I got a couple of responses to my banner bleg post yesterday, and while they’re not exactly on point, they’ll certainly do until exactly comes along.
The first came from Jason Hasty, who specializes in Georgia athletics history at the Hargrett Library. (And if I can take a moment here to digress — Dawg fans, if you don’t already know this, you are lucky to have an incredible resource chronicling Georgia football in the Hargrett Library. If that’s of interest, make yourself familiar with it.)
Jason spent time with Coach Dooley compiling an oral history and as part of it, touched on the making of “Dooley’s Junkyard Dogs”.
Dayum! Impromptu. Completely impromptu. I can only imagine how Dooley took that in on the spot. (Too bad nobody filmed that whole scene.)
I still find it a shame that UGA has chosen to shunt James Brown aside. Here’s one of the most influential musicians this country has produced in the last half-century, a Dawg fan who created an iconic song about Georgia football that’s not even a footnote at games anymore. It would seem that the least the school could do is play the song at the season opener when they dedicate the field to Coach Dooley.
But I digress. Again.
Oh, the shirt? Jason has something about that, too.
If I remember correctly (and this might be in the video or it might have been in private conversation), Coach Dooley mentioned to me that he always had trouble finding ‘G’ logo clothing, so he found Gucci with its ‘G’ and bought a lot of that to wear.
To think that if Gucci had played its cards correctly, it could have been Nike before Nike. Ah, well.
I am grateful to Jason and his good work here. You should be, too.
Many thanks also to reader Boz, who spoke with a friend in the athletic department who independently confirmed the above.
And if there’s anyone out there who can tell us anything about the banner, I’m still interested.