Bulldog Nation Attitude Check: Gamecocks or Gators? And back in black?

georgia floridaTaking the temperature of UGA fandom on a couple of issues …

For years, it’s been a given that the conference game that Dawgs fans most obsess over is Florida in Jacksonville. But with the rise of the Gamecocks program under Steve Spurrier and the intensifying of the battle for the SEC East, it’s a more complicated picture now.

Both Florida and South Carolina are SEC East teams, so technically the two games are equally important (though past experience has shown only beating one of them is absolutely necessary in order for Georgia to win the division).

Looking at the 2012 season, though, which would be worse? Losing to South Carolina for a third consecutive year or once again failing to beat the Gators in back-to-back years?

In other words, which do you want more, a win over South Carolina or a win over Florida?

Considering the scheduling scenario again favors Georgia in that South Carolina must face two tough teams from the West (LSU and Arkansas) that the Dawgs don’t have to play, it’s not unlikely that UGA again could lose to Carolina and still take the East (leading to another offseason of whining from Spurrier).

Meanwhile, there’s no denying that winning two years in a row over Florida would go a long way toward putting an end to Georgia players having the so-called “Jacksonville Jinx” in the back of their minds.

So, yeah, I still want a win over Florida more. How about you?

IS IT TIME TO GO BACK IN BLACK?

There's no denying the black jerseys look good and players love them. (Elissa Eubanks / AJC)

There's no denying the black jerseys look good and players love them. (Elissa Eubanks / AJC)

Remember back when everyone was so pumped over the possibility of Georgia wearing black jerseys? How Sanford Stadium erupted when the team changed jerseys after warming up and ran out onto the field in black to meet Auburn in 2007? And when the Dawgs again wore black later that season while trashing media darling Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl, the fans loved it.

Then came the Alabama game the next year. Another fan Black-out and … uh-oh, this time Georgia lost. And suddenly the cries of anguish rang throughout the Bulldog Nation: No more black jerseys!

Of course, the Dawgs didn’t lose to Alabama because they were wearing black, but that didn’t matter to the fragile fan psyche. And it didn’t help matters when Mark Richt, grasping at straws to try and motivate a leaderless team in a season from hell, went off the deep end in 2009 with black pants and (gulp) black helmets against Florida. The Grambling look probably wouldn’t have gone down well even if Georgia had won, which they didn’t. No more “fake juice,” the fans cried.

However, the Leather Helmet Blog this week opined that it’s finally time for the Dawgs to wear the black jerseys again. Wrote blogger Michael Booker: “Unfortunately, a large majority of Dawg fans associate failure with the black jerseys. I, however, remember the good times more than the bad. They look good, the kids love them, and it is 100% an official color of the university. I wish they would become more of a mainstay, and be part of the rotation frequently enough that many of the negative Nancy’s won’t freak out at the thought of them. I will always support red as the main color of the program, and feel at least 80% of all home games are played in the classic red jerseys. However, it should not be so out of the ordinary to enjoy the other color once in a while.”

I agree that the black jerseys looked terrific, and there’s no denying the players love them. But reintroducing them in another high-stakes game against a major opponent probably isn’t the way to go.

Rather, I’d like to see the Dawgs wear them this year for a not-so-crucial home game like, maybe, homecoming. Then, ultimately, I like the idea broached here a few months back in the Junkyard Mail: Georgia wearing black when Auburn plays in Athens.

So what do you think, should the black jerseys be revived this season, and if so when?

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225 comments Add your comment

DawgInSuches

June 15th, 2012
10:42 am

I will NEVER, and I mean NEVER pull for the Gaytors in ANY sport!

Hoping for NCAA to declare both teams ineligible.

JaxDawg05

June 15th, 2012
10:45 am

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Sussex Club

June 15th, 2012
10:48 am

Back in Black.

Dawg Haus

June 15th, 2012
10:54 am

The Dawgs have to win both games, no ifs ands or buts. I like the black jerseys making the occasional appearance. What ever happened to the idea of doing the throwback uniforms for the Auburn game? I thought that was an interesting idea.

