Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Brash. Thuggish. Cocky. Talented. Phenomenal.
All of the above adjectives were applied to the Fab Five during their heyday, some 15-16 years ago. I just thought they were the most exciting college basketball team I'd ever seen.
It was November '91. I hadn't heard of them until my cousin told me I should watch the UM-Duke game that saturday, cause the Wolverines had these incredible freshmen that I needed to see. After the near win, I was hooked like cooked crack. I loved the brashness. I loved how they didn't fear the big stage, but chose to embrace it. Most of all, I loved how they didn't give a fuck if the basketball establishment liked them or not. They never won a Big-10 or national title, but who cares? The hype is well deserved. The game hasn't been the same since.
Coach K kills me. Michigan taking on the character of the Fab Five is why they didn't win a national title? It sure didn't hurt them as they beat the #1, #2,and #4 seeds on the way to the title game in '92. They just got beat by a better team. What was Coach K's excuse for losing 4 out of 5 Final Fours, before winning it in '91? What a dick.
ESPN U Retrospective
I love Jimmy King's dunk and subsequent stare down on the dude from George Washington. When I saw that, I was like "Yeah!! Get him a body bag!" Good times.