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4/27/11 - Tuscaloosa Tornado (via jason835a)

Think a good thought for everyone that was in the path of yesterday's tornadoes.  Just devastating and makes my stomach sick.

  1. Red Raiders Fall 8-4, Midweek Winning Streak Snapped at Eight - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE and Midweek loss to New Mexico leaves Red Raiders reeling | Red Raiders and Red Raiders drop opportunity for out-of-conference sweep of UNM - The Daily Toreador: Sports | Head coach Dan Spencer isn't happy and I can't blame him.  I don't recall that he's been on his team this year, but it's about time:
    "We weren’t sharp and the energy and the bounce we had last night we didn’t have as much of today," Spencer said. "We missed some signs, which we hadn’t done. We weren’t sharp on defense, which we had been.

    "We know we’re struggling at the plate and today was no exception. I liked the attitude and the way some of our guys came out of the bullpen and kept us in the game and gave us a chance. But overall it was not a good effort."

  2. Tech Track Headed to Penn Relays and Payton Jordan - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
  3. Tech Set for First Round of Big 12 Championship - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE and Lady Raiders hope to get off bubble, make it to NCAA tennis tournament | Red Raiders
  4. Rusk, Griffin Lead Men's Golf To Fourth Place Conference Finish - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE and Tech golf finishes fourth in Big 12 | Red Raiders
  5. Tommy Tuberville Mixes Politics With Football In Fox News Appearance - From Our Editors - and AN EDSBS REPORT: THE POLITICAL AFFILIATIONS OF FOOTBALL COACHES - Every Day Should Be Saturday and Pre-Snap Read: A College Football Blog and 3-point stance: Crimson Tide spared - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN | Just a few of the reactions from the internet and my fear for Tuberville wading into political waters would be that his political leanings could be used against him as he's out recruiting.  For me, I really don't care about politics (I probably should, but I won't pretend that I care) and whether or not Tuberville was well-spoken and articulate about various subjects is really irrelevant to me.  What is relevant is whether or not what Tuberville said or didn't say will be brought up by opposing coaches.  It may be totally far-fetched to think this would happen, but Pre-Snap Read seems to think that it's a possibility, recruiting is a cut-throat business, and for my personal view, I though that Maisel summed it up nicely in that playing the political game can be a dangerous proposition and sometimes, not jumping into the pool is okay:
    Regarding President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, Tuberville said, "Obviously, there’s got to be something on there he doesn’t want anybody to see." Obama released the document Wednesday. Never mind that Tuberville was wrong on the facts. For a decade, Tuberville survived the groundless gossip that emanates from the Alabama-Auburn rivalry with dignity intact. That alone means he should have known better.
  6. Potts, Batch among Red Raiders’ NFL draft hopefuls | Red Raiders and For Batch, NFL Draft won't change day - Sports | The NFL Draft is tonight and I'm guessing that you can add LB Brian Duncan, LB Bront Bird and Colby Whitlock to the list of potential draftees. 
  7. Final 2011 NFL Mock Draft - Mocking The Draft | Speaking of the NFL Draft, SBN has their own NFL Draft website.  Go check it out.
  8. Comparing Figures of Kentucky Derby Contenders - And Down The Stretch They Come | I think the Kentucky Derby is in a week or so, and if you're so inclined, check out SBN's horse racing blog.  Am I a shill or what?
  9. After the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, One Ukrainian Village Was Not Completely Abandoned - | I don't know if this needs any comment, but considering what's happened in Japan, Chernobyl is almost completely abandoned.
  10. The Elite 18: No. 18 - Lonnie Edwards | Last but not least, RP's Joe Yeager is counting down the top 18 players and starts with Lonnie Edwards.  I would have guessed that Edwards would be higher, but that's hard to debate without knowing the rest of the list.