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BCA-Georgia Chamber Heads Make Friendly Wager on Championship Game

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 4, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama has Georgia on its mind between now and Monday when the University of Alabama meets the University of Georgia Bulldogs in Atlanta to settle the 2017 football season collegiate national championship.

In keeping with the spirit of the season’s finale, Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary and Georgia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris Clark decided to stir the rivalry up a bit with a friendly wager.

Canary has wagered a bottle of John’s Alabama Single Malt whiskey made in Opelika at the John Emerald Distilling Co. It’s the first whiskey to be made legally in Alabama in 100 years.

“The Alabama Crimson Tide is on a roll and no doubt has what it takes to once again go all the way,” said Canary. “As Alabama’s fight song says, Alabama will teach those Bulldogs to behave, and on Monday night, they will bring home an unprecedented 17th national championship.”

Clark has wagered a bottle of Thirteenth Colony Southern Bourbon, one of Georgia’s finest whiskeys.

“After UGA’s outstanding season under the leadership of Coach Kirby Smart, and AP All Americans Isaiah Wynn and Roquan Smith, I’m confident Georgia fans will be shouting victory on Monday,” said Clark.

Alabama, 12-1, under head Coach Nick Saban, is used to winning national championships.

Georgia, coached by Saban protégé Kirby Smart, the Southeastern Conference champion, is 13-1, and last won a championship in 1980 when Georgia’s Herschel Walker stalked the goal line.

The nationally televised 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. CT on Jan. 8 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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