ATHENS — Dallas Lee’s parents have begged him to go with them to Miami for the BCS National Championship game. But if Georgia’s starting left guard couldn’t go as a participant, he said he definitely wasn’t going to go as supportive brother.
“I’m still a little upset so I’m not going,” Dallas said. “I’m going to watch it on TV at the house. I’m a little too upset about it to go down there and have fun.”
Lee’s family was the subject of many profiles heading into the SEC Championship as Dallas and his brother, Alabama linebacker Dillon Lee, were facing off from opposite sidelines. But after that game ended excruciatingly close for the Bulldogs, with time running out on the at the Crimson Tide 5 in a 32-28 loss, Dallas said he just can’t bring himself to go to Miami.
Of course, Lee will be with the Bulldogs at the Capital One Bowl in Orlando for eight days. Lee is scheduled to return to Atlanta on Jan. 2. The title game between Alabama and Notre Dame is on Jan. 7.
“I mean, I’m already going to be in Florida for like a week and a half,” Dallas said. “When my game is over, my parents come home like only a day, and then they’re going back down to Miami two or three days before the game. That just sounds exhausting, to get back on a plane and go back.”
Besides, Lee said he still hasn’t fully recovered from the disappointment of losing the SEC title game.
“The end of the game was terrible, to know that we were that close,” he said. “We were busy blocking; I didn’t even know the clock was running out. When we looked before we got in our stance there was like 15 seconds left. I got done blocking and confetti was popping and they were running on the field. I was confused; I didn’t know what happened because I was blocking off to the left. I had to watch it the next day to find out what happened. It was terrible.”
Dillon and Dallas met briefly at midfield and they posed for a picture for freelance photographer Rob Saye. But it was a somewhat awkward moment, Allas said.
“I told him to have fun in Miami and beat Notre Dame; that was about all I could think of,” Dallas said. “He was looking kind of sad. I was like, “enjoy it. SEC Championships are hard to come by.” I was like, “don’t feel bad for me. Enjoy it for your team.’ We knew one of us had to have a crappy day.”
As it turned out, the freshman Dillon did not play any for the Crimson Tide that day. Dallas is hoping for a rematch next year.
“Seeing my brother was cool,” he said. “Hopefully next year he can be playing so we can hit each other and that will be even more fun.”