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The Shotgun/Throwdown: New Year's Day/Gator Bowl Gameday (1/1/10) Edition

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Happy New Year!! If you are a Big East sports fan, this is your weekend. The What's On Tap section is overflowing today. We have 4 bowl games and a full slate of ranked BE basketball teams in action. The ones we're most interested in, of course, are the Gator Bowl and the Purdue BB game. Lots (and I mean lots) to cover inside. Here's where you submit your tips, suggestions and requests. Let's get a couple of big wins today and start 2010 off right!!! Let's GOOOOOOOOOOO...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Florida State Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com

Gator Bowl Preview -

Gator Bowl preview - Register-Herald

Purdue Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com

Mountaineer Fans Hit Florida - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article, gallery and video.

News of Note (FB):

WVU will try to keep up with Florida State's E.J. Manuel - Charleston Daily Mail

Bowden has seen end looming for years - Charleston Daily Mail

Bowden set for an emotional farewell - Martinsburg Journal (AP)

Some of WVU's key recruits were bypassed by Seminoles - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's notebook

Gator Bowl notebook: Mountaineers looking to continue bowl win streak - Charleston Gazette

After all these years, Bowden's never at a loss for words - Charleston Gazette

Florida State coach never forgot his state roots - Register-Herald

End of an era - Charleston Gazette

Football could use a few more Bowdens - Register-Herald

Stewart stays resolute amid Bowden buzz - PPG

Gator Bowl hosts West Virginia, Florida State in last Bowden game -

Bobby Bowden preparing for finale with Florida State Seminoles - ESPN

Bowden, Bryant the same yet different - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

WVU vs. Florida State - WVMETRONEWS.COM

The Respect Game -

WVU seniors try to reel in emotions - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Devine preferred WVU over ‘Noles - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Native Floridian Thomas is all Gold and Blue now - Times West Virginian

Quick Take: Mountaineers and Seminioles Ready To Square Off -

Most WVU bowl wins can be classified as upsets - Times West Virginian
Mickey's Column

WVU Mountaineer defense lives up to billing - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

O-line key to WVU’s success - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WVU meets Florida State in Gator Bowl today - Times West Virginian

Gator Bowl Pep Rally -
Video link

Gator Bowl Press Conference -
Video link

News of Note (BB):

Mountaineers facing test in the Midwest - Charleston Gazette

Andy Katz's Daily Word: West Virginia, Purdue will meet in battle of unbeatens - ESPN

BIG EAST Hardwood Slate -

Unbeatens Purdue, West Virginia face off - Martinsburg Journal (AP)

Winning every game isn't everything - Charleston Daily Mail

No. 4 Purdue, No. 6 WVU meet - Times West Virginian

Major test awaits WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Around the League (and Beyond):

Cincinnati seeks defining bowl victory - ESPN

Huskies Facing A Tough Defense - Bowl preview - ESPN

Hoyas use balanced scoring attack to hold off Red Storm - ESPN

Louisville/Kentucky is college basketball's best rivalry - Card Chronicle

Louisville vs. Kentucky rivalry reveille was heard early - Courier-Journal

Summer job pays off for Pittsburgh guard Ashton Gibbs -

Syracuse basketball has NCAA Div. 1's only undefeated men's and women's team -

Time to say goodbye to seniors - Tampa Tribune

International Bowl preview - ESPN

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Florida State Seminoles - ESPN
Gator Bowl at 1 pm on CBS. Line has WVU by 3.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Purdue Boilermakers - ESPN
2:30 pm today from Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on ESPN. Purdue is favored by 4.

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Florida Gators - ESPN
Sugar Bowl at 8:30 pm from Naw'lins on Fox. Gators are giving 12.5.

South Florida Bulls vs. Northern Illinois Huskies - ESPN
International Bowl at Noon Saturday on ESPN2. Bulls are giving 6.5.

Notre Dame vs. Connecticut -
Noon Saturday on ESPNU from the XL Center in Hartford.

Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse -
Noon Saturday from the Dome on ESPN360 and MASN.

WVU Women vs. St. John's at 2 pm on Saturday on MASN. (I couldn't find an article to link)

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
Papa John's Bowl from Legion Field in Alabama, 2 pm Saturday on ESPN. Gamecocks are favored by 4.

Louisville vs. Kentucky -
3:30 pm Saturday from Rupp Arena on CBS.

Villanova vs. Marquette -
3:30 pm Saturday from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee on ESPN2.

Georgetown vs. DePaul -
2 pm Sunday from the Allstate Arena in Illinois on MASN.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Grilled Cajun Style Gator Tail


4 To 6 Lbs Gator Tail
Lemon wedges

Seasoning Mix:

12 T Paprika
6 T Garlic powder
3 T Salt
3 T White pepper
3 T Oregano, crushed
3 T Black pepper
2 1/2 T Thyme
1 T Cayenne pepper

To make seasoning mix, combine paprika, garlic powder, salt, white pepper, oregano, black pepper, thyme and cayenne pepper in jar with tight fitting lid. Shake well to combine. Mixture may be stored for up to 3 months. When ready to cook, cut gator tail meat into 1/2" cubes. Roll each cube in 1 tablespoon of the mixture. Cook over high heat on an outdoor barbecue grill or under the oven broiler for 4 to 6 minutes, or until gator tail meat is white and firm to the touch. Serve warm with lemon wedges. The seasoning mixture will coat up to 24 (4 oz.) servings of gator tail.

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Video of Interest:

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

I don't like to repeat post, but in the tradition of year end review, this was by far, my favorite video that I came across in 2009 and it deserves re-posting.

New Year's Gallery of the Week:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is famous for...does anyone really know how she got famous? Anyway, she's gorgeous and today's Miss Throwdown. Here's Kim Kardashian.


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