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That's right...IT'S BRAWL WEEK!! Nothing gets my blood boiling like Brawl Week. The turf is already becoming part of the story and I'm sure there'll be lot's of other sub-plots as the week progresses. In other news, Men's BB lost to Minnesota last night in Puerto Rico...a game they could have won. Thankfully, in basketball, early season losses aren't the killers they are in football. There's plenty for Huggs to work on but I was encouraged by what I saw for an early season game. WVU's Men's Soccer had their post-season end yesterday with a 3-2 decision against Akron. Did I mention it was Brawl Week?
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What You May Have Missed:
2010 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 13 - ESPN
Receiving votes again
Hampton a special player - Martinsburg Journal
News of Note:
Late 3 Sinks WVU - MSNsportsNET.Com
More like bad foul shooting
Gophers Beat WVU 74-70 to win Puerto Rico Tourney - WVMetroNews.com
Huggs Post-game audio
Blake Hoffarber's big 3-pointer helps Minnesota improve to 5-0, win tournament title - ESPN
Recap, Stats, Photos, etc
Top Five: Reasons Pitt Will Beat West Virginia In The Backyard Brawl - SB Nation Pittsburgh
To be fair, he's gonna do one for WVU to win as well.
This Brawl carries great significance - Times West Virginian
They all do, Bob
Big East Power Rankings: Week 13 - ESPN
The most telling stat of the year for WVU football: "the offense has only scored 13 points and just one touchdown in the second half during its five Big East games." = Offensive Lameassery
NCAA College Football BCS Bowl Projections Week 12 - ESPN
Charlotte and Champs here
Big East bowl projections - ESPN
Around the League (and Beyond):
Cardinal Confidence - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video Link - essentially about how UL is still confident in the direction of their program despite the loss to WVU
Mark Harrison ties Rutgers record with four touchdowns in 69-38 loss to Cincinnati - Star Ledger
Further proof our Offense is broken: Rutgers scores 38 against Cinci.
Football season slipping away following loss to Cincinnati - On the Banks
Really? Most of us saw it slipping away for Rutgers LOOOONG ago.
St. Mary's freshman claimed sex attack by Notre Dame football player - Chicago Tribune
Northbrook student apparently killed herself days after telling campus police she had been sexually attacked by football player - Absolutely sad
What's On Tap:
Video of Interest:
I'm sure I've posted this one before and I will again, unapologetically. No one epitomizes Pitt hate more than Jack Fleming.
Video of (Dis)Interest:
250 Movie introductions. Warning: Potty Mouths included
Today's Miss Throwdown is Romanian model Olga Calpajiu. I have told you about my thing for Eastern European women, right? Anyway....click on the picture for a lovely gallery.
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