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|11 min 46 sec ago||ADC: DB-less Domino's on the rise||
We look stupid when a bunch of people criticize Brandon's tenure at Domino's and get key facts incorrect. I've let the threads stick but it's getting ridiculous, and there are not enough people with knowledge of the pizza business around to refute falsehoods properly.
Since it's super OT just gonna nix the thread this time. DB's old business isn't off limits because his success there absolutely has informed his approach to Michigan, but considering all the calls to fire him from the board and this site in general I'd like to at least be able to say we didn't encourage false crap like "Domino's is so great now that he's gone" to be attached to him.
|20 min 19 sec ago||This is just false, man. He||
This is just false, man. He wasn't forced out. He turned that business from a family-owned business with a too-strong culture (and a nut at the top) to a successful IPO. He brought a professional culture to a company sorely in need of it. It's probably accurate to say that trying to duplicate that success at a non-profit was the key to his failure at Michigan, but you can't argue his tenure as CEO was anything less than anyone with an interest in that company (including as a consumer) would want.
They've got a whole different corporate culture now: instead of being this closed off cheap pizza factory who make their delivery people wear stupid clothes they focus on being super transparent.
Give credit where due. It makes the criticism more believable.
|26 min 23 sec ago||Are you sure he's||
Are you sure he's gone?
|30 min 24 sec ago||I'm close to nixing this||
I'm close to nixing this thread because so many others like it have popped up. Also contributing Domino's success to losing Brandon is just incorrect. You know I'd take an opportunity to knock DB if it was worthwhile, but the fact is that Brandon was involved in their decision to revamp the core product and took the Michigan job right after they launched it. As for profitability, that has a lot to do with their CFO (who was there when Brandon was), who is one of the smartest dudes out there. Wheat has been at historic lows for 4 years, and that's helping all pizza businesses but that CFO got way out in front of the market in 2010. There was a WSJ article about it a few months later because it was one of the biggest examples of major futures moving at a long term high.
|45 min 32 sec ago||IDDQD||
|46 min 56 sec ago||Fun fact: if you type that||
Fun fact: if you type that into Mike Tyson's garage door keypad he'll come out and fight you.
|1 hour 8 min ago||Just a heads up: if you go||
Just a heads up: if you go into sportswriting you may find yourself professionally bound to watch Appalachian State games that don't involve Michigan, and Michigan State games that do.
|1 hour 18 min ago||http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/m|
|1 hour 21 min ago||the wife and I still show||
the wife and I still show people the 29/31 and "this party took a turn for the douche" videos at like every YouTube-enabled social event.
|1 hour 26 min ago||Well played, internet. Well||
Well played, internet. Well played.
|1 hour 29 min ago||Fooorrrward down the||
Fooorrrward down the fiiiiiieeeeeld....
|1 hour 32 min ago||Sorry it was me. I shoulda||
Sorry it was me. I shoulda noted it in here. I moved it to the board because it wasn't diary material.
|1 hour 35 min ago||Post||
Let's all talk about how posts are cool. Posts have swag. I'd like it if posts were actually titled with reference to what's in the thread, and not just some player's name you want to talk about.
|7 hours 48 min ago||They'll support a new guy.||
They'll support a new guy. With Rodriguez some of them (certainly not all) felt their former assistant coaches weren't treated well. Ron English was particularly vocal in his disdain of Rodriguez, and you can't exactly fault all the defensive backs who played for English for agreeing that Tony Gibson didn't know what the hell he was doing.
That situation was handled so badly internally. Rodriguez figured former players were behind him; he didn't realize he needed to reach out to them specifically, and normally he wouldn't have except for other forces working on them.
Todd (and that's who you're talking about) is an awesome dude who wants Michigan to be awesome more than anything. Maybe lighten up on a guy who supported a former assistant he knew and respected personally.
|8 hours 8 min ago||You're being overly harsh and||
You're being overly harsh and risk giving people the wrong impression. Their CEO gets $400k a year, less than a lot of cancer charities a tenth of its size, and they spend generally a smaller % of their money on administration stuff.
The thing they've come under fire for is they promote early screening a lot more than they give money to research. They specifically got on peoples' bad sides when they temporarily pulled funding to planned parenthood.
They are NOTHING like the NCAA, which is a massive federation of multi-$billion sports leagues that keeps up a pretense of being a nonprofit athletic organizing body for purposes of tax evasion. I agree that teams do the pink thing more to look like they're doing something than the actual doing of things. The charity it goes to, at least, is a B or B+.
|11 hours 57 min ago||and by "Yes" I mean "Not||
and by "Yes" I mean "Not anymore."
|12 hours 48 sec ago||Wait until midterms and see||
Wait until midterms and see which MSU students failed their blue books. There's your list of suspects.
|12 hours 1 min ago||My favorite part of Infinite||
My favorite part of Infinite Jest was when DFW wrote out that list of things you learn in a halfway house. My favorite among them: awful people don't think they're being awful; they believe everyone else is.
I've known Brian long enough to be certain of the fact that his strongest political partisanship is anti-partisanship. There certainly are people who let their poltiics dictate everything they think, and these are the people you hear constantly ascribing partisanship as someone else's motivation.
The lesson here--and you seem like somebody in particular need of it--is the bad things we think about people tend to be more applicable to ourselves.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Well the OT isn't eligible||
Well the OT isn't eligible but that is only because he is wearing an ineligible Number.
