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Fire Marinelli, Millen Today

I know our industry isn't loaded with sports enthusiasts, but I love to you use sports for business analogies so what better time to talk about sports than opening football weekend.

First, I went to the home opener in East Lansing to watch the Spartans pummel the Eastern Eagles. Spartan Stadium glowed in the sun and the 71,000 fans were baking in glory and enjoying the 700 calorie Melting Moments ice cream sandwiches (they are the best but I gave them up years ago).

The marching band was brilliant as always. But here's the thing, it's about the Spartans who have proven to lose the games they should win and win the games they should lose. So even in victory, there were too many moments of disgust especially when Ringer fumbled in the end zone in the first quarter.

At the end, everyone was happy and leaving the stadium in a good mood. The drive home was fun listening to the commentary of the game.

I can't say the same about the Lions. After coming off a 4-0 Exhibition season, they looked like the  Eagles. Just like the Big Ten plays MAC teams the first two games of the season, my thinking is that the Lions should play MAC teams too. But wait, they played the worst team in football-the Falcons! The rookie QB looked by Brett Favre and the running game set a record.

I wasn't even born the last time the Lions won anything. William Clay Ford, the owner of the Lions, is a strange creature. Losing doesn't bother him. Why? The Lions are the third most profitable football franchise in the NFL. But that's another blog.

Today, Marinelli and Millen should quit or be fired. They had their chance and we should not endure another season of embarrassment. But as one of the players stated, "It's only the first game..."

Question: Is it the owner, coaches or the players that determine victory? Brady is out for the season after a horrible injury in the first quarter, yet the Patriots still won. Sure, all three are responsible for winning, but who is most responsible for losing?

Happy Monday!

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