August 2012 Archives

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Happy Gameday Eve, Bulldog Nation! Hopefully you're all excited about tomorrow's season opener vs. Buffalo as Georgia is finally about to tee it up Between the Hedges in 2012!

Along those lines we've introduced something new this season that will ideally make your gameday social media experience better when it comes to following the Dawgs! We invite you to join us in using game-specific hashtags on Twitter when tweeting about the Bulldogs. The hashtags will give you a way to continue showing your support on social media, while the new tags will let you see what everyone else is saying about that week's game and join in the conversation! The list of hashtags is here:

Buffalo: #UGAvBUFF
Missouri: #UGAvMIZZ
Vanderbilt: #UGAvVANDY
Tennessee: #UGAvTENN
S. Carolina: #UGAvSC
Kentucky: #UGAvUK
Florida: #UGAvUF
Ole Miss: #UGAvOM
Auburn: #UGAvAUB
Georgia Southern: #UGAvGSU
Georgia Tech: #UGAvGT

Thanks so much in advance for your support and please let us know by tweeting @UGAHedgesBlog how it goes for you! Try it out today as you start getting excited for tomorrow's game! We'll have updates all day tomorrow on our official UGA account (@UGAAthletics).

As always, GO DAWGS!

Getting better in 2012-13

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Good morning, Bulldog Nation. Looking around campus and the athletic complexes this week, and even just driving through town and seeing how many more people are around, it's obvious that the academic year is upon us. Football practice is in full swing, the soccer team is scrimmaging this Friday night, all the facilities have about finished their off-season upgrades, and... the UGA Athletic Association has completed some workshops in hopes of improving itself for the coming year. 

Last week several staff members spent a night at Lake Lanier, listening to speakers Carl Swearingen, Genie Chamberlin, and Carole Middlebrooks address the topics of team-building, customer service, and even a little bit of thinking outside the box. One thing Carl said that stuck with me, in particular, was that just because something has always been done a certain way, doesn't mean it's the right way. It was interesting to hear him, as a long-time Georgia season ticket holder, mention examples of things he's observed that he feels could be improved. One of his points was that sometimes companies, businesses, organizations, and the like get stuck in the same rut, and it was good to hear an outside perspective ask us why we do certain things or why we do them that way. The takeaway was that if you don't have a good answer, it may be time to change, adapt, and make a new plan of attack, and that's an attitude that will make UGA Athletics better.

The day also included team-building exercises such as building boats out of nothing but cardboard and duct tape and racing them across the hotel's pool. And, some karaoke - which included a guest rendition of "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" by our own Greg McGarity. We've got the pictures to prove it! (We'll save those for another day...)

Yesterday, the UGAAA met for lunch and a talk by Dr. Earl Suttle, who had some "Earl's Pearls" of wisdom on leadership and staying positive for a better work environment and overall growth and success of the team. Both retreats were good for us to evaluate ways to get better, and to make sure Georgia fans get a good experience when they come to our games, that student-athletes have a good experience playing here, that other UGA students are proud to say they attend this university, and that everyone is proud to be a part of the Bulldog Nation.

We're all looking forward to a very exciting 2012-13, and can't wait for you to be a part of it with us!

Go Dawgs!

Inside Georgia Football Media Day

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As I'm sure you've seen and heard, today marked the official start to the 2012 Georgia Football season, the first day of training camp as well as Media Day - with head coach Mark Richt and a delegation of players meeting with print, radio, TV, and online outlets to talk about the season. Here's a quick look at what went on:

At 11:15 a.m., media (and the players) ate lunch in the multi-purpose room of the new indoor football practice facility.

At noon, Coach Richt met with the print and radio media, and during that time the players visited with TV. The players then took their turn with the print and radio reporters on the second floor of the Butts-Mehre building, while Coach Richt stopped with TV.

There were probably about 50 media members on hand in all. It's definitely a crazy day, with all hands on deck from the Sports Communications office as well as our new media team from IMG Sports Properties. We each have responsibilities to make sure the day goes smoothly, from transcribing and distributing quotes, to escorting players to their next location, posting photos to Facebook, or whatever it may be. But it's also a very exciting day, signaling that summer is over, the fall is here, and football season (as well as the other fall sports) is just around the corner. Just 30 days from today the Bulldogs kick off the 2012 season against Buffalo on Sept. 1. It will be here before we know it!

That's it for now - we are headed down to the field for Georgia's first practice. The Bulldogs will go today in shorts and helmets, no pads.

More to come on our official Twitter - @UGAHedgesBlog.

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