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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Backyard Brawl Game-Day (11/26/10) Edition


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It's finally here:  Game Day.  Along with an absolute smattering of Brawl news, I have a healthy spread of Basketball news as an appetizer for the main course.  If you have any tips, suggestions or requests for content that you think is worth sharing, you can send them to me by email or Twitter and don't forget to "LIKE" the Smoking Musket MAIN PAGE on Facebook (follow this link, then hit "LIKE").  If any of you don't realize, clicking on "Like" on the individual articles just likes that article, but not our main page.  Many thanks to those who "Like" us already.  We're at 341 right now (far cry from the 19000+ for our old page, but baby steps steps).  Our next goal to get to 400.  C'mon people, spread the word!!  Enjoy the game, your weekend...

Eat Shit Pitt and...

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Gold and Blue Report for Friday -

Chris Henry's Legacy Lives On - YouTube

Basketball News

WVU basketball: VMI's fast play will present a challenge - Charleston Daily Mail

The Showdown In C-Town - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Huggins expands basketball schedule - Charleston Daily Mail

Bob Huggins: Tournament Recap - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Top Five: Things The Mountaineers Learned In Puerto Rico - SB Nation Pittsburgh

VIDEO: WVU Men's Basketball Interviews -
Huggs, Casey and Deniz

Casey Mitchell: Stepping Up -
Mitchell talks about his performance in Puerto Rico, why he is playing so well and his relationship with head coach Bob Huggins.

Deniz Kilicli: Improving On The Boards -
Kilicli talks about what he needs to improve on and how he thought the Mountaineers did in Puerto Rico.

Paradise Jam Preview - Mountaineer TV

Sights and Sounds - Mountaineer TV
Sights and sounds from the Paradise Jam Tournament in the Virgin Islands.

No. 10/11 WVU Defeats No. 21/25 TCU - MSNsportsNET.Com

Ali and Repella lead WVU past TCU 62-49 - Charleston Gazette

Former Mountaineer star Joe Alexander has landed with the Texas Legends -


News of Note:

Brawl News

Preview: Backyard Brawl - BGN

WVU Football Game Preview: Backyard Brawl -

Game Scout by The Sports Xchange: WVU vs. PITT -

West Virginia Mountaineers vs Pittsburgh Panthers Preview - SB Nation

West Virginia Vs. Pitt: 2010 Backyard Brawl Is Finally Here - SB Nation Pittsburgh

Countdown to Kickoff - MSNsportsNET.Com

West Virginia-Pitt pregame ponderables - ESPN

Football: EA Sports Predicts Backyard Brawl - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU Team Report: Mid Week Update 11/24 -

Stewart, WVU focusing on Pitt game - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Cook: Stewart, Wannstedt in must-win situation - PPG

Backyard Brawl: Pitt has struggled with West Virginia's defense - PPG

Backyard Brawl Notebook - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Much at stake for WVU today - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Brawl outcome could hinge on marquee backs - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Defense will be key in Brawl - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Weather could be major factor in Brawl - Inter-Mountain

WVU-Pitt is big game in Big East - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

No quarter asked, no quarter given - Register-Herald

To The Whistle - MSNsportsNET.Com

The blueprint - Times West Virginian

WVU Safeties Coach Steve Dunlap Prepares for 30th Brawl -

Rock, chalk, Jock talk - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Will WVU prove Jock correct? - Charleston Gazette

Backyard Brawl chat transcript 11.24.2010 - 'Eers to the Ground

5 things to pay attention to during the Backyard Brawl - 'Eers to the Ground

WVU-Pitt Rivalry Is As Unpredictable As Ever - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

EerNotes: Brawl "Means Everything" to WVU - EerSports

WVU football: Quarterbacks will be focus of 'Brawl' - Charleston Daily Mail

Center stage - Times West Virginian
Quarterbacks Smith, Sunseri set for Brawl

Sting of '07 loss still lingers for Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette

Match The Mountains - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Musings of a Mountain Man: PITT Week -

Mountaineer Minute: WVU at Pittsburgh - Hampshire Review

WVU to Unveil Pro Combat Uniforms in Backyard Brawl -

Uniforms honor region - PPG

Special uniforms for special game - Inter-Mountain

WVU and Pitt to sport combat uniforms in Brawl - Register-Herald

It's The Shoes! - MSNsportsNET.Com

Giving thanks in the Big East - ESPN

Plenty of reasons to give thanks - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Put up or shut up time for Pittsburgh - ESPN

What to watch in the Big East: Week 13 - ESPN

Video: Pitt-West Virginia breakdown - ESPN

In 1970, Pitt had an improbable comeback against West Virginia - PPG

WVU, Pitt players remember 1970 Backyard Brawl - Charleston Daily Mail

Heinz Field May Overshadow WVU and Pitt in Backyard Brawl -

Backyard Brawl a real turf war - Charleston Gazette

Sandlot football! - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

West Virginia's Barclay on Pitt: 'I have a hatred' - PPG

Quarterback Geno Smith - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith talks about Friday's Backyard Brawl at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

Robert Sands: Calling The Defense -
Sands talks about dominance of the defense and gets a special phone call from his mother during his interview.

