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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (12/21/09) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information and some daily distractions. Today we're being brought to you by Adnams Spindrift, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

It's Christmas week and most of us are recovering from the weekend snow. Football practice started up again and both basketball teams won over the weekend. The women did it in convincing fashion and the men blew a 17 point lead to win with an improbably easy layup with a second to spare. Your tips, suggestions and requests are always helpful. See you after the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

WVU Edges Vikings - MSNsportsNET.Com

West Virginia Defeats Fresno State - MSNsportsNET.Com
The women take care of business 72-52, after being delayed overnight by the snow.

Gold and Blue Report for Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

News of Note (FB):

Stewart keeps his cool in wake of Doc's departure - Charleston Gazette

Stewart has WVU on track - Charleston Daily Mail

Practice Resumes - MSNsportsNET.Com

All-Decade Football Team - MSNsportsNET.Com

All-Decade Football Team - MSNsportsNET.Com
Caridi's version

Pastilong Says Doc Replacement Up To Stew - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Audio link

Bill Stewart: Jeff The Great - WVMETRONEWS.COM
That would be the Hoss. Video link

WVU will survive loss of Holliday - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Stew Has a Busy Month Ahead - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Love, respect for the game - Martinsburg Journal
Nate Sowers is profiled.

Hard-hitting Glover preparing for FSU, senior year at WVU - Tribune Chronicle

Bowden reflects on WVU - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

WVU Prepares for FSU -
Video inside

News of Note (BB):

Huggins not happy - Charleston Gazette

An eye-opener for WVU - Charleston Gazette

Cleveland State escape offers lessons for WVU - Charleston Daily Mail

All-Decade Basketball Teams - MSNsportsNET.Com

A pressing issue - Times West Virginian

WVU players about to feel Huggins’ wrath - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Top 25 after Week 6 - FOX Sports on MSN


Irvin Credits Coach Galloway as Reason To Attend -
Thanks to naughtynok (I missed this one).

WVU commits Barry Brunetti and Jewone Snow do their part to solidify 2010 class -

WVU Recruit: Willis Wright -

Florida recruits Leon Orr, Lynden Trail explain MySpace photos -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Rutgers Rolls Behind Defense, Sanu - Protect R Turf
45-24 over UCF in the St. Petersburg Bowl

Sources: Rutgers offensive lineman Anthony Davis to enter NFL Draft - ESPN

UC Bearcats rout Lipscomb - Cincinnati

USF tops San Diego, last season's win total - Tampa Tribune

Redding helps No. 8 Villanova beat Fordham 96-58 -

Old Dominion rerun: 61-57 over No 11 Georgetown - (AP)

Louisville basketball downs Western Kentucky 102-75 - Courier-Journal

No. 14 UConn beats Central Florida 60-51 - (AP)

Connecticut, Jim Calhoun close to new multi-year deal -

Syracuse hits big shots to stave off St. Bonaventure -

Pitt Basketball: 'Elite' recruits not always the best - PPG

Cincinnati interim coach Jeff Quinn gets Buffalo job - (AP)

SUV bought for USC tailback Joe McKnight's girlfriend, owner Scott Schenter says - ESPN

Chris Henry:

Regarding Henry -

Chad Ochocinco Honors Chris Henry - Sporting News

Video of Interest:

Here's an interview with Coach Beatty, courtesy of WVIllustrated.

Random Link of Hilarity:

These are awesome!

The top 10 unintentionally worst company URLs - Independent Sources

Christmas Gallery of the Day:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one of the tabloid stars in the UK. Say hello to the lovely Michelle Marsh. God bless the UK. The gallery is

And because it's the Christmas season, and I like to give, here are two more with Michelle frolicking around with pal and fellow Miss Throwdown, Lucy Pinder.