The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2020.03.06

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Out For The Weekend. Good morning. Usually at this time in March, I head out to East Texas with my two boys to sort of camp for the weekend. It’s near Bogata and for the most part there is no cell service unless I’m lucky enough to find a pocket. I’ll have the baseball preview and series thread going up at noon today and the basketball preview and game thread going up at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. Dan is taking care of the post-game thoughts and I wont be able to update the baseball thread until Sunday.

The L.A. Dodgers Are Named After Terrified Brooklyn Pedestrians. Via CityLab:

You probably know the Dodgers used to play in Brooklyn, even if you weren’t around when the team moved in 1958. But what you might not know is that the team’s full name was once “Trolley Dodgers,” or that dodging trolleys was a matter or life and death for 19th-century Brooklynites. Here’s Joseph P. Sullivan writing about the “terror of the trolley” in the Journal of Urban Technology:

Today, the electric trolley is an object of nostalgic affection. Many people delight to see the old machines rolling down the street. It was not always so. In the 1890s, the electric trolley terrified many New Yorkers. The electric streetcar was much faster than a horse streetcar and caused many accidents. In Brooklyn especially, the trolley frequently killed or maimed young children. As a result, the electric trolley became a symbol of the chaotic nature of modern, urban life.

There’s a bit of uncertainty surrounding just when the Brooklyn baseball team became the Trolley Dodgers. (Before that it was the Bridegrooms because seven players got married in 1888, according to the official team page.) A delightful history at the Early Sports and Pop Culture History Blog dates the name’s appearance to May 1895.

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Rice vs. Texas Tech. First pitch is this evening at 6:30 p.m. and the preview and series thread goes up at noon today.

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Kansas vs. Texas Tech. Don’t forget that Saturday’s game is a senior day for Chris Clarke and T.J. Holyfield and the tip is at 1:00 p.m.

Fireside Chat. Chris Clarke joins Chris Beard, who is wearing a Tariq Owens shirt, with the Fireside Chat. Beard stans for the gift of cactus rather than flowers, swag surfing ladies in the background, and so much more.

Goodman on Beard and Texas Tech. Jeff Goodman would always be one of those reporters who would say that there’s a decent chance that Beard might leave for another job, like Texas, but he had never been to Lubbock or seen the set-up that Beard has. Well, Goodman made his way here a couple of weeks ago and I think his tune has changed and if you were to ask him, sure, there’s a chance that Beard could leave, but it won’t be because of lack of facilities or support from the athletic department and Goodman I think also realizes that Beard and Texas Tech really go together.

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Practice.

Tommerdahl and Jones. Special teams coach Mark Tommerdahl and secondary coach Derek Jones had a media scrum yesterday and I’m going to tell you that I don’t recall Tommerdahl being interviewed very much before, but he’s an interesting guy. Not at all what I expected, although I don’t know that I had a bunch of expectations anyway.

RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz and Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams recap those media scrums. From Soliz’s article, head coach Matt Wells asked Tommerdahl prior to the scrum if he had anything planned for kickoff coverage, which was not good, and Tommerdahl responded that he did.

Tommerdahl said the word โ€œeliteโ€ gets used too much in todayโ€™s game but he believes a couple of his units were just that. The kickoff coverage bottomed out with the other units being โ€œmeat grinders,โ€ which translated to pretty consistent. If they can get all six unites to that elite level then theyโ€™ll be playing past Christmas time.

And on Jones, again from the Soliz article, what Jones is working on with the secondary:

โ€œJust basic fundamentals of football; the simple things that take no talent,โ€ Jones said when asked about the signs his guys are bought in. โ€œHow well they take notes in meetings, how they run to the football, the types of questions they ask. The misnomer in football is all the things you have to do off the field in order to be good on the field.โ€

He continued…

โ€œA lot of guys dress up in uniform just to be a part of the team but being good and trying to win a championship is an all the time thing. So what weโ€™re trying to instill in them now is you know, โ€˜โ€™t has to be something where we donโ€™t have enough time as coaches to get you as good as you can be.โ€™ But, I think the thing that weโ€™re trying to instill in them now and that theyโ€™re catching on to is theyโ€™re doing the things off the field to try to get themselves to reach their full potential.โ€

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