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Getting to know the Georgia Bulldogs

Friday, September 7, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

The Missouri Tigers will host the Georgia Bulldogs in the first ever SEC conference game for the Tigers. Here is a quick online guide to the Georgia football program and its fans.

Georgia's 2011 football season in review:

The Georgia Bulldogs won 10 games in a row during the 2011 season. However, the team lost its first and last two games of the season. Georgia started the season by losing on national television to Boise State and then dropped its first game in SEC play to South Carolina 45-42. After a 10-game winning streak that enabled the Bulldogs to win the SEC East, Georgia was pounded, 42-10, by LSU in the SEC Championship Game and then lost to Michigan State in three overtimes by a score of 33-30 in the 2012 Outback Bowl. Check out the video below for highlights of the Georgia loss in the 2012 Outback Bowl.

Georgia v. Missouri:

The Bulldogs and Tigers have played each other only once in history. That meeting came in the 1960 Orange Bowl. The Tigers entered the game with a 6-4 record and had just beaten arch rival Kansas by 4 points. The Bulldogs had only one loss and had just beaten their rival Georgia Tech by a touchdown in the previous game. Missouri proved to be no match for powerful Georgia, and the Bulldogs beat the Tigers 14-0.

Origins of the nickname "Bulldogs":

Although the origin of the nickname “Bulldogs” is not completely known, some say the name comes from the Yale University Bulldogs. Abraham Baldwin, the first University of Georgia President, was a Yale graduate, and he even designed some early buildings at Georgia to mirror buildings at Yale.

Others say Morgan Blake of the Atlanta Journal and Cliff Wheatley of the Atlanta Constitution promoted the nickname. Blake, on Nov. 3, 1920, said the nickname Bulldogs would sound ferocious and dignified, just like the dog. Wheatley used the name Bulldogs in his game story five times just three days after Blake made his comments. Since that day, Georgia has been known as the Bulldogs, according to the Georgia Bulldog athletics website.

Origins of the “Silver Britches” uniform:

Wally Butts, who was the Georgia head football coach from 1939-1960, developed the silver pants and red jersey look for the Georgia uniforms. According to theheismanwinners.com, fans were so smitten with the Georgia uniform that in the early 1950s they chanted “Go, you silver britches.” When Vince Dooley became head coach in 1964, he retooled the uniform and traded in the silver pants for white ones. However, he reinstated the silver pants in 1980 just before Georgia won its most recent national championship in January 1981.

Origins of the “Glory, Glory” Georgia fight song:

“Glory, Glory” is the Georgia fight song and has been sung at Georgia games since the 1890s. It was arranged by Hugh Hodgson in 1915 into its current form and is sung to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Although there are other Georgia Bulldog songs, “Glory, Glory” is considered the most accepted, according to the Georgia Bulldog athletics website. Click the video below to see the Georgia “Redcoat” band performing the fight song, followed by other University of Georgia songs.

Georgia fans:

Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs have a reputation for being passionate about their team. Examples of this passion include causing a 877-pound chapel bell to fall during a post-game celebration in 2008, and Ed McMinn's daily devotional for Bulldogs fans. And some Bulldog fans do like to scream, as illustrated in the video below.

Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.


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