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

01HAWK

June 15th, 2012
8:41 pm

Red panties stuffed with hash browns, brownies, and dressed in DRAG !!!!!!……………….LOL

icedawg

June 15th, 2012
9:17 pm

UF is the bigger of the two games. Though as a coach the Ole Ball Coach has always had our number. As a player we tormented him. Black is ok but it is old school now.

evil empire

June 15th, 2012
9:43 pm

who cares what color jersey uga wears…if it’s a top 10 team,they’ll lose the game anyways…

Dawg89

June 15th, 2012
10:46 pm

Do you think Alabama sportswriters opine about which loss would be better for the team or fans?

Bring the black jerseys back. I liked the black pants, too.

ahscoach

June 15th, 2012
11:17 pm

I actually think the black jerseys should be worn at home games starting after 6:00 p.m. It is an appropriate color for a special occasion and I think it would bring the jerseys into vogue and set a time and place to wear them on a more regular basis. The fans and players would know when they were wearing them and take all the worry about good or bad luck. Plus they really do look good.

RED DOG 77

June 16th, 2012
12:02 am

The University of Florida will give us more problems this year than South Carolina will…………..Fact: We will beat the living snot out of South Carolina, but watch out…………….Florida…….er……a…… Yup we squeek out by the skin of our teeth……………Georgia Bulldogs 38 South Carolina 10…………..Georgia Bulldogs 17 Florida Gators 16………”Run Lindsay, Run!!!”…….Oh…..I mean “Run Malcolm Run!!!!!”………………YesereeeeBob………..That’s how “ol RED sees it……………And hell yea wear the black shirts…………they look great fans love ‘em players love ‘em………Why the hell not?

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can stop it

June 16th, 2012
12:16 am

Please bring back the black jerseys

RPh DAWG

June 16th, 2012
12:20 am

Black jerseys look good and hot! I would not want to wear one in September on a 90 degree day.

Dirty Dawg

June 16th, 2012
12:54 am

Forget about the colors…go with the traditional red at home, white away, both with silver britches…the important thing is to win the damn games not worry about how we look. Way too much attention paid to this when they/we should be concentrating on doing the job. Once we’ve whipped em all enough to prove our point, then we can piddle around with jersey colors. And as for SC or Fla…why in blazes do we have to choose…beat the ever-lovin crap out of both of em…then whoever’s left standing in the West will be next. Dammit, if we’re gonna be as good as we believe we can be, then start acting like it and spit in the eye of any of the trolls and fair-weatherers.

mdawg

June 16th, 2012
12:57 am

the black pants should always be worn for away games

RJ

June 16th, 2012
12:59 am

ssigator if I were you I would start worrying about your on gator team and not so much about Georgia. Let the games yet to be played determine how good the teams will ultimately be. For me I can live with it either way as long as the school is represented in the right way which I believe it is. This is football not life or death and there are a lot of things more important in the world today. it is a great distraction and unless you are suiting up or actually coaching a team what you say matters little to me.

mdawg

June 16th, 2012
1:00 am

obviously dirty dog does not know what the color of red stands for.

that may be your tradition but its not mine.

traditions are just like records, they are made to be broken. and you are obviously living in the past.

kingdaddy

June 16th, 2012
2:31 am

Little stevie sucks…

kingdaddy

June 16th, 2012
2:33 am

Florida matters, S.C. doesn’t. Color-wise, nothing matters except “RED HELMETS”!!!

CPODawg

June 16th, 2012
3:29 am

Not an option for beating either, UGA needs to beat BOTH a conference loss is bad either way. I feel UGA has the talent to be capable of beating both, The dawgs just need to quit shooting themselves in the foot when it comes down to winning against both of these teamS.
In regards to the uniforms I am normally a traditionalist, but if the black jerseys come out again, I think a sliver helmet with the G, a black facemask, and red and black trim would be a sharp addition to compliment the britches. Just my .02 on it

SevenDown

June 16th, 2012
6:45 am

usc is the game this year—it will decide the sEC east. florida is old news—they will be mediocre again with muschamp and Ga can beat them by 13+. SC is the only team that ga has to worry about. auburn?? get real–chizik was a flash in the pan with newton. Ga v. LS for the sec title—this year, Ga wins!