It's not distance. You are allowed to have only seven men on the line of scrimmage, no more no less. The other four are in the backfield. Everyone in the backfield is an eligible receiver. It doesn't matter if that guy lines up next the sideline or right next to the quarterback. You are also allowed to have one guy in the backfield go in motion before the play although he can't move toward The line of scrimmage unless he plays for Air Force.
The two men on the ends on the line of scrimmage are also eligible receivers although in all other ways they have to follow the same rules as linemen. For example if they budge before the snap it's a false start. Again it doesn't matter if they are next to the tackles or lined up wide. If you have a wide receiver on the line of scrimmage and a tight end on the same side also on the line of scrimmage, the tight end is not an eligible receiver.
When I label my diagrams I try to keep the X (split end) and Y as guys on the line of scrimmage and the Z (flanker) and slot back in the backfield.
On the play that you asked about, they had to cover the slot receiver (Y) in order to have the Z receiver be allowed to go in motion.
|5 days 1 hour ago||At the link is the breakdown||
At the link is the breakdown and my explanation of how I scored those. I just tried to copy that for you and screwed up my file. But those things are separate from wins. Longevity, familiarity with Michigan, likely to leave, ethical, good person.
|6 days 7 hours ago||All of our ads are either||
All of our ads are either Google (doubleclick) or networks or direct sales, and none of those should be running popups. We have ton of system security (having survived direct attacks) that Brian can speak to. From an ads standpoint though, I've never sold nor been paid for anything that pops up or does anything but sit in its ad spot.
|1 week 1 day ago||You got to write the||
You got to write the basketball preview.
|1 week 2 days ago||I used my username||
I used my username
|1 week 2 days ago||How not to meet a football player||
I had a creative writing class where we broke into tables of 4 and everyone had to read each others' papers and comment on them, except the first week of that my table had 3 because someone missed class.
This just happened to be the period when I thought I had to challenge myself by writing about types of people I wasn't familiar with. So for this I wrote short story about a poor black Detroit high school quarterback whose highlight reel was due to secret magical powers that he barely knew how to use and which made him ravenously hungry relative to how big of a thing it was he did. It was an awful story made putrid by my some of my attempts at characterization actually being really bad stereotypes.
The fourth person at my table showed up the day I had to share my story with them. Since it's in this thread you can probably guess where this is going. DeWayne Patmon kindly took my story from my mortified hands, and returned it for the next class with a lot of thoughtful criticisms and insights, including a bit of good advice I've kept since: write about what you know.
(His story, passed around a couple weeks later, was about characters in a massive tornado and I don't remember the rest because its plot got jumbled in my mind with that of Twister)
|1 week 5 days ago||Why did you think I would||
Why did you think I would take offense to this post? I thought was a pretty good response to most of the bad reasons people are giving against protesting. The point I raised that I don't think you addressed is that most of the tickets in that stadium were purchased long ago at much higher prices than they are right now. Brandon knows this. So you're not going to see the same effect as if, for example, this was an NFL team and people suddenly didn't buy tickets one week. The statement becomes "I bought this ticket, but I'm just not going to use it," and that gets lumped into a rather large group of people Who actually good just stay home because they don't care to watch a bad team.
The way everybody finally got the Ford family to listen with Millen was The protest downtown, wearing orange to games, the signs in the stadium, and chanting a lot.
Wearing a specific color might do the trick. But the question is which color? Dark colors like blue are hard to see and don't give any effect. Maize is taken. White is Penn State. Red is the enemy (Indiana and Md and OSU). And orange are the #Chadtough shirts this year. Everyone wear pink? Sky Blue? Taupe?
|1 week 5 days ago||Good point. That and a||
Good point. That and a visible protest aren't the same, but your point does undermine what I was saying pretty thoroughly.
|1 week 5 days ago||They're boycotting||
They're boycotting kickoff.
|1 week 5 days ago||They took a false start, not||
They took a false start, not a delay of game, I thought, and that was the point. The rule says the clock stops if the leading team takes a hold or false start or other run the clock penalty inside a minute, but technically if there's 1:25 left or whatever it was it's okay. This rule needs to be changed; Rutgers apparently used the loophole to get an extra play's worth of clock run down.
|1 week 5 days ago||DUAL THREAT Brian Cleary. Say||
DUAL THREAT Brian Cleary.
Say it RIGHT!
|1 week 5 days ago||Brandon don't care. His||
Brandon don't care. His response to all criticism so far has been 'they're just dumbfuck fans; let the rabble rabble.' His latest was "They don't know me; I'm a good guy."
He is deaf to empty seats. He and Martin are the guys who looked at 300,000 season ticket wannabe holders for a stadium that can sell 109,000, and leveraged that into 92,000 season ticket holders at 3x the price. Empty seats are a sunk cost; he'd rather have one guy paying 5x as much as your family of four.
This administration can't be embarassed because they can't fathom they they're anything less than perfect unless the dollars drop. Schlissel is an unknown but if he's a rational person he's looking at a fanbase he already knows is pissed off, and weighing it against whether another guy can convince the big money donors to stick. Brian and I went back and forth a few weeks ago on gchat about whether Brandon's incremental revenue is replaceable and I'm still not so sure.
In the meantime, I want to beat Penn State and Indiana and Maryland and Northwestern, because losing gets us nothing. I want to beat MSU and OSU too but I'm realistic.
I think if anything can sway Schlissel's opinion, it's not fans standing outside; it's fans inside screaming for Brandon to be sacked just as loud as they are for Hackenberg. I think that's the best way to demonstrate our vision of the athletic department: that the fans are passionate to support it out of our good will without the necessity of Dave Brandon to pry it from us.