Law Office of Jeffrey B. Kelly
107 E. 5th Ave., Rome, GA 30161
Georgia vs. Georgia Tech WHICH TEAM DO YOU ROOT FOR?
While my family and I enjoy the delicious food and company on Thanksgiving, there’s one tradition that we look forward to more than turkey: the great Georgia vs. Georgia Tech matchup. Every year since I was a kid, it’s been a family tradition to watch the game the day after Thanksgiving. Most of my family members are Bulldogs fans, and there are a few Tech fans, but I’m the least popular devotee of all: a Tennessee fan. Because I went to law school at the University of Tennessee, I experienced the thrill of 103,000 screaming fans in the glory days of Peyton Manning, and it’s made me a proud wearer of orange ever since. I’ve said that going to a Tennessee football game is the closest we’ll get to Heaven, and I mean it. It’s a fantastic experience, one that I now get to share with my son. Even though we’re looking weak this season, I’ll say it loud and proud: I’m a Tennessee fan! Since my son has started coming to games with me, I’ve shown him what it means to be a Tennessee fan. A couple years ago, Georgia was beating us 24–0. I told my son if he just had a little faith, Tennessee would come back. Sure enough, returning from what seemed an unreachable gap, they won! Imagine experiencing this victory in Knoxville with more than 100,000 screaming fans! That victory wasn’t the only miracle our family’s experienced during a football game. Some years back, during a really cold Thanksgiving, we were gathered around the TV to watch The Big Game. My little nephew, Cory, was a baby at the time, and because it was so cold, my sister had placed him on the floor next to the fireplace. Well, this was a close game, and, as I’ve said, we have some Bulldogs fans in our family, but we also have some diehard Georgia Tech fans. In the last second of the game, Georgia Tech pulled an unbelievable victory against Georgia. One of my cousins, Cousin Billy (who also happens to be very tall), jumped up and took a giant leap in excitement, and as he did this, he just barely missed falling on Baby Cory. Now, I will tell you that this was not a typical Cousin Billy move — he’s just a diehard Georgia Tech fan. Fortunately, Baby Cory went unharmed, but we were all freaked out. My sister instantly realized her mistake and moved Cory safely out of leg’s reach of Billy the Giant. Georgia’s football fandemonium even extends to our office. Will Harper, one of our associates at the practice, is originally from Athens, and as a diehard ‘Dawg, he never misses an opportunity to make fun of me and Tennessee. He’s had a lot of fun this year. Brian is also a bonafide Georgia Bulldogs fan from his school days at University of Georgia. Jessie, another associate here, grew up as a Bulldogs fan until she went to the University of Arkansas and became a Razorback.
Here’s Cory today, thriving as an adult thanks to a little luck and a lot of perseverance.
Our office manager, Tori, spends Thanksgiving with her extended family, and they enjoy games of their own creation. They play Family Olympics each year and compete in games like three-legged races and carrying an egg on a spoon. Sounds like a fun way to spend the holiday, doesn’t it? These days, Thanksgiving at our home tends to be a little quieter. We spend it with my wife’s family and enjoy a nice, cozy meal together. When the game comes on the next day, though, we get a little rowdy once again.
My newphew Cory after surviving his encounter with Billy the Giant.
Most of all this year, I’m thankful for the good health of our family. After seeing the many challenges the rest of our country has been dealt, I’m grateful that we are safe, healthy, and have a wonderful place to call home. I’m wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving and good health this winter. And no matter which side you’re on, enjoy the big game. –Jeff Kelly
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