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Georgia judge postpones trial so lawyer can see Bulldogs in Rose Bowl

When Patrick Connell’s brother told him they were going to cheer on their beloved Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, the Savannah attorney realized he had a conflict in court.

Connell was due in Judge Michael Karpf’s courtroom to argue a bench trial on Jan. 2, the day he was scheduled to fly back from Pasadena. He couldn’t possibly make it in time, so the devoted Dawg had to file an emergency motion to postpone the trial. 

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When a colleague posted Connell’s motion on her now-private Twitter account on Thursday, it went minorly viral, grabbing the attention of Georgia fans and sports media. 

“I guess I was channelling Lewis Grizzard,” Connell said, referencing the late humorist and Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist.

Connell justified his request in the motion by citing the historic nature of the College Football Playoff game, which will be Georgia’s second Rose Bowl appearance and first since World War II, and breaking down the on-field achievements of players including Nick Chubb, Roquan Smith and Jake Fromm. 

Connell also noted a personal connection to Georgia head coach Kirby Smart: Smart’s mother was Connell’s English teacher at Bainbridge High School, where Smart attended. Smart’s father was the football coach and Connell’s father was the principal.

“It is truly great to be a Georgia Bulldawg, and to have a loving and generous older brother who has given me the opportunity to watch the Dawgs take on the Sooners in the most famous stadium in the land on New Year’s Day, at what will hopefully be the last stop before we play for, and win, a national championship,” Connell wrote in the motion.

When Connell got fellow Dawg fan Karpf’s response on Dec. 27, he “couldn’t help but laugh out loud.”

“Through his exhaustive presentation of the facts and circumstances that have brought the University of Georgia to this auspicious point in the season, as well as the history of his personal connections to Coach Kirby Smart, [Connell] has made it clear to this court that a victory for the Bulldogs hinges on nothing less than the very attendance of [Connell] himself at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on New Year’s Day,” Karpf wrote.

Karpf granted Connell’s request, with one catch: If the Bulldogs lose, Connell must appear at a hearing on the morning of Jan. 3 and “show cause as to why he should not be held in contempt for failing to secure a Bulldog victory through his presence in Pasadena.”

Connell hopes he doesn’t have to attend that hearing. If the Dawgs can run the ball and control the clock, Connell predicts they’ll be headed to the national championship with a 35-17 victory over Oklahoma under their belt.

The trial was rescheduled to Jan. 25.

Georgia judge postpones trial so lawyer can see Bulldogs in Rose Bowl

When Patrick Connell’s brother told him they were going to cheer on their beloved Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, the Savannah attorney realized he had a conflict in court.

Connell was due in Judge Michael Karpf’s courtroom to argue a bench trial on Jan. 2, the day he was scheduled to fly back from Pasadena. He couldn’t possibly make it in time, so the devoted Dawg had to file an emergency motion to postpone the trial. 

Channel 2 Action News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are your home for everything Rose Bowl. Make sure to follow @WSBTV and @AJCSports for updates on Twitter & LIKE the official WSB-TV Facebook page!

For much more on the Georgia Bulldogs, CLICK HERE to download and listen to Channel 2 Sports Director Zach Klein & AJC's Jeff Schultz on the ‘We Never Played the Game’ podcast.

When a colleague posted Connell’s motion on her now-private Twitter account on Thursday, it went minorly viral, grabbing the attention of Georgia fans and sports media. 

“I guess I was channelling Lewis Grizzard,” Connell said, referencing the late humorist and Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist.

Connell justified his request in the motion by citing the historic nature of the College Football Playoff game, which will be Georgia’s second Rose Bowl appearance and first since World War II, and breaking down the on-field achievements of players including Nick Chubb, Roquan Smith and Jake Fromm.

Connell also noted a personal connection to Georgia head coach Kirby Smart: Smart’s mother was Connell’s English teacher at Bainbridge High School, where Smart attended. Smart’s father was the football coach and Connell’s father was the principal.

“It is truly great to be a Georgia Bulldawg, and to have a loving and generous older brother who has given me the opportunity to watch the Dawgs take on the Sooners in the most famous stadium in the land on New Year’s Day, at what will hopefully be the last stop before we play for, and win, a national championship,” Connell wrote in the motion.

When Connell got fellow Dawg fan Karpf’s response on Dec. 27, he “couldn’t help but laugh out loud.”

“Through his exhaustive presentation of the facts and circumstances that have brought the University of Georgia to this auspicious point in the season, as well as the history of his personal connections to Coach Kirby Smart, [Connell] has made it clear to this court that a victory for the Bulldogs hinges on nothing less than the very attendance of [Connell] himself at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on New Year’s Day,” Karpf wrote.

Karpf granted Connell’s request, with one catch: If the Bulldogs lose, Connell must appear at a hearing on the morning of Jan. 3 and “show cause as to why he should not be held in contempt for failing to secure a Bulldog victory through his presence in Pasadena.”

Connell hopes he doesn’t have to attend that hearing. If the Dawgs can run the ball and control the clock, Connell predicts they’ll be headed to the national championship with a 35-17 victory over Oklahoma under their belt.

