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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (9/24/09) Edition

Welcome By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, your daily dump for links and entertainment around WVU. Today we're sponsored by the Italian brew Forst.

Daily dump sounds too biological, don't you think? I warned you it was gonna be a slow news week. Today's WYMHM and NoN sections reflect that. We've got a little caption contest for you today. Send in your tips, requests, etc. as always. See you on the other side:

What You May Have Missed:

Coach Stewart Show - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The Coach talks about bringing back the old cheer. Let's get it going just before the team enters the field. Spread the word.

Sideline Spirit -
Here's your chance to vote for one of our cheerleaders.

St. John's names the Thunderbird as first sports mascot in nearly 10 years - NY Daily News
I have no words for this:

News of Note:

Starks likes to dish it out, too - The Charleston Gazette
He likes to hit people.

WVU quarterback likes the 'long handoff' - Charleston Daily Mail
...and no, he's not necessarily talking about the $%&*# middle screen.

WVU remains committed to passing game - The Times West Virginian

Stewart coaches like a parent - The Times West Virginian
Hertzel's column

Coach Stewart and his men looked to put Auburn game in rear view -

Mountaineers to spend off week ‘polishing’ -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Cincinnati loses linebacker Curtis Young for up to six weeks - ESPN
Starting linebacker Curtis Young is expected to miss up to six weeks for No. 17 Cincinnati after having surgery on his right knee.

Successful season makes new facilities even more important - Cincinnati Enquirer
"Let’s suppose that UC goes on to win all 12 of its games, wins the Big East and lands in another BCS bowl game, maybe even in the national championship game." - I'd say somebody's getting a bit ahead of themselves. There's a lot of football to play this year...

Is Cincinnati the best team in Ohio? - ESPN
It's a bold question, but I would have to say yes. Not that I've been asked, mind you.

Grothe sprained shoulder on series before knee injury - Tampa Tribune
He wouldn't have played this week anyway.

USF football hoping to join the club - Tampa Tribune
"Sooner or later, there is going to be a new member of the state's marquee football programs."

Rutgers safety Joe Lefeged returning home, two years after controversial hit against Maryland - Star Ledger

Maryland's inexperience costing team as Rutgers prepares to visit - Star Ledger

Red zone too often dead zone for U of L - The Courier-Journal
Only five TDs on 14 trips inside 20.

SHAMARKO: The Legend Begins - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Pitt's Stull spreading the wealth - PPG

2009 Big East Fearless Picks: Week 4 -

KU sports teams’ apparent feud spurs 2nd brawl -
BB and FB teams brawl each other. I've never heard of anything like this before.

Miami's Randy Shannon brings real life experience to program -

College Football Hall of Fame moving to Atlanta - ESPN
The mayor of South Bend, Ind., says the College Football Hall of Fame is moving from his city to Atlanta.

Mandel's Mailbag -


Storm Coming to Morgantown? -
RB re-opened his recruitment after LSU reportedly kept recruiting more tailbacks.

What's on Tap:

Mississippi Rebels vs. South Carolina Gamecocks - ESPN
Ole Miss goes on the road to face the Ole Ball Coach tonight on ESPN. Ole Miss is favored by 4.

Men's Basketball: Coaches vs. Cancer Dinner - MSNsportsNET.Com
It's at the Waterfront Place Hotel on Friday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. and all proceeds are going to a very good cause. Please, support it if you are able.

Picture of the Day:

I think we need a caption contest for this one. Winner gets to pick a Miss Throwdown! Post your best ones in the comments below:

Video of the (Dis)Interest:

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Riverdance Dog...

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American beauty with African and Italian heritage. Meet Leila Arcieri.