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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Christmas Eve (12/24/09) Edition

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Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information and a few distractions. Today we're being brought to you by Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

It's Christmas Eve and Huggs and the men gave us an early present last night. I sincerely wish you all the best Christmas and hope you all get to spend it with family and friends. Be safe if you're traveling. I will have a small edition up tomorrow. Merry Christmas everyone!! (Tips, suggestions and requests can be submitted here) Ho Ho Ho...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Smith Shoots Down Ole Miss - MSNsportsNET.Com

Kansas, Texas, Kentucky top three in College Hoops Power Rankings - Luke Winn -

News of Note (FB):

Best case/Worst case rewind: West Virginia - ESPN

Get your Gator Bowl pregame plan ready - Charleston Daily Mail

Kirkland tackling new role in WVU offense - Charleston Daily Mail

Football: Brown to Play in East-West Shrine - MSNsportsNET.Com

Gorman: 'Backyard Brawl' altered college football landscape - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

News of Note (BB):

Night at the improv - Charleston Gazette

Smith gives WVU fans early present - Charleston Gazette

WVU Goes To The Wells For Win - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Includes a gallery, article and audio of Huggs.

First Test Passed -

West Virginia pulls away from Mississippi - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Bench a great motivator - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Huggs’ Message Sent, Received - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Big East early season review - ESPN

What's On Tap:

No games scheduled...just my favorite holiday.

Around the League (and Beyond):

USF's Pierre-Paul has choice to make - Tampa Tribune

Gruder visits old stomping grounds - PPG

Quinn juggling Cincinnati, Buffalo jobs - Cincinnati Enquirer

Jimmy Dean would sing: 'Wide at the shoulder, narrow at the hip. That's Rick. Big, bad Rick.' -

Wright scores career-high 34 to lead No. 13 Georgetown - ESPN

Reynolds' 22 points help No. 8 Villanova cruise past Delaware - ESPN

Forbes: Texas reigns as most valuable college -

Video of Interest:

Thanks to WVIllustrated.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This is my favorite version of this song and these are great clips to go along with it.

Christmas Gallery of the Day:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is yet another Brazilian beauty and a Victoria's Secret Angel. Oh, to be Tom Brady. Here's Gisele Bündchen. Merry Christmas everybody!!!!!