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More Dazzlers -- SI Cheerleaders of the Week; Pizza, Pizza Bowl

 Dazztwins Michelle and Alex are the latest Golden Dazzlers to be honored as Sports Illustrated's Cheerleaders of the Week on si.com this week.

Click HERE for the twin sisters SI photo gallery.

The ladies follow in the tradition of Dazzler captain Vanessa, (right) who was named SI Cheerleader of the Week last October.

In case you missed Vanessa's SI photo gallery on the GPP last October, clickVanessa HERE


The Sun Belt Conference secured a secondary tie-in with the Little Caesers Pizza Bowl in Detroit.

A third bowl-eligible Sun Belt team would be the first alternate should the Big Ten not have a bowl-eligible team.The Pizza Bowl, which used to be known as the Motor City Bowl, features a Big Ten team vs. a MAC team and is played at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions.

The agreement starts with this coming season and runs until 2013. With the Pizza Bowl, the SBC now has 3 bowl tie-ins.

Pizza The Sun Belt champ goes to the New Orleans Bowl and the second bowl-eligible SBC team goes to the GMAC Bowl or they could flip flop as SBC champ Troy did last season so that they could play a "home" game in the GMAC in Alabama while Middle Tennessee went to Bourbon Street. All 3 bowl games are on ESPN.


Speaking of Bourbon Street, the Panthers (19-14) have a huge 3-game series against New Orleans at home this weekend.

FIU played against Bethune Cookman on Wednesday night like it was Fat Tuesday the day before the game. The Panthers showed no energy, scored just 3 runs (when they average 8.2 runs per game) and allowed 5 runs after 2 were out in the decisive 3rd inning.

The Privateers -- playing in their final season in the Sun Belt before dropping down to Division III this July --Ja arrive at FIU with a SBC worst 2-13 record.

But like our old friend Joaquin Andujar reminded us when an undemanned FIU closed out the crosstown series against the Coral Gables school with a win (below right, Ryan Mollica, Jorge Castillo and the rest of the Panthers, thanks Alex J. Hernandez photo) in 2008 --  "You can sum up baseball in 1 word: youneverknow"

UNO came to Miami last season and scored 25 runs to take 2 out of 3 games from FIU.Fiubase

FIU is 6th in the conference with a 6-6 mark, but have 4 other teams right behind them within 3 games or less. Top 8 teams make the SBC tourney in late May.

The Panthers pitchers are little banged up with ace Scott Rembisz having to leave last week's start against Middle Tennessee with shoulder and forearm tightness. He is expected back on the hill Friday night.


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