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The Morning Stake | 2019.12.27

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Of Meat and Men. Via Pocket, via Texas Monthly, John Mueller was the heir apparent to a legendary barbecue dynasty. Aaron Franklin was an unknown kid with a smoke-filled dream. This is the story of two pitmasters, their devoted fans, and some of the best brisket you’ll ever eat:

None of the men knew one another, yet they had come to regard the shared experience of salivating anticipation as part of the trip to Franklin’s, a ritual almost as important as the reward itself: the smoky, silky brisket; the ribs with the perfect combination of sweetness and heft; and the robust sausage made, according to the master’s recipe, with just a small amount of beef heart. The wait gave them time to talk about barbecue with the other enthusiasts—a crew drawn, on any given day, from all over the state, all around the country, and even overseas—and they often ended up eating with total strangers, exchanging emails and promising to send postprandial commentaries and photographs.

The line, explained the men, had become an entity unto itself. “The restaurant is closed, so the line is separate,” Kellis said. “The line has its own mores, its own ethics.” There were some, Margrave added, who did not appreciate its connective powers. He had heard of people, for example, who advertised their services as Franklin Barbecue placeholders on Craigslist, requesting their payment in brisket. (“If you got paid in money,” a barbecue aficionado later told me, “you’d just be a barbecue gigolo.”) In other cases, Margrave said, “I have seen people holding a place in the line for a Suburban with about ten people in it who will pile out to take one spot.” He pitied them. “They are missing out on the experience,” he said.

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Lady Raider Basketball

Next Game. The Lady Raiders will play UTSA on December 29th at 12:00 p.m. at the United Supermarkets Arena. The Lady Raiders’ last game was on December 22nd where they beat Louisiana-Monroe (where they clobbered them 83-38). Big 12 Conference play starts on January 3rd against Iowa State at home at 7:00 p.m.

Texas Tech Basketball

Next Game. Just want to alert you as to the next game, which is Sunday, December 29th at 3:00 p.m. against Cal State Bakersfield at the United Supermarkets Arena. You’ll note that this game is the same day as the Lady Raiders and Kind of a quiet time for the team without a game since before Christmas, December 21st. This 8-day stretch is the longest stretch I can think of in quite some time. The first conference game is January 4th against Oklahoma State at home at 11:00 a.m.

Texas Tech Football

Yost Chatter. Not sure what to call this, but Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson writes that the Miami Hurricanes are done with offensive coordinator Dan Enos, and in Jackson’s opinion, David Yost would be a terrific option:

And here’s a veteran name that would be on my list: Texas Tech offensive coordinator and quarterback coach David Yost, who this season guided an offense that was 11th in the country in average yardage (474.3) and scored 30.5 per game despite limited talent at receiver. He uses an up-tempo, spread-option offense and learned passing game concepts from Washington State’s Mike Leach.

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