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

Delbert D.

June 16th, 2012
4:32 pm

Red jerseys with silver numbers, silver pants, and silver helmets with no silly dog bone stickers.

Sussex Club

June 16th, 2012
4:38 pm

Better worry about Missouri on the road,
Before talking South Carolina and Florida.

Drago

June 16th, 2012
5:13 pm

No, no, and no.

Jonkdawg

June 16th, 2012
5:31 pm

I do not care if we lose to anybody ..but to Flourida Gaytors they can beat us a 1000 times i don’t need but one win on yourazz, just like last year u don’t know how i still feel.

34_Superman

June 16th, 2012
5:39 pm

UGA is 2-1 in the blackout jerseys though i wouldn’t wear them against an sec east foe. I’d say wear them agianst Ole Miss, Georgia Southern, or Georgia Tech.

LakeDawg

June 16th, 2012
5:53 pm

As long as they aren’t used as a motivational tool, I’m OK with it. However, that means the Dawgs need to establish themselves as champions before they wear them again. I say wear them after the next MNC .

heyberto

June 16th, 2012
7:04 pm

Black Jerseys are fine, love them with the Red helmets and silver britches. If you take the stigma off, then the fan base will settle down about them. bringing them out once every year or couple of years is fine, and I agree that Red should remain our dominant Jersey. I think it ought to be a reward. Something like beat Florida, and you get to wear them at an upcoming home game against an SEC opponent. Uniforms as ‘juice’, I think it worked to a point. It’s not why we lost when we lost, but it may have been a distraction that affected the psyche of the team. Richt did a good job counteracting that with the pro combat unis.

wonder

June 16th, 2012
7:20 pm

Not only no..hell no. After the epic beat down in Sanford the last time we wore them..it seemed
to motivate Alabama..more than UGA. Gimmicks rarely succeed in the long run..blocking..tackling..coaching does.

Hunkerdown

June 16th, 2012
7:28 pm

just along as it does not include black helmets or… forbid…Nike combat uniforms as in the Boise State game.

deacon Blues

June 16th, 2012
7:30 pm

Blocking and tackling win games. IF CMR ever figures this out then the Dawgs will be dangerous! Not his fault they are playing a weak schedule but it will not bode well when they run up against LSU or Bama in the SEC CG. Good coach for a top 20 program but he and UGA will never be more.

SYRUPMAKER 61

June 16th, 2012
7:35 pm

YES TO BLACK SYRUPMAKERS AND THE BULLDOGS LOOK GOOD IN THE SAME UNIFORM

Melissa

June 16th, 2012
8:22 pm

Pretty sure the jerseys don’t matter.. It’s how the team PLAYS that wins the game. Quit with the gimmicks, already. If you need a new coach, GET A NEW COACH. Playing dress up will not win the games. Poor dawgs. Too silly to know how to really make it happen anymore…

AL

June 16th, 2012
8:41 pm

Make the black jerseys a tradition for the Auburn game. Do not use them randomly. Be consistent with their use.

GSUStud

June 16th, 2012
8:48 pm

To those of us outside the SEC, we don’t see South Carolina as even relevant to talk about. Yes, they have had few good years, but Appalachian State did too. Even Florida does not have the many years of success in football as in the history of Georgia football. I see UGA beating both SoCar and Florida easily this year. And based on their recruiting for 2013, it will continue.

oldbird

June 16th, 2012
8:50 pm

I wish we would resume wearing the red britches on the road like we did in the early eighties. I don’t remember us wearing them since the Clemson game my senior year in’85. We also looked prett sharp in the black britches in the bowl game under Donnan when we stomped Wisconsin’s guts out.

tenn.DAWG

June 16th, 2012
9:21 pm

I have actually seen some kinda survey that said an athletes favorite color to wear was black.You see teams like tennessee that use it in every sport and it’s totally against their tradition,so they have sold their souls just to lure these players in.It’s a UGA color use it.

BigDawg86

June 16th, 2012
9:46 pm

I like the black jerseys as well. Part of the problem with the whole thing is the fact that they have only been used for special occasions – typically big games and then the black jersey gets associated with that. I would suggest simply put a policy in place that black will be worn for all night home games and nighttime neutral site games when Georgia is considered the home team. That should simplify it and add a little excitement to every night game for players and fans. By the way – I even liked the black helmets – we should reconsider those for night games as well. Go Dawgs!!

Bill V

June 16th, 2012
10:00 pm

Be classy like Bama, no gimmicks, just championships

jojo

June 16th, 2012
10:48 pm

oh come on, play in NOTHING but pads and helmerts

Dawg1out

June 16th, 2012
10:55 pm

winning over fla matters more still.

FloridaDawg

June 17th, 2012
1:09 am

I expect to beat both Florida and South Carolina this year….what wrong with that?

mgdawg

June 17th, 2012
6:50 am

Florida is the team UGA has to beat to break the spell. Beating them and USC would be best of course, but UGA has to break the curse.

