Tonight's NCAA Championship Game between Michigan and Louisville is the first appearance for the Wolverines in the final since 1993 and the days of the Fab Five. The '93 title game will always be remembered for Chris Webber's infamous timeout and in the years since, the player and the school have had a bitter disassociation from each other.
Although multiple players received benefits and the issues surrounding Michigan extended beyond the days of the Fab Five, Webber became the focus of the scandal. He has been erased from Michigan's basketball history, the Fab Five's banners have been taken down, and Webber even pleaded guilty to criminal contempt for lying to a grand jury about his relationship with disgraced booster Ed Martin in 2003. Moreover, the NCAA instituted a mandatory 10 year period where Webber could not associate with Michigan that ironically enough ends next month. Webber also refused to participate in former teammate Jalen Rose's ESPN documentary on the Fab Five and was the only member not to appear.
And yet in spite of all that ugliness, Jalen Rose and the Fab Five are hoping for a storybook reunion tonight in Atlanta at tonight's championship game. The four other members plan on being in attendance, but Webber has kept his distance from the program, tonight's game, and the Fab Five. Rose appeared in a Sunday podcast with Bill Simmons (wearing a ridiculous Michigan superfan outfit) to make the case for Webber burying the hatchet, letting bygones be bygones, forgiving and forgetting, and whatever sunny cliche you'd like to include to reunite with his Fab Five mates...no comments