Larry's the guy in your office who knows things about Michigan. When people want to know what the Gattis offense is going to look like, or how Brown might respond to the end of last season, or what the situation is at safety, or what's with Iowa having four-stars and early NFL draft entries, or how did Bo and his staff beat Woody in '69, they go to Larry. Where does Larry get it? Larry reads Hail to the Victors.
Wanna be Larry? Like...by tonight??? Well, you could be reading your very own HAIL TO THE VICTORS 2019,this very evening! Here's how:
STEP 1: BACK THE HTTV 2019 KICKSTARTER before 5:00 P.M. tonight.
Every backer from THE BOOK level and up gets a DRM-free digital (PDF) version of the book with their orders (if you buy a book from our store it doesn't come with the digital copy).
NOTE TO CURRENT BACKERS: If you got a new credit card recently, you might want to go and make sure your payment method is up to date.
STEP 2: Fill out your Kickstarter Survey (and Shirt Order Form) when I send them tonight.
Shortly after the Kickstarter ends tonight I'll be sending out SURVEYS to the email you used for Kickstarter.
Because of our late start it is CRUCIAL that you get those filled out ASAP, because as soon as the books are printed (in about a week from now) we want to start mailing them. This happens in bulk, so if your address isn't in when I send the first bulk, your book(s) will be delayed significantly.
Things in the surveys:
- A place to give us your address
- An option to pick up your book instead in Ann Arbor or Royal Oak on July 3 (see below)
- A link to the shirt carts for people who get shirts (see below)
- A link to download your digital editions.
EVERYBODY HAS TO FILL OUT THEIR SURVEYS. We don't keep old addresses (mostly—some are in my inbox from previous exchanges) and we don't get your financial information from Kickstarter. The only people who don't have to fill out surveys are people who fill out a shirt order this year who want their books mailed to the same address. But then Kickstarter will keep hounding you to fill out your Survey anyway so might as well do it.
If you never filled out your 2018 or 2017 surveys or something, don't worry about those unless you didn't get those old books. The 2019 survey, which goes out tonight, is the only thing that matters.
EMAIL FUNCTIONALITY TEST: If you're already a backer, you got an email from me last night with a bunch of dates. If you didn't get that email you have today to figure out what inbox/spam folder it went to, because the survey is going to come in the same box.
STEP 3: I am totally serious about the surveys.
So serious that you get your digital edition link from taking them.
WHAT'S IN IT?
THE TEAM THE TEAM THE TEAM: Brian wrote reviews of every position, plus special teams, plus unit summaries (except I wrote the D one), plus the recruits we didn't get to because they're probably headed for a redshirt.
THE ENEMY THE ENEMY THE ENEMY: Previews of every opponent on the schedule, most by me, but Bryan MacKenzie demanded Rutgers as part of the price for making him do Notre Dame, and Adam covered Penn State, and we got the X's and O's guy of Eleven Warriors, Kyle Jones, to do Ohio State since none of us wanted to touch that.
TWISTED BLUE STEEL: Adam Schnepp interviewed Khaleke Hudson and his family and coaches to get a sense of the man forged by a West Pennsylvanian steel town. And Michael Elkon (SBNation/Braves & Birds) went over the history of programs replacing a legendary coach.
TECHNICAL DOSSIER: I went through the concepts that Josh Gattis has been exposed to and how he's been adapting them to Michigan's offense. Ian Boyd answers the question of what the hell happened to us at the end of last year, and how they can fix it.
TALES FROM OLD BLUE: Dr. Sap spoke to Bo's coordinators for an in-depth look at the gameplan for The Game in 1969, and how it came off. Greg Dooley (MVictors) looked at the later years of Yost and how he stacked up with the other legends of his era. And Craig Ross's article on 1893 is fascinating, from the economics that made 100 colleges start football programs in a few short years, to how Michigan went from an 0-3 proto-conference start to wrecking people so bad their rivals refused to play them.
ROUNDTABLE: We are always right.
Kickstarter Pick-Up Options on Wednesday, July 3:
The fastest way to get your print copy/copies of the book is to come by one of our pickup events. You'll get to choose a pickup option in your Kickstarter survey. If you need to change that later, email me: seth at this site dot com. We have two pickup events planned this year for the day the first shipment of books arrive.
- ANN ARBOR: Wolverine Brewing 5pm to 9pm, hosted by HomeSure Lending. Matt has offered to buy the first round. Last year we accidentally intersected the local trivia championships, and won it. #TheseAreOurReaders
- ROYAL OAK: HopCat Bar 4pm to 7pm, hosted by Gordon Fall. Find the short guy with a stack of HTTVs. Ask him for a card—his card, not a Dave Brandon football card, because Gordon already gave that to us.
If you're not picking up, we'll mail all of your books to one location (sorry, we can't split those—it just becomes a logistical nightmare). Put your address in the Survey. If you answer your surveys before June 28 you'll probably be in the first group to go out. Expect them to arrive through July, with the bulk of them +/- a few days from July 18.
Every year the mail loses some, or damages some. If you got your survey to me before June 28, you're in the United States, and it's already August 1, email me. If your survey comes in after June 28, bother me after August 10.
The HTTV 2019 pre-sale on our site will go up in the next few days. Those books will be in Ann Arbor probably after the July 4 holiday, and then start going out from then. Note: your shipping will cost more if you order through our store.
We'll also have them on the shelves in select stores:
The Bo Store
If you have a favored book store or sports-themed retail outlet and can convince them to carry it, have them email me: seth at this site dot com.
If your Kickstarter order comes with a shirt, open your Kickstarter Survey when it comes this evening, and you'll find a pair of links:
EXPEDITED: This is if you want the Speed In Space shirt faster, and will only remain open until June 27, 11:59 p.m. After that we'll take the orders we have, print them, and ship out those orders on 7/15.
NON-EXPEDITED: If you want a different shirt, or you're too late for the first cart, or you just like things slow (e.g. if you're moving or out of town this summer), take the NON-EXPEDITED link. The other shirt options this year are We Had Subs (brought back because, obviously), Murderwolf, Tacopants, and Worst State Ever. This cart doesn't close until July 19th, and orders will ship out on 8/5.