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A very cool thing happened to me at the Rose Bowl.

Our whole family (wife, 1 year old, brother, mom, and dad) went out there - it was the Clark Griswald experience, and it could not have been more fun - but when we arrived at our house we could not help but notice it was on the top of a mountain that was literally surrounded with huge cliff drop offs. This place was straight out of a Roadrunner cartoon.

Our plan had been to leave the baby with a nanny at the house while we went to the game, but when my wife saw the cliffs she was resolute: she was not letting Baby Andy out of her sight this whole trip.

Andy was going to the Rose Bowl.

My boy did great. At one point in the second half he got a little upset and I lifted him up in the air to try and make him laugh. He laughed when he went up, and this whole section of Dawgs behind us started cheering for him. He would wave and they would go crazy.

Occasionally through the game we would keep doing this little drill and it was all in good fun. 

But then Andy got a little tired and his "Honey" - my mom - took him out to the plaza to stroll around. While they were gone Sony Michel fumbled that ball, and our entire section started chanting for - demanding for - Andy's return. We needed some mojo.

I went and got Andy and held him up as high as I could for a big part of the 4th and OT. Andy loved it, and after the game we had a line of people wanting to get a photo with their good luck charm.

Even better, in the following days I started getting forwarded emails and texts from folks telling the legend of Angel Baby Andy. Below is a photo that someone took of Andy that made its way back to me.

Like many of you, I have been watching college football with my family for my entire life. My first game and earliest memory was the 1989 Tennessee - Auburn Game in the rain in Knoxville. I remember seeing the team bus and hearing the loud fireworks. I remember different games as touchstones in my life that take me back to what was happening during that time.

I have watched a lot of games. None compare to last week's Rose Bowl. Celebrating that comeback win and screaming in the evening mist of the San Gabriels with so many loved ones near is one of my favorite moments ever.

It was pure, unbridled joy. 

And I will be amazed and lucky if I ever enjoy another game as much as I did the 2018 Rose Bowl.

I am as excited as any Dawg about Monday's game. But let me implore you to enjoy this ride. It will never be like this again. Georgia has gone on an unbelievable tear this year. A win on Monday would be great, but no matter the outcome, I hope you enjoy this one last game of the year with some fellow DGD's and soak up every second. 

The Scates Family (Laura, Andy, Kiel, Dennis, Ryan, and Stephen)


  • Game 15: The 2018 National Championship Game: Georgia vs. Alabama
  • Kickoff: Monday, January 8 - 8:10 p.m. ET
  • Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium (72,000)
  • 2017 Records: Georgia 13-1 (8-1 SEC), Alabama 12-1 (7-1 SEC)
  • Rankings: Georgia #3, Alabama #4
  • Radio: WSB AM 750 - Bulldog Network | Affiliates | Scott Howard (PxP), Eric Zeier (Color), Chuck Dowdle (sideline)
  • Audio Stream: | Mobile
  • Satellite: Sirius 137, XM 190

Game Week Prediction:



On the 75th Anniversary of Red Boyd's blocked punt against UCLA (above) that was Georgia's winning score in the 1943 Rose Bowl, Lorenzo Carter blocks an Oklahoma FG in Overtime to pave the way for a winning score for the Dawgs.

Both plays occurred on the same side - the Southern side - of the field.
- Georgia claims its second Rose Bowl and remains undefeated in the venue. Georgia is scheduled to return to the Rose Bowl to open the 2025 season against UCLA.

- Georgia moves to a perfect 1-0 record against the Oklahoma Sooners.

- The Bulldogs registered five sacks on Heisman Trophy Winner Baker Mayfield

- Georgia (13-1) ties a school record with its 13th win of the season (2002 team went 13-1).

- The Bulldogs are now 8-5 overall in overtime including 3-1 in bowl games.

- Sony Michel posted a Georgia bowl record for Points (24) and TDs (4). Roquan Smith (LB) and Sony Michel (RB) were the Players of the Game for the offense and defense.

