Live from Athens: Will the Big Orange get to party in the UGA?

There's a clash of colors outside. (Photo by M.B.)

There's a clash of colors beyond the hedges. (Photo by M.B.)

Athens – Earlier this week I posed the musical question, “Where did it all go wrong for Mark Richt?” Walking into Sanford Stadium this morning, I got the musical answer.

The Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana song “Party in the USA” was playing over the stadium’s PA, and nobody who has followed Georgia football can hear that song without wincing. Not because the song is awful — it isn’t, and this is coming from someone who has seen Miley/Hannah in person — but because of the unfortunate orientation video in which the Bulldogs’ coach had a cameo.

Richt has since rued his participation, describing the “Party in the UGA” video as “awful.” But I respectfully submit that nothing has been the same for this program since Richt partook of the infamous “party.”

Today Georgia plays Tennessee, which is coached by Derek Dooley, whose dad was the greatest UGA coach ever and who hired Richt. Vince Dooley has said he won’t attend today’s game but will root (for his son) from his famous home on Milledge Circle. And if Richt loses to young Dooley, the current Georgia coach might not attend next week’s game or any thereafter.

OK, I’m exaggerating. Richt isn’t getting canned no matter what happens here. But what happens here will go a ways toward determining Richt’s quality of life going forward. As bad as it has been for the Bulldogs, imagine if they lost at home to an even worse bunch of Vols coached by the offspring of Vincent and Barbara.

Enough. I can’t imagine it. And I don’t think it will happen. I think Georgia will beat Tennessee. I also think it had darn well better.

(Speaking of Barbara Dooley: She’s here. She’s wearing, if you can believe it, red slacks and an orange sweater.)

And with that, the floor is open for comments, questions and nominations for Georgia’s next coach. (Kidding! I’m a kidder!) I’ll be here all day, and I’d appreciate if you’d … er, join the party. Speaking of which:

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Miley Cyrus

October 9th, 2010
11:18 am

Sanford Drive

October 9th, 2010
11:19 am

FIRST!!!!! (my props please….)

Denver Dawg

October 9th, 2010
11:20 am

Squeeze that “Big Orange” until it’s dry

You Party!!!! (in best insult voice)

October 9th, 2010
11:20 am

I just read where the neighborhood surrounding the Georgia Tech campus is the 7th most dangerous neighborhood in the United States, in terms of violent crimes. If you live there for a year, you have a 1 in 9 chance of becoming a victim.

All of a sudden, making fun of UGA for being a party school and crazy college town doesn’t seem that insulting does it?? Reality is a wake up call.

Read it for yourself….. http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2010/10/04/25-most-dangerous-neighborhoods-2010/

chalky

October 9th, 2010
11:22 am

Is this game on Fox? Will us Dish subscribers not be able to watch the game? Will I drop Dish Network very soon?

Sanford Drive

October 9th, 2010
11:24 am

Well, since Markey B insists on showing an embarassing UGA video, in hopes of getting the Georgia Tech trolls to comment on his blog, let’s give those Georgia Tech trolls a humbling video to showcase just how nerdy and geeky they really are….

I present to you…. GEORGIA TECH vs. ZOMBIES!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEdkLVzHUO4

SmyrnaMan

October 9th, 2010
11:25 am

Go Vols! Step your game up and and get DirecTV

Mark Bradley

October 9th, 2010
11:27 am

Kudos, Sanford Drive.

CvilleDawg

October 9th, 2010
11:28 am

that video is just sad..

DP

October 9th, 2010
11:30 am

Carlton Thomas is out with a strained hamstring, so the Dawgs have lost the guy they like to run between the tackles.

Mark Bradley

October 9th, 2010
11:33 am

That’s correct. Esteemed colleague Tim Tucker is reporting that Carlton Thomas won’t play. Neither will Cornelius Washington.

JB

October 9th, 2010
11:34 am

today is big….. not for the UGA program…… it will survive……………..Coach Richt…….

Ted M

October 9th, 2010
11:34 am

Mark – Did ya stay up for the Braves game last night?

Still@theBAR

October 9th, 2010
11:35 am

And the ROAD KILL POSSUM DINNER WINNER IS?

RUSS and the Dawgs. That beats the Bologna and Mustard sandwich the Dawgs get in Athens Clarke County Jail.

Sanford Drive

October 9th, 2010
11:35 am

Thank you Markey B. And thank God for making Sanford Drive the fastest twitter follower in the world. Sanford Drive may only be one man, but he is a man among men. This may be the first FIRST, but Sanford Drive doesn’t stop here. Sanford Drfive will be defending his belt at all costs. Sanford Drive backs down to NOBODY!!!!

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

October 9th, 2010
11:35 am

The Reporter: Mr.McGarity, how important is this game ?

Greg: Very, it will keep donations coming in, keep the fans from revolting, and show the difference between being a King and being named King.

This clip might help, it also shows the history of the Water Boy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGAgu6zI9v0

Ted M

October 9th, 2010
11:36 am

The Game is on Peachtree TV.

JB

October 9th, 2010
11:36 am

Mark, what the feeling among other sports writers this morning ?

Ted M

October 9th, 2010
11:36 am

Mark- Did you stay up for the Braves last night?

norman

October 9th, 2010
11:37 am

Bradley- Speaking of AJ Greene, do you think it would be smart for him to hold off declaring for the NFL draft due to a possible work stoppage? How could a work stoppage in the NFL affect those athletes who expect to be drafted?

Mark Bradley

October 9th, 2010
11:38 am

I didn’t stay up, Ted M. Had to get up early today.

