How did you become a Georgia fan?

KaseyKasey Posts: 3,216 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

I know we have a lot of DAWG fans here from around the country. How did you become a fan of the team? I'd love to hear everyone's stories.

Me? Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. Grew up drying off with a 1980 national championship beach towel after my baths when I was a kid. My grandfather used to have the same beach towel tacked on the wall. My mother was a Clemson fan, and tried as she might, it just never stuck. Orange never was for me I guess. I've been long gone from Georgia since 2000, but the pride still goes with me

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  • Tdub0199Tdub0199 Posts: 597 ✭✭✭✭ Senior
    edited July 11

    Well back in 1980 my dad was watching a game and he wouldnt let me watch what i wanted to watch and back then most household's only had one tv. I had no choice and watched that game (Clemson) and fell in love and watched us win the the Natty later that year... I was only 8 years old then....

  • brentwilsonbrentwilson Posts: 1,256 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    my dad took me to the LSU in 2009 for my first game when i was 6 and I drank the kool-aid.

  • MotorCityDawgMotorCityDawg Posts: 350 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Dad went to UGA I went to UGA but I was indoctrinated from birth

  • christopheruleschristopherules Posts: 2,038 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    As a kid, I was born & raised in Atlanta, Georgia. My Daddy first introduced me to Georgia against Clemson. Georgia won that game 38-0. I hardly knew what football was back then, but the excitement that I felt was a feeling that I still get to this day. That was back in 1970. Fast forward to today? The Georgia Bulldogs takes me back to memorable games & all were a shared memory of my late father & me. In 1976, I was 13 then... Georgia dismantled Alabama 21-0!! What a thrilling game that was. I still miss my father, & I always will. The DAWGS & cheering them on has a deep meaning for me, & I’m passing this on to my kids now!

  • AirForceDawgAirForceDawg Posts: 143 ✭✭✭ Junior

    In June 1978 my father moved us to Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, GA where he got stationed. That fall I was in seventh grade and working on one of dozens of chores (e.g., raking pine straw and picking up pine cones, washing cars inside and out every weekend) I was saddled with. To help pass the time I'd turn on the radio and listen to Larry Munson call UGA Football games. Since UGA's freshman QB Buck Belue was from Valdosta (followed by QB John Lastinger), I found it easy to root for the Dawgs as a local player was starring for them. Since then I've been an ardent UGA fan, esp. football (living in "Titletown USA" for 7 years helped nurture my love for the sport).

  • SoFL_DawgSoFL_Dawg Posts: 1,600 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Moved to Augusta in 93 Fort Gordon, as a 12 year old. was born on Army base in Heidelberg Germany. When we got to Augusta our new church Youth Pastor was a huge dawg fan. Used to make analogies about the team and tie them in to biblical messages. Don’t ask. Next thing I know I was watching games with him and his family and a few friends from church. Stuck with me.

  • shhmittyshhmitty Posts: 182 ✭✭✭ Junior

    I honestly don't know how I became a dawg fan. Born and raised just outside of Columbia SC, all of my family are chicken fans and somewhere around 10 years old I started asking for UGA hats and shirts. I cant remember ever pulling for any other team except Georgia....maybe it was the site of UGA, or the silver britches....but one thing is certain. After 35 years of heckling from gamecocks I have always loved my Dawgs. I converted my wife and now we are raising 2 little Dawgs of our own who love Saturdays in Athens just as much as I do.

  • mqg96mqg96 Posts: 373 ✭✭✭ Junior

    I was born in Athens and raised in Newnan, which is the same hometown Alec Ogletree came from and my family & I knew him personally growing up. My dad is a UGA alumni of 1989, and he became a UGA fan well before he started college and even high school too.

    I became a UGA fan in 2002 which was the perfect time because Mark Richt was in year 2 and we went 13-1, won our first SEC title in 20 years, and we won the BCS Sugar Bowl. 2002 was one of the biggest seasons in the state of Georgia not only for the Dawgs but even the Falcons too when Arthur Blank became owner and Michael Vick got popular when he pulled that upset at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Years later after I started getting on the internet regularly, I learn that 2002 got UGA out of the dark age of the 90's and 2002 got the Falcons on this unbelievable run we've been on since Arthur Blank became our owner. I became a fan of Georgia sports at the perfect time. 2002 was an exciting year for football in the state of Georgia but also a fun year for me as a little kid too in elementary school when life was still very simple.

  • christopheruleschristopherules Posts: 2,038 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @Kasey this is a great thread. Great stories in this one

  • orlandoorlando Posts: 494 ✭✭✭ Junior

    As a 12yr old kid born and raised in north Ga that loved football it was Hershel and that 1980 season that done it for me. Been a huge Dawg fan ever since.

