Hail To The Victors is a yearly magazine from MGoBlog that previews football. It's like Athlon or whatever, except instead of two pages by an intern who doesn't know who Dennis Norfleet is you get 128 pages from the kind of internet obsessives that start their own websites just so someone might read what they have to say. As an independent publication, we can do things like have a beautiful cover with Denard Robinson or Taylor Lewan on it unencumbered by "TEN WAYS TO MAKE YOUR PUNTER BEHAVE," or have heartfelt personal memoirs that made our previous publisher break out in hives. This is indie, which means it can be weird, which means it can be good in ways other previews can't. Each edition comes with:
FULL TEAM PREVIEW. Churned out by Brian Cook of MGoBlog, a just-the-facts look at what the next season will hold. Just the facts and the snark. And a little bit of emo.
OPPONENT PREVIEWS. After considerable debate we decided to include an Appalachian State preview that was not just the world WHY in 1600-point font. All the rest of Michigan's opponents are covered, except Rutgers, which is just the word WHY in 1600-point font.
TWISTED BLUE STEEL. Men of the maize and blue in profile. Brian waves goodbye to Jeremy Gallon.
TECHNICAL DOSSIER. The nitty gritty. This year: save us, Doug Nussmeier!
OLD BLUE. 20 or so pages about Michigan's rich history. We try to make it weird.
This year's Kickstarter exclusive shirt is... sigh.
Why do I do this? I could have stocked shelves at Meijer, but nooooo. Had to start a blog.
As always this is a mockup and there will be tweaks to make it look better by the time the shirt gets put in production.
And because we still get requests for it every dang year, the photobomb shirt will also be available:
In the event you don't like the new shirt and already have the photobomb shirt, a selection of popular mgoshirts will also be available to choose from.
What about basketball and hockey?
We found out that demand for the second magazine was not enough to justify printing the thing. We are planning an e-book version that we will launch a second kickstarter for.
Risks and challenges
We fixed many of our issues last year but there remained various shipping problems as a lot of the magazines were sent with the same bad method they were a year ago, because we transitioned who was shipping them (the printer most often) and did not transfer our knowledge (don't use bulk third class) to them.
Other than that, we have gotten this thing out ourselves twice already and are confident we have the process under control.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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