Augusta's Dawg fans cheer on the red and black at home

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News 12 at 11, January 1, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga -- For fans who couldn't make the trip to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl, cheering on the Dawgs with friends, and even perfect strangers, is the next best thing to being there.

"Glory, Glory to Old Georgia!! Glory, Glory to Old Georgia!!! Glory, glory to Old Georgia!! And to heck with Ha-wa-ii!!" cries ARC teacher and football coach Ken Johnson, who also happens to be a UGA Alum.

And Ken was in good company Tuesday night at the Wild Wing Cafe on Washington Road. One look around the room, and it's no secret these fans are rooting for the home team.

"Go Dawgs!" and "Woof Woof Woof Woof Woof!" could be heard among the crowd and staff.

From the blackout shirts, to the smack talk shirts, these fans can't spell sugar without UGA.

"I'm a die hard Dawg fan, been so for about 35 years!" Cheryl Parrish proudly states.

"Oh I'm doing the blackout. Found out they were doing the blackout so I got my black shirt and got my bottle opener with me," explains Wild Wing Bartender Dustin Elliot.

Bottle openers, to their watches, even their cell phones; it's clear these Augustans bleed Red and Black.

"I think it was my first t-shirt was my Georgia shirt so I've pretty much been born and raised with it," Elliot remembers.

And it's probably no surprise we couldn't find one Hawaii fan in the room, but there was plenty of trash talking to go around.

Nathan Youngblood on Hawaii: "They're really big. They're mean and they're really ugly looking--some of them are huge!"

News 12 to Ken Johnson: "What do you think about the Hawaiian team?"
Johnson: "Well if you played Josey, if you played Butler, and you played Greenbrier too, you'd probably be undefeated too so they have no idea what's in store for them tonight. "

And as for the thought of the other guys taking home the prize, well everyone seemed pretty convinced Georgia would not be the team in the Dawg house this new years night.

Parrish: "I think we are going to win!"

Johnson: "I think 34-14 Dawgs win."
News 12: "Have you prepared for a defeat?"
Johnson: "There is no such thing as defeat in our vocabulary."

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