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The Morning Stake | 2020.04.07

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ESPN’s Alex Scarborough writes about the art of faking injuries in college football and the post starts off with a short story about trying to stop Patrick Mahomes:

Even when they’ve left the college ranks, they aren’t comfortable saying anything unless granted anonymity. But once that’s a given, the floodgates start to open up. One player grins as if he’s been waiting all day to peel back the curtain on an inside joke.

How often do players fake injuries?

“In a game?” he said. “Oh, all the time. All the time.”

He paused for a moment.

“Have I ever faked one? Once.”

It was a few years back. He was playing Texas Tech, and the defense was in trouble.

“Pat Mahomes was the quarterback, and you know how that offense was. Our coach said if we looked to the sideline and somebody gives us the finger” — the gun signal — “one of us has to go down.”

He saw his cue and leapt into action.

“I just went, ‘Ah!’ like I had a cramp” — grabbing his upper hamstring — “and went down.”

The ref told him to stay down, so he did.

“I looked up, and all my teammates automatically knew. It was like, ‘Thank you.'”

He waited a bit before jogging off the field with a pretend limp. “You gotta sell it,” he said. Teammates would heckle his Razzie-worthy performance during film review the following week, albeit with a wink and a nod.

“I think it helped the team get our feet back under us.”

Possible solutions? Have the player sit out not just one play, but maybe 10? I tend to think that a quarter is too much, but trying to find something that would be detrimental. Of course, the opposing coach will send out a scrub for a play, fake an injury, and then he won’t care what happens to the player because he was never really going to play anyway.

This website and Twitter person says that Davide Moretti is likely to return to Texas Tech for his senior year, which would be terrific. The scholarship crunch is going to be real and really interesting.

Former Lady Raider (like as of a week or so ago) Sydney Goodson is set to play for Kansas State next year. Goodson is a graduate transfer so she’s finished her degree. I hope that she wins all of her games except for two. Good luck Sydney!

This week’s episode of Typical Tech with Robert Giovanetti, joined by guest Mayor Dan Pope and former Red Raider baseballer Josh Jung. I didn’t get a chance to listen to this one, but will try to do so later this week.

This is your One Shining Moment in the shelter-in-place days. Pretty fun. Took a lot of time and the guy can hoop with the nerf hoop. It literally took this guy all day (it’s dark by the end of the video) to shoot this video.

These are some tweets.

This is one of those things that will hopefully waste 10 to 15 minutes of your day, but a good strong Reddit user created soccer jerseys for NFL teams. There is a bit of cursing, so if that’s not your thing, then don’t click, you can just look at the images on Imgur.

As an aside, if anyone wanted to create a jersey for Texas Tech, soccer, football, or otherwise, hollar at me (see email above). I think that would be a fun post to do.

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