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The Morning Stake | 2019.11.27

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Jewellery of ‘immeasurable worth’ stolen in dramatic Dresden museum heist. Via The Guardian (I very much appreciate how the Brits spell “jewelry”):

German media reported the losses from the burglary could run into the high hundreds of millions of euros, but the director of Dresden’s state art collections, Marion Ackermann, said it was impossible to estimate the value of the items.

“We cannot give a value because it is impossible to sell,” she said, appealing to the thieves not to break the collections into pieces. “The material value doesn’t reflect the historic meaning.”

Ackermann said the stolen items included three “priceless” sets of diamonds, including brilliant-cut diamonds which belonged to an 18th-century collection of jewellery assembled by the museum’s founder.

Created by Augustus the Strong, the Elector of Saxony, in 1723, the Grünes Gewölbe is one of 12 museums which make up the famous Dresden state art collections. It got its name because some rooms were decorated with malachite-green paint.

One of the oldest museums in Europe, the Grünes Gewölbe holds treasures including a 63.8cm figure of a Moor studded with emeralds and a 547.71-carat sapphire gifted by Tsar Peter I of Russia.

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Interview with David Peavy. InsideTheRedRaider’s Jarrett Johnson interviewed Duncanville head coach and father to Micah Peavy, David Peavy. This is a good Q&A and if you had to read something today, this would be it. David has known Chris Beard for the past 25+ years, going all the way back to Incarnate Word. I’m just going to make you click on over, but the interview gives a lot of good insight into how Beard recruited Micah, the program itself and how Texas Tech sets itself apart from any other program out there, etc. You’ll enjoy this read as you hopefully get to leave work early today.

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One for the Road. Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams writes about how this game in Austin against Texas will be this team’s bowl game:

A game against Texas is never meaningless in Tech’s eyes, and there’s an added incentive. Tech closes the football season Friday in Austin, where Kliff Kingsbury’s Tech teams won in 2015 and 2017.

The Red Raiders have never won three in a row on the Forty Acres.

“Well, they’d never won two in a row in Austin either, but we made that happen,” Tech tackle Travis Bruffy said Monday.

Tech has lost five of its past six games, four of the five by three points or fewer. Its bowl chances went down the drain Saturday with a 30-27 loss to Kansas State on senior night at Jones AT&T Stadium.

“Our bowl game will be this week in Austin,” Tech coach Matt Wells said, “and that’s how we’ll treat it for those guys. And our guys will be absolutely ready to go into Austin and compete with Texas.”

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