This Signing Day Infographic is Today's Winner of the Internets

This post from Maize and Go Blue has an infographic that won't leave you feeling dirty for wanting to know information about a group of boys that were born in the mid-90's.  

It's comprehensive as hell, yet simple enough for The Godfather to understand (he loves pictures)...I'm posting it here but you should click through and spend some time on their site...it's a good one.

Weekend Roundup, Underdog Edition: 8/27/2012

Gameweek?  Gameweek.

Weekend Roundup: Big Ten Meetings Edition 7-30-12

My god it's nearly August.  Jet plane for Jerry's World leaves in less than a month.  Game with defending national champion in 32 days.  Whoa.

Here's what happened across the internets while you pondered how much it would cost to actually become Batman:

  • AnnArbor.com takes a look at Michigan's new roster, which now includes the incoming freshmen.  Of note, everybody is fully embracing the Gittleson plan, packing on pounds and no doubt getting slower, namely Jibreel Black and Craig Roh.  We are about to Lloyd the shit out of this team.  Soon after its release, Mgoblog took that roster and analyzed it like it was their job...which I guess it is.   You wish your job was that cool.
  • Denard comes out of games for injuries.  You've seen it.  I've seen it.  His style of play makes it an inevitability.  So it's a good idea to have a good back up.  We have a serviceable one whose abilities have yet to be tapped...and we've decided that he needs to get time at wide receiver.  I guess we've got to appease him before Shane Morris gets here and forces him to switch positions in the name of pro-style philosophies., but does it make sense for THIS season?  Anyway, the Freep says he's busy adjusting to his role.
  • From ESPN...Brady speaks at Big Ten Media Days about being the preseason Big Ten favorite, moving Roh and Black, and Will Campbell's abs.
  • Denard Robinson, whose 3229 rushing yards is just 667 shy of Randle El's Big Ten QB record, spoke at the Big Ten media days.  
  • Black Shoe Diaries covers the six top recruits that have decided to reaffirm their verbals to Penn State.  I sympathize with what the Penn State blogosphere is going through...it sucks and its not your fault it sucks.  I also appreciate the fact that this is good news for Penn State right now.  I also want to be clear that these six kids will not be signing with Penn State in February.  You'd have to be bat shit crazy to sign up for four years of no bowls, a team short on scholarship athletes, and no ability (short of a fifth year of eligibility) to reap any benefits of your efforts.
  • Urban Meyer's camp "Friday Night Lights" debuted in Columbus this weekend.  From the sound of the Eleven Warriors recap, it was a resounding success, and it gave onlookers a chance to gaze upon the horseshoe's new scoreboard and new and louder music.  And the scoreboard wars continue....
  • Boiled Sports presents 2012's pivotal Boilermakers, players that are going to need to step up to get them the success they pine for, which is apparently 8 wins.
  • Derrick Walton, who is about a year from his arrival at Michigan, lead his AAU team to the Adidas Super 64 Championship in Las Vegas on Sunday, and was named the tournament MVP.  UMHoops has more.
  • Iowa has beaten Michigan three times in a row, a first in the series that dates back to 1900.  No player our team has beaten Iowa...or Michigan State for that matter.  Damn you Rodriguez Years!  Anyway, Hawk Central reminds you of your Hawkeye problem.
  • For all things recruiting, you need yourself some UM BBQ.  Maize and Brew covers the event in great detail.
  • People in glass houses are occasionally allowed to throw stones.  So, despite this...I still take great pleasure in this.  Maybe if Brady and Urban get together they can universally decide not to have their players miss playing time in a closed door meeting.  That way, nobody can talk shit about the other, and Fitz can start in Texas.
  • AnnArbor.com covers Brady Hoke's proficiency in night games.  3-0 last year....9-0 in that Ball State miracle year.  Good news considering the schedule is skewed toward the latter part of the day on Saturdays this fall.
  • They're going to let students into the Big House to watch the Cowboys Classic on the big screens.  Very cool.  Good luck keeping the alcohol out of there on a Saturday night on welcome weekend.
  • Jalen Rose will join ESPN College Gameday...the hoops version...this fall along with Bruce Pearl.
  • Eleven Warriors doesn't exactly pine for Shane Morris, but they certainly do pine for there own version of this recruiting recruit.

Inception of Football's Final Four is Timed Perfectly for (Paper) Michigan

Ok, let's go the other way.  Let's pretend I don't pine for a Rich Rodriguez offense, a pipeline to Pehokee, and never huddling...ever.  Let's pretend I hated the basketball scores put up in that one Illinois game, and that I didn't jump up and down with glee with the thought of what we might do with that offense when the alumni eventually came around (still waiting) and the defense became serviceable (it didn't).

I've preached patience even in the face of the perceived immediate success of Brady Hoke.  But the truth is, we like the class that is arriving in a few weeks.  And the fact that most of them would be in the bottom (recruiting rankings wise) of the class that is supposed to arrive after that...well that means that our paper future is as bright as it has ever been.  The question mark remains whether or not Brady Hoke can coach players with great talent.  Can he manage a team full of blue chip athletes, their egos, their behavior on and off the field?  Can he build a gameplan that takes advantage of that talent?  Brady has never done that before.  Rich Rod hadn't either.

But if Brady, Borges, and Mattison CAN put it together...and I believe they can...the college football world is aligning well for Michigan.  College Football's Final Four will begin in the 2014 season, just two years from now.  It will be the biggest thing, well, EVER.  It's something they should have done 15 years ago instead of installing a system that routinely resulted in more questions than answers.  And if I'm to believe in the program in place here at Michigan, in all the grandiose NFL marketing circus-style bullshit that I'm fed by Dave Brandon, in the continuously rising ticket prices and the seemingly endless crap rotation of schedule that makes every other year's home season a steaming pile of shit...then I have to believe that when they select those four teams, Michigan will be there.  We should expect to be there.  I don't want to hear about the low-balling of team goals like winning the conference, or the handing out of motivational trinkets.  I don't want to think about Notre Dame, MSU, or OSU.  

I want to see four blue-gloved fingers in the air in every practice, every pre-game, every post-game.  Final Four.  It's a realistic three-year plan.  That's where we want to be.  That's where we should be.  

Michigan shared a National Championship in 1997.  A year later the powers that be installed a system to eradicate the indecisions that always seemed to pop up at season's end.  It failed, but more importantly, so did we.  Only once (2006) were we ever in the conversation (and we shouldn't have been).  It's tough to meet a goal when you never set it.  It's tough to see things in a national perspective when you can't see west of the Mississippi River or south of Columbus, and when you never concede to a home-at-home with a power team because you are afraid to skip a paycheck, instead relying on a forever crumbling Notre Dame program to bolster your schedule and excite your fans (yawn).

You think your Michigan is back?  Maybe you're right.  But THE Michigan is certainly not.  THE Michigan fears no one, takes on all comers without worrying about whether or not we can jam in eight home games.  THE Michigan has a 7-point lead before they take the field, just because they're Michigan.  Feared.  Respected.  Nationally.

We've got a resumé builder of a season ahead.  Lot's of prime time, a marquis opening weekend, and perhaps the toughest road slate ever.  Forget 11-2.  This year we need to start planning for a Denard-less offense.  We need to beat Michigan State.  We need to develop our recruits.  And that's it.  Next year, we can talk about dominating the Big Ten.  The following year, we can talk about dominating college football.  

And I'm all for it.  Fuck the Rose Bowl.