Bulldogs mixing pleasure with business during Outback Bowl (UPDATED)

TAMPA — Headed over to the “Debartolo Team Luncheon” at the Tampa Convention Center shortly. Both teams will be present, along with some of their fans.

Afterward a number of players from both teams will be available for interviews. The Bulldogs return to practice at the University of Tampa this afternoon. I’ll have some reports later this afternoon.

Yesterday afternoon and evening, Georgia and Michigan State players got the royal treatment at Busch Gardens. The Bulldogs danced with belly dancers and hand-fed giraffes at the park’s expansive Serengeti wildlife exhibit. They also got to ride some of Busch Gardens’ world famous coasters, including the gargantuan ShieKra. Nothing like seeing muscle-bound football players scream like little girls!

Told of photos that show his mouth agape in terror, linebacker Christian Robinson laughed. “Actually, I was just yawning,” he said. “I was just very tired. I wasn’t actually scared at all.”

Eventually ‘fessing up, Robinson explained: “The thing is you come over the top and it stops and for three seconds you’re staring down thinking ‘this is about to happen.’ About halfway down you start to float out of your seat and there’s nothing to hold on to. I’m trying to squeeze next to Ben to have a little more stability. It was quite a feeling in your stomach.”

Quarterback Aaron Murray was hoarse on Thursday and he said it was from all the screaming he did on the coasters Wednesday night, particularly on the Sheikra, which features a 90 degree drop and reaches 70 miles per hour. “That was bad; I was freaking out. It was awful.”

Overall, the Georgia players said they have been having a blast in Tampa, including getting a good bit of free time to enjoy the area.

“We’re operating under a curfew,” junior nose guard John Jenkins said. “Everything is organized and we’re obliging by the curfew. It’s a pretty reasonable curfew. We’re going to have a good time within the rules.”

They’ll have to enjoy the freedom while it lasts as the attitude will turn increasingly serious as the Jan. 2 game against Michigan State looms closer.

UGA’s Steve Colquitt provided some great pictures from Wednesday’sBusch Gardens outing, a few of which I’ve included here:

Aaron Murray, Aron White, Ben Jones and Christian Robinson ride the roller coaster SheiKra during the Bulldogs' visit to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

Aaron Murray, Aron White, Ben Jones and Christian Robinson ride the roller coaster SheiKra during the Bulldogs' visit to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

Georgia senior tight end Aron White busts a move with a belly dancer during welcoming cermonies for the Bulldogs Wednesday at Busch Gardens. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

Georgia senior tight end Aron White busts a move with a belly dancer during welcoming cermonies for the Bulldogs Wednesday at Busch Gardens. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

Georgia senior linebacker Christian Robison is obviously getting a kick out of feeding a giraffe. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

Georgia senior linebacker Christian Robison is obviously getting a kick out of feeding a giraffe. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

165 comments Add your comment

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
10:42 am

no first for anyone today!

BornADawg

December 29th, 2011
10:43 am

OK, first, always wanted to do that! Go DAWGS!!

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
10:44 am

BornADawg

December 29th, 2011
10:43 am
OK, first, always wanted to do that! Go DAWGS!!

nope

BornADawg

December 29th, 2011
10:44 am

BornADawg

December 29th, 2011
10:45 am

Come on DAWGS…GATA!! Great opportunity to put a stamp on a great season and continue moving forward into next season!

A person SMART enough to know......

December 29th, 2011
10:53 am

Now we KNOW True Dawg Fan is a Tool. He was waiting all night to post on a new blog. He does do the childish thing saying 1st.
What True nobody going to give you anything to Copy & Paste today?

dawggirl

December 29th, 2011
10:54 am

You’re right, Chip, fantastic pictures. Although I hope they are taking things seriously, I’m really glad they’re getting a chance to have fun too. The last two bowl game locations haven’t really warranted that, and I’m sure the weather in Tampa is much warmer than Athens judging by the pics. Great article, looking forward to seeing more practice updates too.

Go Dawgs!

JB

December 29th, 2011
10:55 am

Heard the Tech team was taken 10 miles to the Mexican border and watched illegals being chased around….Heard they loved it. Said the sirens made them home sick for their campus.

TroupDawg

December 29th, 2011
10:59 am

JB!! Now that was funny!!!!

Vance Duly

December 29th, 2011
11:03 am

Based on the blank stare, thin neck and nibbling on a tree branch, that giraffe looks like a Tech man……. GO DAWGS!!!

BG

December 29th, 2011
11:12 am

Glad my DAWGS are playing in a great bowl and having a blast in Tampa.

Jborodawg

December 29th, 2011
11:12 am

JB…good one..LMAO!

Mark Z.

December 29th, 2011
11:14 am

The plaque for the alternates (GA TECH) is in the ladies room

AltamahaDawg

December 29th, 2011
11:15 am

At least the guy saying “first” had a point to his post.

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
11:23 am

A person SMART enough to know……

December 29th, 2011
10:53 am
Now we KNOW True Dawg Fan is a Tool. He was waiting all night to post on a new blog. He does do the childish thing saying 1st.
What True nobody going to give you anything to Copy & Paste today?

ahahhahaha did you not read the post idiot???? It says no firsts today! meaning I think ppl who do it are lame. Work on that reading comp so you are actually a challenge please!

