Editor's Note Issue #6 Boise State
by Vance Leavy
It is with great care and even some nervousness that I kick
things off for this issue of Bulldawg Illustrated. Yes, we find ourselves
again starting the journey of another University of Georgia
Bulldogs football season. I often joke with people that the lead up
to the first football game is the best time of year because our beloved
boys in red and black are undefeated like everyone else in the land.
However, we all know that only one team can be crowned
champion of the SEC and the nation each year and that’s why my
stomach is churning as I tap away on my laptop. By Sunday our
hopes and dreams for a special season will either be off to a roaring
start or a gut-wrenching halt.
As Jeff Dantzler points out in his column on page 5, there are
a ton of advantages to playing a quality opponent when opening
the season. And oh boy, do our Bulldogs have that in the Boise
State Broncos. In just a short time, they’ve gone from being the
David of college football to now being one of the elite in America’s
Yes the task won’t be easy for the Dawgs, but you gotta think
the fan advantage in the Georgia Dome will have a lot to do with
the outcome. Because of this, we at BI went with two symbols of
Georgia football on our cover to remind the Bulldog Nation of their
part for the season opener.
You can only imagine how excited I was to learn that Jack
Davis had provided one of his famous drawings for this issue. And
is there not a better backdrop for the proud 2011 Bulldog riding
the Bronco than the Wrightsville, Ga. barn? Throughout the years,
the message on the dilapidating structure has inspired and amused
Bulldog fans traveling north to Athens on Highway 15 and the
caretakers of it have certainly delivered to begin the 2011 season.
GET ON THE BUS!
These three phrases should remind us all (fans, players and
coaches) that it’s time for the Bulldog Nation to rally and that begins
Saturday night in the Georgia Dome.
In this issue, everyone on the BI team has chipped in to provide
some awesome content that is sure to have everyone ready
for the big game.
On the football front, our coverage
includes the game preview (page
6), the Five Key/rosters pullout (page
12, 13), three pages (16, 17 and 18)
about Boise State and the Top 25 (page
20). And if you’re looking for some
bulletin board material, then definitely
don’t’ miss the Boise State fan on the
Scouting Report page raising the question
on a message board, “Does your
football team even resemble an SEC
program anymore”? Wow, that’s a bold statement. I guess we shall
soon find out!
And hopefully by now, everyone out there knows an issue of
BI isn’t complete without some social/lifestyle coverage. On page
four, Murray Poole is kicking off a series he will write this football
season about various fans throughout the Bulldog Nation. Unfortunately
his subject for this issue, Tom Lively, is no longer with us.
Murray’s tribute to Mr. Lively seemed like the perfect way to begin
the series because there wasn’t a man who loved Georgia football
more. And for all the right reasons. Enjoy.
And if you happen to shed a tear or two reading about Mr
Lively, then you better hang onto your Kleenex when reading Travis
Ragsdale’s wrap-up (page 21) of a very special event that occurred
in Athens last week. The football coaches’ wives joined forces with
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in support of one of their own, the
For the tailgaters out there, be sure not to miss Cheri’s “In the
Kitchen” feature on Henry Worthy of St. Simons. Henry is a perfectionist
with his cooking and his Mexican Green Chili should
score big with your gameday crew.
I would mention our picture pages, but by now, you’ve probably
grown tired of my long-windedness and have already found
them. Nonetheless for the readers bearing with me, don’t miss our
shots from the Suits & Sneakers event (page 8,9), the UGA Relay
for Life kickoff (page 7) and Picture Day at Sanford Stadium (page
Whew … that pretty much covers everything, except for two
First, I’m pleased to remind folks that our Bulldawg Leaders
feature series is back again this football season. However we begin
the series a little different this year. Rather than beginning with one
player and his parents answering questions, we decided to let Ben
Jones talk about all the players that we will be featuring over the
next three months. Ben is a real ham with the media and didn’t
disappoint with his answers. However, I hope you’re like me after
reading them and come out of it feeling like this 2011 team is a very
close-knit group who have the capability for something special.
That leads me to my final item and that’s Coach Richt. Give
the man credit as he has faced the last few disappointing seasons
head on with a renewed rigor and passion for 2011. Through a
meeting with the Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith and the
book he recommended, The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon, Richt has
his players focused on getting on a bus where no negativity is allowed.
Now it’s time for those players to represent their coach with
exceptional play so that everyone in the Bulldog Nation can have
the ride of their lives. Stop number one begins Saturday night at 8
p.m in Atlanta. Get on the bus and I’ll see you there!!!