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Newest UGA mascot to debut this weekend

Move over, Russ.  There’s a new bulldog in town.

Since the untimely death of Uga VII in November of last year, Russ has served as the interim mascot for Georgia home games.  Now, Uga VII’s grandson will be stepping in this weekend to begin his career as one of college football’s most famous, revered and recognizable mascots.

Uga VIII.jpgAccording to a press release issued by the school, Uga VIII will make his debut this Saturday as the Bulldogs host Vanderbilt at Sanford Stadium.

The pre-game “passing of the collar” from interim mascot, “Russ,” to Uga VIII will take place at mid-field in the presence of UGA President Dr. Michael F. Adams, Director of Athletics Greg McGarity, and members of the Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler family, long-time owners of the Bulldog line of mascots.

Uga VIII, who goes by the name Big Bad Bruce when he’s not on the clock, is a white male English Bulldog born Sept. 12, 2009.  He weighs in at a very stout 55 pounds, although it’s believed the school’s strength & conditioning coach sees him mascoting more in the 60-pound range.

“We had several puppies that were direct descendents from the Uga line to choose from,” said Seiler. “We came to the conclusion that this dog had all the physical attributes that we look for in a Georgia mascot. He is the grandson of Uga VI. He is only 13 months old. He already weighs 55 lbs. and we think that he has an excellent head. We made the choice based on experience and I’m confident the Bulldog Nation will be pleased when he is introduced Saturday.”

“Uga VIII is one of the most storied mascots in the history of college athletics,” said McGarity. “He is the rallying point for the Bulldog Nation. As our mascot he represents everything we want our student-athletes and fans to be…proud, loyal, tenacious, and relentless. We look forward to his long and successful reign and appreciate all the Seiler family has contributed to our mascot program for more than half a century.”

(Photo credit: Danny White)

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16 Responses to “Newest UGA mascot to debut this weekend”
  1. gameday says: Oct 13, 2010 6:39 PM

    OMG!!
    Are you serious?
    You have got to be kidding?
    You mean people are actually excited about this?
    Only in redneck hillbilly land like Georgia is this an event.
    The overrated UGA program with it’s under educated fan base celebrates a damn dog.
    Now I know why UGA is a perenial loser. Cause the fan base are losers and are all actually family through hillbilly ways of life.

  2. Ben says: Oct 13, 2010 7:05 PM

    haha! wow”gameday” you are such a loser! Don’t know if you got the memo but being a Hater just isn’t cool…cheers!

  3. WinstonHussein says: Oct 13, 2010 7:34 PM

    Personally, I’m just curious who Gameday cheers for?

  4. gameday says: Oct 13, 2010 7:34 PM

    Add Ben to the list.
    Cheers!

  5. gameday says: Oct 13, 2010 7:54 PM

    @Winston
    I cheer for the team that is going to win the championship this year.
    Care to make your guess on which team that is?
    Shouldn’t be too hard to figure out

  6. Ben Kercheval says: Oct 13, 2010 8:58 PM

    @gameday: is it Georgia?

  7. weswelkerspornstash says: Oct 13, 2010 9:39 PM

    Gameday it’s a mascot why are you so worked up about it? I’m not a georgia fan but it I think it’s nice to see the tradition. That’s part of college football. Are you a fan or just some obnoxious person who post dumb comments?

  8. Georgia Red says: Oct 13, 2010 10:33 PM

    Gameday obviously lacks the mind capacity to appreciate tradition. He was even reluctant to name the school he roots for. With that said, he will get no more of my attention. LONG LIVE UGA VII!!!!

  9. Floridacock says: Oct 14, 2010 8:22 AM

    It’s called tradition. It’s what makes college football the greatest team sport of all. Typical Ohio State fan, wishfull but always a LOSER in the end. And celebrating a nut is not the most stupid thing in college sports!?!?

  10. weswelkerspornstash says: Oct 14, 2010 9:05 AM

    Floridacock
    I think you nailed with you comment. I personally can’t stand Boise’s blue field turf but it’s tradition. Another thing I can’t stand is that Aurburn has 2 mascots why is that, in case one of them is sick the other one will cover for them but it’s tradition.

  11. Lucky5927 says: Oct 14, 2010 9:26 AM

    Hey, when your team is suffering through a season like this… ANYTHING is a positive.
    WAR EAGLE

  12. artbyshan says: Oct 14, 2010 9:45 AM

    “The overrated UGA program with it’s under educated fan base celebrates a damn dog.”
    -Better than celebrating a glorified nut (Buckeye).

  13. Wukong says: Oct 14, 2010 7:08 PM

    The overrated UGA program with it’s under educated fan base celebrates a damn dog.
    ———–
    Ohio State celebrates a nut. Also, it’s in Ohio, so it automatically fails at life as do the majority of its fans.

  14. frank booth says: Oct 14, 2010 9:39 PM

    If UGAVIII were really the Georgia Mascot, he’d be wearing a prison jumpsuit and little cuffs on his paws.
    However the fact that he’s unattractive, has a low IQ, walks on all 4′s, and urinates and defecates in public does actually lead me to believe that he’s a lot like other Georgia students.

  15. bulldog1 says: Oct 16, 2010 5:37 PM

    You are cheering for the team that is going to win the championship? Well you must be pulling for an SEC or Big 12 team! Because Ohio St can’t beat either of them in the Championship game. Hey i got it won’t you pull for a team who can actually win there conference out right and not share it. And on another note, who ever your team is i guess it doesn’t have any tradition, so it must be a High school. So what who you are calling hillbilly. I am glad to be from the south and i am glad to be a Georgia fan! You can’t even tell anybody who you root for, what a loser. Georgias mascot is the most famous mascot in college football. Has your teams masscot been on the front page of Sports Illstruated? I tell you what , want you just go ahead and remove your name from this web site because i know you are not a TRUE college fan. And for you to call yourself Gameday is a slap in the face to real college fans everywhere. Don’t worry about responding to this, i already know you are an idiot and i refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

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