Sad Face Friday: Uga VII Passes Away
It’s been a sad day for the Georgia Bulldogs and their fans as news about the passing of their mascot, Uga VII, got out. The seventh generation bulldog was only four years old when he died yesterday morning. Obviously, the news of the Uga’s untimely passing comes as a shock to Georgia fans, who will go through the rest of their football season without that familiar face on the sidelines. When the Bulldogs line up to play Kentucky on Saturday, there will be no replacement for the beloved Uga, who will have a wreath placed on his doghouse.
Not only was Uga just an awesome mascot, on occasion, he gave opponents a little more to think about.
Damn right, that dawg bites.
Uga VII’s successor will be chosen next season, although, the Georgia Sports Blog indicates a interim dog will be used for the games against rival Georgia Tech and for the Bulldogs’ bowl game. The Uga generation has been a mainstay with the Bulldogs for over 50 years:
The Uga line of bulldogs, all owned by [the Seiler family], has roamed the sidelines at UGA football games and other athletic events for more than half a century, since 1956.
From UGA football coach Mark Richt on down, members of the Bulldog Nation mourned the dog’s death.
“I was very shocked and sad to hear about Uga VII,” Richt said. “I got a chance to talk to Sonny today actually and hear a little bit about it. You never think something like that could happen that quickly, but it certainly did. We’re sad we won’t have him on the sideline.”
A sad day, indeed.