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Life sure comes at you fast. Just ask former Yellow Jacket Demaryius Thomas, who has seen just about as much change over the last few days as most people can expect in a whole decade or more. First it was announced that his mother, who had been in prison on nonviolent drug charges since Thomas was just eleven, had been commuted by president Obama and would be released in November. As if that news wasn't enough, the All-Pro wide receiver got even more to celebrate yesterday when he agreed to a 5-year, $70 million deal with the Denver Broncos with just under $45 million guaranteed, making him the second highest-paid wideout in the entire league, behind only fellow Jacket Calvin Johnson. Congratulations to Bay Bay on what I'd call a successful week.

The big academic news from the Flats yesterday is that 173 student-athletes were named to the ACC Honor Roll in honor of maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA in the classroom while also (somehow) partaking in a sport. I can't accurately vouch for how great a feat that is, but I will say that I am less than confident in my ability to maintain a 3.0 GPA at Georgia Tech regardless of if I'm playing a sport or not. Do handle practice and games while also somehow managing to overachieve in the classroom is just flat out impressive. Congratulations to those 173 outstanding people who can both think and run faster than I can.

If you read this post every day, you've undoubtedly heard my spiel on defensive end KeShun Freeman at least a dozen or so times. If that is the case, then I regret to inform you that you will have to endure it at least one more time before reading this piece from Ken Sugiura about Freeman's development as a player and a person through training and service over the summer. Actually, I'll spare you the suffering just this one time and give you a quick and hopefully painless version. KeShun Freeman, a reigning Freshman All-American, has the potential to develop into the best passrusher I've ever had the opportunity to see play on the Flats as early as this season. If he develops into the type of player many expect him to become, his raw athleticism and skill plus improved performances from his fellow linemen could very well turn him into an All-American once again. He has a chance to be the best player on the field for every game he plays in for the remainder of his career.

I'll leave you today with 100% credible proof that the world is in the process of exploding into a fiery vortex of death and destruction -- outspoken SEC [I have no clue what to call him. Fanboy? Analyst? Something more profane? Whatever.] Paul Finebaum is now on video calling the conference he so dearly loves "overrated". It's all over. Quit your jobs and sell your homes immediately. Or don't. It doesn't matter. The wrath of Phyllis from Mulga will rip our petty world to shambles with one mighty PAAWWWWWLLLLLL. THE ESSEECEE AINT OVERRATED, FINEBAUM. THE DYNASTY HAS JUST BEGUN.

Who cares what I want to ask? The world will be over long before this post is scheduled to go up. Thanks, Finebaum.