  • gadawginpagadawginpa Posts: 27 ✭✭ Sophomore

    Best friend growing up in Pennsylvania was a Gators fan so I had to find a way to be competitive. I’ve loved and been following the Dawgs ever since. It’s been 17 years or so and I now make the trip annually to Sanford Stadium.

  • LD10LD10 Posts: 73 ✭✭ Sophomore

    My older brother took me to the Pittsburgh and Georgia game in 1973. We tied them 7 all that game but some guy #33 ran all over us that day and he was only afreshman. We all wondered who that guy was at the time. My next game was when we beat the Bear 21\0.

  • DobroMattInOzDobroMattInOz Posts: 109 ✭✭✭ Junior

    My older brother went to UGA and was in the Redcoats, and I got hooked the first time I went to a ballgame to watch him play.

  • dawgbybirthdawgbybirth Posts: 551 ✭✭✭✭ Senior
    edited July 12

    Thru my dad who was tightly connected to Georgia. My dad and Dan McGill where roomates on the Georgia tennis team and he was a close friend and financial advisor to the Dooleys and so many more at Georgia. So we have had 6 tickets longer then my 52 years on this earth.
    The only place that is a constant in my life has been those seats at Sanford .My father brought me to my first game ineith 69' or 70' .
    Every game is new, but there are 48 years of connected memories and I am excited for what is about to come.
    My dad has been gone for 10 years, but there is not a game he is not with me that I watch and appreciate Georgia football.

  • christopheruleschristopherules Posts: 2,038 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited July 12

    @dawgbybirth I feel that connection to my own Daddy (he passed away close to New Year’s in 2016) through Georgia. My own father was the one for my memories, as he & I shared the deep love for the Georgia Bulldogs!!! He introduced me (when I was just 7) to Georgia on a day when they thumped Clemson 38-0, back in 1970. Thank you for sharing memories of you & your dad. GO DAWGS!!!

  • ThelordjohnsonThelordjohnson Posts: 1,317 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Was playing NCAA Football on Sega Genesis and wasn't smart enough to realize the Power G wasn't the Packers but Bulldogs. Stuck ever since cause I'm stubborn and loyal.

  • dawgfantipdawgfantip Posts: 15 ✭ Freshman

    @gadawginpa said:
    Best friend growing up in Pennsylvania was a Gators fan so I had to find a way to be competitive. I’ve loved and been following the Dawgs ever since. It’s been 17 years or so and I now make the trip annually to Sanford Stadium.

    A dawglove born in the blood of (friendly) gator hatin', don't get any better than that.

  • dawgfantipdawgfantip Posts: 15 ✭ Freshman

    Born in the thriving metropolis of Ball Ground in Cherokee County and i can't remember a time that I didn't love my Dawgs. Chose to serve instead of attending UGA and it honestly drives me nuts. I tell my wife constantly that one day I'll use our savings to attend something just to validate myself. Is that crazy ?

  • amjadawgsamjadawgs Posts: 954 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    When I was a kid, the primary teams televised were Bama and Notre Dame. Many of my dad’s friends were Bama fans and a few UGA fans. Everywhere I went on game day, they were either watching the game or listening to it on the radio – at that time Bama and UGA were big rivals. I was very young, and at that age with limited ways to see UGA on television, I actually liked Bama. Then I grew up! UGA was pretty damned good too. AND, that’s where I lived – Georgia. LOVED the Dawgs ever since!

  • pippin888pippin888 Posts: 137 ✭✭✭ Junior

    @Kasey said:
    I know we have a lot of DAWG fans here from around the country. How did you become a fan of the team? I'd love to hear everyone's stories.

    Me? Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. Grew up drying off with a 1980 national championship beach towel after my baths when I was a kid. My grandfather used to have the same beach towel tacked on the wall. My mother was a Clemson fan, and tried as she might, it just never stuck. Orange never was for me I guess. I've been long gone from Georgia since 2000, but the pride still goes with me

    My dad play for Georgia in 43 on that all freshman team at the beginning of the war that's World War II for you millennials. I have been going to Georgia games since the sixties seen all the good and bad times since then. there was no way you could root against the dogs at my dad's house. He had season tickets on the 50 yard line and we went to every home game and every bowl game until he became too old to go to the games but he kept his season tickets and I continue to going and sit on the 50-yard line until my dad passed away and of course we lost those tickets.. so I guess you could say I was born a dog fan after he passed away they held the 60th anniversary of his team since I'm since I'm named after him they called me looking for my father to attend the banquet and the game celebrating his team when they found out that my dad had passed away they invited me to the banquet to represent him man what a trip that was sitting there eating with my dad's old teammates man the stories of guys could tell.. yeah I was born a dog and I'll die dog

  • VALDOSTADAWGVALDOSTADAWG Posts: 600 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Dad was an FSU and UGA fan (if that's even possible). First game I can remember watching was UGA vs Purdue 2000 Outback Bowl. Don't remember anything other than the names of the teams, but I was instantly hooked.

