July 10, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 2 comments

Has anyone read this book yet? Sounds very interesting.

The Booster: How Ed Martin, The Fab Five and the Ballers from the hood Exposed the Hypocrisy of a Billion-Dollar Industry - Carl Martin

"Martin, the son of former Michigan booster Ed Martin, shares his unique perspective on the The Fab Five, one of the most famous and complex groups college basketball has ever seen. The book explores the big business machine of college basketball, the NCAA, exploitation and amateur sports in general.

But it also provides insight into Ed Martin's relationship with the Michigan basketball program that really can't be found anywhere else."

posted by NoMich at 12:16 PM on July 10

I'd like to know more about how Steve Fisher figured into all that. He was usually portrayed in the media as a good guy. And sportcasters seemed pleased when he took several SDSU teams to the tournament after getting the boot from Michigan.

But even before the Fab Five, he had to deal with the championship team he inherited from Bill Frieder on short notice that included Rumeal Robinson, who turned out to be an unsavory character as a pro. And also Glen Rice, the future acknowledged paramour of Sarah Palin*.

I'd also like to learn more about the Fab Five's legendary introduction of the baggy shorts. Maybe have to read the Mitch Albom book about those guys.

* Palin: "One of the most important things that we have to engage is unleashing our domestic energy opportunities. It comes down to "drill, baby, drill..."

posted by beaverboard at 02:17 PM on July 10

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