A Thin Line

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Here's hoping you're better soon, Bruce

This season was tough for fans of University of Georgia football. The team finished 6-7, capping off the season with an embarrassing loss against the University of Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl, in which the Dawgs looked – and played – as if they just didn't want to be there.

The year started off rocky for the team's mascot spot as well. After the death of Uga VII, fans eagerly awaited the arrival of Uga VIII, who made his debut during the homecoming game against Vanderbilt in October. The new mascot was welcomed like a long-awaited hero. 

Then Uga missed the Liberty Bowl last month because of a gastrointestinal condition that prevented him from traveling with the team. Or so we thought. Further tests showed that the problem was much more serious.

Uga VIII, or Big Bad Bruce, has been diagnosed with lymphoma. He's being treated by specialists at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, headed up by Uga's namesake, Dr. Bruce Hollett, who's cared for the Uga line for years. 

If Uga VIII isn't better by the start of the next season, Russ, who filled in before, will jump in again. Russ is the half brother of Uga VII. He filled in during the final two games of the 2009 season after Uga VII's death, and during the first six games of the 2010 season. 

So until you're up and ready to put on that jersey again, Big Bad Bruce, I wish you the best. You're a damn good dog…

Posted: Jan 12 2011, 01:35 PM by Red On The Head | with no comments
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