The Michigan Wolverines have done a lot by making it to the Final Four this year. They have overcome being a below-average program for years, restored some glory to it and erased a slew of misconceptions surrounding Big 10 hoops. The program, however, still has a horrible nightmare that trots across Wolverines fans while they sleep at night — Chris Webber calling a timeout in the 1993 National Title game.
We all know the story: Webber signaled for a timeout when there were none remaining, and the rest is history — the “Fab Five” never won a National Title in college and their records have all been removed from the Michigan record books (kind of).
The current Michigan team does not have the hype surrounding it as the Fab Five did. Back then, the team was as important for their on the court ability as they were for their games with the Duke Blue Devils that had racial undertones. Still, the history of Webber’s honest mistake is still looming over their heads.
The Wolverines can do more than just advance to a National Title. They could help absolve Webber much in the way the Boston Red Sox did for a certain first basemen. While the timeout that never happened will live forever, this could go a long way in making Webber the beloved figure he should be to the university and its fans.
This version of Michigan has already done so much to help restore some shine to the program. With just two more victorie,s they can help exorcise all Michigan demons and become the fans’ favorite thing post-Fab Five.