“The Finebaum Kid” lived up to the hype.
With his bald cap, his perfectly tied tie and his “Finebaum come meet my Finemom” sign, he was the life of the SEC Nation broadcast in front of the University of Georgia Special Collections Library on Saturday morning.
Zachary Doran, A.K.A “The Finebaum Kid”, is 3 years old and came to Athens with his mom Julie. The family is from Lawrenceville, Ga.
“I watch you every day,” the 3-year-old told Paul Finebaum during a one-on-one photo shoot during a commercial break.
But there was even more fun to be had for Georgia fans during the broadcast. Between the Georgia Paint Line celebrating its 20th birthday, having been painting up for Georgia games since the 1997 season, and the Spike Squad hanging out with Finebaum during the live show intro, it was definitely a sight to behold for DawgNation.
But the day was an even more special experience for one particular family in the audience.
Keith Gourley and his daughter Paige traveled from just outside of Hershey, Pa.
“It’s so cool to be a part of this,” Gourley said about the broadcast. “I watch it every Saturday on TV and then to be here is just a neat experience.”
Gourley went on to say that he and his daughter like to travel to at least one home game in Athens every year. The pair usually picks a game later in the season since Paige is in school and the weather is normally cooler. In fact, the father-daughter duo went ahead and made plans for the 2018 season.
“We have already picked our game for next year,” Gourley said. “We are definitely coming for Auburn in November.”
His daughter Paige was exceptionally proud of her sign that read: “Not even Tebow could score on this defense”.
With a few hours remaining until kickoff for Georgia and Missouri, only time will tell if Paige can insert Drew Lock’s name onto her sign.