this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
It seems the repairing of the links to Fab five has started. CW's picture now appears in Crisler. I am not sure how to feel about this. He did hurt the program, but also one cannot deny the fact that Fab five put UM basketball on the map.
Submitted without commentary, Jalen Rose knocked UM for their treatment of former players:
“Every Michigan coach has left unceremoniously, even the greatest coach in the University of Michigan history, the only coach that’s taken the school to three Final Fours and well as won a national championship, Steve Fisher, and also the Fab Five – Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, Jimmy King – who played in two Final Fours and national championship games, two of the seven that the university has had since the 1900s,” Rose continued, his voice rising.
“So when you’re not able to have a family-type atmosphere where everybody feels welcome and feels like their contribution to the school is noted from a basketball and or football perspective, the relationships become fractured, and that’s something Michigan has to improve on. Michigan State, when you watch their games, it could be a guy that averaged two points, but the fans are going to celebrate him and treat him like he’s family. That’s why Michigan has lagged behind Michigan State in basketball, and frankly, right now, that’s why Michigan State has evened the playing field.”
I'm hoping my fellow MGoBloggers might be able to help me out:
I have a 12 year old son who has become a huge basketball fan this past year. He plays PG for a city basketball team where we live in Ulsan, South Korea (안녕하세요). This is my proud-father opportunity to mention that he was tournament MVP for the last two tournaments.
I coach his team, and we spend a lot of time talking basketball. It has developed into one of those marvelous father-child opportunities that parents cherish. It's been fun introducing him to the basketball of my youth - 1989 Championship, Fab Five, and the Bad Boys.
He is especially interested in the Fab Five (having seen the doc and having read the Mitch Album book) and the Bad Boys. I have searched tirelessly for downloads of games for either team but can't find anything that is current and being seeded. Is there a specialized but less publicized place to find older sports downloads?
Does anyone know where I can download or watch any Fab Five or Bad Boy games? I would be very appreciative and you'd make my Trey-Burke-uniform-wearing-Michigander-boy-in-Korea very happy and connected to his home.
EDIT: and for discussion purposes, which games do you think would be the best and most essential viewing?
Fab Five - it is painful just thinking about the finals loss to Duke and NC. This game is the only game that we could find, via YouTube and extra low-quality. The 92-93 Kentucky game was classic. Which Fab Five victory do you think would be essential viewing?
Bad Boys - really the greatest era of the NBA. Clashes between Bird's Celtics, Barkley's 76'ers, Magic's Lakers, and that one guy named Jordan. Many classic series. I'm trying to find the 1988 Pistons loss to the Lakers in game 6 of the finals - the phantom foul game. I believe that was one of the classic NBA serices, with the Pistons losing in 7 games. Argh. But the next two championships sort of eases that pain. I'm also trying to find one gave vs. the Bulls (1990), Celtics (1988), and the finals vs. the Trailblazers (1990).
I won't summarize as you can read it for yourselves, below. Your opinions?
Very thoughtful letter that I feel resonates with the team's situation today.
I have been thinking of you a lot since I sat glued to the TV during the championship game. I know that there may be nothing I or anyone else can say to ease the pain and disappointment of what happened. Still, for whatever it's worth, you, and your team, were terrific. And part of playing for high stakes under great pressure is the constant risk of mental error. I know. I have lost two political races and made countless mistakes over the last twenty years. What matters is the intensity, integrity, and courage you bring to the effort. That is certainly what you have done. You can always regret what occurred but don't let it get you down or take away the satisfaction of what you have accomplished. You have a great future. Hang in there.
Sincerely, Bill Clinton
I know this is a polarizing topic to many within this fanbase, but I came across this letter written by a professor at Michigan titled "An Open Letter to Chris Webber: You are loved."
In it he discusses a possible way for him to reconcile with the past and his influence on the freshman currently on the roster. He actually teaches a class with all five of the freshman in it so he has some real perspective on the topic. I know many people have their minds made up on the issue of whether or not the Fab Five should be honored, but in light of the Final Four this weekend, I thought it might foster a good discussion on the board about taking a realistic approach on how to deal with the past properly. If you don't think Chris Webber should ever be allowed on campus, you're entitled to that opinion, but the ban ends in May and sooner or later something will probably happen involving the Fab Five, and Chris Webber will probably be one of the main driving forces behind how good or bad the results end up being for him, the Fab Five and the university as well.