- Georgia made its 22nd consecutive appearance in a bowl game and owns an overall record of 31-19-3 in bowl games.
- The Bulldogs came in ranked 3rd nationally in Scoring Defense, allowing only 13.2 points a game while the Oklahoma Sooners led the nation in Total Offense (583.3 yards a game) and 4th nationally in Scoring at 44.9 ppg.

- At the half, OU had built a 31-17 advantage, outgaining Georgia 360 to 291. It was the most first half points allowed by the Bulldogs since Ole Miss carried a 31-0 lead to halftime in Oxford last season.

- This year, Missouri was the only other team to put at least 21 points on the Bulldogs in the first half this year as Georgia led 34-21.

- OU was forced to punt for the first time on its fifth possession. OU finished regulation with 45 points and 512 yards of offense on 73 plays and ended up with 531 yards on 81 plays and 48 points.

- In the second half, Georgia forced OU to punt on its first three possessions and forced an interception on its fourth (snagged by Dominick Sanders, his school record-tying 16th of his career) and bolstered by a 50-yard TD run by Chubb and a 34-yard TD scamper by Michel, the Bulldogs had tied the contest at 31 with 41 seconds left in the third quarter.

- It was Michel's third TD of the game (2 rushing, 1 receiving) to tie a Bulldog bowl record for Points Scored and TDs held by tailbacks Rodney Hampton (1989 Gator vs. Michigan State and Robert Edwards, 1998 Outback vs. Wisconsin). Sanders returned it to the OU four and Georgia eventually scored (4-yard TD pass Fromm-Wims) to take its first lead at 38-31 with 13:57 left in the contest.

- Sanders already owns the school record for interception return yards and today's 39-yarder gives him 381 for his career, which is 2nd in SEC history.

- Bulldog junior WLB Roquan Smith, who came in with a team-best 113 tackles on the year, had a team-high 10 tackles while senior Lorenzo Carter had nine.

-Senior Nick Chubb tallied 145 rushing yards on only 14 carries while senior Sony Michel had a career high 181 yards on just 11 carries with a Georgia bowl record four total TDs.

-  Chubb and Michel already rank No. 2 and 3 in school history for rushing yards. Chubb now has 4,744 career yards while Michel now has 3,540 yards.

- Michel's 75-yard rushing TD was the longest in Georgia bowl history, eclipsing Kent Lawrence's 74-yarder in the 1966 Cotton Bowl and Robert Edwards 74-yarder in the 2000 Outback Bowl. It cut the deficit to 21-14.

- Also on that TD run, Michel went over 1,000 yards for the season and marked the second time in his career he has done that.

- Michel and Chubb became the first Bulldog duo to register 1,000-rushing yards in the same season.

- Michel's 75-yarder was the longest TD run of the year and longest by a Bulldog for a score since Nick Chubb went 83 yards against Alabama in 2015.

- It was the second time this year that Chubb and Michel had 100 yards each in a game, also doing it at Vanderbilt. Chubb added a two-yard TD to tie the game at 45 with 55 seconds left.

- Georgia's five rushing TDs gave it a school record 41 on the ground for the season.
- True freshman Jake Fromm completed 12-of-17 passes for 109 yards and 1 TDs, directing the offense that finished the first half with 291 yards on 28 plays but trailed 31-17. Georgia tallied 182 rushing yards. OU won the toss and elected to defer the ball until the second half. They forced Georgia to punt after gaining 24 yards and one first down.

- Senior Javon Wims was the leading receiver with six for 73 yards. Fromm finished 20-of-29 for 210 yards and 2 TDs with no INTs.

