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ESPN Earns High Praise For Documentary On Michigan's Fab Five
Published March 11, 2011
ESPN's "The Fab Five" is "as complete a telling as anyone has done" of the Fab Five's Michigan basketball legacy, according to Mark Snyder of the DETROIT FREE PRESS. The "all-inclusive documentary," debuting Sunday at 9:00pm ET, is a "stunningly thorough history of the era." Snyder: "Told in six chapters, it covers more ground than one would expect." Former Michigan F and NBA TV's Chris Webber is the "central figure of the group," but he "refused to participate in the filming." Snyder wrote while Webber's absence is a "major dent for the film," the documentary "lets others tell his story" (
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MARCH UPSET: In Houston, David Barron notes "Runnin' Rebels of UNLV" comes from a network that is "generally known for clear-eyed, hard-nosed documentaries," while "The Fab Five" was "co-produced by Rose." So you “would think the HBO film would be a revelation and the ESPN film a whitewash.” But there is “no question that the ESPN film provides by far the richer viewing experience.” HBO's documentary "clearly has a point of view, and its point of view is that UNLV was treated unfairly." Barron writes that is "hardly the nuanced view that I have come to expect from an HBO Sports film. ... What a disappointment." Barron expected "The Fab Five" to be an “apology for bad behavior in the same fashion as Billy Corben's The U, about the