Thanks Vance, your work is appreciated.
btw, I hate to complain, but can someone consider removing the red bar next to the titles? It is very minor, but for some reason it really bothers me.
Alright Bulldog fans it’s now time to jump back on the 2013 football season horse. And thank goodness the ride is back on track with the killer victory over Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks in week two. Wow, wasn’t that a fun one? Kudos go to Coach Richt and company for following up the disappointing Clemson opener with a solid game plan that saw our team have control over South Carolina from the opening whistle until the classic eight minute drive until the clock hit zero. A thing of beauty, indeed.
And the same could be said for all the Georgia fans that created the most rowdy atmosphere in Sanford Stadium in many years. The house was rocking throughout the game and most certainly answered my plea for a Rally Call in our last issue.
Because of that, going with Rob Saye’s Dawg Nation photo on our cover was a no-brainer for this issue. Now, the challenge is to not let up with creating the home field edge that both our coaches and players most certainly would love to see continue.
Keep it loud … DAWG NATION!
Besides the challenge to build on the noise in the stadium this Saturday, the North Texas game definitely presents the opportunity to introduce the next generation of the Dawg Nation to what it means to be a Bulldog. For sure, many youngsters will be making their Athens game day debut and what an amazing moment that will be for them.
On our fan of the week profile (page 12), St. Simons Island resident Chip Champion put it beautifully when describing the joy he gets out seeing his children’s smiling faces at the Dawg Walk. Without question, the right of passage of becoming a Dawg is something we all cherish from our own childhood.
Within my own family, I have wonderful memories of my siblings and my early brushes with Bulldogdom.
My older sister Jan naturally made the voyage to Athens first. From it, we still have images of she and Uga that my godfather,
Bill Stewart made happen. Of course, the Seiler’s generosity with “the dog” certainly had a lot to do with it. Gosh, can you begin to image how many photos have been taken with children and our beloved mascot? A truly special moment, each and every time.
And while I’m speaking for my brother, I would have to say one of our most special childhood Georgia moments had to be the ritual of our Dad waking us up to late night pizza (on Friday) and Varsity chilly dogs (on Saturday). Yummy.
Another great memory was what a trooper my mom and uncle were in the 1983 opener versus UCLA. It rained and it rained and it rained. Back in those days, checking the weather wasn’t at your fingertips. We were not prepared, but mom and Uncle Champ secured some trash bags (among other things) from the generous folks sitting next to us. It was a glorious night made extra fun by the gallons of water and the Bulldog win.
Then there was the time in 1980 after Georgia secured the perfect regular season by whipping Tech in Athens. Afterwards in our Ramada Inn room, my brother busted opened the door to let everyone know Herschel was downstairs. Off we went to find the Goal-Line Stalker. Of course, he was mobbed by the masses, but it was my lucky day as #34 told everyone around him to let the little man (I was 8 at the time) through. He reached down and scooped me up, so he could sign my Jack Davis drawing that we received from Loran Smith the day before.
What a moment. And one that I was able to rekindle with Herschel a month ago when visiting with him at his Athens restaurant. Naturally, the UGA legend was still making youngsters day with his kind, giving heart. He made mine as well by agreeing to do a video interview that certainly ranks at the top of my media accomplishments.
Another great memory was what a trooper my mom and uncle were in the 1983 opener versus UCLA. It rained and it rained and it rained. Back in those days, checking the weather wasn’t at your fingertips. We were not prepared, but Mom and Uncle Champ secured some trash bags (among other things) from the generous folks sitting next to us. It was a glorious night made extra fun by the gallons of water and the Bulldog win.
Well, I hope I haven’t bored you with my walk down Bulldog memory lane. This is what I get for whining to Cheri about what I was going to write about for this North Texas issue. Yes, most of the time these types of games are often lopsided, but the opportunity they present for Bulldog youngsters are priceless moments to savor.
So DawgNation get to Athens as soon as you can this weekend and soak up another Saturday of watching our beloved team represent the Georgia G. They need to feel our love to avoid any type of letdown.
Enjoy this issue with tons of fan photos from the South Carolina victory. Also, don’t miss our sports guys’ insight on North Texas. And don’t miss JD’s column (page 5) saluting the 1983 team who will be honored on Saturday.
Here’s hoping for another victory and tons of playing time for our reserves.
See you at Sanford!