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This may be the most anticipated season-opening Georgia game of my lifetime.

It is a farewell to a Southern sports icon: The Georgia Dome.

It's an introduction to a new coach and one of the most heralded recruits in Georgia history.

It's the resurgence of a star player beating incredible odds to come back from a gruesome injury.

It is at the same time a trip down memory lane and a glimpse of what we hope for the future. 

It is an afternoon that will bring both quiet introspection and unbridled obnoxiousness.

It is taking place in the Capital City of the Bulldawg Nation.

And most importantly .....

It is here.

Go Dawgs!


Sony Michel.
"Time to write about them Dawgs" - Wise and sophisticated sports writers.
What They Are Saying About the Dawgs:

Bulldawg Illustrated: See You in Hotlanta!

Full issue linked above.

Macon Telegraph: Eason Expected to Start Saturday

Even Eason's teammates, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, believe that the Lake Stevens, Washington, native will be the quarterback the coaching staff chooses to start against North Carolina. This has to do with how many reps Eason has received in practice during the past two weeks, which included working primarily with the first team since game-planning for the Tar Heels got underway. 

Smart shared a funny anecdote about Holyfield, the son of former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield.

“I got on him the other day and he kind of flared up at me,” Smart said. “He’s the only kid I’ve seen that’s got muscles in his face. I thought he was going to give me a one-two punch.”

Later he said Holyfield is doing well in camp but is not expected to get a lot of carries in the opening game.
AJC: Duality of Kirby Smart

While they are new to Athens, they are very much “old Athens” in terms of lifestyle and sensibilities. They’re active members at Athens Country Club, where Mary Beth plays tennis and Kirby plays golf with his friends, former fraternity brothers and teammates. The kids are attending school at Athens Academy.

“If we were going to be in Athens, we were going to be IN Athens; that was very important to us,” Mary Beth says. “For him and me both, we don’t want to just stop going out. I want to take my kids to the pool, and he’s coming, too. It’s not like he’s just staying home and studying film, he’s going out with us. And I think the more we do that, it’s not going to be so much a spectacle.”

CBS Writers have made their picks as to who wins the SEC East. Notice UGA and UT both get three nods a piece.


- UGA and UNC "Mirror Images" (Down to the alma mater)

- Georgia leads the series 16-12-2, and is riding a 5 game win streak dating back to 1963.

- The Dawgs are 7-6 in the Georgia Dome, but are fighting a three game losing streak in the venue.

- This time next year, The Georgia Dome will be a pile of rubble.

- The last meeting between the two schools was in 1971, when brothers Vince and Bill Dooley squared off in the Gator Bowl. Our Dooley won 7-3.

- This is the seventh game between UGA and UNC in Atlanta. The Dawgs are 1-5 against the Heels in the Capital of the Bulldawg Nation, but the last game here was in 1914.

- In 1895, The Dawgs lost to UNC two times in four days. UNC beat the Bulldogs 6-0 in Atlanta on Oct. 26, traveled to Nashville for a victory over Vanderbilt on Oct. 28, followed by a tie at Sewanee on Oct. 29, and finally another win over UGA on Oct. 31 in Atlanta by a score of 10-6.

- Kirby Smart has been showing the football team slasher films....

"We want them to be scary.  Just like the guy in  the mask, you can’t kill him. He keeps coming back. As soon as you do kill them, well, here comes the sequel."

HOW BADASS IS THIS?!?! Just think of the nicknames...

Hedgerow Headhunters
Sanford Slashers
Tucker's Tormentors
Mel's Monsters
Clarke County Chainsaw Crew
Shoot me your proposed UGA horror film nicknames and/or photoshop images and I will send the best ones a $20 J. Christopher's Gift Card and feature the submissions for Halloween week!

Inspiration images here.
From UGA

- The Bulldogs own a 92-27-3 record in season openers all-time, including winning 16 of their past 19 openers.

- Kirby Smart is one of nine head coaches at schools from Power 5 conferences that are coaching at their alma maters.

- The complete list: Paul Chryst (Wisconsin) Barry Odom (Missouri) Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern) Mark Richt (Miami) Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State) David Shaw (Stanford) Jim Harbaugh (Michigan) Kirby Smart (GEORGIA) Cliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech).
The Dawgs' Last Stand at The Dome?
In its 24 years towering above downtown Atlanta, the Georgia Dome has become a cultural touchstone for not only Atlantans, but the entire South. It has awarded Olympic Gold Medals, hosted Two Super Bowls, served as the backdrop for the Rise of SEC Football via the SEC Championship Game, contained the Grave Digger on a dirt track, been hit by a tornado during a basketball tournament, had the roof cave in, the list goes on....

