Judge LaTain Kell holds a pep rally in his courtroom before the Georgia Alabama game on Monday. Judge LaTain Kell holds a pep rally in his courtroom before the Georgia Alabama game on Monday.
Cobb County Superior Court Judge C. LaTain Kell Sr. Cobb County Superior Court Judge C. LaTain Kell Sr.

As if the ending isn’t enough of a hangover, there is also this—recorded on video and posted on the internet in the height of anticipation before the national college football championship game Monday night between the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.

Monday was a relatively quiet day downtown, thanks to Gov. Nathan Deal, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice P. Harris Hines, Mayor Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit closing because of a forecast of freezing rain that never  materialized.

But in the northern suburb of Marietta, Cobb County Superior Court Chief Judge LaTain Kell convened a courtroom pep rally. The county’s public information officer—former television reporter Ross Cavitt—posted a video of the event and sent out a news release. Dressed in a black suit and a red Georgia Bulldogs cap and surrounded by red and black balloons, Kell led his courtroom in cheers and chants. Staffers and some other judges attended.

Kell read a resolution declaring Monday Georgia Bulldogs day with these instructions: “Attack the day with all enthusiasm known to mankind.”

Kell played Georgia football highlight videos on the giant screens normally used for juries to view evidence. And the judge replayed a few highlights from his own Georgia college career. Kell joked about the “Big Three” on campus: himself, future NBA star Dominique Wilkins and 1982 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker.

“Back in 1980, I proudly watched the Georgia Bulldogs bring home the national title,” Kell told his cheering crowd. And he made a dreamy prediction: “This team will now bring that title back to the University of Georgia and start a football dynasty that will last our lifetimes.”

The judge’s dreams were still alive when the game ended 20-20 but were dashed in overtime. Georgia took the ball first but was only able to come up with a field goal. Alabama scored a touchdown and won 26-23.