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The Morning Stake | 2020.01.31

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Concord Grape. Shout-out to Brian today for the referral! Via Gizmodo:

In 1849, Ephraim Wales Bull strolled through rows of wild grapes in his Concord, Massachusetts yard, each plant’s bare limbs spread out as if shrugging. After more than a decade experimenting with Isabella grapes that wouldn’t ripen outdoors and musty-tasting wild grapes that ripened too late, most people would’ve given up. Bull refused to.

On that September day, his patience was finally rewarded. Sprouting from a corner of his field’s poor, sandy soil was a vine with large, black fruit dangling from its arms. He popped one of the grapes into his mouth. It was sweet like candy.

Over the next century, Bull’s discovery, the Concord grape, would cross paths with everything from Little Women and World War I to the temperance movement and the American lunchbox. Today, the fruit behind grape juice might seem so ordinary as to be timeless, but its popularity was hard-won, the improbable result of a minister’s search for booze-less wine, Louis Pasteur’s fight against foodborne diseases, and, above all, an eccentric farmer’s stubborn search for the perfect grape.

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Texas Tech Picked to Finish First in Big 12 Preseason Poll. As voted on by the coaches, Texas Tech is picked to finish first this year. Here’s the order with first place picks in parentheses.

  1. Texas Tech (6) 62
  2. Oklahoma State 52
  3. TCU (1)45
  4. Oklahoma 40
  5. Texas (1) 38
  6. Baylor 35
  7. West Virginia (1) 26
  8. Kansas State 15
  9. Kansas 11

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Ntambwe Waiver Denied Third Time. I believe that word leaked yesterday, not sure where, but that Joel Ntambwe’s waiver to be immediately eligible this year was denied by a committee for the third time, which was fine final method to seek eligibility this year for Ntambwe.

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National Signing Day Part II. That day arrives on Monday I believe, February 3rd, and it also happens to be a dead day. The coaches are out there continuing to recruit, which means a hard target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in the state of Texas (and maybe other states). I am a bit flat-footed here as I don’t know who will sign on Monday, but


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