As far as the black jerseys, I’ve said for a while they need to come back out and be a once a year thing. I work in sports and one of the sayings that they have is, “if you look good you feel good, if you feel good you play good.” I understand UGA lost two games with these jersey’s but was it just that UGA wasn’t as good of a team? I do disagree with one thing though, don’t play it safe when you pick the game. That will just make UGA look scared.

mgdawg

June 17th, 2012
6:52 am

big dawg, I liked the black helmets also, I just hated the red facemasks. I would’ve liked to see all black, from the helmet to the pants.

UGAly

June 17th, 2012
8:09 am

No more “gimmicky” uniform changes, PLEASE! With the talent in the state of Georgia, UGA should alsways be a team that lines up in the TRADITIONAL classic red and silver/grey uniforms and dominates opponnents.

DawgNow

June 17th, 2012
8:29 am

NIKE combat uniforms for the florida game, blackout for the auburn game and black helmets for the south carolina game. GA will win all 3 games easy and needs to look good doing it!

Wes stansbury

June 17th, 2012
1:29 pm

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can stop it

June 17th, 2012
1:43 pm

@Eddie,

You just described Alabama. UGA does need gimmicks and fashion.

We are the University of Georgia. HA! And…

DAWGMAN

June 17th, 2012
2:22 pm

Melissa, you’ve got it just right!

BlackAttack!

June 17th, 2012
7:12 pm

wear black for all games except one or two—black is better than red!!

Revdawg

June 17th, 2012
9:12 pm

The color of the jersey to me really doesn’t matter. I’m still a Dawg for life!

Pit Bull

June 17th, 2012
10:41 pm

Spurrier plays us close and lets the Gators beat the hell out of him. Don’t forget, he beat Bama when they were ranked #1 I believe. He does more with the least than about anyone. Just be damn glad he is not at Fla.

GaterHater

June 17th, 2012
11:30 pm

Natureboy809 for president! Well said. Which would you rather have, and ice pick in the right eye or an ice pick in the left eye? Seriously Bill, what kind of question is that…….The attitude that we must accept defeat ever is pathetic. For even the sorriest fair weather Dawg fan a loss to FL or SC is shameful and unacceptable……..

78Dawg

June 17th, 2012
11:58 pm

NOOOOO black jerseys

mdr

June 18th, 2012
1:04 am

They should just do it for Senior Day every year.

cigar

June 18th, 2012
6:19 am

Win the big games or fire the coach.

dirtyo11

June 18th, 2012
9:30 am

I love the black jerseys, how about all black (black helment, black jersey & black pants with black shoes). It’s time for a lil change but we will keep the red as the home jerseys & white as the away jerseys. We don’t need too many jerseys combos but adding black to the combo is awesome.

Now that we have the black jerseys down how about a few key wins, S.C & Fla don’t dominate UGA we just make stupid mistakes at the wrong time. We had S.C last yr but Murray tried to do a lil too much but he will be better this yr & he will not try to do it all on his own. Murray it’s ok to take the sack or throw the ball away

Yes, we need this jersey change

June 18th, 2012
10:35 am

Yes, we need this jersey change. If we wore black all of last season then UGA would have gone undefeated.

Jersey's win games

June 18th, 2012
10:36 am

Jersey’s win games. I think it may make the difference.

Scotty

June 18th, 2012
10:37 am

Screw the back in black jerseys; Georgia football is silver and black britches and RED jerseys! Period…

UGA All Day

June 18th, 2012
10:39 am

“Jersey’s win games. I think it may make the difference.”

-This is sooooo true. Please change to black.

Country DAWG

June 18th, 2012
10:43 am

I really think that if we go to black then it will be impossible to loose a game. Jerseies are the difference maker in football. This has always been the case. If we change to black then we won’t have to have football practices. It will save gas money.

Pitbull

June 18th, 2012
11:21 am

Let it go, but wipe.

Red Pants

June 18th, 2012
11:25 am

I don’t care if they wear pink jerseys with rainbow pants as long as they win games. I wasn’t even alive in 1980……

Johnboy

June 18th, 2012
11:33 am

I this UGA should only wear Black Jerseys when playing a NIGHT game only. I think the Black Jerseys look great!

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Walker34077

June 18th, 2012
12:26 pm

No more black jerseys, and absolutely, positively destroy any imagery of those horrid Nike Combat Power Ranger uniforms. As if the loss to BSU wasn’t soul-crushing enough, those uniforms only made the damage done to the Bulldog Nation that much worse.

Clanton Dawg

June 18th, 2012
12:36 pm

I like the black jersey but wear them when we play a non-conference team. On the other hand, not impressed at all with the Nike combat uniforms.

Power Rangers...

June 18th, 2012
2:43 pm

I want UGA to go from Red Power Ranger to Black Power Rangers… Then instead of the Bulldog as a mascot it can be…. Power Rangers!!!!

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