Stand in Section 103 of Sanford Stadium Saturday for Georgia footballThe Kent State game will be a man wearing a T-shirt that says “Cheerio & Go Dawgs”.
Will be the first Chris Biggs bulldog Game After traveling about 4,500 miles from Scotland to Atlanta and then up the road to Athens.
The Edinburgh resident arrived in the US for the first time late Wednesday.
“It’s a beautiful, wonderful city,” Biggs said of Athens. “I wasn’t expecting it to be as beautiful as it is. Everyone was so generous and welcoming, Southern hospitality is a really nice thing. I was really amazed.”
Biggs, better known as British Bulldog On Twitter, he has gained a prominent following on the podium in recent years as he shares his dedication to football in Georgia.
He credits the NFL for the growth of American football in the UK in recent years, but it has been the most interesting.
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Biggs, a government employee in Edinburgh, finds ESPN’s College Gameday every week and tunes in to one afternoon in Scotland.
Watching Nick Chap, Todd Gurley and Sonny Michel as they perform in their later years to Mark Richt as head coach is what convinced him to focus on the Bulldogs in 2014. He now considers American football his greatest passion.
“It’s an amazing product,” said Biggs, a Manchester United football fan. “College football, to me, feels more real. And that tradition goes with it. Perhaps the passion of the fans is not like anything else. The Bulldog Nation is full of absolutely passionate fans. Like when we follow English football or soccer. I really appreciate it. Really. One thing led to another and now it’s a bit of an obsession.”
Biggs, who was born and raised in southwest England, sold about 200 “Cheerio & Go Dawgs” T-shirts to fund his trip to the United States.
He has also had many UGA football supporters who have helped make his journey special.
Dwight Standridge of Bulldogs Battling Breast Cancer hosted Bigs in Jefferson for a few nights. He even had a run at Sanford Stadium for Biggs on Thursday, and he faced tight ends Brock Powers And the Oscar Delep Standridge asked them to sign a number of items for his charitable foundation.
Biggs kicked off Thursday with Mama’s Boy, “who put me in a very good place” before enjoying the sights in Athens, including a visit to The Arch and a tour of the stadium.
Bigs said he was taken to the Royal Peasant in Five Points for a taste of the house that “was different, I’ll give it that.” A few pints at Creature Comforts capped the night.
“It’s so cool and I love the handcrafted beer,” he said.
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Bigs started watching Georgia games through BT’s partnership with ESPN which featured several American football matches. Sports Network app is another way to stream games. If all else fails, he can usually arrange a VPN that allows him to find and view the game on his TV.
The noon kickoff is perfect for Biggs, who can tune in around 5pm local time in Edinburgh. It’s games like January’s National Tournament where his true passion for Georgia is on display.
“I couldn’t miss it and took (Tuesday) off work,” Biggs said. “It probably ended up around five in the morning here. It was crazy, but so much fun.”
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Bigs plans to jump from the back door to the back door on Saturday to join the people he met on Twitter who invited him to come. He’ll take the Dawg Walk and then enjoy what should be an easy victory for Georgia.
He returned to the UK on Monday after five nights in Athens, although he would prefer to stay a little longer and do it again.
“In hindsight, it doesn’t seem like long enough,” Biggs said. “There is so much to do here. Athens is a vibrant city, it’s a very cool place with so much to do, so many things to see and so much to eat. It doesn’t seem like that long at all.”