- Fromm is now 2-1 when the Bulldogs face a halftime deficit, winning at #24 Notre Dame 20-19 (trailed 13-10) and lost at #10 Auburn 40-17 (trailed 16-7) and tonight, Georgia was down 31-17 and went to overtime where it won 54-48.
Redshirt sophomore Rodrigo Blankenship set a Rose Bowl and Georgia bowl record with a career-best 55-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to cut the deficit to 31-17. 
The Bulldogs came in today averaging 34.9 points a game including ranking 4th in the nation in Red Zone Offense, going 48-for-50 with 35 touchdowns. In regulation, Georgia finished 3-for-3 in the Red Zone with three TDs Meanwhile OU was 6-for-6 in the Red Zone, scoring 34 points.
- Georgia is now +5 in Turnover Margin, scoring 84 points off 19 turnovers.  The Bulldogs got seven points off one Sooner miscue.

- Opponents have forced 14 turnovers and turned them into 48 points. OU forced a Sony Michel fumble and it was returned for a TD to give OU a 45-38 edge with 6:52 left. It was Georgia's first turnover since the Kentucky game on Nov. 18.
Senior strong safety Dominick Sanders made his 52nd career start which ties the record for most in school history for non-kickers, joining QBs David Greene (52 from 2001-04) and Aaron Murray (52 from 2010-13). PK Blair Walsh started a record 53 games from 2008-11. 

- Captains were seniors Sony MichelNick ChubbIsaiah Wynn and junior Roquan Smith.
Loran Smith: Georgia fans got the Rose Bowl experience they wanted, but there is 1 more to go

What program has an Atlanta in its back yard? What program can raise more money than Georgia? For years, Georgia has earned more licensing dollars than any non-national championship team.

“If you consider the raw potential, you couldn’t have it any better than what you have at the University of Georgia,” said Johnny Majors, who thinks Georgia is one of the top five coaching jobs in the country, maybe top three.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal embraces Bulldogs, officially proclaims tomorrow ‘UGA Football Friday’
Loran Smith on Los Angeles

If you want roast beef, I would say you can’t do better than Lawry’s.
NY Times: An Unrelenting Georgia Wears Down Oklahoma in a Clash of Styles

“We started switching up things, and I think we wore those guys down,” said Georgia safety J.R. Reed, a redshirt sophomore, referring to adjustments the Bulldogs made after halftime.

“Honestly I think their team got more tired during the end of the game than we did, and that’s why we were able to finish it out,” he added.

That is why Smart played for overtime: At that point in the game, it was clear he had the better team.


- Georgia is going for its third National Championship Monday night in Atlanta.

- Georgia is undefeated in College Football Playoff Games.

- The Bulldogs are the only Power Five Conference Team to beat every team on their schedule this season.

- Georgia trails only Alabama in SEC Championships, counting 13 to their 26.

- In 10 of Gerorgia's 13 games this season, the Dawgs have won with a margin of victory of at least 21 points.

- Alabama holds a 38-25-4 series edge over Georgia.

- Alabama and LSU are the only schools in the SEC with winning series records over Georgia.

- Georgia's last win over Alabama came in 2007 with a 26-23 overtime victory in tuscaloosa.

- The 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game will mark the third time Alabama has faced a fellow Southeastern Conference member in the postseason. The Tide defeated Ole Miss, 12-7, in a snowy 1964 Sugar Bowl on the strength of four Tim Davis field goals. Alabama claimed its 14th national title in New Orleans with a 21-0 win over LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as Jeremy Shelley converted a postseason-record five field goals in the win.

- Alabama is just the third school to appear in three consecutive national championship games since the inception of the Bowl Coalition in 1992. Nebraska played in three consecutive national championship games from 1993-95 and recorded national championships in the latter two seasons. Florida State played in the first three Bowl Championship Series Championship Games in 1998-2000 and captured the national title in 1999.

- Alabama’s win over Clemson in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 was the 52nd for members of Alabama’s senior class. The group boasts a four-year record of 52-5 (.912), one national championship, three consecutive Southeastern Conference championships and four College Football Playoff appearances. The 52 wins surpasses the NCAA record set by Alabama’s 2016 senior class, which posted a 51-6 (.895) career record from 2013-16.  

