There is no question which bulldog is the most famous Georgia bulldog at any given time: Uga, the university's English bulldog mascot, which has served on Georgia's football sidelines since 1956.
But on Signing Day, Uga got his first taste of actual competition for the honor: the unnamed (and undeniably adorable) bulldog puppy held aloft by blue-chip running back prospect Isaiah Crowell as he announced he would be attending Georgia and completing Mark Richt's "Dream Team" recruiting class. When the current Uga, Uga VIII, passed away last week , more than one Georgia fan joked that the school ought to simply promote the Crowell puppy to the job.
It turns out the puppy's candidacy might not be a joke after all, though. Crowell was short on details on Signing Day, but the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer has since reported that the puppy (whose name includes a reference to legendary Georgia radio broadcaster Larry Munson) would make a highly viable heir to the throne :
The dog’s name is Magical Munson Woods, and Wednesday’s high-profile college signing was only the latest dip into Georgia football lore for the pup, which is part of the Uga lineage, and it’s owner, Mike Woods , who is best known to fans for painting of a bulldog atop his bald head at football games.If you're wondering what sort of fan would have an Uga-descended puppy waiting around for recruits to pose with and the university to possibly anoint as the school's next mascot, this kind of fan :
“I couldn’t have been more honored for (Crowell) to hold up one of my puppies,” Woods said. “It’s a great thing to be a Bulldog, and for him to hold up one of my puppies was absolutely great, especially with the puppy being part of the Uga line. I couldn’t ask for anything more" ...“I’m going to offer him to Georgia for Uga IX,” Woods said. “I’ll be glad to give him to Georgia. He’s got the background to do it, and I’ve got the papers to prove it.”
Clearly, this is a puppy whose ties to the University of Georgia could not possibly be any stronger. Dawg fans are firmly behind him . Not to be insensitive, but the current direct line of Ugas appears somewhat ... frail , for lack of a better term.
So, Georgia: is it time to add one last member to the "Dream Team"?
Photos by the Associated Press and the Red and Black .