The trial was rescheduled to Jan. 25. 

This article was written by Amanda C. Coyne, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Check out the plane UGA took to the Rose Bowl: 'We fly in style here at Georgia'

The Georgia Bulldogs arrived in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, several days before they're set to face the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2018 Rose Bowl.

The Dawgs arrived in California in style, on a massive Delta plane.

Channel 2 Action News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are your home for everything Rose Bowl. Make sure to follow @WSBTV and @AJCSports for updates on Twitter & LIKE the official WSB-TV Facebook page!

For much more on the Georgia Bulldogs, CLICK HERE to download and listen to Channel 2 Sports Director Zach Klein & AJC's Jeff Schultz on the ‘We Never Played the Game’ podcast.

According to the Atlanta airport’s official Twitter account, the Delta #747 plane that took the Bulldogs to the Rose Bowl is the same plane that has carried the past two national champions -- Alabama in 2015 and Clemson in 2016.

Georgia Football's official Twitter account gave fans a behind-the-scenes look inside the plane.

Check out the video below:

✈️ in style.#ATD / #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/Dvwv0BtHIj — Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) December 27, 2017

UGA is preparing for its first appearance in the College Football Playoff since the system was put into place in 2014.

The winner of the Rose Bowl will face either Alabama or Clemson for the National Championship on Jan. 8.

The game will be played in Atlanta at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

For many families, Waffle House has become a Christmas tradition

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and also the busiest day for Waffle House. 

“It’s a whole bunch of family that comes and eat because this is a family restaurant. We get all the neighborhood people come out and bring their kids," said Maia Houston, the manager of a Waffle House in northeast Atlanta.

With tables filled with hungry people and the waffle maker on overload, the staff spread their Christmas cheer with each hot plate served.

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Families came from near and far to fuel up. One family was even celebrating their first Christmas in Atlanta. 

"We just moved here so we couldn’t have a traditional Christmas dinner so we thought coming here would be cute as a family," said Donnaca Mitchell. 

For those without family in town, some came to be surrounded by Christmas cheer. 

"You know it is going to be open. If you live by yourself, if you don’t want to be lonely, you go to the Waffle House. There’s going to be a crowd on Christmas Day,” said customer Joel Evans.

The staff wore red and Santa hats all day to spread holiday cheer.

Hall County residents can start recycling their Christmas trees Tuesday

After Christmas, it's time to recycle your tree and one metro Atlanta county has the answer.

Hall County is running a "Bring One for the Chipper" program.

It starts Tuesday, Dec. 26 and runs through Jan. 7.

You can bring your live tree and wreaths to any of these 13 different sites:

Candler Compactor - 5064 Poplar Springs Rd. Gainesville, Ga 30507 Murrayville Compactor - 5113 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30506 Lula Compactor - 6174 Lula Road, Lula, GA 30554 Wauka Mountain Compactor - 5800 Brookton-Lula Road, Gainesville, GA 30506-2909 Sardis Road Compactor - 3166 Brackett Drive Gainesville, GA 30506 East Crescent Drive Compactor - 734 East Crescent Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501 Gould Lane Compactor - 1277 Hillside Gardens Lane, Gainesville, GA 30504 Tadmore Compactor - 3320 Holly Springs Road, Gainesville, GA 30507 Balus Creek Compactor - 3845 Old Flowery Branch Road, Flowery Branch, GA 30566 Blackshear Place Compactor - 2921 Atlanta Highway Gainesville, GA 30507 Flowery Branch Compactor- 4395 Falcon Parkway Flowery Branch, GA 30542 Gaines Ferry Compactor - 6173 Gaines Ferry Road Flowery Branch, GA 30542

Trees may also be dropped off at the Hall County Recycling Center, located at 1008 Chestnut Street in Gainesville, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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UGA student wins free tickets to Rose Bowl

Rose Bowl fever is sweeping across the UGA campus and Wednesday one quick-witted student scored free tickets to the game.

A time-honored tradition at the University of Georgia is to ring the Chapel Bell after a Bulldogs victory. On this day, it got junior Carter Glenn two seats.

"Unbelievable! I am so excited. Now I have to make my travel plans to get out there,” Glenn said.

Rose Bowl officials were on campus giving away tickets to the big game. It was a contest of sorts.They tweeted clues all morning long, like “Where does a UGA fan go after the Bulldogs win?”

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"So for the final tweet today, we had a tweet saying where we were and to ring the Chapel Bell and yell 'Rose Bowl.' That's how the winner got it,” Rose Bowl spokesperson Karen Linhart said.

Carter is taking fellow student Jack Glenn with him to Pasadena. Jack happens to be his brother.

"Two months ago I told my dad if the team goes to the Rose Bowl, we gotta go, so it's pretty cool,” junior Jack Glenn said.

The Glenn brothers had a strategy to win the tickets: They split up.

"You know, North Campus is more scenic, so we'll stay around here. He took the South part.I took the North part and it just worked out,” Carter Glenn said.

