The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (11/22/10) Edition

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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:

Gold and Blue Report for Monday - WVMetroNews.com

Football: Coach Bill Stewart Teleconference - MSNsportsNET.Com

Football: Louisville Award Winners - MSNsportsNET.Com

2010 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 13 - ESPN
Receiving votes again

Huggie Bear line to help with cancer research - Inter-Mountain

Hampton a special player - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

Men's Soccer: WVU Falls to No. 3 Akron - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU shortcomings still linger for West - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

News of Note:

Basketball

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

Gophers Beat WVU 74-70 to win Puerto Rico Tourney - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Trevor Mbakwe, Al Nolen lead Minnesota Golden Gophers to title - ESPN

Blake Hoffarber's big 3-pointer helps Minnesota improve to 5-0, win tournament title - ESPN
Recap, Stats, Photos, etc

Truck Bryant takes responsibility for loss - ESPN

Errors Aplenty - BGN

PoG: West Virginia vs Minnesota - BGN

Gophers bury WVU - Charleston Gazette

Minnesota, UNC surprise in Puerto Rico -- but not in the same way - Luke Winn - SI.com

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from WVU's Run in Puerto Rico - WVillustrated.com

Football

West Virginia Vs. Pittsburgh, Week 13 College Football Odds: Pitt A Slight Favorite In Backyard Brawl - SB Nation Pittsburgh

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.

No love lost between Thomas, Pittsburgh - Charleston Gazette

WVU football: Irvin reaches double figures in sacks - Charleston Daily Mail

Mountaineers’ defensive corps gives powerful performance - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Confidence soaring for WVU defense - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

WVU football: Low-scoring contests have been a trend - Charleston Daily Mail

West Virginia's Devine on the rebound - PPG

Question for you: The Heinz Field turf - whose advantage? - 'Eers to the Ground

Backyard Brawl Next: WVU Defense is Scary Good - Pitt Redshirt Diaries

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
Champs here

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Essentially Three Team Race - Cardiac Hill

Down to one final chance for Louisville football - Courier-Journal

Cardinal Confidence - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video Link - essentially about how UL is still confident in the direction of their program despite the loss to WVU

Jamie Dixon, Pitt Sow Seeds of Final Four in Garden Victory - NCAABB FanHouse

Pitt pulls out ugly win at South Florida, 17-10 - PPG

Bulls fall short against Pitt in Big East showdown - Tampa Tribune

Connecticut turns Syracuse University miscues into 23-6 victory - Post Standard

The weekend, in photos - The UConn Blog
This is hilarious...and in response to THIS (linked), no doubt

UConn Rolls To First Road Victory - Hartford Courant

Syracuse 63 - William & Mary 60: Jim Boeheim Is Going To Straight-Up Murder Someone - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

UC football offensive toward Rutgers 69-38 - Cincinnati Enquirer

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.

Poise, Defense and Henry Sims. Georgetown Beats NC State 82-67, Wins Charleston Classic - Casual Hoya

postGame: Villanova 86, Lafayette 41 - The Nova Blog

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

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel - SI.com

College GameDay Final: Week 12 - ESPN

Oregon, Auburn, TCU still 1-2-3 in latest BCS standings - SI.com

What's On Tap:

Party in Pittsburgh for the Backyard Brawl - 'Eers to the Ground

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

Miss Throwdown:

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.

Stone Hammer image via 1.bp.blogspot.com

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