Georgia Fan Thrilled With News That His Baby Won't Be Born During Rose Bowl

Georgia Fan Thrilled With News That His Baby Won't Be Born During Rose Bowl

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Georgia Fan Thrilled With News That His Baby Won't Be Born During Rose Bowl

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Randal Dukes, a diehard Georgia football fan, was ecstatic to find out that his baby will not be born during the Rose Bowl after all.


Randal and Angela Dukes are Georgia football fans living in Jacksonville, Florida. The Dukes are parents to two children.

Back in May, Randal and Angela found out the Dukes family will be growing to five with the news of another child on the way.

As expected, the two were thrilled to hear the news. Amelia Claire Dukes was due to be brought into the world on January 8, 2018.

If that date sounds familiar to you, it’s because it should. Not only was January 8, 2018 Amelia Dukes’s original birth date, but it is also the same day as the College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta.

In May, Randal did not give it much thought, though; nobody really expected Georgia, coming off an 8-5 record in 2016, to compete for the national championship the next year.

But as the season progressed, as did Angela’s pregnancy, Georgia kept winning…and Randal grew more and more nervous that he may be in danger of missing Georgia play for the national title.

“At first I was bummed thinking I wouldn’t get to devote my attention to the national championship game – and I’m a die hard UGA fan,” Randal said. “Then we win the SEC Championship Game (I made a deal with my wife before the game that I would skip going to Atlanta to try and go to whatever bowl game Georgia went to). So they win the SEC Championship and are going to the Rose Bowl. I’m thinking to myself, ‘wow what a great gamble for me, I can fly out to Pasadena and try to get a ticket to the game.”

At this point, Randal is ready to head out to Pasadena, and he is not even beginning to entertain the fact that the national championship game is scheduled for the same day as his wife’s delivery.

Then this happened…

“I’m getting flights ready and hotels booked, then the (due) date changes to January 1, 2018. I start freaking out,” Randal explained. “I cancel my hotel reservations, give up on booking flights, and start prepping myself for watching the game in the hospital room.”

Randal took to Twitter to express his concern over the crisis at hand.

“After realizing I couldn’t go I felt completely heartbroken, yet happy at the same time. I mean I was about to have my third child and my second daughter,” said Randal.

This put Randal in a tough situation. Georgia football, or his third child? UGA fans know that decision is not as easy as it may sound.

“After posting the tweet I had some replies that I should name her Roquan or Roquana, then someone mentioned I should name her ‘Rose’ after the Rose Bowl. I was totally on board with making her middle name Rose. I told my wife about naming her Amelia Rose and she was on board until she figured out that it had to do with football. She completely nixed that idea.

A couple of days went by, and then Randal’s prayers were finally answered. The C-section had been moved to December 27th, no longer interfering with either the Rose Bowl or the national championship.

A happy ending indeed.

Randal, as a Georgia fan, I know you went through an emotional rollercoaster over the past couple of months, buddy.

Congratulations to the Dukes.

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