“On the offense last year, they had great spacing. That’s what I remember. Great spacing, great shooters, like Nik Stauskas, who’s not there right now. But they always have someone to fill the roles. They have a cutting offense, kind of hard to guard.”
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: