Michael Bush, The Raiders Secret Weapon To A Winning Season

The most important lesson that I learned in grammar school besides reading was that “Mathematics is the absolute science—numbers don’t lie, one plus one will always equal two."

But as an anti-authoritarian Leo child, I challenged the absoluteness of one plus one always equaling two.

My third grade theory was: if you add one color yellow, plus another color blue, combined they equal one color that is green. So sometimes one plus one equals one.

My theory marveled the majority of the class, except my teacher who defended the absoluteness of her absolute theory in the same manner, I assume, that most Pre- Colombian scholars defended the theory that the world was flat.

No student can ever exceed the knowledge of his/her teacher, or progress society beyond that which he/she was given—unless the student challenges the theories of his/her teacher, Yusuf Hassan. Now, enough of my philosophy and on to football.

In this article, I will use the “absolute science”—statistical mathematics to prove that the Raiders’ theory of starting Darren McFadden is an illogical theory for the Raiders success this year.

First of all, in 2009 McFadden averaged a meager 3.4 yards a rush—Bush, 4.8 yards a carry. At 6’1" 245 lbs., Bush is built to take 250 to 300 carries a season. McFadden, on the other hand, carries less weight and has been plagued by injuries and a fumbling problem since he arrived in Oakland.

In 2008, Michael Bush averaged 4.4 yards a carry; McFadden’s career average is sub-4 yards a carry.

Last year in Week 10, against division rival Kansas City, Bush averaged 8.5 yards a rush for a total of 119 rushing yards that day.

In Week 15 against the Denver Broncos, Bush had 18 attempts for 133 yards, which equates to 7.4 yards a rush. In addition, he rushed for a touchdown that day.


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