No parade for the Bulldogs, but they’ll get key to the city

Nancy Denson

There won’t be an official parade in Athens for the Georgia football team if it emerges victorious from Monday’s national championship game in Atlanta.


But Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson has promised something else in a bet with the mayor of Tuscaloosa, the city that’s home to UGA’s opponent — the University of Alabama.

She has promised to wear an Alabama shirt in the next publicly televised Athens-Clarke Commission meeting should the Bulldogs fall to the Tide, which is favored to win the all-SEC championship game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The bet also includes beer from each city’s craft breweries. If Georgia wins, Denson will send along beer from Creature Comforts Brewing Company, Terrapin Beer Company and The Southern Brewing Company. Tuscaloosa’s beer would come from the Band of Brothers Brewing Company, Black Warrior Brewing Company and Druid City Brewing.

“Not only is our team better, but so is our beer,” Denson told Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox.

The two elected officials have also staked modest charitable donations on the outcome in Atlanta — $100 from Maddox for the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank if Georgia wins, $100 from Denson to the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative.

Though no parade is planned for the Bulldogs, the team will get one signal honor from the Athens-Clarke government — win or lose. Denson plans to present the team with a key to the city when a ceremony can be arranged, she said.

Athens already has one parade scheduled for January for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Another parade is out mainly because of the difficulty in setting up logistics for it on such short notice, scheduling security, for example, but expense is also a factor, said Denson, herself a UGA graduate.

Denson actually enrolled at UGA when she was nearly 50 and served on the Athens City Council. Studying part-time and year-round, she got a business degree in seven years. One of her children is also a UGA graduate.

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