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MGoBlog's annual Michigan football magazine, this time with EXTREME OPTIMISM
MGoBlog's annual Michigan football magazine, this time with EXTREME OPTIMISM
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Yea, the college offseason is a long desert you are condemned to wander in for eight months. Let us be an oasis at which you can slake your thirst. HAIL TO THE VICTORS is an annual publication from MGoBlog that previews the upcoming Michigan football season in 128 pages of glorious detail. 

Whereas your Athlons and Phil Steeles of the world will devote two or maybe four pages to your favorite thing in the world, this magazine is by and for obsessives. Let us count the ways. 

THE TEAM THE TEAM THE TEAM

MGoBlog's Brian Cook writes a team preview covering about a third of the book, offers an opinion on the overall state of the offense, defense, and special teams, and then plunks down a prediction that will no longer be roundly mocked because Michigan's coaching staff is no good. 

Probably. 

THE ENEMY THE ENEMY THE ENEMY

Ace Anbender surveys the opposition with savage intent. We are pleased to announce that this year we have secured the services of Buckeye Grove's Ross Fulton for the Ohio State preview; Ross's in-depth knowledge of the Buckeyes and surprising sanity are an excellent combination. 

TWISTED BLUE STEEL

Adam Schnepp sits down with tight end Jake Butt and discusses Harbaugh, the NFL, his decision to avoid it, and many other topics. Michael Elkon on expectations in year two of Harbaugh. 

TECHNICAL DOSSIER

SBNation's Ian Boyd on John O'Korn and how he fits into Harbaugh's passing game. Steve Sharik on Don Brown's dudes and what he plans to accomplish with them. 

OLD BLUE

 

Seth Fisher and Mel Newman on when Texas A&M tried to buy Bo... and failed. John Kryk on The Guarantee, 30 years later. Steve Sapardanis on the Six Penny Defense, or when Bo invented the dime package. Craig Ross on how Michigan more or less invented all of football, from the forward pass to platoons.

THE SHIRT THE SHIRT THE SHIRT

This year's exclusive Kickstarter shirt is an absolute gem:

As a reminder, when you get the shirt package you also get two books, one signed, and electronic copies. It's a deal, man. 

You can also get the classic Photobomb shirt or any of a selection of our greatest hits. But you won't do that because of the glorious thing above. 

THE SHIPPING THE SHIPPING THE SHIPPING

NEW this year: thanks to sponsor Matt Demorest of Homesure Lending, shipping is upgraded to first class from third class. Magazines will arrive mere days after printing instead of weeks. Celebrate this fact with a new mortgage or the dog gets it. 

Risks and challenges

We have done this magazine in one form or another for ten years now and have it more or less down after a disastrous attempt to get a distributor two year ago. This year all magazines except signed ones ship direct from the printer, and this year upgraded shipping should ensure we hit our July target.

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    THE BOOK: one Hail To The Victors shipped to your home. Also a DRM-free electronic copy,

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