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It's the beginning of opening game-week: Gamecon 5. I've got good news and bad news for you guys here today. First the bad news: The Shotgun/Throwdown will be on hiatus (semi?) until Thursday, though I will try to have an abbreviated edition up on Tuesday morning. Hump Day will be posted early and take the S/T's place Wednesday morning.
The reason for the hiatus is also reason for the sponsor and the good news (at least for me): Nike is sending yours truly to the NYC to attend the 10am, Wednesday morning unveiling of the Pro-Combat special football uniforms that WVU (and 9 others) will wear for at least one game this year. OK, it's not an "exclusive"...I'm going "on assignment." Nike is obviously having other WVU media outlets there as well (but not many), but it's a big deal for me. It looks like the Pitt Blather blog is also going to be there covering the fashion show, so I'm assuming selected blogs from the other schools will be there too. I will have as many pictures as possible posted as soon after the event as I can manage (hopefully between 11am and noon on Wednesday, if not sooner). Nike also has a live stream scheduled for Facebook (LINKED) of the unveiling, if you're interested.
I've got lot's of Videos of Interest for ya today and news from the weekend. Its official; we've lost an academic casualty to "that green school down South." If you have any tips, suggestions or requests, you can send them to me by email or Twitter. Next stop: New York. Time to jump...
T-minus 5 and counting...
What You May Have Missed:
Football: Coastal Carolina Tickets Remain - MSNsportsNET.Com
Finally, It's Game Week! - WVillustrated.com
Miller, Thomas on Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List - WVillustrated.com
Larkin's Assists Lead To Road Win - MSNsportsNET.Com
Women's Soccer took down Bowling Green 3-0 on Friday
Women's Soccer: OSU Nets Comeback Win - MSNsportsNET.Com
...but dropped a 3-1 decision to Ohio State on Sunday
Oliver’s Personal Brand – a Letter to Gillian - Brand-Yourself.com
I got this from Caridi's Twitter page
WVU Basketball starts preparation for the upcoming season with hour-long drills - WVillustrated.com
VIDEO: Bob Huggins talks about his mother's cancer fund and getting ready for the 2010-11 season - WVillustrated.com
Huggins roast for good cause - Times West Virginian
Alumni event prepares for Mountaineer football - Daily Athenaeum
WVU football fan goes for 40 years of perfect attendance - Charleston Gazette
New VoteFor7.com Desktop Wallpaper Released - www.professionaldesign.com
Miami Dolphins: Pat White shines for one night – Sun-Sentinel
A Book for the Mountaineer in All of Us - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
News of Note:
What the heck is a Chanticleer? - Times West Virginian
After rough summer, Stew's ready for some fun - Charleston Gazette
Opening Day Number Crunching - MSNsportsNET.Com
WVU Football Players Learn to Adjust to Position Changes - WVillustrated.com
WVU defense still needs time to mesh - Charleston Gazette
What needs to happen for successful ’10 - Times West Virginian
WVU poised to be great - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
WVU football Q&A answers 8.30.10 - 'Eers To the Ground
Southwestern Pa. to influence college football landscape this fall - PPG
Devine for Heisman - Daily Athenaeum
Jock Sanders seeking to get better - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
WVU's Sands comes up big - Charleston Daily Mail
Austin: ‘Time to put up or shut up’ - Times West Virginian
WVU’s Bailey battles for role - Martinsburg Journal
WVU's quarterback Smith vows improvement - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Glover ready to put injuries aside, break out in ’10 - Daily Athenaeum
For White, shift to WR has been a real pain - Charleston Gazette
Fullback Matt Lindamood - Mountaineer TV
Spain making up for lost time - Charleston Gazette
WVU's Spain doesn't mind attention - Charleston Daily Mail
2010 Big East Fearless Predictions - Sept. 4 - Scout.com
2010 Big East Predictions - Sept. 4, Part 2 - Scout.com
To Bye or Not To Bye? In the Big East Tournament, It Doesn't Matter - NCAABB FanHouse
WVU Recruit Update - BGN
A handful of West Virginia's 11 football verbal commitments are already in action on high school fields of play.
David Nyarsuk Fails to Qualify, Will Play at Mountain State University - WVillustrated.com
Around the League (and Beyond):
Big East football preview | A closer look at the league - Courier-Journal
SOURCE: Marquis Wallace Enrolls at Marshall - WVillustrated.com
Offensive lineman transfers from WVU to Marshall - Charleston Daily Mail
BIG EAST Team Report: Cincinnati - WVillustrated.com
Don't expect Cincinnati's Butch Jones to be Brian Kelly - Cincinnati Enquirer
With Holtz at the helm, time to start new chapter - Tampa Tribune
Charlie Strong has Brandon Heath aimed the right way - Courier-Journal
Syracuse University tailback Antwon Bailey believes his third season should be a charm - Post Standard
2010 Preview: Offensive line key to Pitt's ambitions - PPG
Rutgers QB Tom Savage feeling ready to play for real - Star Ledger
UConn Huskies have found success by sticking by their man - ESPN
What's On Tap:
WVU begins Mountaineer football season with annual Fan Fest - WVUToday
5 p.m. on the Mountainlair plaza on Fri. Sept 3.
Videos of Interest:
Videos of (Dis)Interest:
This first one is just cool:
This one is just a great parody (Warning: STRONG LANGUAGE):
(De)Motivational Gallery of the Week:
I think the caption of this one is enough clue as to the theme linked inside.
Today's Miss Throwdown continues the long line of gorgeous Brazilians to grace this section. She's done Brazilian TV and even their version of Playboy. Here's Dany Bananinha.
Nike Pro Combat image via farm3.static.flickr.com