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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Backyard Brawl (11/27/09) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information and entertainment. Today we're being brought to you by Eat Shit Pitt Premium Lager. And with that, I'm voluntarily ending the red/gold label streak at 27.

Big day today people. The 76 Classic is under way and what else? Oh, yeah, IT'S THE BACKYARD BRAWL!!!!! Weather looks to be nasty for those of us going to the game. I'm ready, are you? There's lot's inside to help you prepare. Have a great weekend!!!!! Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming. Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

West Virginia vs. Long Beach St - Recap -

76 Classic Photo Gallery -

Pitt Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com

News of Note (FB):

West Virginia: WVU, Stewart hunt signature win - PPG

Brawl could clear up bowl picture - Charleston Gazette

Williams, WVU eye big win over Panthers - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU's backup kicker Lider is ready to step up - Charleston Daily Mail

Panthers have edge in head-to-head matchup - Charleston Daily Mail

Win in 2007 game set Pittsburgh on a roll - Charleston Daily Mail

Hoppy's Commentary -

Pitt-West Virginia features Big East's top 2 backs - Bluefield Daily Telegraph (AP)

WVU, Pitt renew longtime rivalry tonight - Times West Virginian

Connelly, Stull take different collegiate paths - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

2007 Backyard Brawl loss to Pitt leaves bitter taste for WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Power football on the menu for Backyard Brawl - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

102nd Backyard Brawl: "Let's Get Into a Street Fight" - EerSports

News of Note (BB):

Texas A&M (4-0) up next for Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette

Preview: Texas A&M -

Ebanks' absence will end as soon as Mountaineers need him -

Ho hum, still no Ebanks - Charleston Gazette

Ebanks stays on bench in WVU win - Charleston Daily Mail

Holiday breakout - Charleston Gazette

Mitchell, Mountaineers shine in Classic - Charleston Daily Mail

76 Classic features tough field, variety of styles - LA Times via Charleston Daily Mail

Battle Tested - MSNsportsNET.Com

What's On Tap:

2:30 p.m. today on ESPN.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7 p.m. tonight on ESPN2. Pitt is giving 3.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Pitt Football: Panthers' '07 win triggered changes - PPG

Bearcat objective: Stay out of trap - Cincinnati Enquirer

University of Cincinnati needs stadium upgrade, but what and how? - Cincinnati Enquirer

These Cards stayed close in adversity - Courier-Journal

WR Mitchell should see action against Miami - Tampa Tribune

Orange, Huskies try to finish strong -

This does not feel right -

DT Taj Alexander Commits to Rutgers - Protect R Turf

Rutgers Game Day: Looking to rebound in a big way against Louisville - Star Ledger

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Uncle Dan’s Almost Famous Chili

4-5 lbs of ground chuck
1/2 cup olive oil
3 cups onions, chopped
3 cups bell peppers, chopped
3 Tbsp. garlic, minced
5 large bay leaves
1 1/2 Tsp. oregano
1 large bottle chili powder
2 Tbsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
3 Tbsp. paprika
3 Tbsp. flour
3 qts. beef broth
6 cups pinto beans

Brown the beef in olive oil. Add onions, bell peppers and garlic. Simmer ten minutes. Add bayleaves (will prevent heartburn), oregano, chili powder, ground cumin (more if you like), cayenne pepper, paprika, and flour. Cover and simmer 5 minutes. Add beef broth (diluted) and pinto beans. Cover and cook 2 hrs (tasting and stirring is encouraged as well as expected) grab a box of crackers and an ice cold beverage and enjoy.

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Video of Interest:

Country Roads sent me this a while back and I've been saving it especially for today's edition. It's a great tribute to a man who embodied the fiery sentiment of the Backyard Brawl for many, many years. This one's for you, Jack.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

The girls are back this week, picking the winner of the USC/UCLA game.

This Week in Body Painting:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Victoria's Secret Angel from down under. Please say g'day to Miranda Kerr.