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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (8/25/09) Edition

Welcome By-Godders to the Tuesday edition of The Shotgun/Throwdown, brought to you today by Eichler's.

I wish football season would just start already. August sports are a drag, for the most part. The tipline isn't just open for story suggestions. It's for anything you want to see posted here: videos/pics of the day, Miss Throwdown nominations, sponsor requests, etc. See you after the jump:

What you may have missed:

West Virginia University Sports News, Scores and Coverage from WVMETRONEWS.COM
Owen Schmitt not suspended.

But Will The Offense Be Free - Pitt Blather
Exciting offense from the Stache? ummm ok...

The Lichtensteining Of Syracuse Hits A Snag (Updated) - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
And you thought OUR kicking situation was weird.

TheMatadorSports | Profanity Pays
Beamer fining for cursing?!?! Good thing Trickett doesn't work for him.

The Wiz of Odds: Let the Voting Begin for Poster Primary No. 1
Not that it's a big deal, but come on guys, we're way behind Iowa State?

Rutgers hasn't settled on a quarterback... - Star-Ledger/NJ.com
And yet some pick them to win the league.

Ron Zook and Urban Meyer Kiss and Make Up - chicagotribune.com

News of Note:

Big East position rankings: Quarterback - ESPN
Bennett's rundown.

Ex-W.Va. swimmer hopes for gridiron splash at WVU - The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register (AP)

Med school will wait for transfer kicker - Charleston Daily Mail
Kickers are strange.

WVU's Feigt is making transition - Charleston Daily Mail
A profile on German Curtis Feigt.

Numbers, not size, may keep Hargrett out - The Charleston Gazette
What's with all the midget RB's lately?

Big East bowl picture: It is what it is - The Charleston Gazette
Another bowl rant, this time by Hickman.

Fast Learner - MSNsportsNET.Com
Shawne Alston is profiled.

Creepiest NCAA Mascots - Photo Gallery, 16 Pictures - LIFE
And the Orange doesn't make an appearance.

Marrone Makes His Mark at Syracuse - The Quad Blog - NYTimes.com
Doug Marrone hasn't wasted any time in implementing a plan panic at Syracuse. Seriously though, I hope they can somehow turn that thing around...just not against us.

McD’s College Football Preview Part One: 9 Predictions For 2009 - Rumors and Rants
Episode I

McD’s College Football Preview Part II: Teams That Will Fail - Rumors and Rants
Episode II

What's on Tap:

It's slow, I know but we have the one thing great about August sports: Little League World Series

Miss Throwdown:

Today's MIss Throwdown is Miss Kate Hudson. She gets the honor due to my appointment tonight with The Black Crowes (lead singer is her ex...a bit of a stretch, I know). I wish I could put a picture up of Chris Robinson here and have a date with Kate, but alas, that won't work. Damn restraining orders. Follow the pic to a gallery.

I feel like this Miss Throwdown post doesn't quite meet the standards as before, so here's a bonus gallery of Luciana Bertolini, Miss World Brazil 2009: