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The Morning Stake | 2020.04.22

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You know what lyrids are? Me neither, but they are apparently meteor showers that peak during late April and have been observed for over 2,700 years. That last part is absolutely amazing in its own right. Lucky for you, this would be a ton of fun to do for any day (or maybe for Earth Day) because apparently all you need to do is to get your sleeping bag, face east, and just watch the sky:

The Lyrids are pieces of space debris that originate from the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. They are one of the oldest known meteor showers, having been observed for over 2,700 years. Their radiant, or point in the sky from which they appear and where they get their name, is in the constellation Lyra. The Lyrids appear to come from the vicinity of one of the brightest stars in the night sky – Vega. Vega is one of the easiest stars to spot, even in light-polluted areas.

“This will actually be a good year for the Lyrids and it is exciting the peak is on Earth Day and in the middle of International Dark Sky Week,” said Bill Cooke, lead of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. “While the Lyrids aren’t as prolific as other meteor showers like the Perseids or Geminids, they usually do produce some bright fireballs, and since the Moon will be nearly invisible April 22, rates should be about as good as it gets for this shower.”

Purdue center Matt Haarms (he’s 7’3″) reportedly narrowed his list of schools to 3 programs yesterday, Texas Tech, Kentucky, and BYU.

I later found this tweet about what Haarms addition to the Texas Tech basketball team would mean and if you add Haarms based on KenPom ratings. So, if you add Haarms to BUY, then they improve from 94th to 58th, Kentucky is improved from 56th to 29th, and Texas Tech would improve from 8th to 2nd. Notice too that the projection is without Jahmi’us Ramsey. This isn’t an indication of staying or going, just something that should be noted.

This made the rounds yesterday, which is that Boise State decided to furlough all coaches (and all employees who make more than $40,000) will be furloughed for 10 days, which basically means that these employees aren’t getting paid for 10 days and it also means that they cannot work for 10 days. This is a big deal because Boise State is the first college that’s done this. I’d also add that I don’t know that this will be a trend and it will also be interesting to see how colleges use their endowments.

If you are looking to geek out on football a little bit, Banner Society’s Richard Johnson explains why gaps are the most important part of each and every play.

RedRaiderSports’ Matt Clare write about five incoming freshmen that will out-perform their recruiting rankings. I’d tell you that if anyone is qualified to write this, it is Clare because he looks at and talks to more recruits than most people, mostly because that’s his job. On his list is quarterback Donovan Smith, CB Ryan Frank, DL Philip Blidi, DB Nate Floyd, and DL LB Moore. Here’s a bit on Moore:

Moore is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound kid, meaning he is expected to grow at the D1 level and eventually become a full grown ‘dude’. When people asked about standouts from the 2020 class, Moore was always the name mentioned. He is from an under-recruited area and probably did not get the shine prospects from the Dallas or Houston areas usually get.

Ranked as a 5.5 three-star prospect, Moore was listed as the No. 124 overall prospect in Texas.

The West Texas product provides something the Red Raiders do not currently have a lot of currently, the ability to rush the passer and disrupt the offense. Moore can easily outplay his high school ranking after spending a year growing and developing in the program, but remember that Matt Wells has shown that he will play a true freshman if they earn the opportunity.

Here are some tweets.

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