CHDawg

June 16th, 2012
6:51 am

I don’t like choices like this, Bill. Both games are must-wins every year. You can measure our season by them. We simply have to win both, and losing either game is unacceptable. The black jerseys, unlike the Devil costumes, look really cool on the Dawgs. They aren’t using an entirely new uniform (big mistake), but they use their helmets and shoes, etc. Finally, we aren’t superstitious folks: the jersey colors have nothing to do with the outcome of the game. The color of your shirt doesn’t affect your test score–how well you studied controls it. Choose the unis for utility and then looks–the black jerseys as an occasional change-up are a winner on both counts imho. Bring’em back.

tony

June 16th, 2012
8:02 am

Scott

June 16th, 2012
8:21 am

Would rather beat S.C. any day of the week.. twice on Sundays.

Kimmer

June 16th, 2012
8:54 am

Black jerseys and red panties

What?

June 16th, 2012
9:05 am

Kuch-T 9th
Bubba-T 73rd

Just wanted to keep you guys posted. Your trolls are always claiming to be world beaters.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 16th, 2012
9:08 am

RamboDog…………There was a Photo in the AJC Article when SASHA was arrested and Shim was in a Black dress you Moron.

Fridawg

June 16th, 2012
9:17 am

Beat Florida. USCe will be irrelevant in a few years. I love the idea of blacking out Auburn at home.

uga

June 16th, 2012
9:20 am

The gators will fall to us along with the chickens of usc. Gators coach sucks

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 16th, 2012
9:21 am

wear Black all the time. The Falcons made those uniforms such winners in the 60’s & 70’s.

TimetoWin

June 16th, 2012
9:30 am

blackout for the fla and sc games! Ga wins both games big, on the way to the SEC title!!!

mdawg

June 16th, 2012
9:44 am

an sec titles means nothing. the only title that means anything is a national championship. 13-1 is a terrible year.

mdawg

June 16th, 2012
9:48 am

its time to stop being compared to the “loveable” chicago cubs. everyone loves em but no one fears them. and yet the cubs havent won a title in over 100 years.

i want people to be scared when they think of UGA…. i want others all over the nation when they are watching UGA on tv to think, “i do not want to play them”.

sanford stadium has become to friendly and UGAs record has shown from that.. yeah we beat lsu on the road but come to athens and we lose, beat alabama on the road and come to athens and lose.

NJ Dawg

June 16th, 2012
10:03 am

We have 5 equally tough, important and long-term rivals EVERY year in which all are important….

South Carolina (remember when it made their season to beat us but never did?), Tennessee (which has been down for the last few years), Florida (duh!) and Auburn. The Tech game seems to be more important to Tech than to UGA fans, but it still is very important! So you can say that EVERY year the Dawgs play 5 tough rivalry games every year….no matter the rotation….all 5 have a different feel and intensity! And we used to have Clemson….

Let’s look at how many tough long-term rivalries each of the following teams have where each team hates each other….

Alabama Auburn, LSU, Tennessee and maybe MSU
Auburn Alabama, Georgia and possibly LSU
Arkansas LSU
LSU Alabama, Ole Miss, Arkansas and possibly Auburn
MSU Ole Miss, Alabama and possible Auburn
Ole Miss MSU, LSU

Tennessee Georgia, Florida, Vandy and Kentucky (ok, I am stretching here!)
Florida Georgia, Tennessee and FSU
South Carolina Georgia and Clemson
Kentucky Doesn’t matter
Vandy Doesn’t matter

Missouri Kansas, Nebraska and Illinois (outside of Nebraska, please)
Texas A&M Texas (and Texas drops them), Oklahoma and they hope LSU

As you can see….it’s not just two teams that the Dawgs face where each team…and theri fans….want to beat the snot out of each other and dislike, it’s 5….each and EVERY year!

Those that say Georgia has a soft schedule fail to realize that Georgia has more rivalry games than each and every SEC school…..and using a cliche’….throw out the schedules when rivals play!

NJ Dawg

June 16th, 2012
10:05 am

And I have been a proponent of black jerseys since I was at UGA beginning in 1980!!!

SSIgator

June 16th, 2012
10:24 am

Sanford Stadium – The Friendly Confines of college football

01HAWK

June 16th, 2012
1:27 pm

JaxDawg……………………………………..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?

WRONG……………………………………UGA schedule is to weak. A one loss DWAG team will not get in the BCS game.

ClassicDawg

June 16th, 2012
1:33 pm

Yes bring them back out. The black jerseys w/ red helmets are a great combo love em!!!

DIT

June 16th, 2012
1:37 pm

I think the black jerseys look great, but if we do it again, don’t make such a big deal over it. Bowl games are a great occasion for the black jerseys. Just my opinion, but by making a huge deal over it only adds fuel to a fire for the opponent, via Bama. Why do that?

