Live from the Bulldog Club: Jean shorts not allowed!

Kevin Butler, a kicker of some note, speaks with Vance Leavy, publisher of Bulldawg Illustrated. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Kevin Butler speaks with Vance Leavy, publisher of Bulldawg Illustrated. (Photo by M. Bradley)

I’m here at the Cobb Galleria Centre, site of the Bulldog Club of Greater Atlanta’s annual meeting that essentially starts the countdown to Georgia’s kickoff. This convocation used to be held in Midtown at the Sheraton Colony Square but has moved to my neck of the woods — as you know, I’m a pillar of the Smyrna/Mableton/Vinings community — in recent years. And I’m sitting in a ballroom recalling the last time I sat in this ballroom.

Actually, the next-to-last time. (The most recent occasion was a celebration of Furman Bisher’s 90th birthday. Sam Huff was here. And Sonny Perdue. And esteemed colleague Tim Tucker, who’s sitting two seats to my right as I type.) But in June 2006 I came here on a Sunday afternoon to interview the Florida football coach, who was addressing a postponed meeting of the Atlanta Gator Club, the original April date having been rendered inoperative because the Florida basketball team was playing in the Final Four.

I met Urban Meyer on the steps out front. He’d flown in on a private plane. He was nice enough. We talked about his first season in Gainesville, during which he’d lost to South Carolina and Spurrier. We talked a little about Cincinnati, his hometown and a city with which I have a longstanding acquaintance. I believe I mentioned Skyline Chili. I believe he reacted favorably.

But the thing I recall most about Meyer that day was his attire. Standing in a rather ornate ballroom, the Gator coach addressed his constituents wearing … shorts.

No, not jean shorts. (That would have been too good.) But shorts all the same. And I remember what Steve McClain, the ace Florida publicist, told me that day: “Urban’s not one for small talk.” Or, I assumed, for fancy dress.

So here I am again, and I’m reasonably certain the one person who won’t be here tonight will be the Urban Crier. We’re about a half-hour from the beginning of the program, and the seats — there are roughly 1,500 chairs arrayed (I semi-counted) — are filling. I saw Mark Fox, the basketball coach whom I deemed a bad hire, in the hall, and I just shook hands with the greatest kicker in the history of college football. Yes, Rex Robinson.

Actually, no. I shook hands with Kevin Butler. And I kid my Twitter buddy Rex Robinson — he’s @RexRobinson5 — by saying he was the second-best kicker I ever saw … behind Fuad Reveiz (of Tennessee). Actually, I’d say Butler and Robinson were Nos. 1 and 1A, perhaps not in that order.

I’ll get cranking with moment-to-moment stuff once we get going, and if Mark Richt says something like, “I’ve waited 49 years to coach a team like this” … well, I’ll keep it to myself.

And if see someone in the room wearing jean shorts … I’ll just assume that person took a wrong turn at Ocala.

87 comments Add your comment

saint simons

July 27th, 2009
6:55 pm

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahahaha

Tripper

July 27th, 2009
7:00 pm

Jorts 49, Red Pants/Black Dresses 10

Just focus on winning the game, guys, not where it’s played and who dresses how.

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
7:04 pm

Chuck Dowdle of WSB-TV is your emcee. He just said, “I’m Georgia and I’m a Bulldog.”

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
7:05 pm

Damon Evans first to speak. Dowdle just said Georgia has taken “a huge step up” under his leadership. Take that, Vince!

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
7:07 pm

Actually, Damon isn’t speaking. He’s having a conversation with Chuck. This is kind of like “Oprah” — without the couch and the book club.

Duluth Gator

July 27th, 2009
7:07 pm

If this is about your bulldogs why do you bring up Urban Meyer?

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
7:09 pm

Damon: “I think we showed the people in Tempe, Ariz., what football is all about.”

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
7:12 pm

Damon talking about the $40 million expansion of Butts-Mehre. Now moving to graduate rates. And now: “Basketball is a sport where we need your support.”

god and greyhound

July 27th, 2009
7:13 pm

What a great newsman chuck dowdle is. im sure hes there for investigative purposes only

Blind Side

July 27th, 2009
7:13 pm

Saint Simons is actually Coach Paul Johnson.

NORRIS

July 27th, 2009
7:14 pm

TECH MAY NOT WIN 8 GAMES THIS YEAR. HAHAHAHAHHAHAA

god and greyhound

July 27th, 2009
7:18 pm

uog: preseason and recruiting champs. postseason CHUMPS

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
7:19 pm

Chuck on Mark Fox: “I don’t know how Damon found him, but we’re damn glad he did.”

Actually, I think Dan Parker’s search firm had a little something to do with it.

Michael Cox

July 27th, 2009
7:21 pm

They may have barely beatg us last year, but atleast we can look forward to NOT having to watch our Dawgs run the “wishbone”! Damn what a bore that has to be….Plus, I won’t have to watch from a half emtpty stadium smack in the middle of the slums of Atlanta. Good Lord what a dum! I can live with one win in eight tries……

Florida really does own Georgia

July 27th, 2009
7:21 pm

you can’t even talk about your school without somehow pulling UF into the discussion.

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
7:23 pm

“My” school? Maysville High? Woodleigh Elementary?

IndianaDawg

July 27th, 2009
7:28 pm

I don’t know if Fox will be a good coach or not but he can’t be worse than what we have put out there since Tubby. I definitly think we should have hired someone west of the Mississippi

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
7:28 pm

Mark Fox wants Stegeman Coliseum sold out. He also said, “There’s 50 stars on the flag. There’s one for Georgia; there’s not one for Georgia Tech or Georgia State or Georgia Southern.”

