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"My degree of optimism is negotiated daily..." - Bill Snyder

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In honor of the legendary Coach Snyder, I've thrown together a collection of his quotes and wisdom. It's not as if I've delved through hundreds of interviews and cherry-picked the best stuff, this is just from the Big 12 Media Days. The man has a way with words, and has sent handwritten letters to Texas Tech players including Kliff Kingsbury and Jace Amaro. However, to keep everyone on their toes, I am putting one quote in the mix from a former Big 12 coach. I will award 100 VTM bucks to the first person with the correct guess!

"I’m as old as time."

"My degree of optimism is negotiated daily, and the mantra of our program has always been centered around that daily improvement."

On advice given to Charlie Strong, which can be applied to us all: "I think the important thing is just be who you are. And if you indeed do that, be who you are, care about people... I think things can work out fine for him."

"... be where you are. And I chose to do that. And that allowed me, I think, to become better at things I was doing and never looked to move on. It wasn't significant to me. I valued where I was, where my family was and doing what we were doing, and that was kind of the approach that I've taken."

"Have you looked at that pile of crap out there?"

There's plenty to see and do this weekend whether you're in Manhattan or Lubbock.

Manhattan, KS

I reached out to our friends over at Bring on the Cats via the Twitter, and they sent a link to their Manhattan Visitors Travel Guide. Here are a couple of places that caught my eye, but be sure to check out the entire list:

So Long Saloon: Very small and often crowded, but worth the wait. If there's room inside, grab a beer and watch the game while you wait for a table. Start with the raspberry-chipotle black bean dip, then finish things off with a Jack Smack or Resist Temptation burger.

Taco Lucha: Next door to So Long and owned by the same people, but south-of-the-border themed rather than American-saloon themed. Excellent variety of salsas, tacos, and drink options. Don't sell the pineapple salsa short.
Bluemont Bistro is recommended for baked goods and the morning drink. Ask for the naked cinnamon roll.

On Campus

Call Hall Dairy Bar is the only place you need to know about on campus. Go for the ice cream and if you think your heart can handle it, the 16% Vanilla is good.

Our own jrb8421 chimed in with a few recommendations in Kansas City, just in case your flight lands you there:

Take your pick of epic BBQ…Arthur Bryant's, Jack Stack BBQ, Oklahoma Joe's

Speaking of Kansas City, it looks like one of our fellow VTMers is a contestant in the World Series of BBQ. This FanPost from METALARTISAN fills us in on the details of his plight. Good luck, Shawn!

TTU ALUMNI Association Pregame Party

If you are in Manhattan for game day, come together with Red Raider alumni at the Kansas State Alumni Association in the Barrett Wildcat Den located at 17th Street and Anderson Avenue, across the street from the KSU Student Union Building at the south end of campus. Admission to the event is free and will feature complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Fans can park in the Alumni Center parking lot with a shuttle available to and from the game.

Lubbock Events

Wednesday, October 1st

Mean Woman Grill
Jenni Dale Lord & Steve Lott - 6:30pm

La Diosa
Jerry Serrano - 7:30pm

The Blue Light
Allison Firefly

Thursday, October 2nd

Mean Woman Grill
Hayden Huse - 6:30pm

Gator's Bayou
D.G. Flewellyn - 7:00pm

United Supermarkets Arena
Sir Paul McCartney - 8:00pm
According to KCBD, "limited tickets remain available at Lubbock area Select-a-Seat outlets". I still wouldn't get my hopes up, but best of luck to those seeking tickets.

The Office
Genuine Draft - 9:00pm

The Blue Light
John Edward Baumann with Flatland Calvary - 9:00pm

Friday, October 3rd

TTU Allen Theatre
An evening with Cheech Marin
From the Daily Toreador: "The presentation at Tech will be Chicano Art: Perspectives of an Art Advocate, and Marin will discuss Chicano Art in America and the role he plays in advocating American art, according to the Presidential Series website."

The Funky Door
Joy Harris - 7:30pm

Lone Star Events Center
Nightmare on 19th Street - 7:30pm
Also Saturday night.

Cactus Theater
Buddy Holly Wood Tour - 7:30pm

Backstage Lubbock
Werewolf Radar Comedy Tour - 8:00pm

Flyleaf - 8:00pm

The Office
Jason Boland & The Stragglers with Johnny Burke - 9:00pm

The Blue Light
Dolly Shine - 9:00pm

Bash Riprock's
Ginger & The Beam with Stephani Long, Dustin Garrett, & Landon Scoggins - 10:00pm

Saturday, October 4th

City of Lubbock Coliseum
CARmageddon Car Show - starts at 9:00am

Llano Estacado Winery
Grape Day - 10am to 5pm

Wild West
Sam Riggs & The Night People

The Office
Element - 9:00pm

The Blue Light
K Phillips & The Concho Pearls - 9:00pm

Bash Riprock's
Ransom Rhodes - 9:00pm

Bucas Sports Grill
Firestorm - 10:00pm


The Office Grill & Sports Bar (5004 Frankford Ave)

This is purely for selfish reasons, but since I'll be out of town this weekend, someone HAS to see Jason Boland. I've been listening to his 2013 album (Dark & Dirty Mile) a lot lately and really wish I could hear him live. But, don't feel sorry for me. I'll be reuniting with a few fellow Tech grads and longtime friends. We may take in a Micky and the Motorcars show, and hopefully, we'll all celebrate a Tech win on Saturday.

What say you, VTMers?