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Podcasts. Check out your guys, Spencer and Michael, on 23 Personnel Podcast, a Texas Tech athletics podcast where food and sports clash at the goal line, as well as Keith Patrick and Dinger Derby, the only, yes only, podcast about Texas Tech baseball.
The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Concord Grape. Shout-out to Brian today for the referral! Via Gizmodo:
In 1849, Ephraim Wales Bull strolled through rows of wild grapes in his Concord, Massachusetts yard, each plant’s bare limbs spread out as if shrugging. After more than a decade experimenting with Isabella grapes that wouldn’t ripen outdoors and musty-tasting wild grapes that ripened too late, most people would’ve given up. Bull refused to.
On that September day, his patience was finally rewarded. Sprouting from a corner of his field’s poor, sandy soil was a vine with large, black fruit dangling from its arms. He popped one of the grapes into his mouth. It was sweet like candy.
Over the next century, Bull’s discovery, the Concord grape, would cross paths with everything from Little Women and World War I to the temperance movement and the American lunchbox. Today, the fruit behind grape juice might seem so ordinary as to be timeless, but its popularity was hard-won, the improbable result of a minister’s search for booze-less wine, Louis Pasteur’s fight against foodborne diseases, and, above all, an eccentric farmer’s stubborn search for the perfect grape.
Texas Tech Track and Field
Closed out the pent and got the hep (and the weekend!) underway today. 📰⬇️
— Texas Tech Track & Field (@TexasTechTF) January 30, 2020
📸M U L T I S S H O T S📸https://t.co/3s4kYJbca9
— Texas Tech Track & Field (@TexasTechTF) January 31, 2020
Texas Tech Golf
Beginning the spring with two of our guys in the @Golfstat top-10.
It all starts next week in Hawaii. 🌴
— Texas Tech Men’s Golf (@TexasTechMGolf) January 30, 2020
Texas Tech Tennis
The Lady Raiders head to Mississippi this weekend for a pair of dual tests against Ole Miss and Mississippi State!
— Texas Tech Women’s Tennis (@TexasTechWTEN) January 30, 2020
Lady Raider Basketball
👊 Hard worker. Dependable. Teammate. 👊@Lexi_g34 has made an instant impact on the Lady Raider program since arriving in Lubbock. 🔥🔥
— Lady Raider WBB (@LadyRaiderWBB) January 30, 2020
Texas Tech Baseball
Texas Tech Picked to Finish First in Big 12 Preseason Poll. As voted on by the coaches, Texas Tech is picked to finish first this year. Here’s the order with first place picks in parentheses.
- Texas Tech (6) 62
- Oklahoma State 52
- TCU (1)45
- Oklahoma 40
- Texas (1) 38
- Baylor 35
- West Virginia (1) 26
- Kansas State 15
- Kansas 11
The third program in league history to top the preseason poll in three or more consecutive seasons.
— Texas Tech Baseball (@TTU_Baseball) January 30, 2020
Texas Tech Basketball
Ntambwe Waiver Denied Third Time. I believe that word leaked yesterday, not sure where, but that Joel Ntambwe’s waiver to be immediately eligible this year was denied by a committee for the third time, which was fine final method to seek eligibility this year for Ntambwe.
Don’t get too high, don’t get too low.
— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) January 31, 2020
Texas Tech Football
National Signing Day Part II. That day arrives on Monday I believe, February 3rd, and it also happens to be a dead day. The coaches are out there continuing to recruit, which means a hard target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in the state of Texas (and maybe other states). I am a bit flat-footed here as I don’t know who will sign on Monday, but
Great to see @CoachFilaTTU and @TimothyBilling6 turning over stones in Mineola today for @TexasTechFB and @SouthernMissFB ! Never know what you might uncover! Thanks guys!! #SMTTT #WreckEm #RecruitM pic.twitter.com/HHhY3BQ51U
— Luke Blackwell (@coach_LB1) January 30, 2020
— Coach Jason Pitts (@CoachPitts4) January 30, 2020
Special thanks to Coach Yost from Texas Tech for stopping by Haskell today to talk about the Indians! #StraightLineRecruiting @HHS_Tribe_Pride @jwebbttu @CoachYost @TexasTechFB @THSCAcoaches pic.twitter.com/k7TN1JWFc1
— Brian Hodnett (@BrianHodnett) January 30, 2020
Had a fantastic visit from one of my good friends @coachlukewells yesterday. Texas Tech is going to be better because of this staff! Things will turn because they do things right! Thank you for stopping by and talking ball! @TexasTechFB
— Paul Ressa (@CoachRessa) January 30, 2020
— Connally Cougars FB (@ConnallyFB) January 29, 2020