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Judge postpones trial for Auburn fan to attend BCS Championship game

Exhibit A: these photos earned Birmingham lawyer Michael Mulvaney a stay of execution for his "once in a life-time opportunity".

TWER officially opposes the paranoid Haley’s Comet mentality, but it’s out there – even in the rational halls federal court.

A Birmingham lawyer — and lifelong Auburn football fan — asked a judge this week to hold off scheduling a trial so he and his family can go to the team’s Jan. 10 national championship game, fearing he might not ever get another chance.

“Since the last National Championship Game for Auburn was 1957 (and I was born in 1965) it is fair to say that this is a once in a life-time opportunity,” Mulvaney wrote. “Without Cam Newton (or Nick Saban as our coach) it is hard to imagine this ever happening again.”

The judge understood his predicament.

Michael Mulvaney, one of the attorneys representing the Hartford Fire Insurance Co. in a civil case in federal court in Mobile, filed a motion Wednesday requesting that a trial scheduled for January begin on Jan. 17 or be continued to February in light of the championship game.

“As a life-long Auburn fan, I am asking the Court for grace and mercy to allow me to take my family (wife and 3 daughters) to the game, which is set for January 10, 2011. We have purchased non-refundable plane tickets and hotel rooms,” Mulvaney writes in his motion. “We have not yet bought tickets to the game.”

We also oppose – but certainly understand – the shameful “peace be upon him” pandering displayed in Mulvaney’s reference to Nick Saban in case the judge were a Bama fan (her last name is DuBose).

But if she was, it worked: “Later on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose, whose court is in Mobile, granted Mulvaney’s request, ordering that the trial not be held on Jan. 7-11.”

(Or perhaps it was the precedent for postponement set last year by an Alabama-fan attorney. Or maybe “Exhibit A” – a photograph of – presumably – his daughter posing in an Auburn cheerleader outfit with a stuffed tiger.)

“But to set the record straight, I don’t want Nick Saban for my coach,” Mulvaney is quoted as saying. “I love Gene Chizik — he is my coach.”

And he got you to the BCS National Championship one year sooner than you would have gotten if you were a Saban-era Bama fan.  Show some pride, man!

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