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When you check out bowl scores, don't miss the one in Athens, Ga., where the Athens City Police Department meets a team composed of officers from the Clarke County Police, the Athens post of the state patrol and state treasury agents. The charity game is known formally as the Peace Officers' Bowl, but just about everyone in the college town—site of the University of Georgia—calls it the Pig Bowl, including the police themselves. Interest is so high that WNGC-FM, which will broadcast the game, sold all its available advertising time in 45 minutes. Last year the county police upset their city counterparts, even without using Georgia Quarterback Paul Gilbert, a local boy whom the county cops said they were going to swear in as deputy sheriff and starting quarterback. This year the confident county team joked that local bookies were giving the city and 20 points.
"The game is good public relations for the department," says County Sheriff Tommy Huff, "and it gets the men in good physical shape. This game is for real—there's no damn touch involved." Tom McGahee, the Athens police chief, adds, "The boys really put their hearts in it. Injuries are a problem, though. Some of the fellas have a little age on them, you know."
Local citizens generally look approvingly on the game as an engaging way to humanize the police, but a nagging worry persists. If all the fuzz is out playing football Saturday night, who's minding the jail?