Dooley ‘humbled’ by documentary film

Sorry I’m just getting something out to you today. I had a bunch of things to attend to this morning and hadn’t had a chance to settle in at my desk. Now settled in, let’s blog.

I had a nice conversation with Vince Dooley this morning. He was in Macon Thursday night to attend a film festival in which a documentary of his life — “Vince Dooley: The Other Side of Football” — was being unveiled. The event was all the rage in Macon, attended by Gov. Sonny Perdue and some other local dignitaries, and was covered well by the Macon Telegraph.

I asked him if it was like a Hollywood premier, with red carpet walks and paparazzi. “Not quite,” Dooley said with a hearty laugh.

Coach Dooley and I have a good relationship that spans the last three decades. So I just <em>had</em> to give him a call to see what it was like to stare up at a giant silver screen to see someone else tell the world the story of your life.

“It’s a little but of mixed emotions, I’d have to say,” he said. “On one hand you appreciate all of the hard work that was done by Andy Permar, who was the 60-Minute Man on this thing. He did everything. He was the publisher, the producer, the director, the filmer, everything. On the other hand, it’s me, so it’s sort of humbling. Also, it was about an hour long so I felt for those people who had to sit through it and watch it all that time. I sat right behind the governor and I felt for him and everybody else.”

The sidebar on this story is a sad one. Permar, who had traveled to Dooley’s hometown of Mobile and all over the South shooting, passed away with the film about 85 percent completed, succumbing to cancer. His wife Debbie completed the work and was honored at the premier.

“It looked like he had it whipped,” Dooley said of Permar. “He was working to finish up the film and all of the sudden it came back on him and he didn’t last any time.”

“He went all over the place and he didn’t leave any stone unturned. I didn’t know he’d been down in Mobile talking to old friends and such. So anyway, he really worked hard at it. From that standpoint I was very grateful to him for wanting to do it and for the job that he did.”

Dooley did have one mild criticism. “I think people were a little too nice,” he said.

“They were all were very complimentary. It was not one of those objective pieces where you say the nice things and also turn around and mention the flaws. The flaws were left out, put it that way.

“It was a very nice experience. What he tried to do was show something beyond football: Growing up during the depression, family, old friends, and my other interests, Civl War history and gardening. Very, very kind, and humbling.”

You can order the DVD here.

Now, a few links:

This is one of those priceless stories you only run into once in a while that crystallizes the concept of sportsmanship and human kindness. An absolute must read! . . .

Sumter County and Americus honored former Bulldog and current Arizona tight end Leonard Pope. . . .

MaconDawg, in his continuing series for dawgsport.com in which he breaks down Georgia’s 2009 signing class, focuses his attention on DT Abry Jones.

28 comments Add your comment

RxDawg

February 20th, 2009
1:54 pm

RxDawg

February 20th, 2009
1:55 pm

It works…first :) I like the new format Chip. Otherwise nice blog.

Cuz

February 20th, 2009
2:15 pm

Just like Coach to think of others and hope that they are not bothered by his impact. He used to thank me for grabbing a bus when I was a supervisor and taking him, the coaches and the first string down to Sanford for an impromptu practice. Something like I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to help us out. If he only knew how wonderful it felt to sit in the middle of the stands at the fifty and watch the early eighties Dawgs push each other over the field for an hour or so. Some of my greatest college memories. He always said hello and asked how I was doing anytime I ran into him. Say what you want about his abilities as a head coach, he is a fine human being.

Cuz

February 20th, 2009
2:17 pm

Hey Rx, where do I get the smiley faces? I want to use them when Rambleon shows up.

Cuz

February 20th, 2009
2:19 pm

This instant posting should keep the morons from re-posting because the other site was slow, then again they are morons. Looks great Chip. Look me up for a beer at the TigerMasters in Augusta this April.

Brian

February 20th, 2009
2:40 pm

Chip, I heard Geathers just picked UGA…any details??

Sautee Dawg

February 20th, 2009
2:46 pm

Thanks Chip, Dooley one of the best!

