Bulldogs celebrate end of ‘camp’ with annual ‘Watermelon Day’

Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch (L) and Christian Conley pose for pictures during "Watermelon Day" Saturday at Sanford Stadium. (UGA photo by Evan Stichler)

Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch (L) and wideout Christian Conley pose for pictures during "Watermelon Day" Saturday at Sanford Stadium. (UGA photo by Evan Stichler)

ATHENS — Today was “Watermelon Day” for the Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium. It’s a tradition that dates back to the Vince Dooley days and perhaps beyond in which the team celebrates the end of “camp” by sharing watermelon after the morning practice on the last day of two-a-days.

Of course, the significance of it has dwindled considerably  in recent years as Georgia — like all other FBS programs — is limited by NCAA rule to just two twice-a-day practice sessions. And the Bulldogs have completed only 12 of 28 preseason practices, so they’re far from actually completing anything. But with fall semester beginning on Monday, I guess it’s reason enough to celebrate with a melon-cutting.

Following is a link to a short video of the festivities on georgiadogs.com. You’ll note that coach Mark Richt is without his goatee and that receiver-turned-cornerback Malcolm Mitchell is in a green, non-contact jersey. We’ll try to get to the bottom of those important developments later.

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Tampa Gator

August 11th, 2012
2:39 pm

trueUGAfan

August 11th, 2012
2:41 pm

Gotta love it!!! GO DAWGS

trueUGAfan

August 11th, 2012
2:43 pm

Can’t no gator fan be…

Bob669

August 11th, 2012
2:52 pm

I’m soooooooooooooo ready for football!

TuffShhhtuff

August 11th, 2012
2:58 pm

OMG, if the NAACP hears about that, there will be hell to pay! Maybe even a lawsuit! Please keep this from Jesse and Al also. This is right up their alley. It’ll be “Georgia here I come” in no time!

drbasic1

August 11th, 2012
3:01 pm

@ Tampa Gator

come on man, i normally respect most of your post especially when we actually talk football. Why would you say bread and water, i know the reference is to “jail” but geez, thats even a little low for you. You can do a little better

Tampa Gator

August 11th, 2012
3:16 pm

drbasic1
August 11th, 2012
3:01 pm
@ Tampa Gator
come on man, i normally respect most of your post especially when we actually talk football. Why would you say bread and water, i know the reference is to “jail” but geez, thats even a little low for you. You can do a little better

I did not post any of the above Tampa Gator posts…..an unintelligent juvenile has stolen my posting name and is posting unintelligent, juvenile things as me. I have reported it to the AJC…..but he continues to be an unintelligent, juvenile on here.

Hopefully, as you said, everyone will recognize that such juvenile, unintelligent posts are not the real Tampa Gator. He is nothing more than an annoyance at this time….like a nat that keeps coming back and buzzing nonsense everywhere.

Tampa Gator

August 11th, 2012
3:18 pm

@drbasic1 …..

Rest assured…the read Tampa Gator would never make such references on an AJC site…..so…know it is not me in the future. And helping me slap the annoyance around would help.

Tampa Gator

August 11th, 2012
3:19 pm

“the real”

Tampa Gator

August 11th, 2012
3:22 pm

Celebrating the end of two, two a days…..does seem kind of silly. But I hope the watermelon came from south Georgia and was very sweet. Had a lot of those growing up down there.

Georgia by 17 vs. Missouri…….

Tampa Gator

August 11th, 2012
3:25 pm

CHIP…..

CAN ANYTHING BE DONE ABOUT THE FAKE TAMPA GATOR? He is an annoyance right now…..but he or she has been posting inappropriate and offensive comments on other sites.

Any help would be appreciated….as I do enjoy reading your articles and following the progress of the Dawgs….but I do not enjoy what this person is doing while using my posting name. Thanks.

Dawg-Gawn

August 11th, 2012
3:27 pm

“Sick with Richt”

Paris Bostick, Safety, from Tampa, FL Plant HS, will become the 25th commitment for UGA on Monday!

“Dem Dawgs Get Hunkered”

Believe in the “G”

WDE

August 11th, 2012
3:32 pm

Man I would have hated having a “end of camp” affair after only 12 of 28 practices completed …..would seem to make camp just that much longer..but hey watermelon in this heat is always welcome! Go Dogs..

