General George S. Patton "old blood and guts", is probably our nation's greatest general since George Washington and Andrew Jackson. His theory of "all out attack" made him symbolic during World War 2 as one of the only generals to have already laid down over 300 miles of advancement in two weeks. His method of continuance advancement and mobilization drove the Germans backwards on the defense and forced them in a position of disadvantage. Patton never liked to defend or go on the defense. His view of war was that to win the only way would be fight through it by moving nonstop. Continue through their lines until they are exhausted or can no longer hold. German field marshal Erwin Rommel was one of Patton’s biggest upsets by destroying Rommel's Afrika Korps and forcing the Germans out of North Africa and back into the Mediterranean. In relevance another individual also used this style of combat not in war but in hockey to win three NCAA championships (1974, 1976, and 1979)at the University of Minnesota.
Herb Brooks also never liked the aspect of defense or defending teams. His philosophy was taking the opponents game and basically using it against them to wear them down. Attacking nonstop would eventually lead to bad turnovers, poorly allowed goals and odd man rushes down the ice leaving the defense to back pedal just to catch up. Brooks had his theory put to the ultimate test against the USSR in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The Soviets had devised a system of play that allowed them to break through any defense, manipulate every play to perfection and be able to score at will whenever they were given the chance. The result 19 world championships and back to back gold medal championships. Brooks believed that the only way to defeat this Soviet force would be to use their game against them by perfecting it. Instead of defending them they attacked on all sides. The result, Tretiak being pulled for the first time in the team's history leaving Myshkin to hold the net for the USSR. Late in the game the world saw for the first time a tired, worn down and exhausted Soviet offense and defense that in the end had no answers for USA's momentum at the end of the final period. The United States would pull sports history's greatest upset and defeat the Soviet power house for the first time ever. Question is can the same thing apply for Michigan in 2010?