- Alabama’s 24-6 win over then-No. 1 Clemson in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 was Nick Saban’s 20th career victory against a team ranked in the top 5 of the Associated Press Top 25, the most in college football history. Saban’s 20-12 career record in those contests gives him a .625 winning percentage, which is also college football’s best.
AJC/Emerson: Georgia football might not ever see another season like this one

The Georgia takeover of Notre Dame, and Chicago the night before it. What a weekend.

A run of blowouts: Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Missouri and … Florida.

Avenging the loss at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium with a convincing win in the game that mattered most: the SEC Championship Game.

Sony Michel scoring the winning touchdown in double overtime to cap a comeback Rose Bowl win in the best game many of us ever will be privleged to cover.

Poor Man Aaron Murray to cover game for ESPN

Murray will be part of the ESPN2 Homers broadcast, where he will be alongside ESPN commentator Adam Amin. Former Alabama standout Landon Collins will join ESPN’s Joe Tessitore to form the Alabama portion of the broadcast. All four will be on the field level from Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and Murray and Collins will be reacting and analyzing the game as if they were watching with a group of friends.
Yahoo: Why this year's national title game is the hottest, most expensive ticket in college football history

According to StubHub, more than 50 percent of the ticket sales have come from within the state of Georgia, compared to 4 percent from Alabama. According to TickPick, another ticket marketplace, the number is 66 percent in Georgia compared to 6 percent in Alabama....

...Georgia fans crashed StubHub’s site not long after the culmination of the Bulldogs’ double-overtime victory against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. StubHub spokesperson Cameron Papp said the site went down for 20 minutes.
NY Times: Pause to Embrace Georgia

When it came to Georgia, I always bet against the Bulldogs, much to his delight.

Not this time. I’m betting Georgia is going to push that Saban column back a year.



Georgia will wear RED on Monday.
Jerry Jeudy WR 6-1 187 FR Deerfield Beach, FL

Judge Judy
Hootie Jones DB 6-2 215 SR Monroe, LA

Da'Shawn Hand DL 6-4 288 SR Woodbridge, VA

Kid's last name is HAND.
Andy Pappanastos PK 5-11 190 SR Montgomery, AL

Love a last name that has "NAST" in it. 
Chadarius Townsend WR 6-0 191 FR Tanner, AL

I feel like he needs another R in that first name.
Tua Tagovailoa QB 6-1 219 FR Ewa Beach, HI

Alabama fans honestly thought he had to learn a new language when he came from Hawaii
Kyriq McDonald DB 5-11 195 FR Madison, AL

Shaq's law: If your name ends with a Q, you get on this list.
Minkah Fitzpatrick DB 6-1 202 JR Old Bridge, NJ

Sounds like the name of a Belk house brand for ladies' shoes.
Anfernee Jennings LB 6-3 262 SO Dadeville, AL

If you think we can run the ball against a team with reserves named Anfernee, you are wrong.
Dallas Warmack OL 6-2 308 JR Atlanta, GA

Alex Leatherwood OL 6-6 322 FR Pensacola, FL

A name so smooth it could be a premium trim line of Ram trucks
Phidarian Mathis DL 6-4 306 FR Monroe, LA

Raekwon Davis DL 6-7 306 SO Meridian, MS



We went 60-35-6 for the season (63%), and went 3-3 last week.


SEC Shorts on Bulldawg Pain after shelling out to follow the Dawgs this year.

That's All for This Week!


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What is the Poor Man's Game Notes? These weekly emails are a hobby that serve as an unofficial version of the official game notes produced by the UGA Sports Information Department (UGA SID) ahead of each UGA football game. They are called the Poor Man's Game Notes due to the fact that they are irreverent, incomplete, often include typos, and are blatant rip-off of the outstanding work of the professionals at the UGA Sports Information Department. It is my great honor that we now include many members of the UGA SID among our community of "Poor Men" on this email. 
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