With another incarnation of college basketball’s championship tournament upon us, I am once again reminded of the season nearly everything went right for me, until it all went wrong.
It was a different era for college basketball. Ruled by Duke, the reigning two time champions, and its prodigies Christian Laettner and Bobby Hurley, the face of the league was shifted by a brash group from
, dubbed “The Fab Five.” ESPN has
created a film documenting how Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy
King, and Ray Jackson came together for two magical seasons to transform the
direction of college basketball forever. Michigan
In 1993, I was a sophomore in high school and decided to, once again, participate in a March Madness bracket pool. It was the last season I would ever do so.
To this day, I remember filling out the empty sheet. It was early morning, before classes, and I was seated on a leather couch, beside a friend that was a big
Before the championship game I was so far ahead in points that my win was a virtual certainty. As the tournament played out, my friends cursed my luck and lamented their own. I was in line to see a $150 profit, still a nice win today, especially considering the $5 investment, but in those days, this was a mountain of cash.