I'll miss the Dome. And while UGA could conceivably play three games there this year (UNC, SEC Championship, CFB Playoff Semifinal), as of press time this is my last scheduled trip to the doomed tent with all the triangles.

So let us raise a big plastic stadium cup to the aroma of roasted cinnamon almonds and polished concrete floors. Here is to Kenny Chesney concerts and the 1996 Olympic "Dream Team"; the Falcons and those big Hooters ads on the video board. One day soon only memories will remain.
Great Dawgs Victories at the Dome

Georgia's most recent SEC Championship came 11 years ago against LSU. The Bulldogs senior quarterback D.J. Shockley threw for 112 yards and two touchdowns while also running for a score. After LSU QB Jamarcus Russell left the game in the third quarter with an injury, backup Matt Flynn threw an interception returned for the touchdown by Tim Jennings to seal Georgia's 34-14 victory.

"Arkansas had already allowed two touchdowns and a field goal before officially gaining a yard,
and it didn't get much

The No. 22 Razorbacks had no answer for No. 4 Georgia, which
beat Arkansas a 30-3 Saturday night in the Southeastern Conference
championship game at the Georgia Dome." - ESPN

The Dawgs, led by Aaron Murray and Arthur Lynch, upended perennial SEC favorite Alabama in perhaps the most heroic effort in Bulldawg.....

.....Sorry, forgot how that one ended for a few seconds.
Know thy Enemy: North Carolina Tar Heels
What is a Tar Heel?:  A group of North Carolina soldiers scolded their comrades for leaving the battlefield when things got tough. The soldiers threatened to stick tar on the heels of the retreating soldiers to help them stay in the battle. General Robert E. Lee is said to have commented “God bless the Tar Heel boys!” (Cue the PC Bro Rage over Robert E. Lee Things)

Which Came First?: UNC lays claim to be "America's First State University", and UGA claims we are "America's First Chartered State University". UGA was founded in 1785, but did not start classes until 1801. UNC was founded in 1793 and opened in 1795. So, UGA was first to the scene, but UNC actually had classes 6 years sooner.  Either way, both are ancient by American standards.

Stadium Connections: T.C. Atwood designed UGA's Sanford Stadium largely after his previous stadium project, which was Keenan Stadium at UNC.  UVa's Scott Stadium was also designed with a similar layout.

Interstate Exchange: UGA has more out of state students from North Carolina than any other state. Likewise, UNC claims more out of staters from Georgia than any other state. 

Labor Day Weekend in's going to be too damn hot for bourbon, so go with the old 19th hole standby....The Transfusion. Sukumar from the Capital City Club Locker Room has agreed to share his recipe with us. Read carefully. 
1 part Grape Juice
1 part Fresca
7 parts Good Vodka
Splash of Sprite

Mix and pour over ice in a plastic cup from the snobbiest Atlanta club you can steal a plastic cup from. You can bet these will be flowing at 7 Harris Street and 1215 Piedmont well after you should have left for the game.

- Smart Rocks Peachtree GC Shirt at Post-Practice Presser.

We've come a long way from the Mark Richt Black-Dress-Shirt-and-Red-Tie days, people!

- Color on Color Matchup

The Dawgs and Heels will both be wearing their home colors on Saturday. 

- New Numbers to Know

Below are the numbers for some key newcomers you may see on the field Saturday:

- UNC Helmets

Never seen this before: UNC is putting native nation flags on the helmets of their international players.


Carolina's Blue and White are one of the best color combos out there. Here is the story behind Carolina Blue...

Through the nineteenth century, at UNC students were required to be members of either the Di or the Phi. These two literary and debate societies were both an academic and a social way of life at the time. It was traditional for students from the west of Chapel Hill to affiliate with the Di and students from the east to join the Phi. The Di’s color was light blue and the Phi’s was white....Ribbons of the appropriate societal color were also attached to the diplomas of graduates, as emblems of their time with the Di or Phi.

This Week's Featured Products:
From Miller Brothers:

Peter Millar e4 Performance Polos - $90
Smathers and Branson UGA Belt - $165
Smathers and Branson UGA Flask - $55
Peter Millar Embroidered UGA Belt - $100
From Onward Reserve:

UGA "On the Rocks" Club Stripe Polo (Multiple Colors) - $90






Previous School


Khris Francis





Durham, N.C. (Hillside)

The K

Chris Ripberger

Defensive Back




Greensboro, N.C. (Northern Guilford)

With a name like Ripberger, You better be above 190 lbs!

