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Baseball First Pitch Gala photos • Spotlight on Mike Fitzgerald • Daniel Peiken’s Music Picks • Yacht Rock Revue photos

Athens

the sports and social scene beyond the hedges

Hoop Dawgs fan photos • Travis Ragsdale’s 411 on UGA athletics • Lady Dawgs fan photos • Jeff Dantzler


Athens

the sports and social scene beyond the hedges

ISSUE 3 - FEBRUARY 7, 2012

publisher Vance Leavy

Enjoying the tastes, sounds and sports of this town

With the Super Bowl and another UGA football signing class in the books, there’s no better time to get out in Athens for all that she offers. And boy isn’t it amazing the variety of things there are to do in this incredible town. If you don’t believe me, then just take a look at this issue of BI Athens. On page 10, you have realtor by day, music junkie by night, Daniel Peiken showing our readers where he’s been lately on the concert circuit. And even better his recommendations on what bands to go see in the coming weeks? I must say Cheri and I are pretty jealous of the seat Daniel had a few weeks back for the Widespread Panic shows in Atlanta. His photos definitely show how intimate the acoustic only shows must have been. Happy 26th Anniversary to a beloved Athens’ jam band. Isn’t it nice how music reinvigorates the soul, no matter what your age? For the folks that attended the Georgia Theatre recently for the Yacht Rock Revue show, you know exactly what I’m talking about. From college kids to folks on the wrong side of 30, 40 and 50, the dynamic and groovy sounds of the ’70s are always a crowd pleaser. Particularly, when wearing polyester and platform shoes. The Theatre was certainly rocking that

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evening. But as I already stated above, Athens has something for everyone, which is why it’s so cool. The same night that folks were getting their groove on at Yacht Rock at the Theatre, David Perno, his team and several hundred of their supporters were at the Classic Center to kickoff the 2012 Diamond Dogs season. If you believe what Jeff Dantzler says (which I do) on page four, 2012 could be special for Perno and company. They are loaded with talent and experience on the mound, in the field and in the batter’s box, which should make for an exciting spring and summer at Foley Field. Make your plans now, not to miss the great, American sound of a baseball coming off a bat. But as baseball cranks up, there’s still a ton of action left for all the other UGA sports that are in full swing right now. On page 8, Travis Ragsdale gives our readers his 411 on several of the teams. Our lady’s basketball, gymnastics and tennis teams are all at the top of their trade and have legitimate shots at deep runs once the post-season arrives. And don’t let me forget about equestrian, which is poised to go after another national title. And the same goes for Manny Diaz’ men’s tennis team. And you can’t leave out Bauerle’s swimmers and Haack

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and Hester’s golfers. All of these sports and their studentathletes are on display about every day somewhere in Athens. Do yourself and your family a favor and get to one real soon. While I would like to sell you on the prospect of maybe taking your significant other to a UGA sports event for that beloved holiday that’s on the horizon, I realize that probably won’t win your sweetheart over. So for those of you (like me), who haven’t done much thinking about corporate America’s greatest, manufactured holiday, fear not as Cheri and our interns have a few ideas for you on page 6. While on that page, also enjoy reading about an Athens’ power couple … Kate and Ken Cook. Well, I’m out of space, which is a good thing as I still have plenty of other things to tweak throughout this issue to avoid hate emails from my printer. But before I say goodbye, I do want to encourage everyone in town to head to the Classic Center on Feb. 19 for the Taste of Athens. It is so special how so many great eateries give their time to support such a worthy cause. And for everyone on the receiving end of all that yummy food … what a great way to truly get the Taste of Athens in one fun-filled evening!

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UGA Baseball First Pitch Gala Lisa and Keith Maloof

Ronnie Cone, Zach Cone and Janet Cone

Lele and Mitchell Boggs

Jordan Hammer, Becca Allison, Hairy Dawg, Teryn Keller and Emily Edwards

Jennifer and Randy Geoghagan

Tim and Cheryl Fallaw

Mike and Betty Devore

Cole and Kelley Barks

Jane and Tommy Boggs, Nancy and Rob Estes

An evening of fashions to benefit Hope Haven

Thursday, March 22, 2012 Athens Country Club TIME:

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Five Days of FREE Valentine Bouquets Open Sunday 1:00-5:00 in Athens Downtown Athens on Clayton Street and Parkside Commons at Lake Oconee Bulldawg Illustrated Athens