Don Barclay: The Local Boy -
Barclay gives a western Pennsylvania perspective of the rivalry and talks about his past experience in the Backyard Brawl.

Shawne Alston: Hard Nose Running -
Alston talks about his increased role the past couple of games and what he expects to see in this year's Backyard Brawl.

Tyler Bitancurt: Last Year's Hero -
Bitancurt talks about how much he has thought about the game winning kick he made against Pitt last season and kicking on natural grass.

Jock Sanders: One More Catch -
Sanders talks about possibly breaking West Virginia's all-time receptions record against Pitt.

Mountaineer Report: Preparing For The Brawl -
Scooter Berry talks about his memories of the 2007 Backyard Brawl and Geno Smith says he's taking this edition of the rivalry as he would any other game.

WVU football: Summer basketball benefited Pitt recruit - Charleston Daily Mail

Van Pelt will never forget win over WVU - Register-Herald
This is the game that introduced me to hating Pitt

2010 Backyard Brawl: Almost Here - Cardiac Hill

Fearless Picks: WVU vs Pitt - BGN

West Virginia Goes to Pittsburgh for Latest Installment of The Backyard Brawl - BIG EAST Conference

Backyard Brawl Preview Show - University of Pittsburgh Official Athletic Site


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Football Preview - BGN

Pitt seniors hope win erases past failures - PPG

Louisville football seniors see bowl trip as a fitting end - Courier-Journal

With 11 a.m. start against Louisville, Rutgers players time body clock with practice schedule - Star Ledger

New Era Pinstripe Bowl seems to like Syracuse University football - Post Standard

Leaving Miami was best for Webster - Tampa Tribune

UC's Pead eyes 1,000 yards - Cincinnati Enquirer

UConn roots for West Virginia and 2 wins of its own - Connecticut Post

Let me take a minute to give Zach Frazer some credit - The UConn Blog

UConn dominates Kentucky 84-67: UConn basketball is back - The UConn Blog

Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee: TCU, Boise State not worthy of BCS title shot - ESPN
Mr. Gee, with all due respect, you are too smart to give an interview and say these things, much less believe them.

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 13 preview - ESPN


What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
Noon today from Ketchup Field on ABC (NOT ON ESPN3!!!).  Pitt is giving 2.5.

Virginia Military Keydets vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from the Triple C in Charley West.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - ESPN
11 am today from Rutgers Stadium on ESPN2 and ESPN3.  Louisville is giving 3.

Boston College Eagles vs. Syracuse Orange - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Dome on ESPN and ESPN3.  Cuse is giving 3.

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Rent on MASN, SNY, Gameplan and ESPN3.  UConn is giving 1.

South Florida Bulls vs. Miami (FL) Hurricanes - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Miami on ESPNU.  Canes are giving 11.5.

College Football TV Schedule: Week 13 - NCAAFB FanHouse


Videos of Interest:


Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

It's the Backyard Brawl, so it's back to basics today (I'll be having my Jameson and water, though).  Recipe courtesy of WikiHow:

Perfect Bourbon and Coke

  1. Place one Rocks, or Gibraltar style glass on the table.
  2. Fill 3/4 of the glass with ice. The smaller the ice the better, as more surface area means more melting ice.
  3. Pour 1 1/2 oz (45 ml) of your favorite bourbon over the ice. There is an eternal debate about which is better for mixing - Jim Beam or Jack Daniels.
  4. Fill glass 1/2 inches (10 mm) from the rim with your favorite "brown" soda. Coca Cola works the best.
  5. Squeeze in 2 wedges of fresh lime and place a third (unsqueezed) in the drink.
  6. Add one swizzle stick. (For swizzlin')
  7. Guzzle contents, repeat as necessary.


Video of (Dis)Interest:

Stone Cold's product is perfect for a Pitt beat-down today, don't you think?


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one of my favorite UK tabloid girls.  Here's a six page gallery (click on the pic) and a couple videos of Michelle Marsh.


And here she is with another of my favorites, Lucy Pinder:



LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!