I LIKE THE BLACK JERSEY

June 16th, 2012
1:42 pm

ATTENTION MARK RICHT,
HERE IS THE PROPER WAY TO WEAR BLACK,GREEN, SILVER OR ANY OTHER COLOR
JERSEY.DON’T ANNOUNCE TO THE WORLD THE WEEK OF THE GAME THAT YOUR COMING OUT IN BLACK(WHATEVER COLOR) JERSIES. JUST PUT THEM ON GAME DAY
GO OUT AND PLAY WIN OR LOSE.IT STUPID NOT TO WEAR THE BLACK BECAUSE WE
GOT BEAT BY BAMA.THINK ABOUT IT WE HAVE CERTAINLY LOST MORE GAMES IN RED AND WHITE THAN WE HAVE IN BLACK.JERSEY COLOR HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE WAY YOU PLAY, OR AT LEAST IT SHOULDN’T.

Coach Spurrier

June 16th, 2012
1:51 pm

If your dressing for for your teams attitude, pink helments and purple panties should do it.

01HAWK

June 16th, 2012
2:05 pm

Kimmer

June 16th, 2012
8:54 am

Black jerseys and red panties

You forgot…………………….hash browns, and brownies in those red panties and also dressed in DRAG !!!!!!!!!

01HAWK

June 16th, 2012
2:09 pm

If football fans — much less actual players — really need something like that to get inspired, then you have to wonder about the motivation of that program.

Was it not enough for Georgia that it was playing the nation’s No. 1 team in one of the best settings in college football? Apparently not. Florida’s attire was remarkably traditional as it repeatedly worked over Georgia’s defense.

If you win, it can be applauded. But if you lose, it’s viewed as a useless gimmick, a waste of time and energy that could have been spent preparing for an opponent.

Rowdy_Red_Pachyderm

June 16th, 2012
2:16 pm

Please do wear some more back out jersey’s, all those I snatched up from Wallmart on 316 after the beat down (and handed out for Christmas gifts) are old and torn.

Seriously, until your team learns the fundamentals, what good are color changes and style points?

Will Crafton

June 16th, 2012
2:33 pm

The Dawgs should black out GT in athens this year. It isn’t a cupcake, but its a game georgia probably has a good chance of winning. Im ready for the dawgs to come out in black again!!

ugab

June 16th, 2012
2:34 pm

The Black jerseys look good. Losing with the black jerseys on sucks. Wear the Black jerseys for Homecoming or for a game that is an almost guaranteed win. The uniforms for the FL game were UGLY with the black pants.

Contractor

June 16th, 2012
2:36 pm

I prefer the Dawgs to beat Florida 100 times more than beating South Carolina. I feel as if our team is athletically more gifted than South Carolina, and thus can beat them on a not so great day. Florida on the other hand always has speed, the extra motivation to continue their late dominance,and the actual dominance over Georgia as of late. There is an aura that we have to be on our A game, and then have lady luck on our side as well to beat the Gators, and it proves to be true. A win over Florida does more to boost confidence than a win over South Carolina in my eyes.

As far as black jerseys are considered, I think they would be best as a surprise instead of planning it and letting the fans, media, and opponents catch wind and start up all the crap from the Aabama game. Spring them on newcomers Missouri or Texas A&M to add that extra level of psychology. I absolutely hated the Combat uniforms and those atrocious attire for that one Florida game. I’ll take the black jerseys, or an away silver jersey and red helmes for a Missouri game.

chem

June 16th, 2012
2:37 pm

The whole jersey thing isn’t “kewl” not because of the losses but because you Bill King (and others) beat it to death. It was spontaneous and fun until Richt had to answer wardrobe questions at every press conference in 2007/08.

Bill King

June 16th, 2012
2:52 pm

Chem:

It was Richt who called for the Black-outs, twice late in the 2007 season and then once early in the 2008 season. So if anyone beat it to death, it was the coach.

Kimmer

June 16th, 2012
3:12 pm

“GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt”

AND I’M THE BIGGEST LOSER OF ALL!
JUST ASK MY FATHER!

Sussex Club

June 16th, 2012
3:14 pm

Red and BLACK

isaiah...

June 16th, 2012
3:18 pm

Back outs ????Only if we play a top 20 team. washan say so.no top 20 we win. washan say ……..top 20…. back out

Sussex Club

June 16th, 2012
3:18 pm

14-0 , beat it to heaven !

dangerranger6969

June 16th, 2012
3:51 pm

Losing to south carolina is embarassing.

Eddie

June 16th, 2012
3:54 pm

No. Stop altering the uniforms. These are never conversations you hear from traditional championship caliber schools. This is football, not fashion. We are The University of Georgia. We don’t need gimmicks. We don’t worry about what we look like. Here are our colors, here are our uniforms … Get ready to get knocked in the dirt.