Evansdawg

December 29th, 2011
11:27 am

I’m glad they are enjoying themselves. The are truly a bunch of good dudes. Good to see smiling faces, always.

SCDAWG

December 29th, 2011
11:37 am

Looks like their having a great time and to make it even better they should whoop the tar out of MSU. And try to talk the juniors into staying so we can go BCS Bowling next year. Go Dawgs

RxDawg

December 29th, 2011
11:38 am

It’s good to see them living life and having some fun. They’ve earned it.

Innocent Bystander

December 29th, 2011
11:39 am

Glad they’re having fun-hope it lasts through the 2nd.
I think Christian Robinson is a Junior not a Senior.

duronimo

December 29th, 2011
11:41 am

All is well so far. Let’s see if they can avoid embarrassing the SEC again.

Buckhead Bulldog

December 29th, 2011
11:50 am

JB-December 29th, 2011-10:55 am

Too funny!

A person SMART enough to know......

December 29th, 2011
12:02 pm

True Dawg Fan………DUH you used the word FIRST. If you post a STATEMENT on the Blog and don’t use the WORD 1st then OK. You still CLAIMED the stupid FIRST even if you said NO before 1st.
You should have posted
True Dawg Fan
December 29th, 2011
10:42 am

I am a Copy & Paste TOOL dawg fan. I will be replying to EVERY post on this blog all day. I will be Stealing money from the company I work for by not doing my JOB. Instead I will be on AJC.com instead of being productive.

WDE

December 29th, 2011
12:04 pm

JB Kudo’s I spilled my coffee reading that ! And we are over 20 comments and no one troll has talked about next years schedule…1,2,3………

A person SMART enough to know......

December 29th, 2011
12:08 pm

JB what did the Dawg players say about Busch Gardens?
I heard they thought it was just like being in Athens. There was screaming, yelling, and hair flying on some crazy rides. It is just like the Crazy Drunk Fake Blonde Chick Rides they have on campus at UGa.

WDE

December 29th, 2011
12:14 pm

@A person SMART enough to know…… would know you come across like a bitter envious loser anytime you TRY and make fun of the best looking co-eds in the state and arguably in the entire South when you take shots at the ladies of UGA..then you would probably feel less threatened by making fun of women you don’t ever have a shot at talking to let alone dating…then again what am I thinking you don’t have a lot of experience dating women and less desire to do so…

Ken

December 29th, 2011
12:24 pm

Hey Chip is practice open to the public?? I’d like to go by and check them out this afternoon.

A person SMART enough to know......

December 29th, 2011
12:29 pm

WDE you can’t prove what you posted and I can’t disprove it on a blog, but feel free to believe what you will. When a whole floor of girls in Brumby Hall calls themselves “The Sl.t Deck” what does that tell you? you don’t know much about Ole Miss women of Alabama women if you think UGA has the best looking in the South. If you include Florida as the South then go checkout UCF women. UGA can’t come close to competing with those ladies. Well, UGa’s football team can’t compete with UCF’s team either for that matter. check the girls of UCF here http://www.axismag.com/photos

A person SMART enough to know......

December 29th, 2011
12:31 pm

Good Luck in the game it should be a good one.

WDE

December 29th, 2011
12:39 pm

@A person SMART enough to know……I’ve been to every SEC campus and we don’t take a second seat to anyone in the good looking co-ed department, but its the South and you can’t swing a dead cat and not hit a good looking Belle..my point was your total lack of class in making disparaging comments about college coeds in general, this time it was about UGA it would have been equally low class about Vandy,Auburn etc. The proof is in your post..and yeah it should be a good game Mich St is a tough bunch we will need our A game to win.

AltamahaDawg

December 29th, 2011
12:40 pm

AW, how cute. He heard an old joke about Brumby. I imagine you are an expert on the Zetas too, eh sport? Sing it for us.

based in reality dawg fan

December 29th, 2011
12:42 pm

take a look at the plus-sized uga girls softball squad…thats all you need to know about uga co-eds…hahahahaha….seen one, seen them all…

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
12:45 pm

A person SMART enough to know……

December 29th, 2011
12:02 pm
True Dawg Fan………DUH you used the word FIRST. If you post a STATEMENT on the Blog and don’t use the WORD 1st then OK. You still CLAIMED the stupid FIRST even if you said NO before 1st.
You should have posted
True Dawg Fan
December 29th, 2011
10:42 am

I am a Copy & Paste TOOL dawg fan. I will be replying to EVERY post on this blog all day. I will be Stealing money from the company I work for by not doing my JOB. Instead I will be on AJC.com instead of being productive.

hahahahahaha you will try anything wont you to best me? even if it makes you look even dumber than before. and everyone else but you thinks it was a statement that saying first is dumb like you. But you would try and make it seem something different. Too much of a stretch though sorry retard.

FYI- I copy and paste them so when I respond to a comment everyone knows who I am talking to and so does that person. But not surprised that you are the only one who doesnt understand that hahahahaha. Keep at it DA maybe one day!

