The passion people have for sports never ceases to amazing me and I think that is great.
That hasn’t changed in over 30 years of working in this business.
It’s what drew me to the wonderful world of sports writing.
Sports writing has always been a good fit for me, although after working as an intern at a radio station while in college, covering politics and other hard news would have been an exciting way to make a living too.
However, I have no regrets. I was a terrible athlete and didn’t play sports in high school, but my love and knowledge of different sports and my desire to write about others has served me well for the last three decades.
However, it doesn’t take too much to put things in perspective.
The last couple of months have served to remind me that games, while important, are just that—games.
Win or lose the sun is still going to come up and the world is still going to keep spinning.
That message came to me loud a clear about three weeks ago after several different types of tests helped doctors discovered a small growth around the bile duct and small intestine.
Simply put, I have to have surgery on Thursday at Emory.
Doctors are hopeful they will be able to get it all.
My faith has put me at peace. My wonderful sister is coming down from Kentucky to be with me.
The outpouring of support from my co-workers has been awesome. They have reached out to me with love and kindness.
The coaches, parents and friends I have told in the community have also been great.
Cowetascore publisher Chris Goltermann is my long-time friend and as also been a wall of strength for me.
He will be flying solo until I return.
Hopefully, my time away will be short. Doctors won’t know until they see how I recover.
One thing is for sure, life is precious, we need to be kind to everybody and appreciate all of our blessings.
Looking forward to getting back soon to cover the wonderful athletes in Coweta County.
Hopefully when I return, I will be good as new.
Until then, God bless.
(Doug Gorman is the sports editor of the Newnan Times-Herald).