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The GURU

2012 season should be a dandy for Perno’s Dawgs

Jeff Dantzler

Opening day is upon us. Georgia opens the 2012 baseball season on Friday February 17th, in the first of a three-game set with the Presbyterian College Blue Hose. Coming off of last year’s memorable campaign, returning top notch talent on the mound, at the plate, and in the field, expectations and hopes are sky high this spring. The Bulldogs are ranked as high as 11th nationally in the preseason polls. Entering his 11th year at the helm, David Perno has guided the Bulldogs to three College World Series, a pair of Southeastern Conference championships and six of the school’s 11 all-time NCAA Tournament appearances, including three in the last four years. Under his direction, Georgia has enjoyed excellence, stability and excitement – something that a long time sleeping giant of a program was in dire need of. Adding to the excitement this year is a typically tough schedule – last year’s was far and away the country’s most difficult – featuring a whopping 36 home dates. All four non-conference series to start the year prior to opening Southeastern Conference play are at home, including a highly anticipated series with PAC-12 power UCLA. The opportunity is there for the Bulldogs to put together a nice record before jumping into the grind of the toughest league in the land. Note that Georgia’s No. 11 national ranking is sixth amongst SEC schools. Talk about a tough conference. Four different schools – Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Florida – have played in the finals of the College World Series the last four years. And this season, the league looks tougher than ever. Here’s how the Bulldogs figure to line up and contend for the conference crown and make the push for a deep run in June:

Outfield Georgia return sophomore centerfielder Conor Welton, who had a fine freshman season, and senior Peter Verdin, who has excellent speed. Verdin can play either corner outfield spot. The other projected starter is Hunter Cole, a talented true freshman who likely would have been selected in the first three to four rounds of the Major League Draft, but sent out a letter to big league clubs expressing that would absolutely be coming to college at Georgia. Ideally, the Dogs would love for Verdin to hit leadoff throughout the season because of his blazing speed and gap power. Welton was terrific batting second down the stretch last season, and with his speed, ability to the other way and excellent eye at the plate, he figures to be right back in the two spot this year. With All-American candidates Kyle Farmer (.308, 8 HR, 58 RBI’s in 2011) and Levi Hyams (.332-5-38) projected in the three and four spots, the top of the Georgia lineup has the potential to be one of the SEC’s best. Cole and designated hitter Brett Deloach figure to bat in the fifth and sixth holes. Infield With Farmer at shortstop and Hyams at second base, Georgia’s middle infield is one of the country’s best both at the plate and in the field. Multi-talented Curt Powell, who can play several positions, is back in the hot corner, giving Georgia’s infield superb range. First base will be manned by a pair of seniors, Colby May and Jonathan Hester. Catcher Sophomore Brandon Stephens and senior Joey Delmonico

return behind the plate. Stephens and Welton gave Georgia big lifts as freshmen. One of Stephens highlights was driving in the game-winning run in Georgia’s NCAA Regional victory over Creighton in Corvallis, Oregon. Pitcher The aces are back. Junior lefty Alex Wood and senior righthander Michael Palazzone are back to anchor the rotation, and Tyler Maloof, who had 18 saves, returns to his role as fireman. Palazzone was one of the nation’s top pitchers last season, going 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA. And he was better than those numbers. With a break here or there, he could have easily posted a mark in the 14-2 range. Amongst his highlights last season was a 34-inning stretch with a walk. Blake Dieterich is slated to fill the Sunday spot in the rotation, while Bryan Benzor, an unsung hero from last season, is one of the league’s top set-up men. Georgia has also welcomed in numerous young arms who figure to add a great deal of depth to the staff. The Bulldogs have done a fine job recruiting and one of the strengths of this year’s team should be contributions from all four classes. Georgia’s frontline talent is certainly amongst the best in the SEC, and the improved depth lends the potential for this team to do something special. There could be a bunch of that Foley Field magic of the 2000s in the air for 2012 as the Bulldogs eye another program first – four NCAA Tournament appearances in a five year stretch. It’s been a great thrill for me to call so many great moments through the years, and I’m fully confident that this will be a season to remember.

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Hoop Dawgs Vs. Kentucky Ansley Perno and Kaeti Lindsay

Amanda Gould and James Moree

Pierce Persons, Hillary Bridges and Caroline Hill

Dax Langley and Steven Farmer

Alex Raffalovich and Jon Jenkins

Caroline Mann and Demi Fitzgerald

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Eric Harris and Jay Rolfe

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Dear St. Valentine

By Janell Niederriter guide

Surprises for your Sweetheart

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and even if you aren’t a fan of the “Hallmark Holiday” you can take advantage of this day to show your sweetheart, or a friend, a little love. If you have the time to create a self-made surprise then by all means make a card, a picture of the two of you in a decorated frame or even a home-cooked meal. If your life is anything like mine however, you may need a little help from your friendly Athens’ stores for some gift-giving advice. Head out for a romantic dinner at our awesome local eateries. Surprise your sweetheart!