BobDog

February 20th, 2009
2:54 pm

Rivals reported that Geathers signed the letter of intent. The question now is will he qualify?

Sven Ottke

February 20th, 2009
2:59 pm

A rip off of UGa? How about UGa ripping off the Green Bay Packers? Towers, you are a joke.

Brian

February 20th, 2009
3:01 pm

His high school coach seems pretty confidant he will qualify

BobDog

February 20th, 2009
3:02 pm

UGA got permission from the Packers to use the “G”. You must be color blind because the cap Chavez had on is the same color and all. But, who cares? I think Chip was having fun with it.

Not Your Logo

February 20th, 2009
3:12 pm

It is Green Bay’s logo, so they are ripping off Green Bay, not the puppies! The nickname BullDogs is real original too?

Sportsmanship

February 20th, 2009
3:22 pm

The sportsmanship story was definately a tear jerker.

RxDawg

February 20th, 2009
3:26 pm

Hey Cuz, I actualy didn’t know I was going to get a smiley face. Just type “:” and “)”. Or : ) w/o the space

chuck allison

February 20th, 2009
3:35 pm

What is all this talk about Vince Dooley? I thought this was about Hugo Chavez wearing his UGA hat and going to Sanford stadium with CIA Panetta’s daughter. UGA has tried to clean up its act since Vince’s fortunate departure, and I sure was glad to see Tech help dedicate Vince’s statue at Samford and Sons stadium this year.

Cuz

February 20th, 2009
3:43 pm

Hugo Chavez was asked if he had any comment after UGA signed Kwame Geathers. The President for Life and Venezuela’s number one Dawg fan is reported to have said, **”Que tal los perros!”**

Cuz

February 20th, 2009
3:44 pm

Well looks like the bold print option is gone.

Cuz

February 20th, 2009
3:53 pm

Also the refresh button does not seem to work.

Hunk Erdown

February 20th, 2009
3:55 pm

I’m sure Coach Dooley feels real warm inside knowing that Hugo Chavez’s picture is heading an article about him. Nice job AJC. What’s next Hitler kicking off Yom Kippur holiday?

AltamahaDawg

February 20th, 2009
5:20 pm

I don’t know Chip. It’s like when they moved Papa Joe’s down Baxter and dressed up the place….was never the same.

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!!

February 20th, 2009
5:47 pm

GEORGIA. Where the bulldogs are bulldogs and so are the women.

Gen Neyland

February 20th, 2009
5:50 pm

Am I the first enemy blogger to set finger on this soil..?

Gen Neyland

February 20th, 2009
5:52 pm

Dangit…Nope. Missed it wide right…

RedGADawg

February 20th, 2009
6:06 pm

“Coach” is a remarkable man! Devoted and loving husband and father, he and Barbara raised nice family, loves gardening, his efforts over long time at one place should be inspiration to young coaches. His recognition is because of focused effort, there were times we GA Dawgs know he could have cut and run for more money? prestige? his loylaty is special.

bank walker

February 20th, 2009
8:09 pm

The “G” was ours first. We let Greenbay use it, because originally they were gonna put a slice of cheese on their helmet. Everyone thought that idea was cheesy.

Jacob

February 21st, 2009
11:04 am

I like the new format Chip.

AltamahaDawg

February 21st, 2009
12:33 pm

You tech nerds should realize it was Spurius Carvilius Ruga from 440 BC would originally ripped off the use of the letter G. Anything after that is fair game. I’m surprised you dont have a social group devoted to pre-christian educators. Every Tuesday night right after the intrastate invidiousness support group?.

Jennifer

February 23rd, 2009
11:03 am

What can you say about Coach Dooley as a coach in one word? Legend.
As a person he is sincere, talented and loyal with a Christian spirit and faith that touches you if you ever have the honor of meeting him.
I have been a UGA fan since the 70’s, I bleed red and black and I feel blessed that we had him as our coach and now I feel more blessed to call him a friend. GO DAWGS!