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Wow, what a weekend. Where to start?

Imagine an orange-wrapped crowd at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium on the Third Saturday in October paying tribute to former Alabama quarterback Joe Namath. Or a basketball gathering at North Carolina's Dean Smith Center rising to its feet to applaud Duke's Christian Laettner.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Most Tennessee football fans would never admit this, at least not yet, but both the Big Orange Nation and Georgia's Bulldog Nation may have gotten exactly what they needed from the Dawgs' 35-32 win between the hedges Saturday afternoon.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Butch Jones took his spot behind the makeshift podium underneath Sanford Stadium on Saturday afternoon and let out a loud sigh of exasperation.

If you're looking for something inspirational to do late Sunday evening, something on the order of cheering the Father of the Century across the Ironman finish line, you might want to drop by Ross's Landing a shade before midnight to root home Chattanooga firefighter Jason Greer.

Jay, I started reading your online blog after listening to you and David. I listen every day and you guys are great. I have lived in Nashville and Atlanta before moving here and you guys know more than any sports radio show I have ever heard.

Gang, remember the UGA-UT contest — pick the final score and you could win stuff — this week and the mailbag.

KNOXVILLE -- It's not that Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek doesn't appreciate the five years he spent at Georgia coaching the Bulldog linebackers. He'll swiftly say of that time, "Lots of good memories with the coaches there, lots of friendships made."

On multiple occasions this week, Alabama football coach Nick Saban has lamented the four turnovers and nine offensive penalties his Crimson Tide committed last Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

OK, we touched on this on Monday, and we'll likely have pretend Les Miles or pretend Jon Gruden breakdown the matchups of the Tennessee-Georgia game on Thursday's 5-at-10.

There was a sigh of relief across the NFL landscape this weekend as the discussion returned to the field, leaving the courtrooms and news-conference podiums behind.

Gang, it's a monster week, and you guys were money yesterday. Mondays are crazy for us so we didn't respond, but we'll pull a couple of mailbag possibilities out of the dialogue. Oh yeah, remember the mailbag.

It would not be inaccurate to look back at the Atlanta Braves' organization over the past couple of decades and compare it to those Las Vegas tourism ads: What happens inside their inner sanctum stays within that inner sanctum.

It's Monday. Hope you are ready for the week, because the week is ready for you.

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