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Former Georgia football player Bill Goldberg will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on Friday night.

Former UGA football player Bill Goldberg to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame on Friday

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Bill Goldberg headlines WWE Hall of Fame Class of ’18

Former Georgia football player Bill Goldberg will take his rightful place among professional wrestling’s greatest performers Friday night in New Orleans when he is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. The ceremony begins at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the WWE Network.

Although some Georgia fans may remember Goldberg from his time as a Bulldogs defensive lineman in the late ’80s or his short stint with the Falcons, most know for him for his runs in WCW and WWE. Goldberg broke into WCW in 1997 and became one of the biggest wrestlers in the world on the back of his storyline 173-match winning streak over the next two years, winning both the United States championship and WCW championship in the process. Goldberg joined WWE in 2003 and won the world heavyweight championship, but only spent a year in the company. He returned to WWE in 2016 and won the WWE universal championship in 2017. He wrestled his final match one year ago against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 33.

Goldberg made his mark on the wrestling business through simplicity. Although he was often criticized for his limited in-ring skills and even more limited ability on the mic, he was one of the biggest stars of the Monday Night War era. An MMA-like wrestling style and look lent an air of authenticity to his character. You believed all he needed was a spear and a jackhammer to put down an opponent. And he didn’t need to be a wordsmith when he knew looking into the camera and saying “You’re next” would be 100 times more effective than any promo. For someone who grew up a Bulldogs fan in WCW territory — like me, and probably like many of you — wrestlers didn’t come more legit than Goldberg.

“At the end of the day, any business, any venture that you embark upon, you want some type of acknowledgement,” Goldberg told ESPN in January. “You always try to make it to a top. There’s no reason to do anything unless you want to be the best.”

It looked for some time as if Goldberg may never receive that acknowledgment, at least not from the WWE. After WCW was bought by WWE in 2001, there has been a marginalization of contributions WCW wrestlers and personalities have made to the business. (Which is somewhat understandable. The victors write the history books, after all.) But Goldberg deserves to be remembered alongside the like of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and the NWO as the biggest draws and best acts of the late-’90s wrestling boom. It’s good to see him finally get his due.

Now, if we can just figure out a way to get Tony Schiavone into the same hall of fame

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Spring practice: Jake Fromm speaks

It’s a rare occurrence when Jake Fromm speaks to the media, so you better listen when he does. Georgia’s presumptive starting quarterback spoke with reporters Thursday and talked about what it’s like working alongside 5-star freshman Justin Fields, a role reversal from his relationship with former UGA signal-caller Jacob Eason last spring.

“The same way Jacob was to me, I try to be that way with Justin,” Fromm said, according to Seth Emerson of DawgNation. “At the end of the day, we learn a lot from each other. It’s a lot of mental reps on each other’s end.”

For more on spring practice, check out Emerson’s Thursday practice report, which includes some info on changes being made along the offensive line.

Diamond Dogs continue hot streak

Georgia baseball withstood multiple late rallies from Vanderbilt on Thursday night to come away with a 3-2 win on the road in Nashville. The Diamonds Dogs now have a 23-7 record and a conference-best 8-2 mark.

The Commodores took a 2-0 lead by the seventh inning Thursday, but a big eighth from the Dawgs gave them the lead. Tucker Maxwell scored from second on an error before Tucker Bradley tied the score off a flyball. An RBI single by Mitchell Webb brought home Keegan McGovern, giving Georgia a 3-2 lead. The UGA defense fought off rallies in the eighth and ninth by the Commodores, who left runners in scoring position in each of the final two innings.

The second contest of the three-game series will be played at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday in Nashville. The Diamond Dogs are seeking their seventh consecutive SEC series win dating to last season.

Dawgs at the Masters

Former UGA golfers on the Masters leaderboard
POS NAME TOTAL TEE TIME (Fri.)
T21 Kevin Kisner E 9:58 a.m.
T29 Russell Henley  +1 9:25 a.m.
T29 Brian Harman +1 12:10 p.m.
T29 Bubba Watson +1 1:49 p.m.

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