Tag:Uga VIII
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:23 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Could Crowell puppy become next Uga?

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

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.

“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.”
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 :



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 .


Posted on: February 4, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Latest UGA, UGA VIII, passes away

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The celebration amongst Georgia fans this week following Mark Richt's "Dream Team" recruiting success will, unfortunately, be tempered after the school announced today that mascot UGA VIII has passed away , the second UGA to pass away in the past three seasons.

UGA VIII was only 17 months old, having been born in Sept. of 2009, and had served as Georgia's official mascot for only six regular season games (compiling a record of 4-2). But he was diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this year, and will now pass the baton back to "Russ," the interim mascot who served on the sidelines at the close of the 2009 season (following the death of UGA VII) and the first six games of 2010.

Like all UGAs, UGA VIII was a white male English bulldog owned by the Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler family, who has bred the UGAs in a continuous line for the past 50 years. There is no current timetable for naming a replacement.

Posted on: October 13, 2010 6:18 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 6:21 pm
 

Georgia picks a new, adorable Uga

Posted by Adam Jacobi

For all their troubles this year -- whether at wideout or offensive line -- it can certainly be argued that the Georgia Bulldogs' most pressing need was at, well, Bulldog. Uga VII, the seventh iteration of their live English bulldog mascot, died unexpectedly near the end of last season, during just his second year on the job. A replacement bulldog, Russ (Uga VII's half-brother) filled in to finish out the 2009 season and to start this season, but well, it's just not the same you guys. With no Uga VIII, everyone's just going through the motions. Certainly that, and no other reason, is why Georgia embarked* on a four-game losing streak earlier this season.

But if you're a dog or a friend of a dog, fret no longer; a real Uga is coming to town, and he met the press today. Here's a picture, courtesy of Danny White:

LOOK AT THAT CUTE LITTLE UGA! Look at those sweetheart eyes! Is that an intimidating little doggie? No it's not! Not at all! I bet he's such a softie that he listens to Air Supply every night and craps strawberry ice cream. Who's my little teddy bear bulldog? Who's my little teddy bear bulldog??

Err, sorry. Got carried away a little bit. But seriously, that dog is way too adorbs to be an Uga. It's so adorable it made me type "adorbs." 

*Arf! Arf!

Posted on: October 5, 2010 3:37 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 3:39 pm
 

Uga VIII set to debut against Vanderbilt

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Good news, Georgia fans!  The solution to what has ailed your team all season long is finally here.  No, it's not the return of A.J. Green, it is the return of Uga.  According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the newest in the long line of Georgia mascots, Uga VIII, will be making his debut at Sanford Stadium on October 16 against Vanderbilt.

The news comes from Sonny Seiler, the man who has provided Georgia with Ugas since 1956.


Seiler said the plan is to hold a “collaring” ceremony for Uga VIII before kickoff of the Vanderbilt game. He said UGA President Michael Adams, athletic director Greg McGarity, Seiler family members and interim mascot “Russ” will participate in the ceremony.

Seiler said he could not provide details about Uga VIII until next week, when he said a news release will be issued and a photograph provided. The photo will be shot in Savannah later this week, he said.

Seiler did give one hint, saying that Uga VIII is a "big" dog.  So maybe he can double as a defensive tackle or something.

The Bulldogs have been Uga-less since Uga VII died from heart-related causes in November of 2009.  Which may have been a blessing because had he lived to see this season he'd have probably been wishing for death.  Russ, Uga VII's half-brother (dog infidelity!), has been serving as the interim mascot since.

So should the Bulldogs start winning once they have their new mascot, Russ can serve as a handy "fall dog" for Mark Richt.   "Don't blame me, blame Russ!"



 
 
 
 
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