But jave will make you think.

Cohutta Dawgman

November 17th, 2011
12:43 pm

If CMR deserves an extension so does Russ.

59bulldawg

November 17th, 2011
12:54 pm

6:15 (45-7) . . . LOL! Waycross I’ll have to use that one! LOL!

LutzFLdawg

November 17th, 2011
12:55 pm

Russ is my mascot, official or not. He should be granted the same honors as an Uga. Just like Otto, “he came off the bench and got the job done.”

home&home

November 17th, 2011
12:55 pm

One thing kind of makes me crazy. When UGA was 0-2 and folks were calling for Richt’s head, all you heard was “let the season play out!”. Now, those folks are saying, “see, I told you so” but, guess what, the season hasn’t played out. What if UGA loses to UK? What if they beat UK, lose to GT, get smashed by LSU (or whoever) and lose the bowl game? Would another 5 loss year be good?

AltamahaDawg

November 17th, 2011
12:57 pm

I remember that 1985 game well. Wheeler and the boys, had the best games of thier careers. I graduated Georgia a few weeks later. What year were you then?

JaxDawg05

November 17th, 2011
1:02 pm

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 17th, 2011
12:27 pm

Its a sad day when we are boo hooing about scheduling Boise ST

WOW

Boise St a program no one heard of until about 8 yrs ago

I’ll take it a step further, a program we won’t hear about in 8 years

Pago Pago Dawg

November 17th, 2011
1:03 pm

So when the coaches get bgi pay raises do you want to guess how much higher the tkts will cost!

DCLee

November 17th, 2011
1:03 pm

Flat tire on I-95 in Jacksonville (Love the handle)
As someone that grew up in the J-ville area in the 80s those were some great games and times. It was a different tailback racking up 100+ yards every season against the Gators. I feel the winner of the UGA-UF game comes down to the team able to commit to running the ball or having the most success every season. If UGA had pulled out the 2010 version then that would have been one of the weird few instances where the team throwing it all over the place won. That is what made Dooleys teams so great and has made this team in 2011 one game away from the SECCG is their commitment to the run IMHO.

WDE does have a point though on a national scale. UF was always the school getting in trouble or underachieving until Spurrier came in and woke them up. That is why I always have to laugh at these UF posters that talk about the last 20 years but then have memory loss on the 70+ years of games prior to 1990. UGA is still 8 games up after losing 18 of 22 so heading into 1990 this series was a joke of a series like vs teams like a Vandy for UGA where they led the lizards by 22 GAMES. So UF has now at least made this a competitive series thanks to the past 20 years but it took something this lopsided just to make it a series. That number will go back up as UGA starts putting it to UF here in the upcoming seasons as long as they commit to the running game.

aaron in arizona

November 17th, 2011
1:05 pm

Thanks for these type of blogs were you respond to ?’s. I find them interesting on how others feel or ?’s they ask.

I agree that Russ should have recognition, too, but I think he should become the permanent mascot. He seems to be well acclimated to the stadium environment, seems his family is ok w/Russ being the mascot, and overall appears to be a healthy bulldog. I remember reading S. Seiler saying the mascot didn’t have to be all white by any rule.

I do read and know that there are “Richt haters” out there. However, I, as well as most others i believe, are/were Richt criticizers. Not wanting him to be fired but definitely observing the decisions and quotes made/said as very puzzling. Such as sticking w/offensive coord. that had the most bland/very predictable game plan no matter which team being played. Stating he had more time to study football when we saw the exact same team look/gameplan, still have clock management issues/use of time outs at odd times. Also, talking up the improvements in team/physical conditioning and the team (defense especially) looked gassed in the 3rd qtr vs Boise. That’s what kept concerning most of us, but we’re not “haters.” We do appreciate to have what I find as a head coach that cares about his players, coaches, and fans.

Along the lines of “jorts” origins, I have a question about the “Gators eat boogers” and “Gators suck snot” bumper stickers and signs that i noticed in the latter 90’s and still see/read to present. Where did that come from? Go Dawgs!!!!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 17th, 2011
1:15 pm

If anyone ask to describe a FL fan

Tell them to watch Swamp People

Thats a good visualization of what a FL fan looks and talks like

Shooooot !!!!!!!!!!!!

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

November 17th, 2011
1:15 pm

Is this little dog banned?

Joey

November 17th, 2011
1:30 pm

I was there too – south stands.

4 whole days! 4 whole days!

Dave from GT

November 17th, 2011
1:33 pm

When GT beats the Dawgs this year under Russ’ watch….. I don’t care if y’all go on to win the SEC….. we will make a place at Grant Field for Russ to be buried !

BigNCDawg

November 17th, 2011
1:36 pm

I think Russ should be buried along with the UGAS. He is a damn good DAWG and he has filled an important roll. Point of interest, while growing up in Athens in the 50’s and attending Barrow school, I use to go to Ga. baseball games in the spring and chase down fowl balls. Mike, Wallys bulldog, was always at the game and would always stroll around the stands to be petted. We would feed him peanuts and after the game we would walk to the old field house and Mike would follow. Mike and I became friends. They are great memories for a young boy. Sicum DAWGS

Josey Whales

November 17th, 2011
1:42 pm

Very well put “War Dang Dawg” – Thank you for making that clear how many of us felt. Our recent success just proves many of us right, we needed a fire lit under CMR or get him out. CMR had grown complacent and he lost focus. He made the right moves and the ship is headed in the right direction again, we all win.