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On West Virginia and Statues Made of Coal's TMQ here rips West Virginia for its schedule. ESPN's Colin Cowherd does the same. We're coming to West Virginia's defense. (In general. Not regarding the schedule. The schedule is smelly.) Our reasons for defending WVU are manifold, and not just because the 'Eers are sixth in the AP and tied for fifth in the Coaches'.

1) Two weeks ago, a West Virginia man claiming to be Osama Bin Laden led police on a high speed chase before threatening them with a blender.

2) This bloggish site has the best name in the history of the Internet.

3) Or maybe this one actually does. This one, by the way, also sells shirts that say "Suck My Panhandle," and a touching collection of photographs, such as this one.

4) This song is possibly my favorite of all time. For anyone who can't listen to bizarre BCS songs at work, it's one of the better college football covers of the Dead's "Truckin'" you'll ever hear. Sample lyrics:

Marshall; they won't win. The Terrapins; they're has beens. Rutgers; their program's a sin! Just between you and me-hee-hee.

5) Plus, now that you're in the mood, you can buy yourself a WVU Truckin' figurine.

6) The official song of the state of West Virginia begins thus:

Oh, the West Virginia hills! How majestic and how grand, With their summits bathed in glory, Like our Prince Immanuel's Land!

(As long as we're still talking song choice, WVU uses "Let's Get It Started" on the football field, which means the Terrapins have offered up yet another choice popular with their rivals.)

7) For demolishing Marshall last week, WVU claimed a football-shaped coal sculpture encased in glass. It was crafted by Mountain State artisans. Some call it a lump of coal.

8) West Virginia fans are very appreciative of any coverage they get in our paper. Maybe they'll even like this item, despite the blender bit. Maryland fans, on the other hand, refer to us as either the Northern Virginia Post or the ComPost. (Recent msgboarder: "Is the Post DC area or have they moved the sports dept. to Blacksburg? Two days- 2 articles on VT, one on UVA, none on MD. Are they circling around and then moving in. Guess they will do Wash and Lee, Old Dominion, Wm & Mary, James Madison, Richmond and Randolph Macon, Hampton Sidney, Marymount then Delaware, Towson, Salisbury, UMBC and then maybe us.")

(George Washington fans, incidentally, refer to us as the Maryland Post. I have yet to meet the McDaniel College fans, who surely refer to us as the GW Post. And the Carroll Community College fans, who surely refer to us as the McDaniel Post.)

9) Anyhow, this is your official Washington Post source for information on the 2007 BCS champion Mountaineers. BTW, I'm coming to Morgantown for the Thursday night game with Maryland and need some volunteers to show me around town before and after the game. Anyone out there?

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 5, 2006; 3:55 PM ET
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West Virginia and the Grateful Dead in the same post? Eeeesh.

Posted by: Mag Daddy | September 5, 2006 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Heck, those of us from McDaniel are just suprised that anyone at the Post knows we exist. (Although most of us would still prefer to be called Western Maryland.)

You COULD throw a little of that GW love our way!

Posted by: Dan | September 5, 2006 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Who is Prince Immanuel? Is he that point guard from DeMatha?

Posted by: Mike | September 5, 2006 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I have degrees from UVa, Georgetown and Maryland. I've taught or worked at GMU, Catholic, American and Maryland. I believe that I can therefore speak for the vast majority of local area college fans when I say the following: I don't care who the Post covers, as long as it's not Virginia Tech.

Posted by: Mag Daddy | September 5, 2006 5:37 PM | Report abuse

You all certainly don't provide enough Orioles coverage. It seems like you're more preoccupied with the Nationals. What's that about? Might as well call you the Washington Post.

Posted by: Colin | September 5, 2006 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Byrd Stadium and Mountaineer Field both look like overgrown high school fields. When Maryland actually sells its out, maybe they'll get a little more recognition.

Posted by: District Selectman | September 5, 2006 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Are you sure he didn't just misspell

Posted by: Wired Fox | September 6, 2006 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Maryland fans just need to patiently wait for basketball season, when they can rightfully boast about how they have the best, er 2nd best, er (sound of counting on fingers while ticking off better teams) er, the best team in the region that doesn't start with "George".

Posted by: jhorstma | September 6, 2006 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Rutgers went to a bowl game last year and is one of the few teams with a winning record on WVU's schedule this season.

Posted by: Lay Off the Scarlet Knights | September 6, 2006 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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