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The Morning Stake | 2020.02.04

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The Wild World of the Underwater Torpedo League. Via OutsideOnline:

The brainchild of Prime Hall and Don Tran, two former Marine Raiders (an elite unit of the U.S. Marine Corps), underwater torpedo is played in the deep end of a large pool—ideally 13 to 14 feet deep—by two teams of five. The aim is to get a ten-ounce, ten-inch-long torpedo-shaped toy into a kid’s hockey net anchored at the bottom of the pool by dive bricks. Players may move the torpedo by swimming with it, handing it off, or passing it to another team member, all while submerged. They can surface to take a breath, but not if they are holding the torpedo—that results in a penalty. Tackling, pulling, holding back, and grappling are only allowed on the player in possession of the torpedo. Kicking, punching, choking, and single-limb submissions are forbidden. “We had to add that last foul, because we got a lot of MMA fighters who were putting players into weird ankle locks,” explains Tran, 31. Each game has a referee, and despite the underwater roughhousing, Hall, 35, says there have only been minor injuries, thanks in part to the fact that fins are also forbidden, so players move with less momentum. “That means less impact when players collide,” he says. A typical match, says Tran, lasts until a team scores five goals, or about ten minutes, with 30 seconds between each match to regroup. Games are played in a best-of-three-matches format.

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Consensus Top 10. The lat poll to get out was the NCBWA, and now, there are 6 polls where Texas Tech is ranked as a preseason top 10 team.

Tadlock’s Process.

Big 12 Tournament to Globe Life Park in Arlington in 2022. Via The Oklahoman’s Jacob Unruh, the Big 12 baseball tournament will move to the indoor Globe Life Park, which should be finished and the Texas Rangers are playing in this season.

Autograph Session.

Texas Tech Basketball

Hosting Oklahoma. Texas Tech hosts the Sooners tonight at 8:00 p.m., the game will be televised on ESPN2. This starts a string a games where Texas Tech should be favored.

Big 12 Newcomer of the Week. Jahmi’us Ramsey gets the honor this week.

Texas Tech Football

The SI Cover & Disney World. There was never a doubt.

Blidi to Decide Between Texas Tech and Kansas. I don’t have the energy to really care, but New Mexico prep defensive lineman Philip Blidi will decide between Kansas and Texas Tech after being committed to Texas Tech for quite some time. If Blidi commits to Texas Tech, that’s great, if not, then that’s fine too.


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