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Monday Morning Matador: Amendola lifts Patriots, men’s basketball falters and Berglund packs his bags

It’s a greek tragedy

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*Looks at coffee cup, reluctantly takes a sip and then sighs* Yeah, alright so get this.

Red Raider Alum Danny Amendola takes Patriots to Superbowl

In a crucial game where Jacksonville appeared to be holding all of the cards going into the half, the Patriots actually won the game. As inspiring as that is, this is more of the same story for the Patriots who produced a similar story in last year’s Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons. Since Gronkowski was ruled out with a concussion at the end of the second quarter, it came down to Red Raider Danny Amendola to put in the work. Amendola finished the night with 7 receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns - the last of which launched the Patriots ahead of the Jaguars to win the AFC.

Texas Tech basketball loses tough away games to Texas and Iowa State

The #8 Red Raiders just couldn’t get it done. Last Wednesday at the Frank Erwin center Texas Tech took on the Longhorns in what figured to be a fairly manageable battle; it was anything but. With star guard Kerwin Roach back for Texas and Zach Smith still missing for Texas Tech, the Red Raiders struggled mightily against a rising Longhorn team. Longhorn’s leading scorer was Roach with 20 points and Jarrett Culver led the way for the Red Raiders with 16 as Texas won 67-58.

Hoping to turn a spiral into a launchpad, the Red Raiders traveled to Ames, Iowa to take on the last place Cyclones in Hilton Coliseum. Yet anytime Texas Tech went on a run, Iowa State would put a stop to it. Cameron Lard, a forward for the Cyclones, dominated the court on Saturday with 18 points whereas Red Raider Zhaire Smith (despite an amazing 360 dunk) only managed 10 points. Iowa State gave Texas Tech another rough loss on the road to bring the Red Raiders to 15-4 on the year, and third place in the conference behind Kansas and West Virginia.

Michael Berglund set to transfer to Midland CC.

This one is still in development, but outstanding catcher Michael Berglund is said to be transferring to Midland Community College. Hitting over .300 last season for the Red Raiders, Berglund was poised to start this year and gave the team some exceptional depth at the position. Yet, like the tweet below says, Tech has great depth in Koelzer and Willems.

VTM will keep up with updates regarding Berglund as they come out, but we wish him all the best for his continued baseball career.

Man, who made the coffee this morning - remake it, please. Please.