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Encyclopedia > Uga (mascot)
Uga V on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Uga (pronounced UH-GUH) is the name of a lineage of white Bulldogs owned by Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler, which have served as the mascot of the University of Georgia since 1956. Although the University is located in Athens, Georgia, Uga lives with the Seilers in Savannah, Georgia. Image File history File links Mascot2. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... For other uses, see Bulldog (disambiguation). ... Frank W. Sonny Seiler is a Savannah lawyer who, despite much success in the courtroom, is best known as one of the owners of a line of canine royalty. ... The University of Georgia (UGA) is the largest institution of higher learning in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Athens (disambiguation). ... Savannah redirects here. ...


The dogs, tended by members of the Seiler family, are present at every Georgia Bulldogs home American football game, most away games, and many University-related functions. Uga wears a spiked collar and a red jersey with varsity letter. Uga is very, very friendly and loves to lick children who attend the games. His jersey is made from the same fabric as the players' official game jerseys. Uga is even issued an official student identification card. Uga travels in style in an air conditioned dog house, as the breed is susceptible to heat stroke (a problem in the humid southeastern United States). University of Georgia athletics logo The University of Georgia (UGA) has one of the nations top athletic programs, competing in the Southeastern Conference. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Note: in the broadest sense, air conditioning can refer to any form of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. ...


In addition to Uga, a person in the costume of a bulldog in football gear also performs as "Hairy Dawg" on the sidelines at University of Georgia football games.


To date, there have been six dogs to carry the name "Uga", which is derived from an abbreviation for the University of GeorgiA. Each is the son of his predecessor. Deceased Ugas are interred in a mausoleum near the main entrance to Sanford Stadium. The current presiding Uga is Uga VI, the son of Uga V, who died in 1999. St. ... Sanford Stadium is the on-campus playing venue for football at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. ...

  • Uga I ("Hood's Ole Dan," 1956-1966) - the original, a descendant of a Bulldog that accompanied the Georgia football team to its Rose Bowl victory and national championship in 1942.
  • Uga II ("Ole Dan's Uga," 1966-1972) - two SEC titles (1966 & 1968).
  • Uga III ("Seiler's Uga Three," 1972-1981) - presided over Georgia's second national championship season in 1980 and two SEC championships (1975 & 1980); had the most victories against ranked opponents (12).
  • Uga IV ("Uga III's Magillicuddy/Seiler's Uga Four," 1981-1990) - was the first live mascot ever invited to a Heisman trophy presentation in 1982 when, while wearing a tux, Uga IV accompanied Herschel Walker to the Downtown Athletic Club; two SEC championships (1981 & 1982).
    • Otto ("The Substitute," 1986) - When Uga IV injured his left hind knee jumping off a hotel bed before a contest against Vanderbilt in 1986 his older brother Otto replaced him for 4 games, going 3-1. [1]
  • Uga V ("Uga IV's Magillicuddy II," 1990-1999) - portrayed his father, Uga IV, in the motion picture "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1997; propelled to the national spotlight when he lunged at an Auburn wide receiver, Robert Baker, during a game in 1996.
  • Uga VI ("Uga V's Whatchagot Loran," 1999-present) - two SEC championships (2002 & 2005).
Uga VI Official Photo
Uga VI Official Photo

The names "Magillicuddy" and "Whatchagot Loran" were given in honor of longtime Georgia icons Dan Magill and Loran Smith, respectively (when lead radio announcer Larry Munson calls Smith for a sideline report, he asks "Whatchagot Loran?"). The Rose Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game, usually played on January 1 (New Years Day) at the stadium of the same name in Pasadena, California. ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... Herschel Walker (born March 3, 1962 in Wrightsville, Georgia) is a former professional American football player in the United States Football League and the National Football League. ... The Downtown Athletic Club was an athletic club in Lower Manhattan. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Auburn University (AU or Auburn) is a state university located in Auburn, Alabama, USA. With more than 24,100 students and 1,200 faculty, it is the largest university in the state,[5] and according to U.S. News & World Report, has a selectivity rating of more selective. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Dan Magill Daniel Hamilton Dan Magill, Jr. ... Larry Munson (born September 28, 1922) is a famous sports announcer and talk-show host who has been based in Atlanta for over four decades. ...


See also

Bulldog is a collective name for various breeds of dog. ... A documentary detailing the history of the Uga dynasty entitled Damn Good Dog, has been produced by Nowhere Productions, directed by Erica McCarthy. ...

External links

Other reading

  • A Damn Good Dog Turns 50!, by Dawn Downes in the October, 2006 Atlanta DogLife Magazine (link to magazine)

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