So. Cal. Writer Joins Raiderpower Staff

Raiderpower members will be seeing a new name on the site this week. Yours truly will be covering the Texas Tech football season with practice updates, player and coach interviews, and recruiting news. In addition, I'll also be reporting on Lady Raider's basketball this fall.

Raiderpower members will be seeing a new name on the site this week. Yours truly will be covering the Texas Tech football season with practice updates, player and coach interviews, and recruiting news. In addition, I'll also be reporting on Lady Raider's basketball this fall. I always know it's basketball season when people walk by me on campus and say, "Good game last night." That's a common occurrence when you're six foot.

Most of you are probably thinking to yourselves, "They're having a female cover football?" I may not have played the game, but being the daughter of a former NFL lineman and sister of a current college quarterback gives me some insight into the sport. I played college softball in Los Angeles, and can attest to the fact that nothing compares to the spirit surrounding Texas Tech sports.

My dad spent eight years as a tackle for the Houston Oilers, so I grew up attending team reunions and even had the chance to walk onto the field with him when he made the Houston Oiler Dream Team.

I love to tell stories about my dad. The tales about his super-human strength and high pain tolerance are endless. A few of the highlights include the time he stopped a rolling car on a steep hill with his bare hands, and the time he was bitten by a rattlesnake and didn't know it. One of us pointed out the two trails of blood running down his leg, to which he responded, "Oh man! That sucker got me!"

There are a few drawbacks though, especially when it comes to buying him gifts. It's hard to find 15EEEE shoes that are actually "cool." Trust me, I've tried. I've also never been able to find a baseball hat big enough for his head. If you know of anyone who makes custom caps, let me know. That goes for sunglasses too. I have had a few successes though. Last year, I bought him custom sized barbeque utensils for Father's Day. This year he got a Texas Tech steak brander. Both are things every dad needs.

Lubbock is a welcomed change of pace for me, and I enjoy the small town charm as well as the friendly people. I've learned a few things about West Texas since moving here from San Diego to attend grad school. First, you plan your day around the weather, not traffic. Second, if you see people running into buildings, follow them. A dust storm is probably headed your way. I learned this the hard way. Third, if you go to the movies on a hot day, bring an umbrella. You could be pounded by a hailstorm just two hours later. I learned this the hard way as well. Lastly, don't even think about speeding. There's a cop at every corner just waiting for you.

Well, I need to get back to reading the latest issue of Dave Campbell's Texas Football. I'll see "ya'll" in the chat rooms, and feel free to give me feedback or story requests.

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