April 5th, 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the infamous Chris Webber “timeout” call.
I was a mere 7 years old when it happened and I probably was paying more attention to memorizing all the words to whatever Disney movie had just come out at the time or going to soccer practice then that game and it’s implications.
But even then I was a bonafide Michigan girl.
I had an older cousin that I looked up to who was on the dance team there and every year I would get a calendar of all that Maize and Blue glory. I even had a cheerleaders uniform to sport as a toddler. She was everything I wanted to be at that age.
As I’ve gotten older and much more sports aware, March Madness has become possibly my favorite event in all of sports. It still holds up for me even amidst the recent scrutiny the NCAA has come under. I love that every game is a game 7 and the idea that most of these kids are playing what could be potentially the last game of their sports “careers” while others are using it as a stepping stone to get to the next level of theirs. The stakes are just so high you can’t help but get sucked in. Even more so with Cinderella stories like UMBC’s upset and Loyola-Chicago’s incredible run all the way to the Elite 8. Shout out goes to Jalen Rose’s grandma for her correct prediction to Sister Jean about their run ending there.
Speaking of Jalen Rose… Here he is breaking down that infamous call on “Get Up”
I had to work during the game on Monday night, but you better believe that I was still superstitiously wearing the same t-shirt and U of M beanie that I had been repping for the previous 3 games under my uniform. In hindsight, it was probably for the best seeing as how that second half was basically just a disaster. But it was still fun to walk around and interact with my guests, many of whom know just how deep my love goes, and it made for a great atmosphere regardless of the outcome. Plus I got to make some money while doing it.
Listen, sometimes you take your W’s where you can get them, and for a team that was unranked until January 15th of this year, getting to the Championship was a huge W in my book. There’s no way these kids should consider this season a disappointment.
Back in ’93 though they had every reason to expect to win though. The Fab 5 had been to the promised land the previous year only to fall by a large margin to Duke in ‘92. What’s interesting is that with all their promise and talent the Fab 5 never won a championship together. In an eerie coincidence to the troubles of the NCAA today both of their Final Four appearances were vacated because of Ed Martins “contributions” to Webber and several other players.
To this day Webber doesn’t discuss the “timeout” and that is his prerogative. He didn’t too poorly for himself after all. So did most of his teammates.
TBS, however, had no problem pointing out this savage stat on Monday night…
As of now the only departing members of this years team are Muhammed-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Jarron Simmons who were both seniors along with fifth-year guard Duncan Robinson. I’m not so secretly hoping that Matthews and Wagner will stick around and try and create another year of magic with Papa John.
The early 90’s saw a good streak for several Michigan teams and with the Wolverines headed back into the Frozen Four and the ever-present possibility of a promising football season starting in a few short months hopefully we Wolverine fans will see a repeat of success across the board for the Maize and Blue.
And to that I say……..
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