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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (12/4/09) Rutgers Pre-Game 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 Mickey's.

I'm about to hit the road to that hole called New Jersey. If anyone else is heading over, be safe and take plenty of money for tolls. There's plenty inside to occupy you for a while. Have a great weekend. The tips, suggestions and requests are always welcome. Let's GOOOOOOOOO...

What You May Have Missed:

Rutgers Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com

Gold and Blue Report for Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Rifle: Five to Compete at National Championship - MSNsportsNET.Com

Campus Connection - MSNsportsNET.Com

What to watch in the Big East, Week 14 - ESPN

Friday Q&A with West Virginia's Robert Sands - ESPN

Colin Dunlap's West Virginia football chat transcript - PPG

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 14 preview - ESPN

News of Note (FB):

Tandy's come in handy for WVU - Charleston Gazette
The Tandy!!!!!!

MU search, WVU perch, matchup in a lurch - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's notebook

Offense clicking again for Brown - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

A win on the road is hard to come by - Register-Herald

Stewart values late-year lessons - PPG

Scarlet Knights' receiver not at full speed - Charleston Daily Mail

Stewart: "We got to break this road jinx." - EerSports

Stewart impressed with Rutgers QB - Inter-Mountain

Mountaineers know how to beat Rutgers - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

A closing argument for a Gator Bowl Invite - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Inside trio leads WVU defense - Times West Virginian

A couple of missed effigies - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Closing the Deal -

Brown Going Out With a Bang -

News of Note (BB):

College Basketball Power Rankings -

Mountaineer Memories Series: Jarrod West - EerSports

Exhibition, Part Deux -

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - ESPN
Noon tomorrow in Piscataway. Rutgers is favored by 1.5.

University of Charleston head coach Greg White brings experience, success to Saturday's game -
WVU men take on University of Charleston tomorrow in an exhibition in the Coliseum at 7 p.m.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Rutgers running back Joe Martinek understands Wildcat formation can cost him extra yards - Star Ledger

Bearcats must stop ground game - Cincinnati Enquirer

Pressure on to slow Bearcats' offense - PPG

Are more departures coming to the Syracuse football team? -

USF construction may start soon - Tampa Tribune

Report: South Florida Bulls under NCAA investigation - ESPN

Wilson a tackling machine for UConn - ESPN

Louisville coaching job may be a steppingstone, but it's solid - Courier-Journal

Kansas coach Mangino resigns after 8 seasons - (AP)

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Herky's Famous Fire Sticks

1 1/2 lbs. sirloin steak
3 beef bouillon cubes
1 tablespoon water
3 heaping teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt (regular salt works as well)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

The night before:

Cut the steak into 1/2 inch cubes. In large bowl, crumble bouillion cubes into water and stir until a thick paste is formed. Stir in cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt. Add the meat and toss thoroughly to coat. Skewer meat onto wooden skewers, place in plastic container or gallon sized freezer bags and place in cooler.

At the game:

Heat the grill, brush some oil on the fire sticks, brush remaining oil on the grill using paper towel and tongs. Place sticks on grill and and cook 2-3 minutes per side.

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Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Here's the Rutgers recruiting video from the 80's.

Aids Awareness Gallery of the Week:

In order to raise awareness and because Rutgers wears red...

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous actress who's had roles on House and The O.C. I present the lovely, Olivia Wilde.

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