Well, it’s definitely been a week of firsts, or at least “first in a really long time” occurrences. The first significant snow storm in nearly 30 years spawned childlike wonder and glee in many locals last week while Monday night’s nail-biting, overtime national championship game triggered heartbreak for Georgia fans.
The National Weather Service recorded 3.5 inches of snowfall in Evans County last Wednesday, but some folks measured more than that at their homes. Amazingly, it only took a few hours for South Georgia’s barren, winter landscape to be transformed into a winter wonderland.
I tromped through the snow on our driveway like a kid and gave serious thought to making a snow angel in the backyard (surrounded by the privacy fence where no passerby would see), but my husband’s nonchalant demeanor and Cuper’s dubious reaction to the snow dampened my spirit a bit, that and the freezing pain in my fingers and toes.
Cuper wouldn’t put a single paw in the snow. She stepped gingerly from the front porch to the straw flower bed to take care of business then darted back indoors.
Jeremy grew up in Delaware. One of the perks of his move to Georgia was getting away from the snow and ice so he wasn’t exactly thrilled that three years later it found him in South Georgia.
While some folks laughed at local offices and businesses’ decision to close up for the storm, Jeremy says it was for the best. Driving on ice is no joke! In fact, I let him do most of the driving last week and didn’t even crank up my truck until Monday morning. Navigating our frozen back steps was pretty much a suicide mission until Friday evening.
Monday night, loyal Georgia fans gathered to watch UGA battle Alabama, rooting for the first national championship win since 1980, only to hang their heads in heartbreak as Alabama scored a touchdown in overtime. Final score 26-23.
At first, I didn’t think Jeremy and I would be able to watch the game because I had meetings to cover, but Evans County BOE finished up their monthly meeting in record time Monday night. Most in attendance were already sporting their Georgia Bulldog shirts, pins, hats and scarves.
We drove over to Hardware Pizza in Lyons, one of the best pizza joints around, for a game party. Hardware isn’t normally open on Monday nights, but they opened up with a limited menu for the national championship.
I screamed so hard when Alabama missed that field goal and the game headed into overtime that I scared myself. I don’t recall the last time I’ve watched a game that intently. But, knowing we had a long drive home, we loaded up and listened to the overtime in the car on the way back to Hagan. We were still whooping over Georgia’s successful attempt to push back Alabama’s advance when Roll Tide completed that 41-yard pass for a touchdown and it was all over in a split second. The radio announcer barely had time to describe one play into the next before Bama fans were roaring and the Bulldog Nation sat in stunned silence.
I glanced at Jeremy and commented that I was kind of glad we weren’t still sitting at Hardware Pizza with all those Dawg fans. It would have made the heartbreak even more intense. At least my fingers and toes thawed out in a few hours from the snow, but that tragic ending to a stellar Georgia football season will sting for awhile.
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