EDawg71

June 15th, 2012
10:55 am

I agree. Once a year. So stupid for people to associate a jersey color with “bad mojo”. They are extremely cool. Anyone ever seen the panoramic print from the Auburn Black Out? Gives you chills if you’re a true Dawg fan.

halfnhalf

June 15th, 2012
10:58 am

I’ve always said where the black when the hometeam wears white. That’s at LSU and at Tech. Maybe the occassional bowl game. Prefer that we stick with red at home.

kydawg

June 15th, 2012
10:59 am

I love the traditional Red…however, so many other schools have multiple “mix and match” uniforms and it doesn’t seem to bother their “psyche” at all. Mix it up!!! Let the kids have fun!!!

SSIgator

June 15th, 2012
11:00 am

“Mark Richt, grasping at straws to try and motivate a leaderless team”

That statement could apply to almost any Mark “I can win games – just not the big games” Richt led UGA team. All one has to do is insert whatever year they want into the sentence.

dienlafin

June 15th, 2012
11:04 am

Spurrier will win the third in a row. Nobody but nobody starts three first time OL’s in the SEC and expects to win. Missouri and Florida will beat you also, along with Vandy, and I’m dienlafin.

AugustaDawg

June 15th, 2012
11:06 am

Please do a game in black. As suggested let T

Augustadawg

June 15th, 2012
11:11 am

As in saw somensuggest let them wear the black jerseys after they clinch the East. Each year they do that then the next game outbwear the black. Back in black baby!

SSIgator

June 15th, 2012
11:12 am

“the conference game that Dawgs fans most obsess over is Florida”

No kidding. With the UGA record being four wins out of the last twenty-two attempts, and also drooling over the three NC that the Gators have during that time frame, I am surprised that the suicide rate in GA has not risen at a faster pace.

Eustis

June 15th, 2012
11:12 am

Looks like Spurrier owns Georgia once again.

Dawg Haus

June 15th, 2012
11:12 am

I like that idea, halfnhalf.

Augustadawg

June 15th, 2012
11:13 am

Don’t know how that got messed up but again as an incentive, use winning the East as the allowance to wear the black jerseys. Should be by the Auburn or Tech game or earlier. GATA. Year of the dawg!

go-BRAVOS

June 15th, 2012
11:16 am

Since the Dawgs have high expectations on them this year I fully expect them to lose both games and possibly a third. CMR’s teams don’t handle high pressure situations very well. I hope this turns out to be the year that the players put it together in spite of their coaches and make a run for the title.
As a fan of all the ATL sports teams I know that no matter how talented the team may be in the end heartache will be delivered to its fans in the form of a choke job. It’s just the nature of teams in Atlanta.

Go Dawgs! Go Braves!

David Granger

June 15th, 2012
11:21 am

I hope Coach Richt just concerns himself with getting the team ready to play hard from the opening kickoff, and pays no attention to all that changing uniforms and jersey colors and helmet designs and “Black out the stadium!” crap. We can have fun with that later on, if you want, but right now we’ve got MUCH more important things to worry about. We have a good schedule ahead, we had a good recruiting year, and some talented players coming back. It’s time for that to be translated into actual victories on the football field.
(This has been a recorded announcement.)

Bremen Dawg

June 15th, 2012
11:23 am

I would like to see the Black Jerseys come back once a year for a game and become a tradition, maybe for a home game against Auburn or SC or in Jax

JustAnotherDawg

June 15th, 2012
11:25 am

I think that maybe that 2008 season was such a hyped season for UGA and was such a let down, there is a negative energy among some fans about that year and the black jersey is a reminder of how unprepared CMR’s team seemed to be for that season. I have a red jersey that I wear only on game day, and only during the game. If UGA wins, it goes back in the closet, if they lose, I wash it. I got a black one after the Auburn game, and wore it for the bowl game, and then the Alabama game. I havent worn it since, and probably will not do so even if UGA decides to put em back on for a game.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 15th, 2012
11:27 am

RED PANTIES…..Stuffed with Hash Browns

General Ledger

June 15th, 2012
11:27 am

No more excuses and no more loser talk. Just win both. Otherwise, I would have to say Florida because that would probably help more in recruiting than SC. Wait and see how the season goes before changing colors. Haven’t had too much success lately with color changes…. Boise, Bama and Florida. None of these was very close. Avg score I think was about 39 them 22 us.

