Need an extra reason to watch Super Bowl 50? Here are a few Bulldog connections.
While you're enjoying Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, here are a few things to keep in mind as a Georgia Bulldog fan:
— Everyone loves the ads, right? Our Grady College of Journalism and Communication experts have a preview of what you can expect: celebrities and edgy content.
"I think one of the ads that is going to draw a lot of attention this year is one for Shock Top. It's such a repartee between insults between these two that each one builds on one another and you just can't help be drawn in by what each one says next." — Tom Reichert, UGA Athletic Association Professor in Advertising Information.
Read more about what our experts have to say here, or watch some below:
— That's UGA turf! This year's Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium will be played on a field of Tifway 419, a turf developed by Glenn Burton, a historic scientist from the UGA Tifton Campus. This story from ESPN takes a look at the agricultural science behind creating a Super Bowl-worthy playing surface.
— Should we talk about the weather? Marshall Shepherd (below), a Georgia Athletic Association Professor and head of the UGA program in atmospheric sciences, has plenty to talk about, specifically Weather Facts Throughout Super Bowl History on Forbes.com.
— And, of course, we have a few former Bulldogs to root for:
* Thomas Davis (above), the outside linebacker for the Carolina Panthers, played for the Bulldogs from 2002-2004. He's one of the most respected players in the NFL.
* Charles Johnson is a defensive end for the Panthers, drafted in 2007.
* Fernando Velasco is a center for the Panthers. He played for the Bulldogs from 2003 to 2006.
Enjoy the game, and feel free to shout out "Go Dawgs" whenever you want.