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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (8/30/10) 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 Nike Pro-Combat.

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! -

Miller, Thomas on Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List -

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 -
I got this from Caridi's Twitter page

WVU Basketball starts preparation for the upcoming season with hour-long drills -

VIDEO: Bob Huggins talks about his mother's cancer fund and getting ready for the 2010-11 season -

Huggins roast for good cause - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Alumni event prepares for Mountaineer football - Daily Athenaeum

WVU football fan goes for 40 years of perfect attendance - Charleston Gazette

New Desktop Wallpaper Released -

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
Hertzel Column

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 -

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
Mickey's Column

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

YouTube - Safety Mike Dorsey

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 -

2010 Big East Predictions - Sept. 4, Part 2 -

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 -

Height Adjustment - BGN


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East football preview | A closer look at the league - Courier-Journal

SOURCE: Marquis Wallace Enrolls at Marshall -

Offensive lineman transfers from WVU to Marshall - Charleston Daily Mail

BIG EAST Team Report: Cincinnati -

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.


Miss Throwdown:

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