The Morning Stake | 2020.02.28

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‘Astounding new finds’ suggest ancient empire may be hiding in plain sight. Via ScienceMag:

On 16 January 378 C.E., a stranger arrived in Tikal, a large Maya city in what is now northern Guatemala. His name was Sihyaj K’ahk’ (SEE-yah Kak), or Fire is Born, and he was likely a mighty warrior from a distant land. Many archaeologists think he hailed from Teotihuacan, a metropolis of 100,000 people about 1000 kilometers northwest of Tikal, near today’s Mexico City. And he may have come with an army.

The stone Maya monuments that record Sihyaj K’ahk’s arrival don’t say why he came or how he was received by Chak Tok Ich’aak, or Jaguar Paw, the long-reigning king of Tikal. But the day Sihyaj K’ahk’ marched into the city was the day Jaguar Paw died.

The engravings suggest Sihyaj K’ahk’ had been sent by a powerful foreign ruler called Spearthrower Owl. Within 2 years, Spearthrower Owl’s young son was crowned the new king of Tikal. In portraits carved on stone monuments there, the new king, named Yax Nuun Ayiin, holds an atlatl, a spearthrower used by Teotihuacan warriors, and wears a Teotihuacan-style headdress adorned with tassels. Some images of him and his father on monuments at Tikal are even carved in the flat, geometric style of Teotihuacan art, distinct from the intricate, naturalistic portraits of the Maya. Under the exotic new king and his descendants, Tikal became one of the most powerful cities in the Maya region.

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Preview. Today’s game is against Florida Atlantic and then two games against Florida State on Saturday and Sunday. The preview and series thread will go up at noon as today’s first pitch is at 1:00 p.m. I don’t believe that today’s game will be on the TV.

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Academic All-Big 12.

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Game Added. Via the official site, Texas Tech has scheduled a three-game series with Fresno State in 2029 (@ Fresno State), 2030 (@ Texas Tech), and 2032 (@ Texas Tech). As an aside, the best place to check out the futures schedule is FB Schedules.

Lessons Learned. SI’s Albert Breer has the story of Kliff Kingsbury and Patrick Mahomes. There’s a handful of interesting things here, but maybe the most interesting thing is the grade that Mahomes got back from the NFL, maybe a 2nd or 3rd round pick, and Kingsbury trying to talk Mahomes to coming back:

“So I fly down to Tyler (Mahomes’s hometown) and try to convince him to come back to school,” Kingsbury said. “And I’ve felt like a d— ever since, like, ‘Pat, I promise you I wasn’t that guy, man. When they said second round, I knew you should be the first pick of the draft.’ That’s what I told him: ‘There’s no way you shouldn’t be the first pick in the draft. Come back, we’ll make you a lot of money. This is crazy that you’re saying this about you.’

“He gave me that space, but I could see it in his eyes, he knew what he was about to do.”

At the very least, Kingsbury saw Mahomes’s vision as less crazy than that draft panel’s.

“It’s nuts,” he said. “And you take that into account, Well, if it’s a 2/3, here’s the presentation, we’re getting you back to school, you should be a first-round pick, let’s earn some money, get your degree, all these things. But in hindsight? I always mess with him, ‘Dude, I promise you I wasn’t being the selfish asshole here. I want what’s best for you.’ And luckily it worked out.”

I’m not an NFL scout. Heck I’m really just barely a human, but I’ve never wanted a player to not come back to Texas Tech more than Mahomes. That’s not because I didn’t love watching him play, but he was ready and he had done everything he could have done at Texas Tech. It’s a fun read for sure (I do want to clarify that I don’t care what anyone says, it is Trey Haverty that found Mahomes and take that story to your grave).

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