The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2020.01.13

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Italy’s Great Garlic Divide. Via Taste:

In a famous ancient Roman poem entitled “Moretum” (meaning “the salad” or “the pesto”) that is sometimes attributed to Virgil, a poor farmer named Simylus puts together a meal from what he can find in his garden: leeks, onions, bitter greens, coriander seeds, a few kinds of cabbage, and “stinking garlic.” The recipe doesn’t sound half bad, but the poem emphasizes that the rustic flavors and overpowering, tear-inducing flavor of garlic are meant only for men like Simylus who plow the fields with the beasts of burden. This vision of garlic as a poor ingredient for poor people had a powerful influence on Italian cooking, and even today, many Italians look at garlic—an allium that is cheap, abundant, and thus available to anyone—with suspicion.

But for the average American, garlic couldn’t be more inextricable from Italian cuisine. From Olive Garden’s unlimited, garlic-dusted breadsticks to the 30-clove pomodoro served at Lilia in Brooklyn, here, garlic is peeled and smashed liberally—a badge of honor for the cook and eater alike. Instead, in Italy, the story of Simylus and his humble harvest is shorthand for the connection between the scent of garlic and the “stink of poverty,” as historian John Dickie puts it in his book Delizia! The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food.

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Kansas State 76, Lady Raiders 72. I don’t know what to think about this Lady Raider team. K-State was 6-6 heading into the game and the Lady Raiders have now lost two home games, which isn’t good. Texas Tech shot only 41% from the field and 24% from the three-point line. Also, the turnover margin was 15 for Texas Tech and only 8 for K-State (recap). The Lady Raiders will play Texas on Wednesday.

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Hopes of Returning to Omaha. Via NCAA’s Kendall Rogers (Rogers also writes for D1Baseball) writes about how the Red Raiders hope to return to Omaha. This is a very thorough breakpdown, although it is not as thorough as Keith Patrick’s breakdown at Dinger Derby. There’s a ton there, but this focuses on the newcomer infielders:

Two guys who were on the team last season but didn’t play have had strong falls thus far, and they are infielders Cal Conley and T.J. Rumfield. Conley transferred to Tech from Miami (FL) last holiday break and had to sit out because of transfer rules. The talented infielder is holding his own in the middle infield, while Rumfield has been a pleasant surprise. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, lost some weight earlier this fall and has swung the bat very well this fall. He’s a solid defender, a big presence at first and impresses the coaching staff from an offensive standpoint.

“T.J. can really defend, and he’s having a strong fall. He’s just played really well this fall,” Tadlock said. “I would say that Cal is holding his own, too. He’s doing some really nice things for us this fall.”

Some newcomers catching Tadlock’s attention include catcher/first baseman Nate Rombach, outfielder Dillon Carter and infielders Jace Jung and Jared Cushing. Rombach is a physical hitter who has an impressive presence in the box. Carter has shown well from an offensive standpoint and provides Tech with a quality lefthanded hitting option. Jung is not his brother Josh just yet, but Tadlock said he’s shown some glimpses of a younger Josh Jung. He’s hit some balls hard this fall. Then there’s Cushing, who has held his own in the infield and could be a solid option at either second or shortstop.

Finally, it will be interesting to see what Tech does with two-way talent Kurt Wilson in the spring. Wilson can help this team both offensively and on the mound, but Tadlock said he’s trying to find the right balance. Ideally, Wilson would be an everyday player for the Red Raiders, and his powerful arm, which can get up to 95-98 mph with the fastball, would be an incredible asset at the backend of the bullpen. But those roles are to be determined at this point.

“Kurt could play shortstop, he could do a lot of things,” Tadlock said. “He’s as gifted of a player as we’ve ever had in Lubbock. The pitching is always going to be there for him, so the question is where does he want to pitch [role wise].”

Texas Tech Basketball

Texas Tech vs. Kansas State. I’m writing this to remind you that the only way to watch this game tomorrow night is to go to Manhattan, Kansas, or to find ESPN+, which is not part of the Watch ESPN package. I think we get it through our Hulu/Disney+ subscription, but you can also order it for $5/month through the ESPN+ website.

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Seth Collins Receives 6th Year of Eligibility. Via the official site, receiver Seth Collins received a 6th year of eligibility after missing all of last year (which would have been his senior year). Here’s head coach Matt Wells on Collins:

“We’re happy for Seth that he will get to continue his career and return to the field next season,” Wells said. “He has worked diligently with our training staff to rehab from a significant injury. We look forward to him participating in our offseason strength and conditioning program and spring practices.”

Collins caught 32 passes as a junior for 317 yards, about 10 yards a catch, and 2 touchdowns. As far as a depth chart is concerned, I thought that T.J. Vasher was a starter at Z-receiver and maybe Erik Ezukanma as the starter at X-receiver and then back-ups. The backups would be Myller Royals, Loic Fouonji, Cameron Cantrell, and Trey Cleveland as well as the other true freshmen.

Move-In Day for Mid-Term Enrollees.

Mahomes Does Mahomes Things. If you are a Texans’ fan, then you might want to stop watching around the 4:15 mark. If you are a Patrick Mahomes and/or Chiefs fan, then the 4:15 mark is probably where you want to start. In the Chiefs’ playoff game, Mahomes was 21 of 35 for 321 yards and 5 touchdowns with 0 interceptions and 53 yards rushing. Kansas City plays Tennessee next week.


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