Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale in honor of the special occasion.
Today's a somewhat special day for me here at the Shotgun/Throwdown. One year ago today, Dr. Charley West took a chance and handed me, someone he didn't really know, the keys to this feature. I was hesitant at first and it took a few days (nay, weeks?) to get my feet wet, but I finally got the hang of it by the time the FB season got rolling. 227 editions, nearly as many sponsors and Miss Throwdowns later (without repeats until today, mind you)...and here we are at the precipice of another football season for the Old Gold and Blue. I hope you all have enjoyed it as much as I have this past year. Thank you the readers and thanks to Charley and the rest of the guys for the opportunity and friendship. We're not slowing down anytime soon.
A wise man told me yesterday that we're one day closer to football season. I'm pumped, excited, stoked and just about any other word you can think of. Camp is rolling along and we've got a couple freshmen in the news (one good news, the other...not so much). All your coverage is inside, including a link to the Coach Stew Presser, airing live at 10:30 am EDT. Happy Belated Birthday to 5th Year!!! I'm always open to suggestions or requests. Just send them to me by email or Twitter. See you after the jump...
What You May Have Missed:
Cunningham Joins Athletic Staff - MSNsportsNET.Com
Associate Athletic Director for Governance and Compliance
Sportsline Exclusive: Oliver Luck - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article and video link
Top 20 Heisman Trophy contenders for 2010 - ESPN
#20 here too
Who would you rather be? - ESPN
...yep, #20 again
Alabama No. 1 in 2010 preseason Top 25, but Boise State looms - Andy Staples - SI.com
We just missed the cut
Volleyball: Mountaineers Selected No. 13 - MSNsportsNET.Com
...in the league. Let's hope the new coach can turn this one around.
News of Note:
OK not enough any more at WVU - Times West Virginian
The 40 Package - WVMETRONEWS.COM
There's a funny story about 40's from my days at WVU...I'll relate in the comments below
A Special Teams Break Down - On The Clock
Video with Chip F and Greg Hunter...with links to more on the right
Settled Spot - BGN
Top 100 College Football Traditions: #2: LSU Night Games Move Heaven And Earth – LostLettermen.com
Here's what WVU and the fans might experience
Soph Film - Colin Thompson - BGN
"Archbishop Wood High School product Colin Thompson has offers from BC and Rutgers and interests including Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia and Scout.com has his sophomore highlights on offense and defense."
Around the League (and Beyond):
Offensive linemen aware of their importance for Coastal Carolina football team - Sun News
Here's one from our season opening opponent
What's On Tap:
Videos of Interest:
Video of (Dis)Interest:
I can't remember if I've posted this one before, but she's gorgeous and this is funny.
Celebrity Beach Butt Gallery of the Week:
Kind of a double bonus gallery...many pics inside lead to full galleries themselves.
Today's Miss Throwdown is your weekly lead off batter on the Hump Day posts I've done. A native of South Africa, a Victoria's Secret Angel and my personal favorite....Candice Swanepoel.
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