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The Morning Stake | 2020.01.28

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The economics of all-you-can-eat buffets. Via The Hustle:

Buffets often break even on food and eke out a profit by minimizing the cost of labor.

Self-service allows a buffet to bypass a wait staff, and all-you-can-eat dishes (which are generally less complex and prepped in enormous batches) can be made by a “skeleton crew” of line cooks.

“At a typical restaurant, a cook can service 25 customers per hour — and that’s at best,” says Joe Ericsson, a managing partner at the food consultancy Restaurant Owner. “In the same amount of time, a single buffet cook might be able to prep enough food for 200 people.”

Because margins are so slim, buffets rely on high foot traffic: At Golden Corral, a buffet chain with 498 locations in 42 states, dining floors are 5k-square-feet and seat 475 people. On a typical Saturday, it’s not uncommon for 900 diners to come through the door.

The volume of food required to satiate 900 all-you-can-eaters on a daily basis can be staggering.

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Remembering John Altobelli. This is Bo Altobelli, former Red Raider baseballer, current assistant at Midland College, who talked about losing his uncle John Altobelli in the helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant.

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Big 12 Preview. D1Baseball’s Kendall Rogers previews the Big 12 and picks Texas Tech to win the conference, ahead of Oklahoma State, then Oklahoma, Texas, TCU, Baylor, West Virginia, Kansas State, and Kansas. I get the feeling that most feel that Texas Tech doesn’t have any one standout, but from top to bottom, Texas Tech is the best team in the conference.

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Cinematic Recap.

Game On Wednesday. Texas Tech hosts West Virginia on Wednesday, the game will be broadcast on ESPN+, which I think this may be the last game to be on ESPN+.

Need Some Wins. Via CBSSports’ Jerry Palm, he thinks that as of right now, Texas Tech should not make the tournament and I think that Palm is accurate. Texas Tech needs to start stacking some wins starting tomorrow night. This was a particularly rough stretch and it would have been nice to get that win against TCU, I think that solves a few problems. The Red Raiders have West Virginia on Wednesday, then Kansas after that (on the road) and then has a stretch where they are currently projected to win 6 straight games.

I am not sure why this team is in the rankings. Well, I can guess. Texas Tech was in last year’s Final Four and the Red Raiders have a win over Louisville. The rest of their tournament resume is hardly impressive. Texas Tech is 12-7 after its loss to Kentucky, but 1-7 vs teams in Quadrant 1. So, no bad losses is good, but that’s a pretty poor record against the best competition. After that, it has just three other wins outside of Q4 – Iowa State and Oklahoma State at home, and at Kansas State. That is two Q2 wins and one in Q3. Pickings would have to be really slim for team with these measly credentials to make the field.

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It’s Just Cool. Pretty terrific graphic.

On the Road. Coach Matt Wells has been on the road with all of the assistant coaches out recruiting. These tweets are just a couple that made it into my timeline.


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