Bye week in addition to this story seeming so ridiculous about Gholston being called Tom and that was what shifted him to MSU. I decided to give it a think so see if I could solve this mystery. Tried to get out of the box. Not sure if you have any thoughts.
· Last year’s staff not familiar with “defense” and players of this strange craft, assumed he was 2012 recruit Tom Strobel.
· Gholston is a dead ringer for “Tomi”, GERG’s stylist who obviously was around the program frequently. Easy mistake to make.
· Blame it on Hilfiger clothes, their name is all over place. Gibson probably assumed the logo was a name tag.
· Had paranormal experience in Schembechler Hall, thought Fritz Crisler was talking to him and calling him Tom. Everybody knows Fritz only talks to Harmon when the lights are turned off. What an idiot, no wonder he is a Sparty.
· Looked directly into Tom Hammond’s eyes while watching the ND game on TV that weekend. Lost all track of space, time and identity as he was assimilated with the Hammond. See also Borg.
· Small children mistook him for Tommy Amaker, whom they feared had come back to take over the basketball program. They fled in tears screaming for the bad man to go away.
· Had an episode while watching cartoons the morning of the visit. Voices in the TV told him, Tom, to kill Jerry, or Denard, which does not start with a “J” but whatever. The voices said that this was the only way for Tom. Later that morning, Mr. Rogers told him to punch a Wolverine in the throat to save the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Mr. Rogers also said engineering students at MSU count as well for punching, which I suppose is obvious to any MSU football player.
Star CB Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu and leading rusher Spencer Ware are suspended for unknown team violations. This levels the playing field somewhat against Auburn and should make this game more interesting.
1 game for a punch and an handstomp
The slippery slope is getting slippery. We can see where the next slide is: Clown Uniformz for the Ohio State game. You know, gotta match our big rivals special look that we know they will wear.
Dave Brandon is plotting as we speak. Addidas is plotting as we speak. The lure to do "special" uniforms for Michigan-Ohio State is irresistible. What can we do? How can we avoid it?
Don't fight it, channel it.
A simple yet elegant (and authentic) idea is to have both teams wear their home uniforms for the game. Talk about throwbacks . . . this is authentic. It is what every Michigan-Ohio State game used to look like.
When games started being televised on black and white TV, they had the problem of not enough contrast to tell the teams apart. So they had the visiting team wear white.
I don't think we have that problem anymore. Michigan's and Ohio State's home uniforms are a natural color compliment to each other. It's not like Michigan playing Notre Dame in home uniforms. This would look great and give a special classic nod to the rivalry without clowning it up.
USC and UCLA have done this recently with great success. When they first starting doing it, they each had to sacrifice a time out penalty, but now it can be done without penalty with both team's approval.
Call your local AD now.
Our first chart to end at the bottom
Best Three Plays:
Play 162: Keshawn Martin fumbles to give Michigan great field position, +13%.
Play 166: Robinson to Koger on 3rd and 13 sets up 4th and 1, +12%.
Play 117: Thomas Gordon strips Edwin Baker in the open field, +10%.
Worst Three Plays:
Play 172: Denard sacked on 4th and 1, –21%.
Play 178: Denard throws a pick 6, –15%.
Play 101: Cousins to Martin to give MSU it's first lead of the day, –11%.
Saturday was a day of missed opportunities. After fighting uphill all season on field position, Michigan’s offense finally had a chance to start from a strong point, and did nothing with the opportunity. Michigan’s field position for the game was worth 28 points (average offense vs average defense). Obviously they did not score 28 points. Michigan St’s field position was worth 18 points and they got 21 plus another 7 from the defense. When MSU had the ball the teams ended about equal, with MSU getting 3 more points than expected but also fumbling twice. The game was lost with Michigan’s offense, which should have gotten 28 points if they performed equally to the Spartan defense, but only netted 7. In terms of Win Percent Added, the defense was +4% and the offense was –54%.
Rush offense: +6
Pass offense: –5
Rush defense: –5
Pass defense: –2
Special Teams: -1
The grades look a bit different than the text above because the grades are opponent adjusted. It’s clear what worked and what didn’t on offense, but the play calling did not reflect the strength.
A look at how the major candidates are faring through the first seven weeks through the eyes of Win Percentage Added. Denard takes a big hit as Michigan suffers its first loss, but still holds the overall lead with over 2 full games won by himself.
Denard Robinson +2.11
Russell Wilson +1.73
Kellen Moore +1.62
Andrew Luck +1.26
Sammy Watkins +1.26
Landry Jones +1.01
Ryan Broyles +.66
Trent Richardson +.36
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