Still alive

By Brandon Bush


I want to start my column for this week in the least traditional way possible: by not talking about sports at all.

For those unaware, I was in a pretty rough car wreck Friday afternoon at the intersection in front of Ingles in Eatonton. To save you the details and to save me the embarrassment of telling this story again, it all boils down to me letting my guard down and getting distracted at the wheel, causing me to run a red light and be hit by an oncoming car.

As sad as I am my 2011 Jeep Wrangler is likely no more and as angry and frustrated with myself that this was so easily avoidable, it would be the ultimate understatement to say that I’m beyond lucky to be alive. Considering the damage that was done, I still don’t understand how I only walked away with some minor scratches and I’m beyond thankful neither myself nor, more importantly, the woman I collided with, were seriously hurt or worse.

However, had I’d been seriously hurt in that wreck or had anything else gone seriously wrong, it comforts me to know that Putnam County has such amazing servants in this community; from the police officers who arrived so quickly on the scene to the EMTs who checked me out to even the bystanders who pulled over to help. I felt a lot of emotions in that time, but the thing I never once felt was unsafe.

It all happened so fast and the aftermath didn’t seem real, so my mind doesn’t allow me to remember each and every person involved. For this reason, I’m using the first part of my column to say thank you to anybody involved in helping me through one of the worst experiences of my life. If it wasn’t for you, I might not have made it to watch Putnam County High School’s soccer team advance to the Final Four round the next day.

Speaking of which, Putnam County High School’s soccer team advanced to the Final Four round on Saturday.

Unfortunately for me, I’ve run into the same problem as last week as Putnam County played its semi-final game on Tuesday, May 8, on the road against Model High School – a school that has been the destroyer of dreams for successful War Eagle teams this season. We go to press on Tuesdays, meaning that even if we weren’t already putting that week’s paper together and could somehow include it this week, I’m not sure I’ve got a trip to Rome in me this week.

This means next week will be my final column about Putnam County soccer and it will be about one of three things: either Putnam fell at Model on Tuesday, Putnam defeated Model but lost the state championship or your 2018 War Eagles are state champions (the result we are all hoping for).

We all may know the answer before this column even comes out but, as of this past Monday (the day of writing this column), Putnam County is very much still alive.  

Though their championship hopes still lived after defeating Harlem High School on Saturday, the War Eagles have run the gauntlet this postseason in a handful of thrillers. So far in the playoffs, Putnam has endured an excruciating stalemate with Gordon Central that ended in penalty kicks, a highly-physical match with Spencer High School and a bloodbath with Harlem.

According to Putnam soccer coach Mark Silva, who I overheard calling his team the “Cardiac Kids” after the game – a reference to the 1967 Boston Red Sox – the Eagles have reached a 17-1-1 record without playing their best soccer yet. That is absolutely terrifying. At least for their opponents.

As I stated earlier, you know the answer reading this now before I know the answer as I type it. I am every bit confident in Putnam County to make it to the state championship but even if it doesn’t stay alive in the playoffs, its program will live on to thrive for many seasons to come.

We don’t know what their season will look like this time next week but, as of the day I’m writing this, Putnam County is still alive and so am I.

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