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KNOXVILLE — Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has said it before this summer. Said it quite often, actually. But the words carried a bit more weight a mere five days from the Volunteers' season opener against Utah State on Sunday evening.

OK, here we are, after a weekend in which Michael Sam's sack made some guy on Twitter famous because he declared bankruptcy for pledging to buy the world a drink if Sam sacked Johnny Manziel and did the money finger salute.

Welcome back, even if you're not named Kotter.

We can say this for sure: The Tennessee Volunteers' new depth chart will mean record-setting success for the folks who sell pregame programs.

I hope we can all agree that the only fair site for any football game between the Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans — at least those of the exhibition variety — is to play it right here in our own Finley Stadium, given that it's basically equal distance from both NFL franchises' home venues.

When the University of Tennessee's 118th football season kicks off one week from today against Utah State, an old argument may well resurface about which opponent Volunteers fans hate most — Alabama, which owns seven straight wins over UT, or Florida, which has won nine in a row over the Big Orange.

I started writing an online column at timesfreepress.com on Oct. 25, 2010, and "The 5-at-10" has been there every Monday-Friday since — 1,000 consecutive Monday-through-Fridays — as of this week.

Thanks to everyone for playing along

If you've spent most of the summer wondering what happened to that Atlanta Braves team that won 17 of its first 24 games to open the season, well, it appears those guys just may be baa-a-a-a-ack!

If you haven't seen Johnny Manziel's one-fingered salute to the Washington Redskins by now, good for you. You're apparently more well-rounded than those of us who refuse to go to sleep until we've seen the Left Coast version of "SportsCenter."

From the "Talks too much" studios, let's make the magic happen.

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