The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.09.24

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500 Mile Race. Via MentalFloss, back 1875 (cue ol’ timey piano) the country was all about competitive walking, also known as pedestrianism, and in the 1870s and 1880s was the most popular spectator sport in the U.S. of A.:

The first man to walk 500 miles would be declared the winner. Running was not permitted. Each competitor was required to keep one foot in contact with the ground at all times while on the track. Also, the race would take place on two concentric tracks made of pressed mulch, more commonly known as “the tanbark.” To a generation of Americans, the tanbark was the gridiron of its day.

The men had to adhere to one more rule: Under no circumstances could the race continue beyond midnight the following Saturday. At the time, Chicago, like nearly every other city in the United States, had blue laws that prohibited “public amusements” on Sundays. Six days was as long as any athletic event could last.


But the Tribune was forgetting a basic fact: People were bored. It’s hard to fathom now, but in the 1870s, Americans were desperate for entertainment. As leisure time boomed, most Americans spent their idle hours reading and storytelling, often by candlelight. Live entertainment outside the home—a play, perhaps, or a musical performance—was too pricey to be anything more than an occasional indulgence. (In Chicago, a theater ticket usually cost a dollar, twice the price of a ticket to this weeklong world-class walking match.) Watching people walk in circles for days was, if not “absorbingly entrancing,” at least an unobjectionable way to kill time.

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The Passing of Andre Emmett. Still so shaken of the news that Andre Emmett was murdered yesterday outside of his apartment. The out-pouring has been incredible as you would expect and people from all sides of the aisle have given their condolences. We could argue all day if he was the best player, but he is, without a doubt, the best scorer that ever played for Texas Tech.

I’d also check out this twitter thread from Statesman beat writer (currently the beat writer for Texas) tell this story about Emmett, about how he came back after being nearly booted from the team.

Notice of Allegations for Kansas. Yahoo Sports is reporting that Kansas has received a Level 1 (which is supposed to be the most serious) notice of allegations for lack of institutional control regarding the recruitment of Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa. Preston never played for Kansas and De Sousa was somewhat recently ruled eligible for Kansas (by the NCAA).

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Game Time for Oklahoma State. Prepare the ingredients for your mimosas because Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech kicks off at 11:00 a.m. on FS1.

Miscellaneous . . . Heartland College Sports’ Pete Mundo has his Big 12 power rankings and currently has Texas Tech 10th . . . via CollegeFootballTalk, Houston quarterback D’Eriq King and receiver Keith Corbin announced today that they are redshirting, but will be staying at Houston. This is a weird deal, and the initial thought was that Oklahoma is about to get themselves another transfer quarterback, but then King and Corbin agreed to return to Houston. Of course, this may be a situation where they graduate and then re-assess after the season once they’ve graduated and then they’ll be immediately eligible . . . Good news! Lindsey Thiry reports that Dakota Allen has been signed off the practice squad from the Okland Raiders . . .


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