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Try not to cry
If you want to relive all the highs and lows of the Rose Bowl, this video from Georgia fan Scott Duvall is a must-watch.
Duvall — one of the hosts of the excellent Waitin’ Since Last Saturday podcast — had a camera by his side as his family and friends watched the Rose Bowl from Athens. The five-minute video captures the wide range of emotions every Dawgs fan experienced in the game. I’ll admit to getting a bit verklempt watching these folks’ emotions go from misery to joy back to misery and, finally, to elation with Sony Michel’s game-winning touchdown.
But the biggest reason you should to watch this video is for the kids. It’s a reminder of what a season like this and a game like the Rose Bowl can do for a fanbase. These kids — special shoutout to the crying kid; we were all right there with you. — will never forget that moment. If they weren’t lifelong Dawgs fans before the Rose Bowl, they are now. And that goes for kids from all over who watched the game, including many who might not have given a lick about Georgia beforehand. That means a new generation of diehard Dawgs who will support the program for decades to come. And that’s freaking awesome.
Welcome to Dawg Nation, kids.
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Will Justin Fields enroll early?
Georgia has already staved off the advances of other colleges to get the signature of 5-star quarterback Justin Fields, but there’s one more hurdle for it to clear before Fields lands in Athens: Major League Baseball.
According to Pete Scantlebury of SEC Country, Fields — who is in Orlando, Fla., for the Under Armour All-America Game on Thursday — is still undecided on whether he wants to enroll early at Georgia or stay for the second half of his senior season at Harrison High. The hold up is baseball season, which would give Fields a final shot to to perform in front of pro scouts. From Jeff Sentell of DawgNation:
Fields said his family has collected information from an adviser that indicates a few major-league baseball teams are considering him as an early-round pick in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. The 6-foot-3, 221-pound Fields told SEC Country that those scouting projections range all the way up to him being a potential first- or second-round pick.
“That’s pretty much the factor we are weighing,” he told Scantlebury.
He said he has all the scouting advice he needs to make the decision.
“It is really just talking to my family about it,” he said.
Fields has until Monday, Jan. 8, to make a decision about enrolling early.
UGA hoops tops Ole Miss
Georgia hoops (10-3, 1-1 SEC) rebounded from a loss to Kentucky in its SEC opener with a 71-60 win against Ole Miss on Wednesday at Stegeman Coliseum. Juwan Parker led all scorers with 18 points and made all 4 of his 3-point attempts. He also pulled down 11 rebounds to secure a double-double. Jordan Harris added 12 points off the bench. In total, Georgia’s bench scored 36 of the teams’ 71 points.
“I didn’t think we got it to Yante [Maten] enough in the second half … but that is why you have a team,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said, according to Tori McElhaney of DawgNation. “I thought that our bench was really good to us. Juwan and Jordan came in, which were both terrific. It can’t always be just Yante, and so it’s good to play well and win a game when he doesn’t have to do all the work.”
Odds & ends
- Jake Fromm could be the biggest advantage Georgia has in the National Championship Game.
- From “keep chopping” to “keeping the main the main thing,” here’s an explanation of the various slogans Kirby Smart has used this season.
- These 5 Georgia players should be appreciated more.
- D’Andre Swift is among the breakout players of 2017.
- The 1980 championship team is ready to shed its label as the only national title winners in Georgia football history.
Dawgs on Twitter
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) January 4, 2018
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) January 3, 2018
Grab a tissue…. ✨🎧🎤✨ pic.twitter.com/ipt4J17uES
— Jacub Easun (@skinnyqb10_pls) January 3, 2018
Keep shredding, my dude!
OMG watch this dog take itself sledding pic.twitter.com/8YY9oqJWHx
— theCHIVE (@theCHIVE) January 3, 2018
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