Usually, the only time you might think about "UGA" and "Rushmore" being used in the same context would be an imaginary conversation like the following:
Sideline Reporter: "Coach Dooley, in the first half you ran the ball 35 times and passed the ball twice. What do you plan to do in the second half?"But ESPN's latest "dead sports season" gimmick has been creating a "Mount Rushmore" of sports for each and every state in the union. You can see the results of the motherland's granite visages here. Really, it's damned hard to argue with the 4 names they came up with. If I was asked to come up with the top 4 legendary figures in Georgia sports, I would have probably drawn the same conclusions.
Coach Vince Dooley: "Rush more."
Keeping the meme in the family, ESPN SEC blogger Chris Low did the same thing, but limiting the parameters to college football. The choices for UGA were:
- Vince Dooley: He's the most successful coach in Georgia history and also juggled athletic director duties for much of his career.
- Larry Munson: His famous calls over the radio airwaves are as much a part of Georgia lore as any coach or player.
- Uga: He's been dubbed as the nation's most well-known mascot. Uga VII debuted during the 2008 season.
- Herschel Walker: Many consider him the greatest player in SEC history. He attained near-mythical status as a freshman in 1980.
The Fabulous Freebird and I were exchanging emails this week about this very topic, and couldn't find much fault with the selections. But what if we narrowed the scope to only include players? One take on that very topic is here.
Okay, we really only have 3 spots to debate, because Herschel is a given. What do we do with the other three? You would almost certainly have to include a player from the modern renaissance of the program under Mark Richt, and the obvious choices are the Davids, Greene and Pollack. But how can you make a Sophie's Choice between those two? Personally, I would go with the winningest QB in college football history, but that's really like a 50.1% to 49.9% edge in my book, and I could easily be swayed to go with the choice on D.
So now we have to select two from the remainder of the UGA tapestry. Sinkwich and Tarkenton are solid choices, no doubt. Others that Freebird and I kicked around include (in no particular order):
What do y'all think? After 34, who should we immortalize on the mountainside?