The Temporary Mascot formerly known as Russ

October 9th, 2010
11:38 am

Well, it’s been real. This is my last game. My brown a$$ will soon be unemployed. Soon, the new, inbred, white-a$$ed, unhealthy mascot with a rumored third ear will assume the coveted role of Uga and I will be left to wander the streets of Athens late at night with the running backs. Still, I have enjoyed my time here and today we have a chance to even my record against the accursed Tennessee Volunteers and Da’Rick and De’Rek . . . the Dooley Boys. I want to send a shout out to Mark and invite him down to my house on the sidelines for some adult beverages served in a bowl. Go Dawgs!

Still@theBAR

October 9th, 2010
11:38 am

Denver Dawg isn’t the BIG ORANGE waht you call RICHT? He is getting fat and has the spray-on Tan

Mark Bradley

October 9th, 2010
11:39 am

I haven’t spoken with many other writers, JB, but I’d say they share my sentiments: The Bulldogs needs this one badly.

Ted M

October 9th, 2010
11:39 am

oops my posts weren’t going thru at first

Ted M

October 9th, 2010
11:39 am

you missed a great one.

The Temporary Mascot formerly known as Russ

October 9th, 2010
11:39 am

Filtered! Who would do that to a little dog?

Mark Bradley

October 9th, 2010
11:39 am

I can’t imagine A.J. Green comes back under any circumstances, norman.

Dawg House

October 9th, 2010
11:39 am

Dawgs- 28 Charity Workers- 10

Ealey breaks off a 37 yard TD run, AJ catches 2 TDs from 8yds and 24yds.

Murray will be 19-26, 236yds 0INT 3 TD

BOOK IT!!!!

Mark Bradley

October 9th, 2010
11:40 am

Sorry, Russ. A temporary setback for the temporary mascot.

Still@theBAR

October 9th, 2010
11:42 am

Richt’s pregame chat withe the sideline reporter was a talk to the fans. He is trying to get the fans to believe in his ability to coach. DING DONG the death bell is ringing.

The Nature Boy

October 9th, 2010
11:45 am

I not only need the dawgs to win I gave the 11pts…..am I asking too much..??

norman

October 9th, 2010
11:50 am

Bradley- South Carolina or Alabama? Point spread?

Dirty Dawg

October 9th, 2010
11:52 am

The question isn’t whether or not we’re gonna beat Tennessee, it’s whether or not we’re gonna beat ourselves. If we manage to avoid the latter, the former will take care of itself.

The Temporary Mascot formerly known as Russ

October 9th, 2010
11:53 am

President Adams asked me to keep the area around my house tidy. The campus has been left a mess on game days and he thinks I can set an example as mascot, albiet Temporary Mascot. I have planted some pansies in an area over by the hedges and will be over a few times during the game to fertilize them. I hope many of you fans will stop by today and say hello . . . and goodbye. This is a sad day . . . my last game. Could be somebody else’s last game, too, right? Just kidding! A mascot has to keep things lively on game day.

kentdvm

October 9th, 2010
11:55 am

I did some embarrassing things in college, but nothing which would compare to the “Party” video.

Oconeedawg

October 9th, 2010
11:55 am

Coach Richt, let the dawg party! But remind them if they break rule they will be disciplined. You have got to get tough, (tough love). To help the kids grow up they must and I said MUST take responsiblity for their own actions.
Coach you have got to get tough hon the players. Also respect will come with the new discipline plan. It’s call break the rule (law) and pay.
DAWGS 28 TN Beagles 10. AJ to have a great day.

Beast from the East

October 9th, 2010
11:55 am

Russ,
Don’t go out without a fight. Sneak up on Smoky and bite him on the a$$!!

Ted M

October 9th, 2010
11:55 am

The cast of “Glee” better watch out. ha

Dale

October 9th, 2010
11:58 am

A few of those years of 10-2 and 9-3 we were always a few plays away from 7-5. This year, those few plays went the other way.

Party school

October 9th, 2010
11:58 am

Norman, even if there is a work stoppage, AJ could still sell jerseys. No way he’s coming back.

82Dawg

October 9th, 2010
11:59 am

Russ you should have had a little more bit in you, instead of laying on your fat azz all day thinking you were UGA. If you had won more you would have still had a job…Now go to the unemployment office.

Dentaldawg

October 9th, 2010
12:00 pm

That video makes me want bite someone’s face! Douchechills abound.

wildbill

October 9th, 2010
12:00 pm

I’m rooting for the dawgs and the gamecocks. I am also known for some bad picks.

Mark Bradley

October 9th, 2010
12:00 pm

Just saw Barbara Dooley: She’s here, and she’s wearing red slacks and an orange sweater. I kiddest thou not.

Party school

October 9th, 2010
12:01 pm

Russ, hope they gave you a pension and medical plan. After all, you did your job………

Erks RR Track Dawg

October 9th, 2010
12:01 pm

Mark 2 things young man: i remember when the the Dogs beat defending national champion Alabama on national TV then went to Ann Arbor two weeks later and beat Michigan in the big house 15 -3 on Bobby Etters 5 field goals and THE ACTUAL GREATEST COACH IN GEORGIA HISTORY ERSKINE RUSSELL was DC…Secondly those Dogs had names like Patton & Lawhorn Not THUGGER AND THUGEE…If the UGA team is going to filled with thugs…then lets get some that can PLAY FOOTBALL….

todd grantham

October 9th, 2010
12:02 pm

Mark,

today’s game is step 4 in my ascention to the head coaching job. its practically in the bag, so to speak.

Party school

October 9th, 2010
12:03 pm

Mark Bradley

October 9th, 2010
12:00 pm
Just saw Barbara Dooley: She’s here, and she’s wearing red slacks and an orange sweater. I kiddest thou not.

So, she’s got the orange over her heart and the red covering her….

todd grantham

October 9th, 2010
12:03 pm

did you ask about the color of her underwear?