Bulldog Fans' Feelings During the Tennessee Game

Bulldog Fans' Feelings During the Tennessee Game

We may have lost, but at least we didn't have to go home in that God-awful orange.
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Alright, Georgia fans. We've had quite an eventful weekend. From having to be surrounded by God-awful orange all weekend to losing our game with four

seconds left, we've been through hell and back. And as much as I'm sure we'd all just want to brush it under the rug and pretend it didn't happen, I know that the first step to fixing the problem is to confront it. So, in an attempt to lighten the mood, I decided to re-experience the feelings we experienced before, during, and after the game... Shall we?

1. Our pre-game hype was at an all-time high.

We waited at the gate an hour before it open, our tailgates were more "lit" than ever before, and our spirits were at an all-time high: we were ready to take over the SEC East title.

2. The first half of the game didn't disappoint, either.

Yeah, we were kicking butt and taking names. Our team looked incredible on both sides, and the sweet taste of victory was already on our tongues. It seemed like it could only go up from there.

3. And then... they scored.

And even though they were slowly inching closer to our score, we were still in the lead. Though we were a little scared, we totally had this game in the bag... right?

4. Next thing we knew, we were down 24-28...

How did we let this happen? Where did this come from? The refs were making terrible calls, and the student section (and the rest of the stadium not wearing those gaudy orange shirts) was livid. However, we still held onto hope.

5. And then... with fifteen seconds left... we scored.

Probably the most hype four-minute celebration of my life. The crowd went wild. Jacob Eason's pass was absolutely flawless, and WR Riley Ridley caught it with perfection. Honestly, this was our answered prayer. We did it. We could still win the SEC East title. We were in there!

6. And with four seconds left... the unimaginable happened.

Yeah... IT happened. The ONE thing that we thought was IMPOSSIBLE. They scored.

7. Yes, that's right... four seconds.

Our spirits were destroyed. Our hope was lost. This was not the end we had expected.

8. And to make matters worse, the Tennessee fans were even worse of sore-winners than we ever expected.

They walked down Baxter singing "Rocky Top" in those awful checkered overalls. They yelled "Go Vols" one too many times on our turf. No matter how lucky they got in those last four seconds, they shoved every minute of that game in our faces. I swear if I hear "Rocky Top" one more time...

9. However, we're still better in the long run.

We outplayed them the entire game, we were much better sports than they were throughout the game, and we don't have to go home in that awful shade of orange. And for those reasons, I can still say that I am so proud to be a Georgia Bulldog.

They say that this year is UGA's "rebuilding" year. And if we are playing the way we did Saturday as a not-yet-ready team, I can't imagine how good we'll be in the next few years. Sure, the final score was not what we deserved. However, we honestly came out on top: we go to the best school in the nation, we get to call Jacob Eason "our boy," and we never have to sing "Rocky Top." It's great to be a Georgia Bulldog today and every day.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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The Heart Of A Champion: Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods inspires millions with fifth Masters title and the comeback of a lifetime.

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Tiger Woods. What do you think of when you hear that name?

For me, it is golf, champion, goat. Tiger Woods rose to success and won his first masters in 1997. The hunt was on, and the mission, be the best golfer the of all time. But Tiger's story started long before the 1997 masters it began as a toddler learning the basics of golf from his father at the ripe young age of 3 years old.

At that age, Tiger had one dream. Become a better golfer than Jack Nicklaus. With this win in 1997 Tiger began his quest to be the greatest of all time. He picked up back to back masters wins in 2001 and 2002 and a fourth in 2005 tying that of famed golfer Arnold Palmer. Along the way, he picked up 14 major championships as captivated audiences everywhere. Tiger put golf on the map in the 2000s and brought new energy and a new attitude towards the game.

Suddenly at the pinnacle of Tiger's success and as many thought, he would soon surpass Jack Nicklaus tragedy struck. On Thanksgiving of 2009, Tiger was in a car accident that was caused in part by his wife discovering that he had been cheating on her. This was only the beginning for Tiger's downward spiral. As more and more mistresses came out claiming to have slept with the golfer and being caught driving under the influence, his reputation and image continued to be tarnished.

When Tiger finally returned to golfing he just was not the same.

He lacked passion, excitement enthusiasm. He was just plain bad. He missed putts, drove balls into the woods and was facing competition tougher than ever. He was among a host of new faces in the PGA. Professionals that had grown up inspired by Tiger and not afraid to challenge him. Tiger would go on an eleven-year drought without winning a single major competition and had many believing Tiger would never return to the dominance he once held. With numerous nagging injuries, it seemed that all hope for Tiger's return and his lifelong goal of beating Jack Nicklaus and becoming the best golfer in history seemed utterly unattainable.

However, after five years winless in PGA tours, in September of 2018, Tiger wings a tour and had many speculators wondering if Tiger was on his return. Tiger went into Augusta this past weekend at 12th in the world and from the beginning of the tour on Thursday all eyes were on Tiger. He seemed laser focused and played with a determination we had not seen from Tiger in over a decade.

As the final round on Sunday approached Tiger had placed himself in the running tied for second place. Sunday it was Tiger's day. He came dressed in the classic red shirt that he wears on every Sunday at the Masters and there was a feeling that it was Tiger's show. Sunday he came in poised and determined to win and played with a passion that only Tiger has. He was gaining roars from the crowd with each stroke. Finally, after 11 years Tiger had done it. He won his fifth masters only one behind Jack Nicklaus and first major in 11 years.

On Sunday Tiger taught us to never give up on a dream and that through adversity and hard times you that through hard work and dedication you can still be the best.

Battling through the injuries, the scrutiny and the tarnished reputation Tiger was able to once again inspire millions and show that we are all humans we all make mistakes and he taught us to apologize for our mistakes, learn from them, make you better and that everyone deserves a second chance because nobody is perfect but through hard work, determination, the drive to never give up and having passion for what you do and understanding that you do make mistakes and how you learn from them showed millions of fans young and old that you can do anything you set your mind to.

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