The Georgia Bulldogs represent the University of Georgia. The football program that bears the name is one of the best that can be found in college football, as shown by its remarkable 800+ wins. Something that has enabled the Georgia Bulldogs to build up one of the most fanatical fan bases in the form of the Bulldog Nation. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about the Georgia Bulldogs:
1. Played in First Intercollegiate Football Game in the Deep South
The Georgia Bulldogs came into existence in 1892 for the purpose of playing Mercer University. In those times, American football was still very new, which is why their game became the first intercollegiate football game in the Deep South.
2. Second Game Resulted in a Lasting Rivalry
Speaking of which, it was in their second game that the Georgia Bulldogs acquired their first rivalry with Auburn University. Nowadays, that relationship is called the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, which makes sense because the football teams of the two schools have been going up against one another again and again over the course of their respective existences.
3. Might Have Been Responsible for the Forward Pass
The forward pass is one of the most notable characteristics that serve to separate American football from its predecessor. It is believed that the first forward pass happened in a 1895 game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the North Carolina Tar Heels, which saw a North Carolina player hurling the football forward out of pure desperation. Fortunately for him, the football was caught by another North Carolina player rather than a Georgia player.
4. Came Close to Seeing Football Banned in the State of Georgia
In 1897, the Georgia Bulldogs came very close to seeing college football being banned in the state of Georgia. What happened was that of their players named Richard Von Albade Gammon died from injuries sustained in a football game against the Virginia Cavaliers. The state legislature passed a law that banned college football, but Georgia’s governor proceeded to veto the ban, which was motivated by the pleas of Richard’s mother Rosalind Gammon.
5. No Team Was Fielded in 1917 and 1918
No team was ever fielded frm 1971 and 1918. This is because the United States entered the First World War in 1917, meaning that there were more pressing concerns than making sure that football games went on as normal.
6. First Mention of Bulldogs in 1901
The Georgia Bulldogs weren’t the Georgia Bulldogs until some time in. However, it is interesting to note that “Bulldogs” in the context of what would become the Georgia Bulldogs were mentioned in 1901 when the Georgia fans brought a sign showing a bulldog tearing through a piece of cloth. On the sign, the Georgia fans had written “Eat ’em Georgia.”
7. Bulldog Started Seeing Use in 1920
It wasn’t until 1920 that the Georgia Bulldogs became the Georgia Bulldogs. There are those who believe that this was inspired by the founder Abraham Baldwin’s alma mater Yale University, which has a bulldog for a mascot. Whatever the case, it soon started seeing so much use that it replaced the previous name of “Red and Black.”
8. The Mascots Come from the Uga Line
The mascots for the Georgia Bulldogs come from the Uga line, which consists of white bulldogs. This practice started up in 1956 but has continued to the present day, which is why the current mascot is Que, who is sometimes known as Uga X.
9. Glory, Glory Is the Rally Song
“Glory, Glory” is the name of the rally song of the Georgia Bulldogs, which is notable because it reached its current form in 1915. With that said, it is amusing to note that while “Glory, Glory” is the most often played song, it isn’t actually the school’s official fight song, which would be the “Hail to Georgia” that is played following field goals.
10. The Home of the Georgia Bulldogs Is Between the Hedges
The home of the Georgia Bulldogs has sometimes been referred to as being “between the hedges,” which refers to the privet hedges that surround the turf. It is interesting to note that the privet hedges contain a fence concealed within them, thus making them even more effective as a crowd control measure. In fact, Georgia fans haven’t been able to rush the field save on a single occasion in 2000.