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A cute jar of cookies is a sweet treat from plainjane Designs!

Flowers are an easy way to brighten her day. Send her the ‘Captured My Heart’ Bouquet from Flowerland and she’ll love the mix of spring colors.

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Athens Power Couple Kate and Ken Cook There’s no denying it. Athens is a town of movers and shakers and is unlike anywhere else. Taking a closer look at some of the people who make it so unique revealed that there seem to be quite a few couples that are hard at work making sure local businesses thrive in the Athens community. Dr. Ken Cook of Chiropractic Works and Kate Cook, owner of ARTini’s, are not only two successful business owners in their own right, but they are quite the Athens power couple when you put them together. Ken has a long-standing history with not only Athens, but also the University of Georgia. He was a scholarship gymnast here and graduated from the University in 1987 with a degree in exercise physiology. After graduating Life Chiropractic College in 1992, Ken stayed in Atlanta where he eventually met and married his wife, Kate. The two lived together in Alpharetta until the opportunity to take over a practice in Athens presented P[ZLSM0YVUPJHSS`LUV\NOP[^HZ[OLWYHJ[PJL2LUOHKÄYZ[ interned for when he was in college. The couple decided it was time for a change and found themselves back in Athens in 2009. When talking to Ken about what he offers his patients, it’s hard to ignore the passion he has for both OPZ^VYRHUKWLVWSL^OPJOPZL_LTWSPÄLKPU[OH[OLZ[PSS sees some of the same patients today that he treated as an intern. Having suffered injuries of his own as a college athlete, he provides his clients a unique blend of chiropractic, exercise physiology and rehabilitative techniques. He is also the only spinal decompression expert for

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ARTini’s, which will be celebrating its 10 month anniversary this February, gives people a unique artbased experience here in Athens. Kate says, “being that there are a lot of these concepts out there, we’ve tried to set ourselves apart by being a gallery as well and hosting local art.” During an evening at ARTini’s, Kate, or one of her other two staff members, will instruct you step by step on creating your own work of art and then you get to leave with your creation at the end of the night. On top of that, you also get the opportunity to be exposed to some local artists you might not get to see otherwise. It’s KLÄUP[LS`HM\UHUK\UPX\LJVTIPUH[PVU;OLMHJ[[OH[`V\ get to sip wine while you paint doesn’t hurt either. As they seem to be completely invested in their growing businesses, a night off doesn’t come often, but when it does, they love the chance to hang out in Athens with friends. Some of their favorite restaurants include Farm 255, The National and The Royal Peasant. When they feel like dancing, Kate claims Go Bar is the best and only place to go, adding that they play the perfect mix of music. It was clear talking to both Ken and Kate that they love what they do and the town they do it in, but also that they have tremendous love and respect for each other. Ever the team, Ken is Kate’s “free help” when she has a lot on her plate and he made sure to mention she logged long hours too, helping him get his practice going. An obvious power couple, they might just be the perfect couple too.


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Randy Greene and Erik Kahlstorf

Bert Hill, David Dukes and Tom Allen

Mike and Kelley Blanton

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Cullen Osteen, Aimee Gilbert and Hadley Greene

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The 5th Annual Sweetheart Duets Hoot



6th Annual Valentine’s Dinner & Evening w/ Francine Reed & Java Monkey



The Athens Circle of Songwriters



Passafire with Lowdive



Mardi Gras Athens 2012 post party concert



Modern Skirts With T. Hardy Morris (of Dead Confederate) & The Outfit



Evening with David Mayfield Parade



Tab Benoit FAT TUESDAY celebration



Dash Rip Rock



Protect Athens Music Conference



An Acoustic Evening with Mike Cooley (of the Drive-By Truckers)



