Mascot Bracket: Uga versus Cayenne
Uga is the official live mascot of the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Since 1956, all the dogs serving as Uga have been part of a lineage of English Bulldogsowned by Sonny Seiler.
The Uga mascot line started in 1956 when Seiler brought a bulldog that was given to him as a wedding present to Georgia’s first home game of the season. Afterwards, head coach Wally Butts asked his permission to use the dog as Georgia’s mascot, and around the same time a college friend, Billy Young, suggested that he name it Uga, a play on the common abbreviation of the University of Georgia, UGA. Since then, every Uga has been owned by and lived with the Seiler family in Savannah, Georgia.
Traditionally, the current Uga is present at every Georgia Bulldogs home football game, many away games, and other University-related functions and sports events, and usually wears a spiked collar and red jersey with varsity letter. The red jersey is Uga’s typical “uniform,” though he wears a green jersey on St. Patrick’s Day. Other special appearances include 1982, when Uga IV attended theHeisman Trophy Ceremony in New York City wearing a tuxedo, and 2007, when Uga VI wore a black jersey for the “blackout” game against Auburn University. Uga’s jersey is made from the same fabric as the players’ official game jerseys, and he even has an official student identification card. He has a custom-built air conditioned dog house at Sanford Stadium and typically sits on or near bags of ice at games, as bulldogs are susceptible to heat stroke (a problem in the humid southeastern United States).
Cayenne is a “spirit leader” of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns athletic teams. He is an anthropomorphic Cayenne pepper (a staple dish of theAcadiana region in which Louisiana-Lafayette is located).
Louisiana-Lafayette does not have an official mascot. In recent years the university has had several mascots including live bulldogs (when the athletic teams were named the Bulldogs), Mr. Ragin’ Cajun (animated), and the Fabulous Cajun Chicken (the most popular mascot in the history of the school). Cayenne was created using an “out of the box” method. Instead of being a physical representation of Ragin’ Cajuns, like most mascots are, Cayenne is the embodiment of the Ragin’ Cajun spirit of Acadiana.
Cayenne was introduced in 2000, and changes clothes depending on what sporting event he’s at, e.g., he wears a Ragin’ Cajun football uniform at the football games, and a Louisiana-Lafayette basketball jersey for the basketball games.