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Talking points: they're baaaack edition

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  • Tennessee returns to the hardwood Monday against Louisiana-Lafayette, and there was some good news yesterday when J.P. Prince returned to practice. Depending on how Pajamas' ankle responds to the work, he may or may not actually play against the Ragin' Cajuns. Oh, and whatever happened with Ryan Childress? Dislocated kneecap in the offseason and six months of rehab, which is now, thankfully for everyone, over. He's nowhere near game ready, but he is ready to contribute. I don't know whether these guys will help us with the threes -- did you know that the Vols are not only worse shooting them this year but also worse defending them? -- but I do know that they will help in some way. Pearl's like that.
  • The 10 most defining stories of the 2008 SEC football season. Tennessee bookends this great list from the Chattanooga Times Free Press. No. 10 is "Eric Berry, destroyer of men," and No. 1 is The Papa's tearful resignation. There's some other good stuff in there, too, so it's worth the read.
  • And yes, there is some football today:

    Car Care Bowl: North Carolina vs. West Virginia 1:00 ESP
    Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State vs. Wisconsin 4:30 p.m. ESPN
    Emerald Bowl: California vs. Miami 8:00 p.m. ESPN

    Open thread, anyone? It's been pretty quiet, so I don't know.
  • And finally, this sounds like fun. Lane Kiffin's former team, the Oakland Raiders, travels to Tampa Bay to take on Monte Kiffin's Buccanneers tomorrow at 1:00. It's like how much more love lost could there be, and the answer is none. None more love lost. That could be fun.