photo via Macaroni Tony


photo Paul Sancya (AP) via ESPN

So from the recent comments of Mary Sue Coleman and Dave Brandon, rest assured that the ‘92 and ‘93 banners will remain on the shelf at the BHL evermore. But DB opened the door to honoring the controversial quintet in some other way:

Are there (different) banners we could put up, though? Yeah, there are," he says. "I’d love to celebrate the Fab Five. Are there conditions on which that has to happen? For sure. But we’ve been very open and vocal about that, and there’s just nothing new on this subject.

Brandon’s conditions are tied to Chris Webber admitting to taking money from Ed Martin and apologizing in some form.   Don’t hold your breath.

Based on the calls to WTKA I’m guessing most of you would just like to see nothing happen and move on.   I get that.  I’m ok with leaving the banners at the BHL but I would like to see these guys honored in some form or another.  (I openly admit my huge bias—I was at U-M during the heyday of the Fab Five).

A suggestion—when the time is right, why not retire #5 as a ceremonial nod to the group and a not-so-subtle tribute to Jalen (who wore #5 and was the leader of the crew) for all he’s done in the community?   You could drop each guy’s name on the back and send it up to the rafters:fab five jersey

It would of course be splendid if the announcement were tied to some donation or foundation created by Webber (a la Griese-Hutchinson-Woodson) to benefit U-M.   And while were on the topic of smiles and rainbows, it’d be even splendider if we all got a free pizza out of the deal.

All this said, I don’t blame anyone for being entirely sick of all the jersey honoring/retiring/#1-ing/Legending talk.   Those who read this site know I write about this kind of thing now and again and even I’m growing weary. 

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A few audio clips from the Q&A in the aftermath of Jalen Rose’s Ann Arbor premiere of tonight’s ESPN Fab Five documentary.   More commentary, photos, etc. here.

In order:

1.  Jalen On Chris Webber, why he hasn’t seen documentary and the time he still needs.  He says there’s no beef with the team or whatever.  Jalen just says that Chris isn’t ready to talk about it, says he’s still carrying a lot with him especially after to the two finals losses at the timeout.  Jalen hoping he finds some way to “release” all that weight.

2. Jalen on the trip to Europe right after the 1991 Finals and how he feels they were exploited.

3. Jalen on how ESPN feels about the Duke/Uncle Tom comments and his message to the Duke guys he works with.   He told ESPN, “Ya’ll better not fire me on Monday..”

4. Jalen on the content he wishes they could have fit into the film but didn’t make it.  Jalen says there are a lot of things, but he definitely wanted to point out how life was in the early 1990s (pre-internet, how people felt about the music.)

5. For fun, someone asking Jalen if he would have called the timeout if he were in the same situation as Webber.  Basically Jalen won’t answer but Jimmy King is sitting  behind him shaking his head “No, no no no no” and the crowd loves it.