Mike Lantry, 1972
Title says it all. Discuss.
PS. It would be great if this didn't become another discussion about how everyone feels about Webber's current relationship with Michigan but I know that is unlikely.
The quick and easy version:
-maybe the greatest passing big man ever
-played with style
-numbers say he belongs
-if the refs didn't rob him of a 2002 championship he is a lock
-very short prime
-shrank a bit in the playoffs
-may have been a lazy defender/rebounder and was somewhatbonehead mistake prone
Charles Woodson appeared on the Rich Eisen podcast this week. Pretty cool listen where Charles reflects on his NFL career. You can tell how much Rich loves Woodson in his post-interview exchange with his co-hosts.
Michigan related items: Rich reminisces about some various Michigan related memories like the 1997 National Championship season and how he experienced the Kordell Stewart Hail Mary. He talks to Charles about Tom Brady, the Tuck Rule play, Lloyd Carr, and even a "you can't have one without the other" mention. Charles also comments on Chris Webber and the end of his disassociation with Michigan.
And just because Rich jabs Peyton Manning for finishing 2nd in the Heisman:
I won't summarize as you can read it for yourselves, below. Your opinions?
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.
A couple years ago we saw an amazing 30 for 30 about the Fab 5, but one persepctive was missing — Chris Webber's. Soon we'll finally (we hope, at least) get his side of the story when he releases his autobiograhy.
Although I'm sure he'll also write about other things, I think it's fair to say MGoBlog Nation will skip straight to the Michigan years.
I profiled Chris Webber in last week's Sports Illustrated -- he's become one of the more interesting NBA voices as a studio and game analyst for NBA TV and TNT -- and during our conversation he told me that he's been working on a documentary about his life for the past six years. Webber said he plans to release both the documentary and an autobiography at some point next year and the working (but unlikely final) title is The Black Forrest Gump.
Nice little interview with Simmons as they chat CWebb. The story about how Jalen met Chris was great, and it's really interesting to me that both Jalen and CWebb are now so very active members of the media.