I Have A Job, Byron Leftwich Doesn’t


I was all set to just get tanked and not worry about posting this weekend, but then Byron Leftwich goes and gets himself cut from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Way to go Byron. Being cut is essentially the same as getting fired, and as we know from Office Space, the Bobs like to wait until Friday to fire people.

For some reason, I picture the Jags offensive line carrying Leftwich out of the team facility, ala Marshall in 2002, and then throwing him in a dumpster beside the loading dock. I’m pretty sure that’s how it happened this afternoon.

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On Location: Mountaineer Field

That’s right, we’re in Morgantown. Well, Stiles is always in Morgantown, but it’s big news when Charley West (that’s me!) makes it back to Touchdown City. Needless to say, there was a good deal of drinking and paint huffing last night and probably more to follow today. You know what they say, the hair of the dog that bit you.

The moral of the story is that I’m hungover and in Morgantown, which makes posting a mighty difficult task. Look for a full recap from the weekend’s drinking adventures (and maybe the game) after the holiday.

I Have A Job, Byron Leftwich Doesn’t


I was all set to just get tanked and not worry about posting this weekend, but then Byron Leftwich goes and gets himself cut from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Way to go Byron. Being cut is essentially the same as getting fired, and as we know from Office Space, the Bobs like to wait until Friday to fire people.

For some reason, I picture the Jags offensive line carrying Leftwich out of the team facility, ala Marshall in 2002, and then throwing him in a dumpster beside the loading dock. I’m pretty sure that’s how it happened this afternoon.

Did You Know: Western Michigan


We all know the Mountaineers like the back of our hands (hey, that mole wasn’t there yesterday!). But how much do you really know about our opponents?

Sure, you know we’re playing the Western Michigan Broncos, but did you know that Western Michigan is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan? Did you also know Kalamazoo is a stupid name for a town? See, you’re already more enlightened. In that vein, we thought we’d let you get to know the Western Michigan program just a little more intimately. Just promise to cuddle afterwards.

Here we go…

1) Starting QB Tim Hiller’s last name looks and sounds very similar to “Hitler.” People often wonder if his name was once “Hitler” and he changed it. Well, in fact, Hiller did have to change his name after high school because his former last name was so offensive. His former name? Wannstedt.

2) Dwight B. Waldo was the first president of the school. President Waldo was known for his colorful red and white striped shirt, scarf, and hat, his round glasses, and his uncanny ability to hide in plain sight. Years later, he and his name would be immortalized for all to see: Waldo Stadium, home of the Broncos.

3) Cory Flom has a funny name.

4) This is the mascot for the West Michigan Blues Society. He has nothing to do with Western Michigan, but it’s a funny picture and it’s my site.


5) The Western Michigan fight song was apparently written by either a junior high school cheerleader or a 75 year old woman who had never watched a football game before in her life.

Fight on, fight on for Western!
Take the ball, make the score
Win the game–ah!
Onward for the brown and gold
Push ’em back, push ’em back!
Bring us fame!
Fight on, fight on for Western!
Over one, over all, We will reign!
Fight, Broncos fight!
Fight with all your might!
Western win this game!

Make the score? Win the game? Push ’em back? Nice work granny.

6) As per Wikipedia, “The Moped Army, an avid group of moped riders, was formed in 1997 by three friends attending the university.” Also, WMU has a thriving gay population, consisting of these three students.

7) Kalamazoo is a Potawatami Indian word meaning “will not cover the spread against West Virginia University.” The Potawatami were a strangely prophetic people.

8) Western Michigan boasts an endless list of famous alumni, including Tim Allen, uh, and, hmm, well, did I mention Tim Allen, convicted felon?


9) Western Michigan is generally regarded as being the strongest of the directional Michigan schools, which is probably the equivalent of winning a gold medal at the Special Olympics.

10) This is the best and the brightest at Western Michigan:

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CRR Is A Ventriloquist

He is blowing my mind. I hear him talking, but his mouth is definitely not moving.

By the way, in case you didn’t know, CRR stands for Coach Rich Rodriguez. That little acronym saves me the time of typing out Coach Rich Rodriguez, because who wants to spend 10 minutes spelling out every single letter of C-O-A-C-H R-I-C-H R-O-D-R-I-G-U-E-Z.

That paragraph is 30 seconds of your life you won’t get back, but spend the next 5 minutes watching this video. CRR doesn’t really give a whole lot of insight, but he does cover topics such as Pat White and Steve Slaton (apparently, they’re both fast) as well as Noel Devine (apparently, he’s had a tough childhood).

UPDATE: Charges Against Thomas/Lankster To Be Dropped?


We at WBGV are starting to hear more and more chatter (from reputable sources) that charges against J.T. Thomas and Ellis Lankster will be dropped at their hearing on September 10th. The word out of Morgantown is that this was a prank gone horribly wrong — with Lankster not even knowing it had taken place — and there was never any intent to actually steal the laptop.

We will have to wait 2 weeks to see this situation play out, but as said above, these are reputable sources who believe charges will be dropped against both J.T. Thomas and Ellis Lankster.

UPDATE: More good news. A source inside the West Virginia University Board of Governors has echoed what we had reported earlier. Whether or not this is termed a “prank” or not, I do not know. What I do know is that a lot of high ranking boosters are all hearing the same thing: that charges will eventually be dropped (edit: or suspended) against J.T. Thomas and Ellis Lankster.

Stay tuned.

Undefeated Season: Week #1


Each Wednesday/Thursday/whatever day we want, WBGV will post our predictions for that week’s WVU game as well as 5 of our best picks against the spread (or ATS if you’re an addict). Get ready for some straight knowledge. Holla.

Stiles:

Hoo boy. Opening game. I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. A long while.

This Western Michigan team is not the pushover opening game like in years past (cough Marshall cough). They have some talent coming back and they’ve played some big time teams over the past couple years. But let’s be real. They will be overwhelmed by the speed that West Virginia possess. Especially on offense. I look for a pretty high scoring affair, but the Mountaineers cruise.

WVU 48
Western Michigan 17

Oregon State -6.5 vs. Utah (Thursday)
Missouri -5 vs. Illinois (in St. Louis)
Georgia Tech +3 @ Notre Dame
Virginia Tech -27.5 vs. ECU
BC -6.5 vs. Wake Forest

Charley West:

Western Michigan is a good football team. They played in a bowl game last year. Sure that bowl game was a blowout loss to Cincinnati in balmy Toronto, Canada in January, but you take what you can get…especially in the MAC.

No matter what the bowl game, Western Michigan is picked to win the MAC East this year, which is no small (read: very small) feat. They are not your usual patsy, like Buffalo @ Rutgers or Murray State @ Louisville. While probably not giving us the hardest time, they will at least keep our starters in the game for more than 15 minutes. I would expect to see White and Slaton for at least 2 and a half quarters, probably more like 3.

If everything goes to plan, we should have a comfortable lead by the start of the 4th quarter. And you know if that happens, no one will have left their seat, mostly because that means Jock Sanders and Noel Devine will get to take over the show. It should be a lot of drunk…er, fun.

WVU 42
Western Michigan 13

Syracuse +3 vs. Washington (Friday)
UAB +21 @ Michigan State
Georgia Tech +3 @ Notre Dame
Missouri -5 vs. Illinois (in St. Louis)
Colorado -2.5 vs. Colorado State (in Denver)