We’re hearing more about Angels recently, perhaps as a hint that we’re ready for some heavenly intervention. “Christmas Box Angel” statues are popping up all over, a kind of somber variant of the Cancer Survivor Gauntlet franchise that was all the rage a few years back.
Our favorite new angel statue, however, celebrates only the divinity of college athletics. It belongs to “Mr. Angel,” a bronze likeness of a bulldog that was recently unveiled next to a bank in Eastman, Georgia. The statue marks the presumed grave of Mr. Angel, who was the 1940s mascot of the University of Georgia — yet who had been completely forgotten until a photo of him with cheerleaders was discovered in an old yearbook.
Which will travelers prefer to visit this year: a happy bulldog angel or a scary cemetery angel? If we could track their relative popularity, perhaps we’d have a confidence indicator worthy of the gurus on Wall Street….
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