With the 30 for 30 coming out, I got to thinking about the Fab 5, and remembering how much they impacted me as a teenager, and since. I only really caught on to them after their first year, but they had a huge impact on me - I still wear black socks when playing ball, etc. They were, as much as Ty Wheatley, the biggest reasons I became a Michigan fan. I wore my shorts like them, the socks, the black Nikes, etc. The excitement they brought was a big part of why I got excited about basketball. I followed their careers (the good, bad and ugly) and still follow them now as their playing careers have wound down. When considering it all, I concluded that as athletes, they made more of an impact on me than any other player or players (unfortunately, I never had 1/100th of their game). I got to wondering however - how many of you were also caught up in the hype/fame/notoriety of the Fab 5?
Mike Lantry, 1972