WDE

August 11th, 2012
3:34 pm

@bitter Tampon gayturd tell the truth are you 16 yet?

Dawg-Gawn

August 11th, 2012
3:36 pm

“STICK with RICHT”

drbasic1

August 11th, 2012
3:38 pm

@ the “REAL” Tampa Gator

my apologies to you, i should have known from the writing it was not you.

AJC READER

August 11th, 2012
3:46 pm

It really is stupid whoever is posting under Tampa Gators handle on here. Even though he is a Gator fan, the things he discusses on here are good football discussions and not hate filled ignorance. Hope you get it figured out TG!

Chip Towers

August 11th, 2012
3:46 pm

Tampa Gator: Sorry but haven’t been able to tell which was is real. Will react according to this post.

drbasic1

August 11th, 2012
3:48 pm

what the he!! happened when we could come here, talk some football, do a little good natured ribbing, get excited about the season etc…today there is such an influx of immature jerks sitting behind a keyboard thinking their intent is to simply stir the pot and cause conflict. As stated before I am a rabid dawg fan living in Texas….Read the papers here, trouble happens at all the colleges here also, it is just not prone to Georgia, nor Florida. I don’t read here on the AJC about Texas colleges problems, just as you don’t read Texas papers of Georgia’s problems. Some people really need to grow up.

WDE

August 11th, 2012
3:51 pm

@bitter Tampon gayturd or what child you going to beat me with your keyboard?? Hey got some home work for you junior, learn to spell Loser ….

Real dawg fan

August 11th, 2012
3:51 pm

@ real Tampa gator

Most of us can tell the difference between you and the imposter so don’t sweat it. On the other hand, if you’d spend more time on your own gator blogs and not feel compelled to post multiple times on every single dawg blog it probably wouldn’t happen. Real dawg fans couldnt care less what gator fans like you think about our team.

Tampa Gator

August 11th, 2012
3:54 pm

Thanks for the effort, Chip. I hope you can tell by this.

Not me at 2:39, 2:40, 2:46, 2:47, 2:55, 3:04

It was me at 3:16, 3:18, 3:19, 3:22, 3:25

And thanks for removed the one highly offensive post that changed Tampa Gator to something else.

Chip Towers

August 11th, 2012
3:55 pm

We got him, Tampa

kevin

August 11th, 2012
3:56 pm

Amen!!! @ Real dawg fan

Tampa Gator

August 11th, 2012
3:57 pm

Real Dawg Fan….FYI.

I read Chip’s highly informative articels about Georgia and enjoy them….and I am a Georgia fan when they are not playing Florida. And I do not make comments on a Dawg blog that insult the team or its fans. I talk football. I also do not post much to Chip’s blog unless I have something positive to say about his topic. I do post a lot on the college recruiting site….which is not a Dawg blog. I would have not posted today if someone had not been on here posting things as me.

Tampa Gator

August 11th, 2012
3:58 pm

Thank you very much. And I mean that. As always, thanks for the outstanding reporting on the Dawgs. You guys are the best sports reporters in the south. Have a great day.

Dawg-Gawn

August 11th, 2012
3:59 pm

The real Tampa Gator, just scored with a pick six!!

Tampa Gator

August 11th, 2012
4:02 pm

Dawg-Gawn….

Almost makes up for that pick six…..DROP…..I almost had against against Waycross High a long time ago (cost us the game)…..I dream about that drop even today.

WDE

August 11th, 2012
4:06 pm

OK Chip has slain the evil fake Tampa Gator , the season is just around the corner and God is in his heaven…man I can’t wait to tee it up !

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 11th, 2012
4:09 pm

where were the Chick-fil-A sandwiches to go with the watermelon?
No Lemonade?
Any sightings of Uga IX?

Al Sharpless

August 11th, 2012
4:27 pm

I’ll have a report about this on my TV show!

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 11th, 2012
5:02 pm

Does Richt have to eat watermelon too? I want to know who won the SEED spitting contest?

AirForce1

August 11th, 2012
5:09 pm

WDE………..AMEN!

uncledaddy

August 11th, 2012
5:19 pm

Watermelon Day? Seriously?

Bulldogs celebrate end of

August 11th, 2012
5:20 pm

Dawg Haus

August 11th, 2012
5:29 pm

Happy for the players being able to enjoy a slice of watermelon on a hot day. I have to say, though, I am NOT happy with the goatee coming off.

