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This thread is predicting who will make an unexpected big play for us tomorrow? Odoms at WR? Cam Gordon if he's back? Devin Gardner?
I'll go with Martavious Odoms with a big TD catch tomorrow. He's been injured, and the three WRs in front of him have looked good. Brian noted in the UFR his presence tips run. But we tipped run the first few games with Jeremy Jackson at WR and whenever Denard audibles by hitting his helmet.
I forsee #9 pulling in a big TD catch. The senior has healed up and looked quick on those kick returns.
Which of our non-starters to date do you see making a big play tomorrow?
Forgive my ignorance, but what the hell do the numbers mean in the UFR wide receiver chart? It's not discussed in the UFR FAQ and it doesn't have the nifty explanation when you hoover over the heading like the quarterback chart does.
First the favorite Spartan thread. Then the 10 year anniversary Spartan Bob thread. Then the most gut-wrenching loss to Sparty thread.
Look folks, Bo was right when he said it's easier to remember the losses than the wins but I think we're overdue for a favorite wins over Sparty thread. We've got so much more to choose from with wins than losses. So please post them here...please.
After watching Brian's Duck video link and thinking about the game on Saturday, I think I have the wrinkle Gorgeous Al is going to drop on the Spartans. I think we are going to midline Worthy. Worthy wants to jump the snap and cause pain well let's just let him. I think we use his aggressiveness and lack of football smarts against him and have Denard read him.
This allows the Oline to get out on the talented but inexperienced LB's and block them(our strength) and solves the problem of our guards trying to handle the monster Worthy(our weakness). This will tire Worthy and make him more hesitant to bust thru the line slowing his pass rush.
Once the Spartans adjust it will allow the other plays to work better.
There you go. I'm still nervous we wasted our best wrinkles against Minnesota like we have in years past, but I have seen nothing so far from Borges that I am not optimistic he has something great planned. Look for the Midline option on Saturday as my guess at one of our tweaks.
As the great Bart Scott said once.....CAN'T WAIT!!
I know all too well we've lost the last three games to these guys but in my lifetime there were three nut-crunching losses to MSU that are stuck in my memory like the first fat chick you hooked up in the dorms when you were too drunk to notice but not drunk enough to forget what she looked like (more on that some other time).
1978 - MSU 24 - Michigan 15
The only conference loss for one of Bo's truly great teams. Senior QB Ricky Leach's only loss to MSU derailed Blue's march to a possible National Championship season as Kirk Gibson goes off (yes he played football too) and almost single-handedly defeats Michigan. The term "Arrogant Asses" is born.
1990 - MSU 28 - Michigan 27
#1 ranked Michigan makes a furious comeback and has a chance to steal the win (MSU outplayed us that day by a LOT) only to have the game end on the mother of all controversial "no calls" in college football history. Little known fact - the ref who ate his flag that day in the end zone was the high school coach the year before of the MSU defender who DIDN'T interfere with Desmond on the two point conversation attempt.
2001 - MSU 26 - Michigan 24
Spartan Bob....multiple drive extending defensive penalties against Michigan and.another insanely obvious no-call on the last play of the game leads MSU to two point victory that literally changed the rules of college football.
And besides the obvious answer "all of them" which one is yours?
The perspicuous readers of this blog may note that the Clockgate game was actually on November 3, 2001, so the term "anniversary" may be technically incorrect. But since MSU is on tap this weekend it seems like a fair time to discuss the Spartan Bob / Clockgate game. In my opinion, Spartan Bob (Bob Stehlin) epitomized the noxious element of the Spartan fanbase. They won the game (Smoker to Duckett pass), and therefore any mention of the fact that one of their officials apparently purposely cheated to give the Spartans an extra play was dismissed as "whining". Michigan was ranked 6th in the polls at the time.
Making matters worse, Brent Musberger was calling the game. (If you're a fan of Musberger, I apologize to you. And I am frankly surprised that Musberger's mother reads this blog.)
I can't think of a bigger douchebag Spartan than an adult who was proud of cheating on behalf of his team, ultimately driving a change in the "who can be a timekeeper" rule. Hopefully Spartan Bob's not wearing that shit-eating grin after the game Saturday: