'Rabid' Bulldog Fan Granted Emergency Motion by Judge to Attend Rose Bowl

Published : Friday, December 29, 2017 | 6:34 AM

'Rabid' Bulldog Fan Granted Emergency Motion by Judge

A lawyer in Georgia, who happens to be a Bulldogs fan, asked the judge at the Superior Court of Chatham County last week for an emergency motion of continuance to delay a court date so he could attend the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena with his brother.

Reports say the judge has granted the motion without any issue—the lawyer, J. Patrick Connell, can now travel to Pasadena and watch the game live.

Connell filed the motion last Friday, after learning his brother had bought him a ticket and procured hotel accommodations so the duo could attend the “Granddaddy of Them All,” the 104th Rose Bowl Game.

Part of Connell’s motion read: “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. For this reason, I respectfully request that the court remove this case from the trial calendar of January 2, 2018, so that I may return home from the Rose Bowl that day. Plaintiff will seek no other continuances.”

Connell said he needs January 2 to fly back from California and won’t be able to attend a previously scheduled court appearance before Judge Michael Karpf on that date.

Images of the court motion have circulated on Twitter since the start of the week, with the lawyer’s name and other details redacted, but CampusSports.net provided a link to the document containing the original motion and the lawyer’s circumstances.
Connell also revealed his close association with Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart, who he said was salutatorian and senior class president at Georgia’s Bainbridge High School, home of the Bearcats.

“Kirby’s father, Sonny Smart, was the head football coach, his mother, Sharon Smart, was my English teacher, and my father, Donnie Connell, was the principal,” Connell wrote in a footnote to the motion.

Several sports writers are now calling the motion one of the best reasons to delay a court date.

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