The Michigan Wolverines are back in the NCAA basketball national championship game for the first time in twenty years, the Fab Five days.
You know what that means? ESPN force-feeding every viewer in the world the infamous Chris Webber faux timeout from the ’93 title game against North Carolina. I hate the full replay from that entire sequence. It’s not that I have anything against Webber or the Wolverines — I don’t. It drives me nuts how, after Carolina missed that free throw, Webber traveled before he even took the ball up the court! He stepped forward, while holding the ball, and finally began dribbling! He should have been called right then and there.
With that aside, I just wanted to state the obvious: college basketball isn’t the beans and potatoes it was back in the mid-’80s and early ’90s. The level of competition today pales in comparison to the teams from the glory days of collegiate ball. Back then, you had guys around for multiple years; teams built rapport with their players. The elite teams had 3-5 NBA players! Today, you might have an NBA player and a bunch of other guys who have different careers in mind.
I’m rooting for the Louisville Cardinals for the simple fact that I’d find it disgusting to see this Michigan team win a title when the Fab Five didn’t. Although I have to say, the outcome won’t have me losing sleep either way.