  • josh31533josh31533 Posts: 114 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Was born in 1980, in deep south Georgia. My dad is a Dawgs’ fan. I was and still am a daddy’s boy. I liked whatever my dad liked. He liked the Dawgs’
    the Braves, Ford trucks, and Bill Elliot (until he switched teams) so I love the Dawgs’, the Braves,
    Ford trucks and Bill Elliot, until he switched teams.

  • BigcalidawgBigcalidawg Posts: 706 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Grew up an only child and had no family ties to the Dawgs. In 1977 we lived in Phenix City, Al and, at 7, was the youngest of a pack of kids that ran around wild in our neighborhood. I lived close to Moon Lake.

    I wanted to be cool like the big kids, so I claimed Bama and the Miami Dolphins. I guess that’s what Russell County kids did back then.

    One night I was watching the news and saw Rex Robinson kick a game winner for the Dogs and thought it was cool. Then I watched a game on TV and I became a Dawg.

    The next year we moved to Columbus, and, by Gods grace I remained a Dawg. Most of my friends in Columbus were Auburn kids.

    I renained in Columbus until my Freshman year of high school. I spent a lot of time with Frank Thomas when I was in Junior High and my freshman year.

    I remember Wayne Johnson was still at Hardaway when I was there.

    I live in California now, but I learned to play football in Georgia. I’m proud of that. I never grew taller than 5’11 but I was taught how to lay hat and I knocked 3 boys out in High School and Im proud of that, too.

    My favorite memories were the bus rides home after the road games, with the police escorts and lights and sirens goin off. I got chills right now. “Sardines and Pork and Beans” and the whole team jumped in.

    Im proud to be a Dawg and I’m proud I was raised correctly in Georgia.

  • dawgnmsdawgnms Posts: 761 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    From Georgia who else is gonna be your team certainly not Tech

  • mattmd2mattmd2 Posts: 604 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @Bigcalidawg said:
    Grew up an only child and had no family ties to the Dawgs. In 1977 we lived in Phenix City, Al and, at 7, was the youngest of a pack of kids that ran around wild in our neighborhood. I lived close to Moon Lake.

    I wanted to be cool like the big kids, so I claimed Bama and the Miami Dolphins. I guess that’s what Russell County kids did back then.

    One night I was watching the news and saw Rex Robinson kick a game winner for the Dogs and thought it was cool. Then I watched a game on TV and I became a Dawg.

    The next year we moved to Columbus, and, by Gods grace I remained a Dawg. Most of my friends in Columbus were Auburn kids.

    I renained in Columbus until my Freshman year of high school. I spent a lot of time with Frank Thomas when I was in Junior High and my freshman year.

    I remember Wayne Johnson was still at Hardaway when I was there.

    I live in California now, but I learned to play football in Georgia. I’m proud of that. I never grew taller than 5’11 but I was taught how to lay hat and I knocked 3 boys out in High School and Im proud of that, too.

    My favorite memories were the bus rides home after the road games, with the police escorts and lights and sirens goin off. I got chills right now. “Sardines and Pork and Beans” and the whole team jumped in.

    Im proud to be a Dawg and I’m proud I was raised correctly in Georgia.

    Also a Hardaway Alum, class of '01. I know very well the nature of UGA vs. Auburn in the Columbus area.

    I became a fan thanks to my sister who attended UGA and brought me to campus to visit as a high school sophomore. Fell in love with the campus and the women, but mostly the women.

    Been a dawg ever since.

  • christopheruleschristopherules Posts: 2,038 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @Thelordjohnson said:
    Was playing NCAA Football on Sega Genesis and wasn't smart enough to realize the Power G wasn't the Packers but Bulldogs. Stuck ever since cause I'm stubborn and loyal.

    I’m certain that you know the true story behind both the “G” from Green Bay, & Georgia’s then. It was agreed upon after then Georgia HC Vince Dooley asked Green Bay for permission, & then a Georgia art student’s G was the one used for both, & Green Bay & Georgia would each hold each other “harmless” in legal speak. That’s my understanding of how things went back around 1964-65. GO DAWGS!!!

  • christopheruleschristopherules Posts: 2,038 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @JoelSidneyKelly I resemble that remark. The “black sheep” stuff...

  • christopheruleschristopherules Posts: 2,038 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @JoelSidneyKelly I think CMR has lost all control of how YOU became a Georgia fan. lol

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