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Authors to Sign Book at Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
Authors to Sign Book at Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

 

Sonny Seiler and Kent Hannon will be at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, September 9th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM to sign copies of their recently released book, Damn Good Dogs! The Real Story of Uga, the University of Georgia’s Bulldog Mascots.  Seiler is the owner of the English bulldogs that have served as the University of Georgia’s mascot since 1956.  Hannon is an author who has written for Sports Illustrated and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The name Uga is synonymous with the Georgia Bulldogs, a perennial powerhouse among the top college football teams in the country. These English bulldogs are so revered that when they die, they are buried in a mausoleum at Sanford Stadium. But Uga is also a family pet, and Damn Good Dogs! gives readers a rare glimpse into the personal history of these nationally acclaimed mascots.

Filled with colorful anecdotes—such as Uga V’s famous lunge at an Auburn player, his appearance in several Hollywood films, and Sports Illustrated’s decision to put him on the cover of its 1997 college sports issue—Damn Good Dogs! provides the backstory to more than fifty years of collegiate sports history.

Uga is undoubtedly one of the most recognized mascots in collegiate sports.  UGA athletic director Greg McGarity knows how important the Bulldog mascot is.  “There are certain things in sports that need no explanation…Uga’s one of them.  He’s an icon.”  Head football coach Mark Richt had this to say about the book.  “Our mascot represents everything we want our players to be—proud, loyal, tenacious, fierce, relentless, and a great representative of the university. This book captures all of these attributes.”

Wherever Georgia plays football, its famous mascot is there. At home games he stays cool in an air-conditioned doghouse or sits perched atop a bag of ice. When Herschel Walker won the Heisman Trophy in 1982, Uga IV became the only four-legged attendee at the Heisman banquet. And that—believe it or not—is just a small part of the history of the Georgia mascots.

Lavishly illustrated with more than 500 photos and images of memorabilia from the Seilers’ private collection, this edition features more than 80 new pages of material on Uga VI, Uga VII, Uga VIII, and Russ, the super sub—including an Uga VIII photo album that is sure to be a fan favorite.

 

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