Totally 80’s party with The Highballs



8th Annual Foundry Park Inn & Spa Bridal Show and Tasting



Carbon Leaf with Tim Brantley



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Travis Ragsdale’s 411 on University of Georgia athletics By Travis Ragsdale Baseball Baseball is about to get started and it can’t come soon enough. The first series of the year will begin against Presbyterian College on February 17. They’ll be in town all weekend and then in-state opponent Georgia State will visit the friendly confines of Foley Field on Wednesday, February 22. The Diamond Dogs will stay in Athens the rest of the month with Winthrop, Savannah State and Western Carolina coming into town. This is an important season for Coach Perno after he received a good bit of criticism during the 2011 season. But with so much adversity the team has faced over the past few years, it’s hard to fault him. He’s kept the team together and actually had the guys playing good baseball toward the end of the season last year. Now, the expectations are higher. With Michael Pallazzone headlining, the weekend starters will be some of the best in the SEC. And then of course, you have my good buddy Tyler Maloof shutting the door as the closer in the bullpen. Hopefully the beautiful weather we’ve been having in Athens will stick around a little while longer and we will get to see some quality baseball played at Foley Field in the next month. Men’s Basketball It’s been a tough year so far for the Hoop Dawgs and Coach Fox knows it. He’s been pretty verbal about his disappointment in his team’s performance this year. But there is plenty of time left in the season for the team to impress him and the fans as well. The first opportunity for that will come against Arkansas on February 8. After that home game, the team will travel to Mississippi State on the 11th and South Carolina on the 15th. Then, they will come back home to Athens to face Vanderbilt before finishing out the rest of February with games against LSU and Florida. It’s not the toughest schedule left but it certainly isn’t easy. The team should be able to pull out a win against South Carolina with a fairly easy level of comfort. The rest of the games listed are going to be tough tests; particularly those that are on the road. It’s turned out to be a re-building year for the Hoop Dawgs, but the pieces (and coach are there) to possibly turn what has been a somewhat boring season into an exciting one as the SEC tournament quickly approaches. Men’s Tennis You heard it here first. The men’s tennis team is on the fast track to ANOTHER national title. Coach Manny Diaz is the best in the business and has these guys playing some top notch tennis in Athens. Sadio Doumbia and Hernus Pieters are leading this team on their quest for top honors in the country. Through their first four matches of the season, the team has won all of their matches by a 7-0 margin. The last time they did that to start the season was in 2007 when John Isner led the team to an undefeated, national champion season. The energy level on the court is through the roof for these guys because they know the kind of the talent they have on the team. One of the biggest surprises has been University of Illinois transfer KU Singh, who has stepped in and played exceptionally well in the singles lineup. Right now, Singh and the rest of the team are in the midst of their indoor schedule. They will take on William & Mary on February 10 and then on Valentine’s Day, they have a match against Georgia Tech in Athens. So grab your sweetheart for a tennis date at the Lindsey Hopkins Tennis Center to support the Georgia tennis team. Gym Dogs The Gym Dogs are also in the midst of a championship type of season. They’ve recently beaten Auburn and LSU by comfortable margins. On February 18, the Gym Dogs will be hosting their annual “Pinkout Meet” against Kentucky. This is a great event. The Gym Dogs will team up with Athens Regional Medical Center to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Last year, the team wore pink leotards for the meet. If Gym Dog meets weren’t already popular enough, this will put an even higher premium on tickets. The squad will travel to Florida after that on the 24th to finish up the SEC portion of their schedule. But, the SEC Championship is coming up at the end of March and this year it’s just down the road at the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth. 8

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Lady Dawgs vs. Miss. State Katie Rockwell and Kelly Brehm

