Monday, June 30, 2008

Remembering Uga VI

UPDATE: From The Banner-Herald today:
Seiler said Uga VI's epitaph has not been chosen yet.

A few likely ones aren't available. "Damn Good Dog" went to UGA I, and "Not Bad for a Dog" marks UGA II's vault.

"How Bout This Dog," "The Dog of the Decade" and "Defender of His Turf" also are taken.

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It always was uplifting to see fans of other schools, with their team colors prominently displayed, stop to have their photos made with Uga.
- Loran Smith


Just looking around at some more Uga VI stuff this evening. It truly feels like a loss. The Uga mascots are not just how we mark athletic eras. They are a living, breathing, embodiment of the university, a point of pride and a family's best friend.

I defy anyone but a tech fan not to smile in their presence.

MaconDawg on Dawg Sports:
His first season, 1999, included two of the most disastrous games of my entire University of Georgia fanhood: the Bobby Gaston hackjob against Tech and the Auburn game which was all but over before I'd even reached my seat. His last season saw a #2 national ranking, resounding victories over Auburn and Florida, and a rousing Sugar Bowl victory. I cannot imagine a better finale, unless Mark Richt hoisting a crystal football were involved.

And while UGA VI never threw a pass or made a tackle (leaving aside the occasional steak), he was perhaps the most visible symbol of a football program that re-emerged on the national stage while he watched. He was a furry, slobbering ambassador of good will. A Damn Good Dawg.

We'll miss you, buddy.

The Chicago Tribune, via AP: The identity of the dog that will soon become Uga VII is still a secret. But, Seiler assured, "That's been taken care of."

I even read every word of Loran Smith's column:
Last summer, I went to see the Seilers and stayed overnight. Uga VI slept down the hall and kept waking me up with his heavy snoring. I didn't mind. He would snore and then awake with some sort of garbled grunting sound. I think I could make out what he was saying: "To hell with Tech."

Today, Sonny called with the news about Uga VI. I felt that I had lost a close friend. And I have.

Finally, The Banner Herald has an excellent photo gallery.

1 comment:

Maggie L. said...

Travis, I forgot to tell you this earlier but I had my picture made with the late Uga VI when I was in Savannah a few weeks ago. I need to find out who has it.