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The Morning Stake | 2020.02.17

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The Astor Place Opera House Riot of 1849 combined two of 19th-century America’s favorite pastimes: going to the theater and rioting. Via The Outline:

If you ever find yourself walking in Astor Place in downtown Manhattan you might notice a plaque, really more of a laminated sign, tucked in the window of one the new skyscrapers between The Bowery and Lafayette Street. The sign, which is maybe only 18 by 24 inches, reads ASTOR PLACE RIOT with a 19th-century lithograph of a vast crowd menacing a neoclassical building.

In the foreground, one can see individuals in various poses suggesting alarm and outrage, or else lying on the ground, wounded. In the distance, you can see the faint outline of troops, with illuminated clouds of smoke dancing above their heads. This modest poster, so easy to miss in the hubbub of the square, is the only memorial on the spot of an event that endlessly fascinates me: The Astor Place Opera House Riot of May 10, 1849.

There’s something both grimly funny and profound to me about the riot; it seems to express the madness of American history. A mob of thousands attempted to storm a theater over a performance of Macbeth, the National Guard had to be called up, 31 people were killed and more than 100 wounded all over the personal jealousies of two vain and insecure actors, an Englishman with aristocratic airs named William Macready, and an American, Edward “Ned” Forrest, who seemed to his audiences to embody a new democratic energy.

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2-3. The ladies played at the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational, 5 games, 4 of which were against ranked teams, this weekend and the Red Raiders went 2-3 overall. I’m linking to the schedule where you can check out the box scores and recaps if you want. A Friday win against No. 18/17 South Carolina, 5-1, a Friday evening loss to No. 20/20 James Madison, a Saturday win against No. 15/15 Georgia, a Saturday evening loss to south Florida, 3-0, and a Sunday loss to No. 1/1 Washington 11-5. The ladies will have a mid-week game at home against Kent State and then be at the 2020 Houston Challenge this weekend.

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Series Thread Update. Do you want to know what happened this weekend? Well, you’re in luck. The series thread has links to box scores, recaps, embedded highlights as well as the coach and player press conferences. It’s all in one spot and neatly organized. The short answer is that Texsas Tech went 4-0, including a double-header on Saturday that resulted in 46 runs for the good guys to just 7 for the bad guys.

Up next weekend is the Round Rock Classic at Dell Diamond which will feature a game against Tennessee on Friday, Stanford on Saturday, and Houston on Sunday.

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Reclassify. Rivals’ Corey Evans runs through the top 7 players that might reclassify from the 2021 class to the 2020 class. The first one is Jonathan Kuminga, brother to Joel Ntwanbe, but the other player is at the end of the post, Moussa Diabate (6-9/190):

Reclassification talk has been on and off with Diabate, but such conversations should pick up again this spring once the season comes to a close. Diabate might need more time to polish his skill set and get stronger prior to college, but there is a strong chance that programs attempt to push him over the ledge towards reclassifying thanks to his talent level alone.

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