Lynsee Miller and Linda Kirk Fox

Sarah Armitage and Alecia Ethridge

Hairy Dawg. Kylee Thurmond and Lucy Walker

Catie Shonts, Michele Manis, Whitney Ising

Althea Clarke, Pat Hanley and Celeste Crews

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By Daniel Peiken Widespread Panic played three nights in a row at the Tabernacle in Atlanta at the end of January. They billed it as the 'Wood Tour' and played acoustic the entire weekend. I heard songs that I've loved for decades and some that were new to me. They showed their Athens roots proudly and played numerous cover songs by Danny Hutchens & Eric Carter (of Bloodkin) and Vic Chesnutt. Check out www.AthensRockShow.com to watch more than 1200 of my videos and pictures of Athens bands. Here is where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d go if I could go out every night and see every band that I wanted to see in Athens. - Feb 7 - Ike Stubblefield and his Hammond B3 organ @ Hendershots Coffee - He's played with everyone you've ever heard of since 1968. - Feb 8 - the Heap and the Dictatortots @ the Flicker Theatre the Heap is Bryan J. Howard and Athens finest horn section, the Tots have been performing since 1999. - Feb 8 - Love Tractor / the Knockouts @ the 40 Watt Club - Love Tractor appeared in Athens GA Inside/Out, Knockouts are an Athens Supergroup - Feb 8 - Shovels & Rope @ the Melting Point - Feb 8 - Ty Manning of the Bearfoot Hookers @ Hendershots Coffee - Ty rocks with a country tinge, he can be sweet, he can be mean, he's got a beard. - Feb 8 - the Heap @ Flicker Theatre - ask them to play Bloodkin's 'Jazz Funeral' or 'Good Luck Charm' - Feb 9 - The B-52s @ the Classic Center - From Rock Lobster to Love Shack, these guys have put on a fun show since 1976. - Feb 10 - Abbey Road Live! @ the Georgia Theatre - if you like a Beatles song you will love this show, it might bring tears to your eyes. - Feb 10 - Andrew, Scott & Laura / Jeff Mangum @ the 40 Watt Club - SOLD OUT - You don't want to know what you are missing. - Feb 11 - Andrew, Scott & Laura / Jeff Mangum @ the 40 Watt Club - SOLD OUT - Feb 11 - Elvis' Burning Love Valentine's Show @ Buffalo's Southwest Cafe - He's got a way with women. - Feb 11- Medeski Martin & Wood / Kenosha Kid @ the Georgia Theatre - cool funky jazz and stuff. - Feb 11 - Brandi Carlile @ the Melting Point - remember the Go Go's? Yep, it's her. - Feb 11 - Magic Missile @ the Caledonia Lounge - Very fun and entertaining scientifically educational music. - Feb 13 - Tom Green @ the Georgia Theatre - the comedian who gained his fame on MTV (and losing a nut). - Feb 14 - Ike Stubblefield and Friends @ Hendershot's Coffee Bar - He'll have his Hammond B3 organ. - Feb 14 - Francine Reed @ the Melting Point - World Famous Fe-

male Blues singer. - Feb 15 - Ty Manning of the Bearfoot Hookers @ Hendershots Coffee - Feb 15 - the Heap @ Flicker every Wednesday in Feb - Feb 16 - Lowdive / Passafire @ the Melting Point - Lowdive is fast becoming the Athens party band. - Feb 17 - of Montreal @ the Georgia Theatre - One of the Top 10 Famous bands that calls Athens home. - Feb 17 - Don Williams @ the Classic Center - soft country crooner sings songs that will leave you feeling great. - Feb 18 - Elf Power / Scott Spillane @ Caledonia Lounge - Elf Power is one of my favorite Athens bands that doesn't' play often. - Feb 19- Patterson Hood / Van Dyke Parks / Teitur @ Performing Arts Center - PH of the Drive-By Truckers. - Feb 20 - Garbage Island @ Caledonia Lounge - Craig Lieske's orchestrated musical avalanche. - Feb 21 - Ike Stubblefield and his Hammond B3 @ Hendershots Coffee - Feb 22 - Ty Manning of the Bearfoot Hookers @ Hendershots Coffee - Feb 22 - the Heap @ Flicker Theatre Come to Athens for the Bulldawgs and stay for the Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Roll. Chances are the person serving you sweet tea at lunch will be performing on a stage that night.

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Spotlight on Mike Fitzgerald Mike Fitzgerald was born in Tennessee and raised in Florida. However, he has spent many years as an Athens local supporting the Bulldogs. Mike, a true dog fan should give everyone some encouragement to go support the dogs. Not only in football, but it all the different athletic programs the University of Georgia has to offer.

How often do you attend other athletic events? ;P]VOHZZWVPSLKTL(SZVT`WVYJOÄYLWSHJLHUKZVMHVM[LU[PTLZ[HRLZWYPVYP[` over elbow to elbow with the masses. However, I do need to be fed occasionally with the excitement of the arena.

Since we just had signing day, what kind of season do you think we will have? We will always be competitive. Mark Richt is a class act and Momma’s want their boys to play for him. If all comes down to coaching, everyone has good athletes. Todd Grantham the defensive coordinator is the man. I love our defense, and to answer, you need some luck, always, but we should have a great season though.

What is your favorite moment in UGA football history? Well there are so many memorable Herschel Walker moments. However the toss sweep when no one could catch him is probably my all time favorite. I also remember David Duke’s QB to Freddie Lane #4 down the sidelines.

Have you always been a UGA fan? I was a Citadel Bulldog before I was a Georgia Bulldog. My family was UGA oriented and I always loved the excitement around UGA football. I wore Andy Johnson’s #14 jersey throwing plastic footballs in what then was the Stegeman parking lot before the games.

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