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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Fab Five gets a measure of revenge on Duke

Area fans were giddy for Miami's Shane Battier (Birmingham Detroit Country Day) and former Fab Five member Juwan Howard, as they each won their first NBA championships last week.
The championship also served as the first for any member of the Fab Five, which was well-documented by Deadspin.
That one championship for the Fab Five is also one more than Duke players of that same era* (former Piston Grant Hill has found the fountain of youth and could get the Blue Devils on the board, however.)
Battier became Duke's third (that's it? really?) NBA champion, but occupied Durham, N.C., long after the days of Hill, Christian Laettner and Bobby Hurley. While his predecessors repeated in 1991-92, Battier's lone NCAA title came in 2001, but he did joined an esteemed class of NCAA-NBA champions.
Several of the best NCAA players in history, Chris Webber and Jalen Rose included, involved in multiple head-to-head battles during the Fab Five era that technically never happened, have just one NBA championship ring between them. (As mentioned before, Hill is still on the clock and Howard has yet to announce his almost-certain retirement.)
So, even though each school got a ring Thursday, that accomplishment could be seen as a coup for Fab Five.
Watch Howard and Rose celebrate the Heat's feat. It wasn't exactly "We're gonna shock the world" or "We're going to meet Bill Cosby," but some sort of closure for long-denied Fab Five fans. All of which was set in motion by a guy that never set foot on a college campus, as a student anyway. He finally got a ring, too, as you may have heard.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pat Caputo joins Radiohead onstage in band's first Detroit show in 15 years

Midway through Radiohead's first Detroit (-area) concert in 15 years Monday at The Palace of Auburn Hills, some concertgoers thought the band was either paying homage to the area's rich sports history or that a technical glitch had interrupted their evening.
Near the half-way point of  nearly two-hour set, a clip of "Caputo and Fithian," which airs on WXYT-FM (97.1) featuring Oakland Press columnist Pat Caputo, came ripping through the speakers. Caputo could clearly be heard saying: "I still believe they're going to win the division."
Caputo posted video of the phenomena to Facebook. "Unexpected surprise for sure, but cool. Feel honored. Radiohead is a great band. I've been a long-time fan," he wrote.

Oakland Press entertainment writer Gary Graff shed some light on the situation, noting the band has been patching in live radio feeds to accompany 1997's "Climbing up the Walls." 
"That's part of the recording," Graff said. "In every stop of the tour, they've been taking a sample of live radio."
Caputo's 8 p.m. program would have been getting into full swing around 9:30 p.m., when the sample was played. 
Several fans (myself included) were surprised by the snippet:
  • @PaulKampe: "Pretty sure I just heard @patcaputo98 during the Radiohead concert @ThePalace. No joke."
  • @ryancolpaert: Is @radiohead a Detroit sports fan or a @patcaputo98 fan?
  • @graffonmusic: Just heard @TheOaklandPress @patcaputo98 sampled during a song at @radiohead concert at @ThePalace 
Ads for Caputo's radio show appear in the rotating signage wrapped around the facing of the upper bowl at The Palace.