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
12:45 pm

A person SMART enough to know……

December 29th, 2011
12:08 pm
JB what did the Dawg players say about Busch Gardens?
I heard they thought it was just like being in Athens. There was screaming, yelling, and hair flying on some crazy rides. It is just like the Crazy Drunk Fake Blonde Chick Rides they have on campus at UGa.

and now we know u like men. Awesome!

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
12:47 pm

A person SMART enough to know……

December 29th, 2011
12:29 pm
WDE you can’t prove what you posted and I can’t disprove it on a blog, but feel free to believe what you will. When a whole floor of girls in Brumby Hall calls themselves “The Sl.t Deck” what does that tell you? you don’t know much about Ole Miss women of Alabama women if you think UGA has the best looking in the South. If you include Florida as the South then go checkout UCF women. UGA can’t come close to competing with those ladies. Well, UGa’s football team can’t compete with UCF’s team either for that matter. check the girls of UCF here http://www.axismag.com/photos

FYI UGA was rated number 1 in the COUNTRY of hott girls on campus so……… once again ur an idiot and WRONG!

Try again!

WDE

December 29th, 2011
12:49 pm

@based in reality dawg fan ..and with that comment you lose what little credibility you might ever had…slide on loser.

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
12:49 pm

based in reality dawg fan

December 29th, 2011
12:42 pm
take a look at the plus-sized uga girls softball squad…thats all you need to know about uga co-eds…hahahahaha….seen one, seen them all…

So every girl on campus is a softball player or looks like one???

FYI- UGA has some hot softball players, but have also been stuck on the bus to class with some nasty ones too.

True Dawg Fan

December 29th, 2011
12:50 pm

WDE

December 29th, 2011
12:49 pm
@based in reality dawg fan ..and with that comment you lose what little credibility you might ever had…slide on loser.

kinda a half insult bc some of those girls are some good ones. But some look like bears as well.

AltamahaDawg

December 29th, 2011
12:53 pm

…..and I am sure they are all freinds with the BB game dance team ladies.

A person SMART enough to know......

December 29th, 2011
12:57 pm

AltamahaDawg that maybe an Old Joke but My best friend from High School and College married one of the Original Sl.t Deck Members from 86-87. So to me it is not a Punchline to a Joke. It is a group of girls I knew back in the day.

WDE

December 29th, 2011
12:59 pm

@True Dawg Fan my point was the comparison of the girls softball team and the general co-ed population. Its the reverse of thinking the general co-ed population at Oregon look like the cheer leading squad..not knocking the girls at OU at all but they don’t compare favorably vs the cheer leaders but very few do, I think they choose them on a pure cuteness factor. Not that I’m really against that they are easy on the eyes.

AltamahaDawg

December 29th, 2011
1:00 pm

The truth is, (and all grown men down here already knows this), if you took the thousands and thousands of co-eds from ANY major southern school and stood them in a line, you wouldnt be able to tell em apart. “uga can’t come close to competing with those ladies” may be the stupiest statement we see in here all day. As if you have any real firsthand knowledge of any of these places to even make such a claim.

A person SMART enough to know......

December 29th, 2011
1:01 pm

AltamahaDawg you have seen the basketball dance team girls too. They are not too hot but average at best. I’m not being mean that is a fact. Are you going to the game?

AltamahaDawg

December 29th, 2011
1:03 pm

Yea, 5 gals from Brumby in the late 80’s. Great. I stand corrected, you should publish your vast research on this topic. Right after your tax law digest.

Christian...never turn you're back on a Giraffe

December 29th, 2011
1:05 pm

CR,
Keep you’re eye on the opponent. Dangerous move.

bitter QB

December 29th, 2011
1:05 pm

Great fight –smarter than no-one —–won—-hahahahah—-PS–mason for starter—first starter–haha

AltamahaDawg

December 29th, 2011
1:07 pm

…..not too hot great but average at best…..is pretty FAR from “a fact”. I would categorize that as about as close to pure “opinion” as it gets.

A person SMART enough to know......

December 29th, 2011
1:12 pm

AltamahaDawg I don’t know. UCF is a big school and per capita I would say they are very close to the BEST Looking women.

WDE

December 29th, 2011
1:14 pm

@bitter QB and you get to be the judge why? We were talking women which you know less about than QB’s …and your insane Mason rants prove. and A person SMART enough to know…… I stated UGA had arguably the best looking coeds knowing that its a statement that can’t really be proven one way or another but its fun to try..

Terry

December 29th, 2011
1:14 pm

A person SMART enough to know……, If you believe, that all the women at UCF look like play mates, and you base your facts, because Axis showed a few girl on their web site, and that got you all pumped up, then you need to have your head checked, and know your not a person smart enough to know, a person smart enough to know, knows a real lady don’t dress like that, there another name for those type girls and its not a lady.

A person SMART enough to know......

December 29th, 2011
1:15 pm

AltamahaDawg you can check them out on the UGA site and look for yourself to grade them out. Beauty IS in the Eye of the beholder for sure, but most know when a Lady is really really pretty.