Hail to the Victors 2016: The Book

Submitted by Seth on July 5th, 2016 at 5:02 PM

This is the cover of a 128-page book:

HTTV2016-Cover-160316- front


It is now in stock in the MGoStore for $15. You can also get it as a PDF download for $5. Or you can get the slightly different (fewer pictures, a bit more words) version on Kindle here for $9, or from iBooks soon. Or you can walk into any Underground Printing store, or Moe's, or Literati (so far) in Ann Arbor and buy a copy off the shelf.


HomeSure-Lending_logo_tagHTTV 2016 is sponsored by my friend Matt Demorest of Homesure Lending, who upgraded everybody who did the Kickstarter to first-class shipping.

Thanks to Brexit, rates hit what will probably be an ALL-TIME low today. Even if you refinanced or bought a home recently you might want to check with him to see if it's worth it to try again. He'll let you know.

Matt also asked for a box of books with his sponsorship, so if you fill out a loan application I bet you could get him to cough up a copy. Follow the link or call him: 734-531-9950.



If you are a backer and you got your address to us on time, your unsigned books ought to be on their way as of tonight. If you're unsure if you got your address to me, go to the last update I posted on Kickstarter for the backers and see if your name is on the list. (You'll have to be logged in and a Kickstarter backer to see it.) Or check your spam folder for a pile of emails.

I'm taking care of the Kickstarter orders before anything else, but please wait a few weeks before asking where your copy is, since sometimes they don't come as fast for some reason. The very first would have arrived like today or tomorrow.

If you pre-ordered the book, those will be mailing out this week and next. T-shirts and signed books will come later.


Literati is going to throw us a launch party at The Circus Bar on Friday, August 5, at 7pm. We'll have the bar reserved for us before it opens for the regular Friday night traffic. Brian will be giving a presentation to tamp down your expectations for this season, or something.

I have to miss it for a family thing which may or may not mean they don't trust me to talk about this year's team without falling to the floor and giggling.

[What's inside, after THE JUMP]


Features this year in order:


Brian previewed every position (Tight Ends earned their own section), plus unit overviews and recruits. Peppers is on a lot of depth charts.


Every 2016 opponent previewed by Ace Anbender, except Ross Fulton tackled the Buckeyes. We also brought back the old crootin board faces to provide some quick unit projections for the foes:


I am not kidding when I say this is probably the best Michigan State pre-season preview you will read this year.


If you turn the page from the section lead you can see Jake catch it. You can also read Jake's interview with MGoBlog's own Adam Schnepp. Then Braves & Birds, IE Michael Elkon will look at Michigan-Ohio State rivalry and what it will take after 2016 for Harbaugh's program to catch up to the beastie in Columbus, if it ever really can.


You mean what's in this section OTHER than an intense analysis of Don Brown's mustache? Alright, Ian Boyd scouted John O'Korn through his high school and Houston days and plotted out which plays he tends to succeed in. And Steve Sharik dove into the Boston College archives to get a feel for Don Brown's defense, with particular attention paid to what he'll do with Peppers and how he can defend Ohio State's bread and butter.

How good were McCartney's Monsters? Dr. Sap not only spoke to the great Bo assistant who later took Colorado to a national championship; Sap also created a super-accurate version of Cannavino and Co. in NCAA 2014, then beat Bo's best with them.

But most of the article is about inventing the Dime defense and what that did to Purdue's Heisman candidate QB.

The man who was holding the controller for the '85s in the above video, John Kryk, took the next team for his article, which starts with Harbaugh's guarantee and ends only after a lot more guys ran their mouths.

I'm in this section too; I co-wrote a sweeping story with former DetNews editor Mel Newman about the time Texas A&M tried to buy our Bo. The key interview is a doozy: front office legend Gil Brandt, who was a close friend of Bo and the man mostly responsible for engineering that whole thing from the Texas side.

And of course we have Craig Ross, who makes a quite compelling argument that Rutgers and Princeton are claiming an honor that really belongs to Racine College and the University of Michigan.

Plus the annual editors' roundtable, with record predictions, breakout players, and at one point Jim Harbaugh raises an army of ice zombies and tweets things.