Rose Bowl officials gave away another pair of tickets a few hours later. On Thursday, they’ll do the same thing at the University of Oklahoma.

Georgia's Uga is the best mascot in college football

College football fans earlier this season voted on the best mascot in the sport.

It wasn’t really a contest. Georgia’s English Bulldog, Uga, has long been a college football favorite.

The line of dogs dates back to 1956 when Uga I, “Hood’s Ole Dan,” first took the field for the home opener against Florida State.

Today, Uga X reigns over a Bulldogs team chasing its first national title since 1980.

Channel 2 Action News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are your home for everything Rose Bowl. Make sure to follow @WSBTV and @AJCSports for updates on Twitter & LIKE the official WSB-TV Facebook page!

For much more on the Georgia Bulldogs, CLICK HERE to download and listen to Channel 2 Sports Director Zach Klein & AJC's Jeff Schultz on the ‘We Never Played the Game’ podcast.

Here’s a look at the mascots who have shared the moniker of “Damn Good Dog:” 

Uga I, 1956-66 - Made his first appearance in the 1956 home opener. He hid in the Sanford Stadium hedges before there was a dog house.

Uga II, 1966-72 - During his reign, Georgia played in five bowl games and won two SEC championships.

Uga III, 1972-80 - Appeared in six bowl games in nine years and closed out his career with Georgia's 1980 national championship.

Uga IV, 1981-89 - The first Georgia mascot to attend a bowl game every year of his service.

Uga V, 1990-99 - Appeared on 1997 Sports Illustrated cover declaring him the nation's best college mascot.

Own your piece of UGA history and relive the Georgia Bulldogs’ 2017 season with a special 36-page section produced by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution! This collector’s edition is packed with color photographs, game-by-game summaries and unique insights from Jeff Schultz, Mark Bradley, Zach Klein and Jay Black. You can buy the section at Kroger and RaceTrac locations around metro Atlanta.

Uga VI, 1999-2008 - He reigned over more games (114) than any other mascot.

Uga VII, 2008-2009 - Reigned for one full season, that ended with a 24-12 win at the Capital One Bowl in Orlando.

Uga VIII, 2010-2011 - Served just six games before missing the bowl game after a diagnosis of lymphoma.

Uga IX, 2012-2015 - “Russ,” the half-brother of Uga VII, served a full season with interim status until promoted in 2012.

Uga X, 2015-present - Known as “Que,” he officially took over reins on Nov. 21, 2015.

This article was written by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Here's what key players are majoring in at UGA

The Georgia Bulldogs will play the Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl.

The winner will move on to the College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta. 

Whether or not the Dawgs win it all this season, let's not forget they're student-athletes accomplishing great things on and off the field.

Channel 2 Action News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are your home for everything Rose Bowl. Make sure to follow @WSBTV and @AJCSports for updates on Twitter & LIKE the official WSB-TV Facebook page!

For much more on the Georgia Bulldogs, CLICK HERE to download and listen to Channel 2 Sports Director Zach Klein & AJC's Jeff Schultz on the ‘We Never Played the Game’ podcast.

Here's a look at some of UGA's key players and their majors:

Jake Fromm – Finance

Jacob Eason – Journalism and Advertising

Nick Chubb – Agriculture and Applied Economics

Sony Michel – Communication Studies

D’Andre Swift – Mass Communications

Isaiah Wynn – Human development and Family Science 

Javon Wims – Communication Studies

Mecole Hardman – Entertainment and Media Studies

Own your piece of UGA history and relive the Georgia Bulldogs’ 2017 season with a special 36-page section produced by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution! This collector’s edition is packed with color photographs, game-by-game summaries and unique insights from Jeff Schultz, Mark Bradley, Zach Klein and Jay Black. You can buy the section at Kroger and RaceTrac locations around metro Atlanta.

Terry Godwin – Sport Management

Roquan Smith – Economics

Davin Bellamy – Public Relations and Communication Studies

Lorenzo Carter – Psychology

Dominick Sanders – History

Aaron Davis – Finance

Rodrigo Blankenship – Digital and Broadcast Journalism

UGA fan Trent 'Big Dawg III' Woods surprised with free trip to Rose Bowl

One UGA superfan is getting the trip of a lifetime to see the Bulldogs play in the Rose Bowl.

Trent Woods is the son of the late Mike “Big Dawg” Woods.

Mike Woods was a beloved Georgia fan who painted a bulldog on his head before every game.

His tradition earned him fame among Georgia fans. He died this year.

Trent "Big Dawg III" Woods, 38, continues to carry on his father’s tradition.

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PrimeSport, which has its headquarters in Atlanta, partnered with UGA and wants to send as many fans to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, as possible.

Video captured the moment Trent Woods found out he was going to the game.

He was presented an envelope as “an early birthday present.”

Trent Woods teared up as he realized he was heading to California to see his team play.

Watch his reaction below.

It’s Gonna be a great Dawgs!! It didn’t get too mangled last night while I slept pic.twitter.com/NVlrNpdtxV — Trent"BigDawg3"Woods (@BIG_DAWG_III) December 2, 2017
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