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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (11/13/09) Cincinnati Game-Day Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, brought to you today by Michelob. That makes 18 and I like it.

It's Friday the 13th and it's gameday. The only way it would be better is if we had a full moon. Not many are giving us a chance tonight. It (to me at least) feels like the atmosphere before the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma (not that it has a bearing on anything). I just hope he results are similar. A win for WVU tonight would make the BCS people happy, which really isn't a good thing. But I say, "Screw 'em all! It's Mountaineer Pride!!" It's a big weekend for Mountaineer sports. In addition to the football game tonight, Women's Soccer starts the NCAA tourney today and both basketball teams open up their regular seasons this weekend. Enjoy the games, have a great weekend and send in your tips and requests. ...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Bits and Bytes: WVU - Cincinnati -

Brian Kelly talks about the Mountaineers -
Video Interview

Thursday Tidbits - MSNsportsNET.Com

Colin Dunlap's West Virginia football chat transcript - PPG

Big East picks, Week 11 - ESPN

Big East Football Preview -

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 11 preview - ESPN

Scooter pleads no contest to charges - 'Eers to the Ground / PPG

News of Note (FB):

UC-WVU scouting report - Cincinnati Enquirer

Mountaineers could change the postseason landscape tonight - PPG

Chances for WVU, Big East; Jock and I - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Views

Cincinnati good, but not invincible - Charleston Gazette

On paper, this game is all Cincinnati - Charleston Daily Mail

Turnover fight is key to plan against Cincinnati - Charleston Daily Mail

Following a tough act, WVU kicker still a star - Charleston Daily Mail

Bearcats put on an show with power offense - Charleston Daily Mail

Bearcat QBs double trouble for defenses - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

High stakes in WVU-Cincy matchup - Times West Virginian

Collaros, Cincinnati Pose Big Challenge for Mountaineers - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

High School, Strong Work Ethic Had Collaros Ready to Shine - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

No. 5 Cincinnati will use 2 QBs vs West Virginia - Martinsburg Journal (AP)

The Underdog Advantage -

A Look Ahead To Week #11 in Big East Football - NBE Big East College Football Report

News of Note (BB):

Andy Katz: Top 25 games for the 2009-10 college basketball season - ESPN

Point Counterpoint: Which team will win the Big East this year? - Daily Campus

Huggins makes stop in Fairmont - Times West Virginian

Forecasting the Big East: Mountaineers will finish on top - Sporting News

The Road to Recovery - MSNsportsNET.Com
Vanessa House is profiled.


Ga. Receiver DeMarco McNeal -

EerSports on the Recruiting Trail: Nov. 12 -

Huggins says Noah Cottrill will play for WVU - Charleston Gazette

Cottrill Signs - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article also includes audio link to interview with the future Mountaineer.

Cottrill: "Ready play for the state of West Virginia." -

What's On Tap:

Women's Soccer NCAA Tournament - MSNsportsNET.Com
3 p.m. today, at W. Dennie Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. vs. Loyola (Md.)

Women's Basketball: Preseason WNIT - MSNsportsNET.Com
6 p.m. tonight, against Towson at the WVU Coliseum. There will be a football game watch on the video boards following the game.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
8 p.m. tonight on ESPN2, live from Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. WVU is a 7.5 point dog as of this posting (down from 10 last night).

Loyola (MD) Greyhounds vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
The BB men make their long awaited season opening debut 4:00 PM ET, Sunday, at the Coliseum.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Cincinnati looks to atone for last week's defensive mistakes - ESPN

Kelly Can, And Likely Will, Leave Bearcats - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Rutgers defense bottles up quarterback B.J. Daniels and South Florida offense in shutout victory - Star Ledger

Errors doom USF in 31-0 loss to Rutgers - Tampa Tribune

Pitt's secondary to face big challenge from Irish - PPG

Pitt's improved pass D will get tested by Irish - ESPN

Cards can pay back Syracuse - Courier-Journal

Orange Insider-Syracuse at Louisville: Cardinals know just how Orange feels -

Twitter, YouTube empowering fans to impact college football - Stewart Mandel -

The Bottom 10 - ESPN

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

'Commissioner of Tailgating' offers pregame tips -

This sounds like a heart attack waiting to, enjoy.

Burger Bacon Dogs

1 pound of hamburger
1 pound of thin sliced bacon
8 hot dogs (the real deal, no cheap ones!)
4 slices of cheese(split the slices of cheese in half)
1 egg
16 toothpicks
Tin Foil Wrap

Combined hamburger, egg and your spices/seasonings to taste and form 8 hamburger patties.

Spread out your bacon with every two slices being about 2 " apart.

Slice each hot dog from end to end, NOT completely through, maybe half through the thickness of the dog and insert one half slice of the cheese into each dog.

Place the dog on one end of the hamburger patty and carefully roll the dog while wrapping it with the patty.

Place this carefully at the ends of your bacon, which should be spaced 2 " apart....(2 slices of bacon per burger-dog), carefully roll and wrap the bacon. Secure bacon to each burger-dog with two toothpicks. NOTE: Leave each toothpick exposed on one side or the other in order to remove them after cooking.

Wrap your burger-dogs with tin foil and place on grill over medium heat, but do not place directly over flame. Cook for half-hour and then CAREFULLY remove foil from burger-dogs (HOT JUICE-Be Careful!)

Place burger dogs back onto grill for browning.

Serve with any condiments by itself or on a large Hoagie Roll - Awesome!!!

Courtesy of

Video of Interest:

CBS Sports previews tonight's game.

This Week in Bodypainting:

You didn't think I forgot, did ya?

Beirut Table Gallery of the Week:

Beer pong is played with paddles, people. These are Beirut tables. I counted 3 WV/WVU tables represented here. And yes, that is a WVU table in the banner pic.

Video(s) of (Dis)Interest:

Here's a video of the making of the above table. Yeah, it's a little old (after doing some research, I found this was featured on the old site two Aprils ago). It even has a recirculating water ball washing station. The finished product is shown around the 2:25 mark. Impressive doesn't even begin to do this justice. (audio has been disabled due to copyright)

And to help the degenerate gamblers among us, some help picking the OSU/Iowa game (I really hope this one is wrong):

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is just one reason I have no problem with Brazil getting chosen for the Summer Olympics over Chicago (future Miss Throwdowns will demonstrate more reasons). Victoria's Secret model, a true angel, Mrs. Marko Jarić, expecting her first child in December (pray the child looks like her and nothing like him)....I proudly present.......Adriana Lima.