WVU to play BYU at FedEx Field in 2016, how the hell are we going to fill 91k seats?

September 23, 2010

LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 19: Cheerleaders for the Washington Redskins cheer against the Houston Texans at FedExField on September 19, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Texans defeated the Redskins 30-27 in overtime. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Just in from Head Coach Bill Stewart’s twitter feed, West Virginia will play BYU at Fed Ex Field in DC in 2016. Its a pretty ballsy move for both universities, playing a neutral game far away from home in a stadium that could fit the population of Monongalia County and still have empty seats.

I like the move, its better than putting another FCS or CUSA team on the docket, I’m just curious how in the world they are going to sell out that stadium. There are tons of Mormons everywhere, and WVU has a nice alumni base in the DC area, but I just don’t see filling 91k seats for the match up. We have 6 years to sell those tix, so lets get at it!


To be a Mountaineer is to know Pain, The Top 4 Soulcrushing WVU defeats of my life

September 10, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - MARCH 20:  The mascot for the West Virginia Moutaineers stands on the court against the Dayton Flyers during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on March 20, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

That was a close one folks, West Virginia gave Marshall every chance to take that game. Thankfully they were kind enough to fumble deep in their own territory, starting an 18 point roll. It looked really bad there for a while, in order to curb my anger I thought upon my lifetime as a Mountaineer fan. I took a sick kind of solace in knowing that I have lived through at least 4 games that were more heartbreaking than losing to Marshall would have been. And here we go…

1989 Notre Dame
I was a youngin, lucky enough to have a Dad that wasn’t going to miss West Virginia’s first shot at a National Title. We flew out to Arizona, saw the Grand Canyon, had a good old time. Then we went to the game. Our seats were one row from the top of Sun Devil Stadium, which is freaking enormous. Being spoiled with a lower level seat at Mountaineer Field I thought I was watching the game from the surface of the moon. A few plays in Major Harris got hurt, and since 99.997% of the game plan revolved around the Maj, the game was pretty much over from that point on. I cried, the loss of a national championship is a lot to put on the head of a 9 year old. Can’t say if I have fully recovered.
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Nike unveils new WVU Pro Combat uniform, and its pretty snazzy

September 1, 2010

Nike unveiled the new West Virginia Nike Pro Combat jersey this morning, and I like it. The jersey is pretty sharp, the coal dust black on the numbers and shoulders is a very nice touch. I think my favorite part of the new uni is the helmet. The standard WVU helmet is blue with a bunch of sparkles. I hate the sparkles. The sheer black with a gold stripe which signifies a coal miners head lamp is marvelous. I look forward to seeing the uniforms in action during this years back yard brawl in Pittsburgh, which I plan on attending.

I may get ill saying it, but big props to Nike, this jersey is a winner. The question is where are they for sale so i can do what I always do with jerseys, consider buying one for months/years and never pull the trigger.

Pics at UniWatch, that dude doesn’t seem to like them, but everyone can agree its better than what Pitt plans to wear

Game Time: Coastal Carolina, what the hell is a Chanticleer?

August 31, 2010

A handler spits water at his rooster during a cockfight in the town of Osh, some 300 km (186 miles) southwest of the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, April 17, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)

It’s finally time for games that matter, well sort of. The Mountaineers first opponent is the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina. The most obvious question, what the hell is a Chanticleer? According to Wikipedia, a Chanticleer is apparently a European rooster that appears in stories about Reynard the Antisemitic Fox. Ok, Rey didn’t start in 1872 as the antisemitic fox, but later Dutch iterations of the character in 1937 placed Reynard against evil Jewish rhinos of some sort.

Chanticleers is also a name given to a male vocal group founded in San Francisco in 1978. So this week its the West Virginia Mountaineers vs the Antisemitic Singing Roosters. Aren’t the leaps of logic one can make with Wikipedia grand?

As for a game preview, since no one is paying me, I just don’t feel like its worth my time and effort to come up with one. Its a game I wouldn’t even bother going to if I weren’t a fan of tailgating. In fact, I have no ticket and plan on hitting the lot with a crisp 20 to gain my admission, and I’m sure I’ll be overpaying as the game starts free tickets will likely be everywhere.

The Mountaineers should dominate every phase of game play, the defense will get a small test from a senior QB, but I don’t expect more than 14 points on the board from the Roosters against what should be WVU’s best D of this century. I’m curious to see the WVU offense, there is always some concern with a new signal caller. Geno has a touch of swagger and should have a fine game vs substandard competition.

I predict not much of a game, with WVU rolling 42-14. I’ll work harder on a game preview when WV plays a team in the FBS. No, I don’t think Marshall counts as FBS, but I can talk about how buffalo used to roam the West Virginia hills, those must have been delicious times.

Morgantown’s Flying Saucer, the WVU Coliseum

August 25, 2010

The mothership, the giant clam, Huggyshouse, whatever you call it, the WVU Coliseum is quite the unique building in the West Virginia hills. In many ways I have always preferred the Coliseum to Mountaineer Field. For one I’ve spent a lot more time there, while there are only 6-7 chances per year to visit the stadium, you get 15+ chances to go watch a basketball game every year.
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Mike Gansey signs to play in Spain

August 19, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 11:  Mike Gansey #20 of the West Virginia Mountaineers shoots against Kyle Lowry #13 of the Villanova Wildcats during the semifinal round of the Big East Men's Basketball Championship on March 11, 2005 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Former West Virginia Mountaineer cager Mike Gansey has signed a contract to play for the CB Canarias of the LEB Gold League in Spain for the 2010 season. Gansey had at least one offer to join an NBA camp, but when he looked over the roster Gansey decided to take the overseas job at six figures as opposed to joining a camp, getting cut and winding up back in the D-League. Gansey was quoted by GoErie.com saying, “I’m definitely making a heck of a lot more than I did in the D-League, that’s for sure.”
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What are the Miami Dolphins going to do with Pat White?

August 15, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 08:  Pat White #6 of the Miami Dolphins avoids Brandon Meriweather #31 of the New England Patriots on November 8, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Pat White entered the training camp season stirring up some questions, and it seems things are still in flux after the Dolphins first preseason game last night. Pat White got in the game in the final seconds and his 3 snaps featured him handing off, and knelling twice. White’s lack of play has elicited an article from Miami Herald Columnist Israel Gutierrez, titled “Option Style QB Pat White not giving the Dolphins options”. Gutierrez questions if Miami needs an option style QB, the starter is Chad Henne and the backup will be Chad Pennington, and they have another traditional QB in Tyler Thigpen if they so desire for the three. With Pat making it pretty clear he only wants to be a QB in the NFL and the Dolphins front office still saying they want him at QB and that he has made great strides in converting his game to the NFL, one has to wonder why there was no PT in the first preseason game.
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