Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fab Five Documentary

Finally watched the ESPN documentary on the Fab Five.  For the non sports fan, the Fab Five was a group of college basketball players who played for Michigan in the early 1990s, making the national title game in ’92 and ’93 (as freshmen and sophomores) .  Jalen Rose’s comments about Duke have gotten all the attention, but that is only a small part of the piece.  It is an interesting look at how the team reflected the rise of hip-hop culture at the time.
The film also looks back at the mistaken time-out Chris Webber called at the end of the ’93 national title game.  Apparently, some of the players on the bench were yelling for him to call a time-out (though the Wolverines were out of timeouts and the technical foul shots sealed North Carolina’s victory.)  I didn't remember that. The film shows how crushed Webber was by what happened; the players are still friends and never discuss this with him. 
Juwan Howard notes that fans still remember him for being part of the Fab Five, as opposed to any of the pro teams he has played on.  Rose observes that people can’t remember any of the starters of the ’93 UNC team that defeated them.  The Michigan teams are certainly among the most famous teams never to have one a national title

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