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The Morning Stake | 2020.05.12

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This is only going to apply to a certain sub-set of people and I’m one of them. OutsideOnline talked to photographer Ryann Ford as she took photographs of rest stops across the American southwest. Some terrific photos for sure, a bunch of them are in Texas. There’s a handful of photos at the link and she also has a book for sale.

Throwing a couple of things out there. Via ESPN, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the virus will let us know when the season will be possible:

“This is a respiratory virus, so it’s going to be spread by shedding [the] virus. The problem with virus shedding is that if I have it in my nasopharynx, and it sheds and I wipe my hand against my nose — now it’s on my hand. You see, then I touch my chest or my thigh, then it’s on my chest or my thigh for at least a few hours. Sweat as such won’t transmit it. But if people are in such close contact as football players are on every single play, then that’s the perfect setup for spreading. I would think that if there is an infected football player on the field — a middle linebacker, a tackle, whoever it is it — as soon as they hit the next guy, the chances are that they will be shedding virus all over that person.

“If you really want to be in a situation where you want to be absolutely certain, you’d test all the players before the game. And you say, ‘Those who are infected: Sorry, you’re sidelined. Those who are free: Get in there and play.'”

I basically believe all of this and I also tend to think that a lot can happen between now and September. The MLB, NBA, and NFL are going to light the way for college programs about how to proceed.

The Mercury News’ Jon Wilner spoke with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott who is very optimistic because of the NFL’s progress in announcing games without much push-back from health officials (last week was the big NFL reveal of their football schedules).

“There’s a lot of focus (among commissioners) on moving forward nationally, and everyone has the goal of playing a full season. I’m expecting a consistent approach as to when we start the season. That said, we could see a difference state-to-state, or even county-to-county, on when facilities can open and that sort of thing. And there could be a difference as to when fans are allowed. We might see a walk-jog-run phrased approach based on social distancing (restrictions). But when it comes to training camp, I think everyone will be on an even field.”

Gosh, it’s too bad that Texas Tech baseball head coach Tim Tadlock does such a terrible job of reloading. Baseball America has thier way too early top 25 and has Texas Tech at #2 in the nation:

BA 500 Recruits: RHP Brandon Birdsell (140), RHP Levi Wells (207), RHP Chase Hampton (267), RHP Marco Raya (290), RHP Brendan Girton (386)

Even in years when they lose a ton of players to professional baseball, the Red Raiders reload like few others in college baseball. With minimal departures, they could be even better than usual at putting a roster together. The fact that both of their serious draft risks are pitchers isn’t ideal, and senior righthander John McMillon could get an offer to move on to pro baseball. But there should still be plenty of talent on the staff, led by righthander Micah Dallas and lefthander Mason Montgomery, and if there’s one thing this coaching staff has proven, it’s that they always figure out how to fit the pieces together in the pitching staff puzzle. Offensive production is also never a question with Texas Tech. A deep, talented recruiting class means that Tim Tadlock and his staff will have some roster decisions to make ahead of 2021, but that theoretically will only make the finished product even stronger.

Typical Tech with Texas Tech Regent Dusty Womble and Texas Tech soccer coach Tom Stone.

24/7 Sports’ Gabe Brooks looks at the 2021 class and where various Texas high school quarterbacks sit, including Texas Tech commit Behren Morton:

Texas Tech stayed in West Texas to land its 2021 quarterback commitment as four-star prospect Behren Morton pledged back in October to the Red Raiders. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Morton has thrown for more than 5,200 yards, 47 touchdowns, and nine INT’s in the last two seasons, while adding more than 300 rushing yards and 10 TD’s on the ground. His junior campaign saw Morton throw for 2,766 yards, 29 TD’s, and only five picks. The Top247 rankings put Morton in the top 200 nationally at No. 185 overall, as well as No. 9 among the nation’s dual-threat quarterbacks in this class. Morton led Eastland to a 9-2 record and a Class 3A Division I first-round playoff appearance this past fall.

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