The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2020.03.09

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Camping Weekend. You never really recover after a long weekend, but it was a fun weekend. My father-in-law owns a place out near Bogata near the Sulphur River (like half a mile away). It’s something that we always try to do, which is bring the kids, go do outdoor things, smoke meats, cook breakfasts, and the adults enjoy adult beverages.

I brought a tent as we were expecting a pretty large group this year, so that added a bit of extra fun. Myself and the two boys camped out on Friday and Saturday night. We were on mattresses and had properly rated sleeping bags, but my feet still got cold and I think I might have slept 3 hours total. I could never get them warm and wasn’t sure how to do this. The boys slept like champs, but they were also running around like crazy-people and playing hide-and-go-seek in the dark.

I woke up the next morning, helped cook breakfast, and then took off to go for a 9 mile run (I had no idea how far I’d run before starting) down some dirt roads. My only hope was that I was not chased by hogs or dogs while running and neither happened.

Upon my return, I was happy that the kids were still alive, showered and readied for the Kansas vs. Texas Tech basketball game. Where we stay has a house and satellite and all of the amenities, which is great. Watching that basketball game was not fun, but I was lucky enough that Youssouf had gone to go down by the river with others and Fitsum wanted to take a walk where he then in turn summarized seasons 7 and 8 of Ninjago because I had told him that I didn’t get to watch those seasons with him and Youssouf. So he summarized all of them. I’m just thankful that Fits still wants to talk to me so I counted that as a win.

On the smoker (which I had nothing to do with other than to cut the ribs and brisket) was pork and beef ribs and brisket as well as two pots of beans that were absolutely outstanding. After not sleeping very much the night before, the boys and I headed to tent around 9:15 and I was out for the night. I don’t think it got as cold on Saturday night, but I had also put some blankets on top of our sleeping bags for additional insulation and that helped out a ton.

Sunday was making another breakfast, cleaning up and hitting the road. It was a great trip and I told my boys that I love them dearly that these moments where we are together are incredibly special and I cherish each and every one of them.

Texas Tech Soccer

Texas Tech Track and Field

Mountain Region Awards. I’m not going to pretend to really understand, but Texas Tech cleaned up the Mountain Region as far as awards are concerned. You can check out the embed below or the track and field Twitter feed. Ruth Usoro won women’s athlete of the year, Justin Hall won the men’s athlete of the year, Calvin Robins won men’s assistant coach of the year, and James Thomas won women’s assistant coach of the year.

Texas Tech Tennis

Texas Tech Softball

16-9. Again, I’d encourage you to go check out the softball schedule, where the ladies had a really dominating weekend, going 5-0, notching a 13-2 win over Delaware State, a 17-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson, a 2-1 win over Marist College, another 8-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson (which I think was a no-hitter), and another 8-0 win over Delaware State. That’s a combined 48-3. Up next is a trip to Hawaii on Wednesday!

Lady Raider Basketball

Texas Tech Baseball

16-1. The series thread is finally updated after being gone all weekend. Without having consumed a ton of information, the starting pitching was pretty terrible on Saturday and Sunday, but still got two wins. Up next is Mississippi State on Tuesday and Wednesday in Stark Vegas for a mid-week two-game series. That’s pretty great who don’t ever say that Tim Tadlock is afraid to play anyone. Oh, and Tadlock also earned his 300th win on Saturday, so huzzah!

Texas Tech Basketball

Texas Tech Football

I know that there was a defensive back commitment that I hope that I might get to later this week.


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