IndianaDawg

July 27th, 2009
7:28 pm

I meant East of the Mississippi

Red Foreman

July 27th, 2009
7:29 pm

take one of those red balloons and SUCK IT BRADLEY!!!!

Blind Side

July 27th, 2009
7:30 pm

“Florida…” If you’ve read any of Mark’s other blogs this year you wouldn’t call UGA his school. I think he got a journalism degree from Georgia Tech’s “Management” program (a.k.a.: the program of study for football players that say they go to Tech for academics)

Benjamin

July 27th, 2009
7:31 pm

If Mark Fox wanted Stegeman to be sold out, he should’ve morphed into Bobby Knight.

leotardo pantstightski

July 27th, 2009
7:32 pm

back in my day we didn’t wear helmets or jocks, we played for friction and we liked it! Tebow might be a virgin, but he will get his rocks off under center in ‘09!

IndianaDawg

July 27th, 2009
7:32 pm

I come to the blogs here to read good comments and because I miss UGA being far away. I have yet to understand why people come to this and other Dawg blogs and write cruel things about the blogger. SHOW SOME CLASS!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
7:32 pm

Megan Boenig just said: “We recruit horses as much as we recruit riders.”

What’s the graduation rate — I just asked Tim Tucker this — on horses?

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
7:33 pm

Megan Boenig — she’s the equestrian coach — is hugely pregnant, you should know.

Benjamin

July 27th, 2009
7:34 pm

lol — I’m not even sure what Megan is TRYING to say, let alone anything else.

What the heck is a “horse” in her view?

Benjamin

July 27th, 2009
7:35 pm

Welp, that would explain it. I didn’t know who Megan was. Now I do.

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
7:36 pm

Chuck is now introducing Jay Clark, who’s the new Suzanne Yoculan.

weston

July 27th, 2009
7:49 pm

>>“There’s 50 stars on the flag. There’s one for Georgia; there’s not one for Georgia Tech or Georgia State or Georgia Southern.”>>

lmao. good one

Gravy Train

July 27th, 2009
7:50 pm

Mark,

good stuff as usual. How’s the spread tonight? Sure would like to know what Coach Richt has planned for Branden Smith. Perhaps an X factor on offense?

Doyle, Winder

July 27th, 2009
7:52 pm

saint simons—are those the ONLY symbols you know?

god and greyhound

July 27th, 2009
7:53 pm

Mark how pregnant is the equestrian coach? how many months? think it might be twins?

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
7:56 pm

First question to Mark Richt from the audience: “How bad are we going to stomp the Gators?”

Richt didn’t take the bait. The Gator bait — get it?

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
7:56 pm

Ms. Boenig is due any minute, I believe. And it’s a boy.

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
7:58 pm

Second question from the audience involved a report that South Carolina is working out by flipping tractor tires around. From Mr. Dowdle: “I think that’s a class.”

Richt: “That was him. I didn’t say that.”

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
8:00 pm

Richt: “The University of Georgia is one of the finest academic institutions in the South. It’s not as easy to get in Georgia as it once might have been.”

Laughter from the grads.

god and greyhound

July 27th, 2009
8:03 pm

does dowdle have any journalistic integrity whatsoever? what a clown

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
8:06 pm

Mark Richt just said Caleb King is the No. 1 tailback “for a reason — it’s not just because we like him.”

He’s now talking about Joe Cox. Telling the story about how 106 players out of 110 after spring practice named Cox as the team leader.

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
8:09 pm

Richt just said all the true freshman at skill positions, quarterbacks excluded, have to be prepped as if they’re going to play this season.

SugarHillDawg

July 27th, 2009
8:15 pm

God and greyhound is Ramble On! Only that GAY Idiot said that that many times!!!Your cover is blown.(bad term)

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
8:15 pm

Chuck just said: “I gotta tell you, that pretty well wraps it up.”

A very sedate crowd tonight, I gotta tell you. Quietest crowd at a Bulldog Club meeting I’ve ever been around. I have no idea if that’s of any significance, but I toss it out as an observation.

Saint Simons II

July 27th, 2009
8:15 pm

38 – 3 Chicken Bowl hahahahahahahahahaha

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
8:17 pm

Then again, it’s not quite the same without Loran Smith — who’s recovering from his car accident, I assume — to rev up the home folks.

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
8:21 pm

OK, folks. I’m doing my Chuck Dowdle impression and wrapping it up on this end, too. Thanks for hanging with me.

Cuz

July 27th, 2009
8:44 pm

Thanks Mark, I felt like I was there living in fast forward.

Bill

July 27th, 2009
9:03 pm

All I know is I live in Savannah is there are a bunch of UGA fans wearing jeans shorts.More than just a few.Also nothing abou CMR crying about moving the UF-UGA game out of Jax.Nice bit of objective reporting.

saint augustine

July 27th, 2009
9:09 pm

((( 49 10 ))) hahahaha

UGASlobberknocker

July 27th, 2009
9:22 pm

I think the subdued atmosphere is due to the fact that we absolutely got out butts whipped by the two best teams we faced, then to make it worse, we lose to Geek Tech. It had to be the worst feeling 10-3 top 10 season of all time. And even though mentally deficient people such as St Simons will relish the Tech victory for another decade (until their next victory over Ga) I’m more concerned about closing the gap with Fla,

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
9:24 pm

There was not one word mentioned about the site of the Georgia-Florida game. Not by Evans, not by Richt, not by Dowdle.