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The only consolation to sweating in a Halloween costume is the prospect of enjoying a balmy Friday afternoon on the Georgia/Florida coast. I woke up to pouring rain in Athens, my yoga class last night only half full.  My dogs hurried through the deserted foggy streets, throwing concerned glances towards the jackolantern scarecrow and the glowing ghost.  

The never ending summer of 2019 continues to put up a fight, and with concern, we sweat.    

Second in the SEC East and 6-1 heading into the Georgia Florida game, we are again playing for “all the marbles,” as stated by UGA junior offensive lineman Solomon Kindley on Monday.  

Fifty years ago, on another November afternoon in Jacksonville, the Dawgs were 5-2, coming off a rainy day disaster in Sanford Stadium against Tennessee, their only other loss to Archie Manning’s Ole Miss squad earlier in the fall.  The previous weekend, the Gators had suffered their first lost, still considered one of the worst losses in Florida history at the hands of the Auburn eagletigers, in which Florida QB John Reaves, a future first round draft pick, threw nine interceptions to establish an NCAA record that stands to this day.

With 70,862 people in attendance at Gator Bowl Stadium, it would be the largest crowd the Dawgs experienced all season.  Trav Paine, a red shirt senior running back on the kickoff return team prepared to take the field and turn it loose.  With a skip.

Happy Georgia Florida everyone, I will be in Athens this weekend packing furiously to move into my new house next week.  Come visit me.  To everyone traveling to the coast, be safe, check your tires, take a fleece and some real shoes, the high is 89 tomorrow in Jacksonville, but the low on Saturday is 52, aka “freezing” on the coast.  

To everyone staying here, the nights will be in the 30s starting tomorrow, so make sure you have firewood, get started on that pot of chili, and find your puffy jacket and red gloves.  I know y’all have some red and black flannel blankets around here somewhere, get them out, there will be no more sweating. Turn it loose. 

 

GOOOOOOOO DAAAWWWGGGSSS!

 

Sic ‘EM!

Woof woof woof woof woof woof woof woof! 

 With love and bulldog affection, 

Charlsie Kate Paine

Athens, Georgia

October 30, 2019

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