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The Morning Stake | 2018.09.19

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Thanks to Keith for writing last night’s post on the brutal murder of Iowa State University golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena. Condolences to her family and the Iowa State family.

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USA Today’s Bob Nightengale writes about how your guy, Patrick Mahomes grew up in MLB clubhouses (these are things you already know) and Patrick’s father, Pat, is already superstitious as he sits alongside LaTroy Hawkins:

Considering Mahomes was one of the most superstitious players anyone has seen in Major League Baseball, he’ll keep going to every Chiefs game as long as they keep winning. And he’ll wear the same outfit: a white jersey with his son’s name on the back, white linen shorts and red Adidas shoes.

“You’re not going to find a more superstitious guy,” Hawkins said, “so when it’s freezing and snowing in December in Kansas City, you’re still going to see him wearing those shorts at Patrick’s football games.”

And he’ll be sitting beside Hawkins, his former teammate from the Minnesota Twins, most games. Hawkins purchased two season tickets on the 48-yard line at Arrowhead Stadium to see his godson. Now, the two of them can give thanks every Sunday when Patrick steps on the field for the NFL’s new and controversial rule that protects quarterbacks, barring defensive players from landing on them with their full body weight.

Miscellaneous . . . ESPN has their newest bowl projections and they’re predicting that Texas Tech plays Texas A&M at the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl in Houston (this game would never happen) or takes on Florida at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl . . . LandGrant Gauntlet’s Josh Cowan writes about Texas Tech being on the upswing after beating Houston . . . A-J Media’s Don Williams has a notebook from today’s media availability (I’ll have something posted about it at 7:00 a.m. today) . . . and A-J Media’s Don Williams also writes about Oklahoma State’s success against Texas Tech . . .

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