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The Morning Stake | 2020.06.08

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Well, I hope you are all doing well. I watched the Bruce Lee 30 for 30, “Be Water” and it was really enjoyable. Lots of things I didn’t know about Lee and I found it really interesting. I went to Lee’s grave in Seattle when I went to visit my brother last summer. I was thinking about the line “be water” and this is the full quote from Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey:

Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams writes about the two tackle candidates, namely Zach Adams and Casey Verhulst who will get the first opportunity to play left and right tackle:

In the shortened spring, Adams, Peterson and Carde trained at left tackle, and Verhulst, sophomore Troy Bradshaw and redshirt freshman Trevor Roberson trained at right tackle. Each of the tackles also took snaps at guard on the same side to better learn the offense and enhance their versatility.

Among the players who have not been full-time starters in the past, Verhulst seems most likely to lock up a job. The 6-6, 290-pound junior from Plano East started the first two games last season when Steele was recovering from an injury and then started another in October.

When the shutdown came, some early competition was brewing at left tackle.

“Right now, you’d probably say Zach Adams was kind of holding it down,” Yost said. “He and Landon were not truly splitting time, but Landon was getting reps with the ones (starters), but Zach was the guy that had more reps with the ones during spring.”

Here’s some pulling back the curtain. Matt Mosely has a radio show in the central Texas area and is a Baylor graduate. Mosley and I went to high school together and he was a year ahead of me. In any event, Mosley contacted me before having Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells on the radio to get a little pre-show prep on Wells and the Texas Tech program. I can say, with some confidence, that Mosley followed along the questions that I thought would be worth asking (he had his own of course). As you all may or may not know, Wells’ wife Jen went to Baylor and was also a classmate of Mosley’s at Baylor. It’s a small world. Here’s the interview if you’d like to give it a listen.

Much was made yesterday about how Jonathan Kuminga had reclassified because he graduated early. And this is maybe one of those, yes, likely, but “not so fast” right now.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it is being predicted that Kuminga will likely reclassify, be part of the 2020 class and never play a second in college. The aforementioned tweet is from Corey Evans and he is as dialed in as anyone.

Yesterday, apparently the Lady Raiders received a commitment from Anahi-Lee Cauley, who is playing prep ball in Windsor, Connecticut. From what I’ve been able to gather, Cauley is a 6’0″ point guard, and other than that, I can’t find much else.

The MLB draft is on Thursday, at least the first round, and via MLB, it appears that right-hander Clayton Beeter has a good chance of being drafted in the middle to late portions of the first round, currently being mocked to the Braves at No. 25 or the Nationals at No. 22.

Here are some tweets.

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