Chris Webber : Timeout for Childbirth

As I write this post,  I am 40 weeks pregnant.  Well, my wife is.  Though my mood swings and expanding waistline may cause some to question who’s carrying the baby.  We recently had what was to be our final checkup. Upon entering the hospital, fear overwhelmed me.  I was convinced my wife was going to give birth right then.  Location wise, we were in a great place, but I wasn’t ready.  Her bag wasn’t packed, I was hungry, and heck, childbirth is scary.  I wanted to call a timeout, though one was not available.

Let’s segue to another fellow who wanted a timeout when one was unavailable- Chris Webber.  A member of the “Fab Five,” considered college basketball’s “greatest class ever recruited”.  In 1993, expectations were high for the Michigan Wolverines.  They had earned a trip to their second straight NCAA championship game and were the favorites, despite an embarrassing defeat the year prior to Duke.  

With 19 seconds left, Webber rebounded the ball.  What happened next has been called “the worst moment in march madness history.”

The Wolverines ended up losing the game.

Webber went on to have a successful 15-year NBA career, but the timeout still haunts him.

Update : No baby yet, and I still want a timeout.


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