And that. Matt we mentioned but a major reason we can keep doing this every year is the support we get on the Kickstarter from people who just want to see it happen. We thank them in the book with a sentence or a name and that should go here too. It's best if you sing them:

Alex Waterhouse
Andrew A. Cascini
Andrew Kim
Andrew Sensoli
Andrew Silverman
Bo Snyder
Brandon Armstrong
Brian Todd
Bryan Fuller
Captain Cory Kastl, and 1Lt Garrett Kastl
Chad Johnston
Chris McKern
Christie Brown & Ben Davis
Crew Gary
Crossfit Athletic Group
Cyrus Wellman
Daniel Moore
Darren Gilbert
Dave Kim
David Glasser
David Merchant
Don McLachlan
Don Slominski
Dr. Anthony Burgess
Dr. Garbs
Eric Biesbrock
Evan Scalzo
Evan, Oliver and Elliot Makela
Gabriel & Lucy, UofM classes of 2025 and ‘31
Glenn and Sue Schafer
Jacob Vandebrake
Jeff Fishman
Jeffrey Lamb
Jerald M. Wigdortz
John M. Nannes
John Reebel
John Todd
Jon Muenz
Kramerica Industries
Lorne E. Cook III
Matt Mitchell
Michael Cromwell
Michael McCullough
Mike Griffin
Mitchell Tvorik
Mohan Gounder
Paul Danao
Pete, Lauren, Ben, and Caroline
Richard & Jennifer Kim
Richard K Kim
Rob, Jeff, and Bill Weiner
Ross Johnson
Ryan & Katie McClarren
Ryan Moore
Ryan Owen
Scott Childers
Sean Little
Stephen, Gretchen, Owen and Desmond Harrington
Takao Yamada
The Houtman Family
Toni Newell
William B. Johnson



1989 UM Grad

I’m not sure how I got 1.5 million MGoPoints, but 1991 UM Grad is impressed so I’ll take it! See everyone in Indy on December 3!

Arthur Balourdos

Shut the [email protected]*& up Jim, we’re tired.

Brian Callahan

Championships are the goal. That goal will be achieved and there will be joyful celebrations. Enjoy every second of the ride. Suck out every bit of marrow, because we are witnessing a grand era of Michigan football excellence. GO BLUE!

David Callahan

The Blog! The Blog! The Blog!

El Torro Blanco


Hacker Bros. BBQ

Sit tight, hold the fort, and keep the home fires burning. And if we’re not back by dawn . . . call the President.

Jason Kopcak

Go Blue from Kyle Vinuya ‘13, Bryce, Pierce and Jason Kopcak ‘93

Justin Victor

Hail to the Victors! What a fortuitous name! Hail to the Victor!

Rahul Yaratha

By your own soul, learn to live. If some men force you, take no heed. If some men hate you, have no care. Sing your song, dream your dreams. Hope your hopes, and pray your prayers.

Randy Dean

Columbus Deans (Emerson, Ainsley, Ella & Randy - Not Hunter) say MGOChampionship Year! Go Blue!

Ryan, Dale, Neel

Celebrating 14 years of the Mockatorium. Mock On and Go Blue!

Sascha Linn

From the Linn Family to Wolverines everywhere - God bless your cotton pickin’ maize and blue hearts.

Steve Reynolds


The Kudwa Kids

Dad – Thank you for always supporting us and sharing your passion for Michigan football. Happy Birthday! Go Blue!



July 5th, 2016 at 5:54 PM ^

I ordered the spreadsheet for printing the labels and stuffing the mags by:

  1. These 20 people got screwed last year by us running out of signed copies, can you put them first?
  2. This one guy ordered 12 copies.
  3. These guys get 10 copies.
  5. This one dude got me his address last night; can you add it to the list or should I take care of him from ann arbor? (he was added)


July 5th, 2016 at 8:59 PM ^

Really quick question: how does this differ from the "story" preview and accompanying positional/opponent previews each year? Not meaning to be snarky or anything, just curious!


July 6th, 2016 at 8:12 AM ^

Different. The book is painstakingly edited to convey the information succinctly. The previews come right before the season and Brian blurts them out with video links and tables--things the Internet is good at. The preview before the season will end up a lot longer actually.

But i do notice Brian will repeat or build on themes.

HTTV aims to be definitive; the late August previews aim to be thorough. Also they are in late August.


July 5th, 2016 at 10:02 PM ^

White gloves and respirator mask are on. Shutters are closed. HEPA U17-class air filtration system is turned on. Significant other is out with girlfriends. I'm ready... carefully using forceps to open to page one...