Emory

June 15th, 2012
11:27 am

It’s really all about Spurrier anyway. I want to beat his whinnin’ ass when ever we can. As far as the Black Jerseys go, I like them. We just don’t need to make such a big deal out of it. No Blackouts etc. just wear them at least once a year at home for the players and the fans. Maybe aginst the nerds every year or the last home game.

bubba4dawgs

June 15th, 2012
11:27 am

The Florida dominance over the DAWGS began with Spurrier and is showing its ugly head with him at South Carolina! The DAWGS should have won the game last year except for the blatant missed block on Clowney who shook Murray like a rag doll causing a fumble and immediate touchdown for South Carolina. It’s time the DAWGS stepped up and showed both Florida and South Carolina that they can be beaten by the DAWGS! No trade-offs, which one to beat and which one to lose……just do it!!! For goodness sakes, don’t let Spurrier beat you 3 times in a row!! Florida should not be as good this year but still to be reckoned with. GO DAWGS!!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 15th, 2012
11:29 am

Well at least the Dwags beat SC in Basketball

sissyuga

June 15th, 2012
11:30 am

The black jersey were a surprise the FIRST TIME. Let time pass (like years) and then maybe pull a surprise, but no to black jerseys this season. Let the talent shine.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 15th, 2012
11:31 am

it’s not unlikely that UGA again could lose to Carolina and still take the East (leading to another offseason of whining from Spurrier).

And CHEST pounding by the big bad dWags over doing NOTHING.

kingdaddy

June 15th, 2012
11:34 am

Win both games. Black no big deal, only the trolls care. Win a few more games in them and nobody will care. Just RED HELMETS…

jdawg007

June 15th, 2012
11:35 am

As much as I hate losing to Carolina 3 years in a row, it’s imperative (vital, crucial, essential, necessary, etc…) that we beat Florida consecutively as many times AS POSSIBLE to diminish/shake off the FLORIDA FUNK that we can’t seem to rid of up to this point. Kinda like what the Red Sox vs the Yankees. As we all know, Since Spurrier departed it’s mostly in our heads.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 15th, 2012
11:35 am

Wear ALL BLACK Top to Bottom so we can see how many White players actually dress for the Drunk Fake Blonde White Girls College & Plantation of Georgia.

SASHA looks better in Black anyway. LOL

Macclenny_dawg

June 15th, 2012
11:37 am

Rather beat Florida anytime. Spurrier I hate him but even if they beat us and we still win the east I can still hear him cry!!! I am all for wearing black jerseys anytime because we are the red and black attack!!!

Dog1

June 15th, 2012
11:41 am

Florida should be another easy win–they will be down again. muschamp doesn’t know what he is doing. USC is the biggest game on Ga’s schedule. If Ga beats them, they should go 12-0.

Desert Fox

June 15th, 2012
11:53 am

If the dawgs want to be taken seriously as a NC contender they must win every SEC game they have on their schedule. The players, coaches and fans don’t want to back into the SEC championship game. It’s a cop out. Win them all or you don’t belong there.

Newnandawg

June 15th, 2012
11:57 am

Those black jerseys should be buried in a landfill after embarrassing losses to Florida and Bama in them.

Just learn how to beat good teams in the regular uniforms.

Cousin Eddie

June 15th, 2012
12:05 pm

fl, dang I hate them. Any season that has a victory against fl, au and tech is a good yr.

On The Black Jerseys, I say against Vandy this year. The way the game went down last year with cheap shots and arguments that would be a great game to put the anger back into the black jersys. Plus UGA should defeat vandy and get a win back on the side of the balck jerseys. IF they do it keep it a secret until the players come out. I don’t like the idea of advertising for a “black out” as it seems forced.

'94 UGA Alumnus

June 15th, 2012
12:25 pm

I like Cousin Eddie’s idea of wearing the black jersies against Vandy. Their coach is a thug and you know what they say about paybacks. Rarely do I get fired up about Vandy but I’ve got that game circled on my schedule and hope the team does too.

SSIgator

June 15th, 2012
12:29 pm

“get fired up about Vandy”

The current state of UGA football. Good Lord. Who’s next? GA Southern?

OldFan

June 15th, 2012
12:34 pm

The Dawgs will never be, and should never be, respected on the national scene until they beat SC and Fla in the same season. With Spurrier at SC and Fla holding a NC trophy, UGA is always the “also ran”. Winning the East without beating those two teams just makes us look as if we slipped in the back door while the real teams were fighting it out in the front yard.

