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The Shotgun/Throwdown: St. Patrick's Day (3/17/10) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Jameson Irish Whiskey, in honor of St. Patrick's Day and today's Miss Throwdown. You can go ahead and drink your green beer, I'll have a drink of Jameson and chase it with a Smithwick's.

Top 'o the mornin' to ya!!! It's St. Patrick's Day...the one day of the year that it's acceptable for WVU fans to wear green. Lot's of bracket breakdowns and several videos inside. We even have some travel guides for anyone making the trip to Buffalo this weekend. I thank my lucky stars for tips, suggestions and requests. Also, don't forget to vote!! Jump on over the 4 leaf clover and come on in...Slainte!!

What You May Have Missed:

Three Nights in New York - MSNsportsNET.Com
Caridi's post, includes audio link

Coaches Select Butler To All-District Team - BGN

Rifle: Seven Earn NRA All-America Honors - MSNsportsNET.Com

Baseball: WVU Takes Two from Niagara - MSNsportsNET.Com

BIG EAST Announces 2009-10 "Sportsmanship Act of the Year" - BIG EAST Conference Athletics

Alumni Association Plans Events in Buffalo - MSNsportsNET.Com

The Queen City Welcomes You, Share It's Treasures - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Tournament Central - Buffalo News
"A Fan's Guide to Buffalo"

News of Note:

The Bracketologist fills out his bracket - ESPN

64 truths noted by Tim Keown - ESPN

Joe Posnanski: my 64-second NCAA picks -

Quick thoughts on each region of NCAA tournament bracket - Seth Davis -

The seven teams capable of winning the national title - The Dagger - Yahoo! Sports

Better Know a Bracket: East Region - Andy Hutchins - Sporting News

Huggins stacking hay as NCAA date nears - Charleston Gazette

Shooting still an issue for second-seeded WVU - Charleston Daily Mail

Always be prepared - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

West Virginia Has to Find Way to Score Consistently - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WVU's Butler seeks cap to splendid season - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

WVU Team Report -

Manning the Middle -


Fields verbally commits to WVU women's team - Charleston Gazette

Around the League (and Beyond):

Bracket babble: Five bold predictions - ESPN

Ten double-digit seeds that could wreak havoc on the bracket -

Five tips on picking your bracket -

UConn Repeat a Given ... or Is It? - NCAABB FanHouse
Let's hope

ACC's Reputation Goes on Trial on Buffalo Court - NCAABB FanHouse
"Six teams have a chance to revive the ACC's reputation, and a third of them will try to do it on one court Friday."

Syracuse needs to "Shut it Down" in the NCAA Tournament - Post Standard

Villanova very familiar with Robert Morris - The Nova Blog

Oakland to attack Pitt this time - PPG
Anyone else find it completely ironic they're playing Oakland first?

Jerry Smith will play against California - Card Chronicle

Cal, Louisville guards have proved point - Courier-Journal

Seton Hall Law dean Patrick Hobbs has 'a number of concerns' about Pirates basketball program - Star Ledger
Is the Law Dean kind of like a Law Dog from the movie Tombstone? He's acting as the AD either way. SH dropped their first round game of the NIT last night to Texas Tech 87 - 69.

Tough ending to solid season for South Florida - Tampa Tribune
58 - 57 loss to NC State

Cincinnati Bearcats prepare for Weber State in NIT - Cincinnati Enquirer

Greg Schiano eager for spring challenge youthful Rutgers football team presents - Star Ledger

What's On Tap:

Sorry, I missed the play-in game's the results:

Smith's 14 points extend Golden Lions' improbable run - ESPN
Ark. Pine Bluff over Winthrop 61 - 44, Duke up next. Anyone else of the opinion that the play-in game winner should play the overall #1? Since they've gone to 65, I don't think they ever have.

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

God Bless you Jimmy Traina for posting this one yesterday:

...and now a word from our sponsor. Slainte!!!!

St. Patrick's Gallery of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a wee Irish lass (she's only 5'2") who's graced the pages of the UK tabloid, Page 3. Here's Claire Tully. (despite the URL text, the gallery is SFW)

Jameson image via

clover image via