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COVID and the agony of defeat

Ray Goff, Jim Donnan and Mark Richt, good men all, had their fair shares of golden moments as coach of the Georgia Bulldogs. After the heady days of the early 1980s, they also taught us how losing felt.

I needed that coping skill Saturday as I watched the Dawgs bring their C-minus game to the Benz and lose to Alabama 27-24.

Since Kirby Smart arrived in Athens, we haven’t lost much. He fielded his first team in 2016 and that unit went 8-5. Since then, the Dawgs have gone 85-11 and won back-to-back national titles.

There were high hopes for a unprecedented third straight title but those died with the Bama loss. Georgia finished 12-1, was sixth in the final CFP rankings and will play FSU in the Orange Bowl.

Not a bad year but still a quite a sad end to the glorious run we had been on.

Next year, the long-awaited 12-team playoff begins and I don’t see UGA missing that party as long as Smart is at the helm.

Changing gears, I am sorry that I did not show more sympathy to those of you who have dealt with COVID over the last several years. I had managed to dodge it until recently.

One morning I awoke to find I had sweated through my clothes and bedding. My hair was as wet as if I had just gotten out of the shower.

I was trying to get a clean test so I could go to my Mama’s house in Savannah and be with the daughters who were coming in from New York and Nashville and other extended family. So, I took the antiviral Paxlovid which was three pills each morning and three more each evening for five days.

I felt bad before I took the drug but mostly suffered fatigue and a headache. The Paxlovid took away my senses of smell and taste and all my energy but it accomplished its purpose and we had a great family Thanksgiving.

I have never been so fatigued. At the time of this writing, two weeks after testing negative, I still get easily fatigued and have occasional chills or sweats.

Thanks, China!

If you have not had COVID, I hope you steer clear of it. If you have, please feel free to share your experience.

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