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In preparation to write this year’s email, I have rewatched the last 90 seconds of the 2021 National Championship game about 100 times.  I was at the game, absolutely losing my mind, worried sick that I was once again watching the same terrible Alabama movie I’d already witnessed live repeatedly.  Sometimes, after you attend a big game live, you come home and want to watch it again on tv.  We watched the 2017 Rose Bowl repeatedly, from all the available ESPN angles, and it was glorious every time.  

I tried to rewatch the national champ game when I got back from Indy.  The game has often played in the background of parties and bars in Athens this year.  It stresses me out.  

Y’all, we won that game 33 to 18, and there is a version of that game that would have been enjoyable from start to finish.  The reality is that no one scored a touchdown until the end of the 3rd quarter, and no bulldawg faithful took a deep breath until the final minute.  There was not enough Coors light in Indianapolis or Athens, take my word for it.        

But good lord, that final 64 seconds.  Pure joy.  41 years, almost my entire life.  So many football games in so many places with so many people I love, culminating in this victorious celebration.  We screamed, we laughed, we cried, we simultaneously lost our minds across the country and the world.  All of our dogs lost their minds at our reactions. It makes me so happy to know I shared that with all of you.  So happy, that as I sit here thinking about it, I just want to…

TURN IT LOOSE!  (and skip in the endzone)

Dawgs, that’s enough looking backwards, today, this week, we need to focus on the present.  Those gators are still lurking in the swampy deep.  And that other orange team is coming to Athens soon.  There is work to be done.  Get out there and run some windsprints and clean the coolers.  Don’t forget your rain jacket this weekend, it might rain in Jacksonville on Saturday.  Let me know when you are going to be in Athens next, Ed the bulldog and I will be here, awaiting your return.  

With all the Bulldawg love – 

Charlsie Kate Paine and Ed the Bulldog

Libby Walsh McAleer, Mary Beth Hill Donovan, Charlsie Kate Paine

P.S. Watch this one too.

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