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The Morning Stake | 2020.04.08

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American singer and songwriter John Prine died last night at the age of 73 from complications as a result of the coronavirus. For those of you who don’t know, Prine was, well, legendary in his talent for songwriting maybe more than singing, but he was still a joy to listen to as far as I’m concerned. Rolling Stone:

As a songwriter, Prine was admired by Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, and others, known for his ability to mine seemingly ordinary experiences — he wrote many of his classics as a mailman in Maywood, Illinois — for revelatory songs that covered the full spectrum of the human experience. There’s “Hello in There,” about the devastating loneliness of an elderly couple; “Sam Stone,” a portrait of a drug-addicted Vietnam soldier suffering from PTSD; and “Paradise,” an ode to his parents’ strip-mined hometown of Paradise, Kentucky, which became an environmental anthem. Prine tackled these subjects with empathy and humor, with an eye for “the in-between spaces,” the moments people don’t talk about, he told Rolling Stone in 2017. “Prine’s stuff is pure Proustian existentialism,” Dylan said in 2009. “Midwestern mind-trips to the nth degree.”

Prine was also an author, actor, record-label owner, two-time Grammy winner, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the recipient of the 2016 PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award, a honor previously given to Leonard Cohen and Chuck Berry. Prine helped shape the Americana genre that has gained popularity in recent years, with the success of Prine fans such as Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Brandi Carilie, to name a few. His music was covered by Bonnie Raitt (who popularized “Angel From Montgomery,” his soulful ballad about a woman stuck in a hopeless marriage), George Strait, Carly Simon, Johnny Cash, Don Williams, Maura O’Connell, the Everly Brothers, Joan Baez, Todd Snider, Carl Perkins, Bette Midler, Gail Davies, and dozens of others.

24/7 Sports Brian Snow writes about how four schools remain for Wichita State guard Jamarius Burton (6-4/200), including Marquette, Seton Hall, Texas Tech, and Xavier:

“Basically, right now I am re-evaluating all the teams and taking notice of who is communicating with me,” explained Burton. “It is ultimately going to come down to my gut feeling because I can’t visit. I am just waiting for when it is right, and I have that feeling.”

He continued, “The biggest thing is style of play. I ask the coaches what players I should be watching, and who I play like. All of that little stuff, and then I go back and watch the film to see if I fit in. I am taking into account tempo, how fast teams play, and see if I fit. I don’t know our pace at Wichita but want to play a little bit faster.”

Have I said that Chris Beard is going to land him a transfer?

You can still vote, I think, and I hope we all know you’re supposed to vote for the old school Double-T.

D1Baseball’s Kendall Rogers does a conference wrap on the Big 12 and it should not surprise you that Rogers thinks that Texas Tech had the best team:

The Red Raiders were off to their typical start to begin the 2020 season before it came to an abrupt halt because of coronavirus. Tech had a plethora of quality arms with righthander Clayton Beeter leading the charge. Beeter was having a great season for Tim Tadlock’s club, tallying a 2.14 ERA in 21 innings, along with 33 strikeouts and four walks. Bryce Bonnin had some good moments as well, while Mason Montgomery showed promise and Austin Becker showed big-time potential at times. With that said, the biggest attribute for this team was its bullpen with a loaded crop of arms. Micah Dallas was working his way back to the weekend rotation with outstanding numbers – just one walk and 23 strikeouts in 15.2 innings, while freshman Andrew Devine, returnee Hunter Dobbins and junior college transfer Jakob Brustoski were off to strong starts as well. Brustoski was a really intriguing arm. In addition to the solid numbers he tallied through four weeks, the big lefty also showed a fastball up to 96-97 mph.

I know there was a tight end commit, Jed Castles from Rider, that happened and I’ll be posting that later this morning.


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