There's no discussion about memorable sports blunders that is complete without somebody bringing up Chris Webber's unwise decision to call a timeout — THAT TIMEOUT — during the waning moments of the 1993 national championship game between the Michigan Wolverines and the North Carolina Tar Heels.
For many, it's a fun talking point when reminiscing the old days of the 90s. For Chris Weber, it's a moment that he'd rather view in a more philosophical, profound moment, one that he even endorsed to his son to revisit.
Via Myron Medcalf of ESPN:
You know, if there's ever any game that I want anybody to watch that I play, it would be the timeout game. Someone asked me about my son, ‘If your son could watch any basketball games you played in …' I said ‘The timeout game.' He said ‘Why?' I said because he knows Daddy was cold to get up after that game and to continue doing what he does. So in other words, we know you're going to be good. We know you're going to do this, but what do you do after that moment? And that's what I'm so proud of.
Chris Webber also tried to shed light on how big of a role exactly the other people on the team had on his calling a timeout.
Did the bench say [call a timeout]? Yeah. They said it. Everybody saw it in the documentary. Did I hear it? I don't know. And if I did, that's a fake excuse. I was the man on the team. That was my team, man. You know what I mean? That was my team. The best player is supposed to take responsibility. … One of the proudest moments is being on that podium and not blaming anyone.
Webber would later make his way to the pros, where he would have an illustrious career with the Golden State Warriors, Washington Bullets, and Sacramento Kings. He also suited up for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Detroit Pistons.
For all his years in college basketball and in the NBA, Chris Webber did not manage to win a championship, but he's still headed to Springfield as a Hall of Fame inductee.