Spanky

June 15th, 2012
12:36 pm

Okay, I’ll try this again… I think Dawg Nation needs to stop worrying about the color of the jerseys, and go to the games, with every decible of loudness you can muster while the D is on the field!! Keep doing it until we get the ball back!! THAT’S WHAT WE CAN DO AS FANS!! Go to the game, and do something about it, and leave with Larengitis!! …also, I now ranked Carolina as near equal to Florida in hate….Go Dawgs!!

TailGatinDawg

June 15th, 2012
12:36 pm

1. We’re going to lose to Florida, havn’t beaten them 2 in a row in 2 decades.
2. Havn’t had any luck stopping Lattimore with the 3-4, he just plows through for 200 yards a whack. THE UGA o line doesn’t come near the SC D-line, look for Clowney to set a record that day. So gonna lose that one too.

3. Black Jerseys? Sure, bring out all the gimmicks, rush the field, have Richt lead the team out of the lockeroom, and wear 4 leaf clovers. Alabama laughs at such strategies.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 15th, 2012
12:36 pm

‘94 UGA Alumnus… “the black jersies against Vandy. Their coach is a thug and you know what they say about paybacks.”

The MUTTS were the players running their THUG MOUTHS at the Vandy sideline. Grantham isn’t a Fat Thug? LOL POT meet KETTLE.

#1Dawg

June 15th, 2012
12:38 pm

Hey (dienlafin)YOU’VE LOST YOUR MIND!

JB

June 15th, 2012
12:41 pm

Wear Black for Buffalo, get back on the jersey winning track. Then wear it for all cupcakes for a few years.

DawginLex

June 15th, 2012
12:43 pm

SIMPLE STUPID IGNORANT GATOR

Shot by his own troops
Disowned by his own fanbase
Banned from numerous sites on this paper
Banned from numerous GATOR sites

The Truth Detector

June 15th, 2012
12:43 pm

I will be the first to say I am not a UGA fan, however I am a SEC Fan. Anytime UGA is playing ANYONE outside of the SEC I want them to beat their opponent as bad as possible.

Being a Georgia Native, I want every State School to win each week when playing in any sport.

As for the Black Jerseys, it was a nice Gimmick by Richt for a while to keep his kids interested, however I agree with others it is more about putting a consistent winner on the field and winning those important games.

I will pull for all three SEC teams this weekend at the CWS. If those three teams fail, I will pull for the next closest thing to the SEC and that school is Florida St. It is a southern thing.

Monroe's First Redcoat

June 15th, 2012
12:43 pm

Bill, I want to jack BOTH the Columbia Chickens and the Gainesville Lizards into next week. No “either/or” here…

I’m torn on the black jerseys. They were magnificent against Auburn and Hawaii in ‘07, and miserable in those other instances you mentioned. They were a gimmick, and it’s far too easy to lean on gimmicks when we’d all much rather just notch wins. I could give a hoot less if the Dawgs wear hula skirts against the Gators, as long as we beat the brakes off them….

You gotta be kidding

June 15th, 2012
12:44 pm

No black jerseys. It was cool that one game, but to make it a regular part of the rotation even once a year is too much.

OldFan

June 15th, 2012
12:44 pm

As for the black jerseys, we’ve managed to lose big games wearing the red as well, so there’s plenty of bad mojo I’m worried about more than the color of the jerseys. If the players like them, let the coaches give them as a reward. But make them earn it!

gomdawg

June 15th, 2012
12:45 pm

I LOVE THE BLACK JERSEYS SO LET’S USED THEM REGULAR

gomdawg

June 15th, 2012
12:46 pm

WE LOST IN RED , WHITE AND BLACK SO WHAT THE HELL

Jax Dawg

June 15th, 2012
12:47 pm

Definitely Florida is the team to beat. The record since Dooley left is embarrassing. If CMR wins this year we would have won 3 of the last 6. UF still does not have much of an offense and should still be somewhat down. CMR’s 11 year record against all rivalries is good except for Florida.

I am expecting CMR’s best season ever—mainly because of Grantham and secondarily because of our schedule. We will be picked to win in all games until the SEC championship. Even if that is our only loss, I think we should be able to play LSU again for the National Championship, right Alabama?