Here are a few of my favorite old football traditions in Athens:
- Uga (see my last post)
- Silver Britches. An innovation of Coach Wally Butts (head coach in 1939), the pants make a great combination with the bright red jerseys the Bulldogs wear at home. The Bulldogs' silver britches have been referred to over the years in chants an banners, but the phrase really caught on in the 1950's. Coach Vince Dooley re-designed the uniform to have white pants, but the silver britches were re-instituted in 1980, the year the Bulldogs last won the National Championship.
- "Glory, Glory". The school fight song is one of the oldest and most lasting traditions in school history. It is sung to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," and has been sung at the games since the 1890's.
- Georgia Bulldogs Cheer. At some point during each game, the cheerleaders hold up signs on each half of the stadium to get everyone to change "Georgia" and "Bulldogs". It's simple but everyone gets really into it!
- Redcoat Band. The University's 375-member marching band which dates back to 1905 and has won numerous awards over the years.
- The Chapel Bell. In the 1890's, when the playing field was located only yards away, freshmen were ordered to ring the bell until midnight in celebration of a Bulldog victory. Fans, students, and alumni still rush to ring the "victory bell" after a win to this day. After last year's win against the rival Florida Gators, Georgia fans rang the bell with so much excitement that it actually broke.
- "How 'Bout Them Dawgs". This slogan become a popular battle cry of the Bulldogs in the 1970's, especially during the 1978 season when UGA had several remarkable, come-from-behind victories
- "Between the Hedges". This reference to UGA's Sanford Stadium dates back to the early 1930's when the now-famous hedges were only a foot high and had to be protected by a wooden fence.