Georgia Bulldogs at Missouri Tigers First-Half Game Night Open Comment Thread

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The moment has arrived. The Georgia Bulldogs’ defense of their 2011 Eastern Division title commences this evening with the Missouri Tigers’ first-ever SEC outing.

This will be your first-half thread. Your friendly neighborhood moderators will be opening up subsequent threads as the need arises, most likely during halftime and at the end of the game. You will be kept informed in this thread of moves to subsequent threads.

Everything is in readiness, so all that remains is to name this week’s Dawg Sports honorary game captain. The choice, of course, is clear: Athens’s own "Peerless Pilot," Fran Tarkenton, who capped off the Red and Black’s 1959 SEC championship campaign by guiding the Classic City Canines to victory in the 1960 Orange Bowl. Tarkenton led the ‘Dawgs on two scoring drives of 62 and 71 yards, the first of which began with the junior quarterback’s 17-yard return of a quick kick to set Georgia up at the opposition’s 38 yard line. Later in that possession, Tarkenton connected with right halfback Bill McKenny for a 29-yard touchdown strike on third and 14. The Bulldogs went on to win, 14-0, in their first series meeting with Mizzou. The second takes place tonight.

Join in the conversation, hope history repeats itself, and cheer on the Athenians as they open this new chapter for the Southeastern Conference.

Go ‘Dawgs!

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