Jalen Rose called in to First Take from somewhere in Michigan today. He was talking about his wardrobe at the game, and said, to quote loosely and from memory:
"I'm looking forward to the day when the entire Fab Five will be at a game. Then I will wear maize and blue."
I disagree with this because I feel that Chris Webber was solely responsible for making it "cool" to take Ed Martin's money. Ergo, I see Webber as responsible for all of Michigan's ten-year decline.
I find it more distasteful because Webber's parents both had decent jobs and he always had enough of whatever he needed when he was growing up. When juxtaposed with Juwan Howard, who was raised in poverty by his grandmother who died without ever seeing him play a game, and didn't take Martin's money, choosing to spend his time at the Children's Hospital instead of the mall, Webber looks even worse.
I would love to see what I call the "Clean Four" back together at a game, but I don't want to ever see Chris Webber "back in the fold" at UM.
Am I being too harsh? Would Webber's presence be good for UM instead of the train wreck I think it would be? I don't have any mixed emotions about Webber whatsoever, but was wondering what others think.
Thanks to all who participated so far; I upvoted everyone who gave a genuine opinion without insulting those who disagree with them. That is about 95 percent of the comments. The consensus here may have influenced me to soften my stand on Webber. I think I may be ready to "welcome him back" whenever he offers a genuine apology and a mea culpa.
I think I feel a bit smarter today for having read the feedback, both pro and con. Thanks again.
Edit part duh:
I meant, of course, that I upvoted 95 percent of the comments. Sorry about the confusion.