LakeDawg

August 11th, 2012
6:57 pm

I remember when two a days went on forever. That watermelon at the end sure was sweet.

Beast from the East

August 11th, 2012
7:25 pm

Sounds like the OL is starting to shape up. If you guys can develop a solid OL and not suffer too many injuries this year, it could be a great season. Wish ya’ll the best except in Jax.
Go Gators!

Game Changer

August 11th, 2012
7:36 pm

What the hell they celebrating: 3 straight years of total failure. Not beat a team in top 25. The few big games that come about we lose. We are never in shape to play a full four quarters or season, this watermelon story goes a long way in UNDERSTANDING THE REASON WHY.

We play one competitive football team between today and the next 6 weeks: 42 days till we play Vandy. Richt needs to be working these boys very hard at this time: 28 days till MIssouri, alot of time to get the team in football shape — ABSOLUTELY NO LEADERSHIP OR ACCOUTABILITY –

Rampdawg

August 11th, 2012
7:56 pm

LameStranger go back to playing GT and USCe skin flutes.

Rick James

August 11th, 2012
7:58 pm

@TuffShhhtuff

August 11th, 2012
2:58 pm

OMG, if the NAACP hears about that, there will be hell to pay! Maybe even a lawsuit! Please keep this from Jesse and Al also. This is right up their alley. It’ll be “Georgia here I come” in no time!
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Sad but true..LOL

NC National Guard Dawg

August 11th, 2012
8:04 pm

To borrow a Braves expression; I tip my hat to Tampa Gator, class Gator fan!!! Go Dawgs!!!

peachfuzz

August 11th, 2012
11:41 pm

Did they serve brownies as well?

Lars Tate

August 12th, 2012
2:59 am

Officially one of the gayest traditions. Let’s eat watermelon!!! We’re radical!

Greg Lougainus

August 12th, 2012
7:11 am

I wanna know when that sexy coach will take his boys swimming & high diving. I’m sure we’d ALL go pay to watch that!!!

Tide Roll

August 12th, 2012
9:35 am

A more approprate headline: ” DAWGS CANCEL WATERMELON DAY BECAUSE MICHIGAN STATE KICKED THEIR ASS” When’s the weinnie roast? This guy Richt like a kid, isn’t he? Your problem is his unwillingness to work as hard as other coaches in the OFFSEASON. Now days, it’s more work for these guys in the offseason than during the regular. and if your not willing to do it, you end up with a 68 man roster. Can you fools even risk scrimmaging? There is ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE for your program to be in this bad of shape. It’s as if this were Richt’s 1st year and he’s having to rebuild what was left by the former coaching staff, NOT his 11th of 12th.You guys are getting ripped off big time.

Tide Roll

August 12th, 2012
9:52 am

LT – XZAVIER WARD, LG – MARK BEARD, CENTER – CHRIS BURNETTE ( In the name of all that is holy Richt!), RG ( I have no idea, you’re out of players that can compete at this level, Maybe the guy y’all are all hot for, Theus ), RT – KENARIOUS GATES. And go get a National Title. Otherwise, see you in January vs. the Boilermakers. Damn, 32 years isn’t enough for you people? I think there’s been like 28 summer and winter Olympic games since you last won a National Title. It takes a “HERCULEAN” effort to screw up for that long. And your doing it AGAIN! Over and over, year after year. It’s sick.

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

August 12th, 2012
11:08 am

@ Dawg haus:

CMR is saving up his hair clippings to build a rug to cover his missing, and soon to be gone, head hair!!!!!

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

August 12th, 2012
11:16 am

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Game Changer

August 12th, 2012
12:45 pm

Our time under Dooley, two weeks of two a days with three major scrimmages during the two weeks. The last saturday before the first game was a major scrimmage in sanford stadium and it was no different than an SEC game with the competition and hitting going on.

UGA football under Mark Richt has produced a Pansy group of football players. I only wish that the UGA teammates during my time were still college age, the first mouthing off that these pansies tried would be met with a full brawl and kick ass moment, E Russell, V Dooley, J Kasay and many others enjoyed the ” GET AFTER THEIR ASS ” fights during a practice.

UGA under Richt, ” PANSY PLAYERS “