HAIL TO THE VICTORS is 128 pages of Michigan football content, jam-packed with information, erudition, salt, photographs, small circular avatars indicating how you should feel about upcoming opponents, rosters that guess wildly at appropriate weights, history, more photographs, diagrams, side boxes, and a ham sandwich*.
*[ham sandwich not included unless you put a ham sandwich in yours]
THE TEAM THE TEAM THE TEAM
Brian Cook of MGoBlog previews every position group, provides an overall outlook, and does not assert that Shea Patterson had lost his job to a JUCO transfer at Ole Miss.
THE ENEMY THE ENEMY THE ENEMY
A comprehensive survey of the toughest schedule in college football by Ace Anbender, with contributions from Seth Fisher (MSU, Maryland, Wisconsin), Bryan MacKenzie (Notre Dame, Indiana), Ben Jones, sports editor of StateCollege.com (Penn State), and Kyle Jones, X's & O's writer for Eleven Warriors (Ohio State).
TWISTED BLUE STEEL
Named for Bo's own description of the stuff he's made from, this is the section where we examine Michigan's material.
THE TOUGH DECISION. Adam Schnepp shares the story of Karan Higdon through interviews with the senior running back and the people who know him.
GETTING IT. Orion Sang interviews walk-on receiver Nate Schoenle on his path to playing time amidst two star-studded classes.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Ancient bloggerati Michael Elkon of Braves & Birds and SBNation examines the link between recruiting success and competing for championships, and finds examples of other programs who've had to survive a blip or two.
Football stuff, explained.
AUDITION BY IMPROV. Ian Boyd of InsideTexas.com and SBNation compares the attributes of Shea Patterson and Brandon Peters against the kinds of schemes Harbaugh and Hamilton want to run and the talent available to them.
RUN-PASS OPTIONS. Seth Fisher introduces the history and use of packaged run-pass plays, and how Michigan's offense could adapt them this year.
TALES OF OLD BLUE
Michigan's history, explored annually.
THE SECOND WAR. The brief but explosive resumption of hostilities between Michigan and Notre Dame against the backdrop of World War II, as told through newsclippings, photos, and interviews only historical author and Toronto Sun NFL writer John Kryk could assemble.
LIFTING THE BANNER. Michigan historian Dr. Sap tracked down every iteration of the M Club's GO BLUE! banner, from Marge Renfrew's hastily sewn flag, to the infamous Syracuse thieves, and how they got the latest version.
THE DAWN OF SCIENTIFIC FOOTBALL. As amateur naturalists give way to lab coats, the new premier institution of American scientific research cries out for a professional football coach. What they get is anything but. By Craig Ross.
In commemoration of Coach Washington's metaphorical assessment, the 2018 shirt is piranha-themed.
(Animal fact: piranhas usually attack in 4-2-5 formations)
Shirt purchasers will also have a selection of popular shirts from the store to pick from if the Kickstarter-exclusive shirt does not appeal.
NOTES AND ERRATA
Surveys don't go out until right before we ship because people move.
Signed copies do come later than unsigned ones because we ship unsigned ones direct from the printer. If you'd rather have an unsigned one for that reason or because the idea of getting something signed by a blogger is appalling, you'll have that option.
Risks and challenges
A few years back there was a month-long delay in printing the books because we made a bad decision to hook up with a publisher; since then we've executed the magazine on-time annually.
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