Mikey Bart

Defensive End




Buford, Ga. (Buford)

Double Lame First Name

Mason Veal

Offensive Guard




Charlotte, N.C. (Ardrey Kell)

Mason Ribeye is $13 Extra

Bentley Spain

Offensive Tackle




Charlotte, N.C. (Providence)

Proper Noun Names

Bug Howard

Wide Receiver




Rochelle, Ga. (Wilcox County)


Jordan Fieulleteau

Wide Receiver




Raleigh, N.C. (Wakefield)

Sounds like a Cajun Sex Act

It's been a long summer for your Colonel. After having intestinal surgery for eating more underwear than a homeless sex addict backstage at a Lane Bryant fashion show, and then getting kicked out of a few day boarding establishments, I enter the 2016 season rooting for only the scrappiest, meanest and game-iest tasting football teams.

Guard your loins, here are my gambling picks and rooting interests for Week One.

Clara Beth Shepley. Born to DGD's Sally and Collin Shepley on March 4, 2016 at 6:29 pm.

7lbs 1oz, 20 inches; University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital; Lexington, Kentucky.

"She's a purebred... And then some."

Kepler Jude Forester. Born to DGD's Morgan and Evan Forester on April 7, 2016 at 11:34 a.m.

Christchurch Women's Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand.
"He's only 4.5 months old, but is already 18 pounds which would make him a starting offensive lineman in the infant football league."
Lennox Varkey. Born to DGD Lauren Zimmerman Varkey and UNC Tar Heel Dax Varkey.

8 lbs, 8.5 ounces, born at Duke Regional Hospital at 11:11 p.m. on May 13, 2016.

"Lennox is a dawg thru and thru."

"Definitely. Now that Richt is gone we'll need to adopt a new scapegoat to blame our losses on -- Eason may have the pedigree to let us down in just the right way."

- Clement Cullens, Watersports Guide

"Start a what?"

- Zaxby McDougal, Facial Horticulturalist.

"Definitely Eason.  Lambert needs time to work on his application to be on The Bachelorette."

Emily Cunningham, Academic Tutor to Greyson Lambert

"Eason should not start against UNC. There are just too many freshman girls at stake. You'd hate to see a bad Week 1 showing throw his game off at Double Barrel for the rest of the semester. Go Dawgs!"

Tripp H'Doubler, Centaur

Never met the guy.

- Frank, my across the street neighbor.

- Jennifer Brett of the AJC

- Trey Bryant

- Scott Shannon


Gary Stokan wants to bring UGA back to the CFA Kickoff Game every 4-5 years.

David Andrews wins starting job as New England Patriots Center!

Chris Kirk, Brian Harman, Hudson Swafford, Russell Henley, Harris English, Kevin Kisner and Bubba Watson will be in action this week Deutsche Bank Championship. GATA boys, we are pulling for you to make it back home to Atlanta for the Tour Championship!

Brian Kemp won an early straw poll as the preferred GOP candidate for governor in 2018.

Kyle Wingfield draws parallels between tribalism in SEC Football and party politics.


"Predicting Georgia to lose to Bama in the SECCG and land in the Sugar Bowl is amusing. Thanks for the laugh. Now, according to Jimmy V., I just need to cry and think to have one hell of a day" - Terry C.
UGA's Must - See Campus Upgrades include the new Science Learning Center, the new Bolton, renovated Ramsey Center, and even more campus food outlets.
Uga Caretakers Hear Concerns Over English Bulldog Breeding.
UGA is no longer a "Top Party School" according to the Princeton Review. What a bumme
Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC is offering a one-hour course on "The Religion of SEC Football".

From the Professor -

"They will confess, for instance, that their parents find themselves not willing or able to go to church on Sunday because they're either too hung over from the game the day before or too worn out," Barr said. "Quite often the students reflect on why do I understand the rituals of football and don't even understand the rituals of the church service? Why don't I spend more time thinking about Jesus instead of whether (Clemson quarterback) Deshaun Watson will win the Heisman Trophy?"

Sounds like these kids' parents are way more fun than the kids themselves.
UGA is no longer Georgia's largest university by enrollment, that distinction now goes to Georgia State, which claims over 50,000 students.
Alabama has negotiated with an off-campus apartment complex that is adjacent to the practice fields to forbid residents from standing on their balconies during football practice.
Gene Wilder. 1933 - 2016.

"You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. They're people of the land. The common clay of the New West. You know - morons." - As "The Waco Kid" in Blazing Saddles

"Let's assume, just for the moment, that you are a dishonest man." - As Leo Bloom in The Producers

"No, it's pronounced "Fronkensteen."" - As Dr. Frederick von Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein

"The suspense is terrible. I hope it'll last." - As Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

That's All for This Week! 
Go Dawgs!!! Beat The Tar Heels!!!


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