The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2020.04.03

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OutsideOnline’s Lauren Sloss tells her story of sailing on a sailboat from Cape Town to the Caribbean and how to deal with the current shelter-in-place:

On the crossing, I struggled with periods of intense frustration. Where did the wind go? How much longer? Why is everyone else handling this so much better than I am? What’s wrong with me? Maybe it’s inevitable. But giving myself space to process those feelings, and showing myself kindness when feeling them, was important.

What helped the most, though, was holding close the moments of real beauty: an epic sunset, a sky full of stars on night watch, the meditative quality of staring out at a never-ending, always changing ocean. While perhaps less obvious at home, those moments can and do exist. There is something powerful about having no choice but to slow down, live simply, and really exist with yourself for a period of time. Simple things like listening to the sound of birds or seeing spring flowers pop up on a neighborhood walk are all things to treasure right now.

This forced slowdown has a backdrop far different than an ocean crossing—disease, fear, anxiety, and so much that is unknown. Trying to find peace in the uncertainty, and moments of joy in our present circumstances, will hopefully help us as we try to reach the other side.

Brittany Brewer was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association honorable mention Coaches All-America team:

Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball senior Brittany Brewer picked up another All-America honor on Wednesday afternoon, as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association named her to the honorable mention Coaches All-America team.

The honor is the latest in a string of national honors for Brewer, who was also selected as an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press and U.S. Basketball Writers Association. She was also named a top-five finalist for the Lisa Leslie Award, given to the best center in the country.

Wichita State guard Jamarius Burton (6’4″) whittled his list of schools down to 5, which included Xavier, Ohio State, Marquette, Seton Hall, and Texas Tech. Burton averaged about 10 points a game last year and 3.5 assists for the Shockers. Don’t forget that Kentucky guard Johnny Juzang also named Texas Tech in his list of transfer destinations. Texas Tech is getting a grad transfer whether you like it or not. I believe both Burton and Juzang would need to sit out a year.

CBS Sports’ Ben Kercheval lists each Big 12 team’s best season and it is no surprise that 2008 is the year picked for Texas Tech:

A program’s best team often collides with its best season, but what separates the latter from the former are moments, not necessarily talent. However, the two of those were thoroughly intertwined in history on Nov. 1, 2008, when wide receiver Michael Crabtree wrestled away from two Texas defenders on what was basically a walk-off touchdown from quarterback Graham Harrell to take down the No. 1 ranked Longhorns in Lubbock, 39-33. It remains one of the most recognizably clutch plays in the history of the game. Though the Red Raiders were thoroughly outclassed by Oklahoma later that month, they peaked as high as No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll and finished in a three-way tie for the Big 12 South title. Harrell, now the offensive coordinator at USC, remains Texas Tech’s most accomplished passer and 2008 was one of two 11-win seasons for coach Mike Leach, now at Mississippi State.

RedRaiderSports did a roundtable of what position group they thought needed the most reps in the spring and the answers varied between the offensive line, quarterback, and defensive back. I think that based on my look at things on the secondary, I think they need to figure out what they have and who plays where.

A week after announcing a weekly marble race, I forgot to do it. That’s typical for me as I’m just trying to hang on just like everyone else. Here are the contestants for lunch time marble run: 1) Diamond; 2) White; 3) Dark Red; 4) Green (Slimer); 5) Lime (Cobra); 6) Dark Blue; 7) Purple; 8) Black (Knight); 9) Yellow (Phoenix); 10) Orange (Nemo); 11) Red Number 3; and 12) Blue (Kobalt).

Bet accordingly.

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