WBGV, Dougity Dog Announce Partnership

West BY GOD Virginia and Dougity Dog (and his website, WVMOUNTAINEERSFANS.com) have teamed up to bring you the best in WVU highlight and promotional videos.

You might remember Dougity Dog as the man behind basically every great West Virginia YouTube classic. (You might also remember WBGV as people who watched and really enjoyed those videos.) Well, now, all those videos will debut exclusively on West BY GOD Virginia. Want to get goosebumps watching Noel Devine break ankles and tear up defenses? You’ll see it on WBGV in less than a week.

For now, we give you this commercial as just a glimpse of what is coming in the future.

PS: We are very proud of this partnership as it gives a bigger platform for both WBGV and Dougity Dog. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it, too.

Welcome To The Offseason

Well, folks, we’re far enough removed from basketball season to already start looking forward to football season.  We’re pumped, jazzed, drunk, etc.

Unfortunately, football season doesn’t start for another 4+ months.

So, instead of burning ourselves out posting non-stop over these next few months, we’re going to take it easy.  Recharge our batteries, if you will.

We’ll talk a little about spring football, summer developments, and still post any pictures of naked cheerleaders we come across, but look for posting to slow down to just a few a week.  That way, come August, we’ll be 100% ready to go.

Hope you understand.

Sincerely,

WBGV

The End of WBGV

Guys, we just can’t do it anymore.

The loss to Xavier and the lack of posting over the past week has told us one thing: it’s time to give it up.  With me (Charley West) working for the man (not really) and 5th Year and 25314 still in school, we just don’t have a lot of time to split between real life and this site.  For awhile, the site won out.  But it’s really in all our best interests to go our separate ways.

The last 8 months or so have been a real blast.  I hope you guys have enjoyed it as much as we have.

Godspeed.

You Love Us, You Really Love Us!

A few weeks ago, we asked you — our loyal readers — to nominate us for the 2007 College Football Blogger Awards. Well, apparently you listened, as we were nominated for both Best New Blog and Best Big East Blog. Considering we’ve only been on the scene since August, being nominated for any award feels like a huge coup. So, thanks.

Voting starts later today has officially begun over at EDSBS, which is limited to either bloggers or the CFB Awards committee. So while you can’t directly vote for us, hopefully you’ll stay tuned to the process.

Again, thanks for all your support — you fucking rule!

Vote Early And Often

The nominations for the 2007 College Football Blog Awards close tonight at midnight. If you haven’t voted (actually, nominated, but whatever) yet, please do us a favor and do it now. Seriously, now. NOW!!!!

All you have to do is copy our main URL…

http://www.westbygodvirginia.net

…and paste it into the categories (note the plurality) you’d like to nominate us for. Even our readers should be able to figure that one out.

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The 2007 College Football Blog Awards

For those unfamiliar, Every Day Should Be Saturday (or Thursday, Wednesday, etc.) has announced the nomination period for the 2007 edition of the College Football Blog Awards. By any measure, these awards are the most prestigious in the all land, comparable to the Nobel Prize, Congressional Medal of Honor, and Timber Processing Magazine’s 1998 Man of the Year. Like I said, heady company to be sure.

We would be humbled to win any award on the list, but since we’re still relatively new — as well as relative skewed towards the Big East — we’re looking to concentrate on two awards: “Best Big East Blog” and “Best New Blog.” A competitive showing in either of those should have us with good momentum heading into Super Tuesday.

But here’s where you come in…

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A Short Break From Hating Marshall


While this is a pro-WVU blog, we spend a LOT of our time being anti-everyone else. There’s nothing wrong with that — especially since it’s Marshall week — but sometimes it’s nice to stop, take a step back, and remember why we love the Mountaineers so much.

This article was sent to me in an e-mail thread not too long ago. I have no idea who the original author is or else I would certainly credit them for a job well done. Either way, author’s name or not, we felt it was more than worth sharing with you.

Enjoy.

On a pleasant, short-sleeved afternoon in Morgantown, W.Va, under a brilliant, almost cloudless sky, a shaggy-haired, bespectacled John Denver ambled toward the 50-yard line to, in effect, christen the new 50,000-seat Mountaineer Field, home of West Virginia football team.

It was September 6, 1980, and the university wanted to do something special to introduce both its new stadium and a young first-year WVU coach named Don Nehlen. So Denver was invited to sing one of his signature songs – “Country Roads” – during pre-game festivities.

Denver, who died in 1997, accepted the invitation apparently under the impression that he would perform a quick novelty gig – hop off his helicopter, take an escorted ride into the stadium, sing “Country Roads” and then bail out. But that’s not exactly what happened.

Denver entered the stadium and found his microphone at the center of the field, amidst the 325-member Mountaineer Band, which around him had formed an outline of the state of West Virginia. Then as he crooned the opening lyrics – “Almost heaven, West Virginia” – Denver was joined by about 50,000 backup singers.

Those who were there say the crowd’s collective voice swelled to a climax at the conclusion: “Country roads,take me home, to a place where I belong. West Virginia, Mountain Momma. Take me home, country roads” .

Those attending also say that when Denver finished his song, he gazed in all directions – perhaps dumbfounded at the reaction. Some among the crowd wept. Most just cheered for a long time.

“I’m pretty sure he had no idea what that song means to this state,” said Dan Miller, an executive with the West Virginia Coal Association and an unofficial Mountaineer football historian. “I was stationed in Germany in 1971 the first time I heard ‘Country Roads,’ and I’m not ashamed to say that while I was listening I started crying,” Miller said. “It means a lot when you come from a place that most people don’t appreciate or understand. And here’s someone singing about its beauty.”

West Virginians, you see, feel they’re underdogs – almost always fighting an uphill battle.

Economists tell West Virginians it’s tough for their state to prosper, because the mountains are so steep and rugged that land development is a challenge. Educators used to say it was tough for many West Virginia children to get ahead, because transportation to schools was difficult and winters are harsh.

In the sports realm, there annually aren’t many young top-tier athletes in the state, in part because most schools are small and competition is not as daunting as in denser population areas. There are, of course, exceptions – many of them.

Native West Virginia athletes include Jerry West (basketball), John Kruk (baseball) and Mary Lou Retton (gymnastics). Author Pearl Buck was a West Virginian; so was Tuskegee Institute founder Booker T. Washington. Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Nash was from West Virginia. So is country singer Brad Paisley. Actor Don Knotts was from the Mountain State, as is actress Jennifer Garner, who still speaks fondly of the “hillers” and “creekers” from her alma mater, George Washington High School in Charleston. Most have spoken of both loving life, and overcoming tough times, in West Virginia.

So when Denver sang about Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River, it doesn’t matter to most West Virginians that the Blue Ridge is primarily a Virginia-North Carolina strand and the Shenandoah runs only a few miles through their state’s Eastern Panhandle. To people who have lived their lives fighting uphill battles, hearing someone tell them their home is “almost heaven” was more than music to their ears.

West Virginians love their state.
“Wild Wonderful West Virginia ” is a small part of HEAVEN.

[thanks to Lesley for the tip]