The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2022.05.02

It’s wild.


It’s that time of year where you have the opportunity to buying me a cup of coffee for the work put into attempting to run this ship. Annually I pay for the security service that runs $300+ for the year. My plan is still to let things go after the football season, but with basketball being so intriguing, I think it would make a lot of sense to go through March Madness and this time next year, before I pay for the service again, let everything go.

You’re probably wondering how/why I’d feel so comfortable doing that, just letting the site sort of fade, I can’t really say why I feel the way that I do, but sometimes things in life things fade away. If I get blown away with an offer for the site, then sure, but right now that hasn’t happened and that’s okay too. There’s also this idea that if I pass it on to someone, it has to be perfect because I’m obsessive. There’s a chance that this site is always associated with me so I sort of want to be proud of that when it’s all done.

And why I’m stepping away? My kids are getting older and they are more busy than ever. My oldest son, Fitsum, is in band and he’s in junior high and we got to see him in his spring concert on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. and then my youngest son, Youssouf, had a football game in Rockwall (about 45 minutes away) so we hustled to get there as soon as the concert was over. Practices, games, concerts, that’s basically my life right now and it makes me so happy that I get to see them grow up and do things.

If you don’t know how this works, you can buy me a cup of coffee or any amount that you choose that will help keep the lights on for the next year. This is totally voluntary and I’m going to keep writing and posting for the full year, so regardless as to if anyone gives, I’ll be here. If you choose not to give, then that’s okay as well. We all have our reasons. If you do give, I do want to say thank you for the gift. It’s much appreciated.


Yesterday, Kevin McCullar announced that he was still focused on his NBA dream, but he was also down to two schools, Kansas and Gonzaga, if he does decide to come back. There was quite a bit of hand-wringing about this and how we should feel about him leaving Texas Tech. I get people being upset, that’s understandable, but I’d also remember that Sadaar Calhoun, remember him, was probably essentially cut mid-way through the year this past season so that Jaylon Tyson could sign a scholarship with Texas Tech.

Was the last player that played all 4 years at Texas Tech Keenan Evans and Zach Smith? and Justin Gray? My point with asking this question is that I just don’t think we live in a world where basketball players in particular are going to stay at one place for four years. Maybe things will change, but right now, it’s just not that common.

I’m not going to be the arbiter as to who is or who is not a Red Raider, that’s not my job. I don’t know that I get to decide that for anyone.

The easiest thing for me is to cheer for the laundry. Love them when they are here and appreciate that the players wear your colors. When they aren’t wearing red and black, I’m still going to cheer for my team.


After not updating the series thread at all last week, I did update the 2-1 series win against Baylor. Texas Tech still lost on Sunday, which isn’t cool, but at least Chase Hampton gave Texas Tech over 4 innings of solid work. Abilene Christian is up on Tuesday and then on the road again in Stillwater for the weekend. Texas Tech is currently 3rd in the Big 12 at 11-7 with Oklahoma State at 13-5, then TCU at 12-6.


Texas Tech football got a surprise transfer (they are all surprises to me as I have zero inside information) from Washington State defensive end Sam Carrell.

Here are Carrell’s highlights.

I think that he has 4 years of eligibility remaining as he was part of the 2021 recruiting class and maybe redshirted last year. Carrell is also originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, so maybe returning home a bit is in play here. Oh, and when he was in high school, he originally committed to Baylor.

I also realize that I’m still needing to finish the LJ Martin player profile. Martin is the 4-star running back from El Paso that committed late last week.


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