published Friday, March 21st, 2014

5-at-10: Friday mailbag on Pearl, nicknames, CD choices and remakes

Right to work. Deal? Deal.

From the "Talks too much" studios, it's go time.

From Todd

Did you get my contest pick? I sent it right at noon.

Thanks for the the 5-at-10.

Todd —

We did, and we'll run a complete list around noon today before the next round.

We're covered up this morning — we went to the Zac Brown show last night and got a little later start than normal.

But yes, you are in, and we like your Harvard pick. Those guys are wicked smart.

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From SP

Have you all at the TFP started giving us fewer free views? Sometimes I click on the 5-at-10 and get in, sometimes it asks me to sign up. Whatever, there are ways around it.

As for my questions, did you see they are talking about making Ghostbusters 3? That has to be a terrible idea. And they are making a Fletch redo?

Does anyone have any new ideas in Hollywood?

What's the best/worst sequel and if you could remake a movie, which one are you doing?

Thanks and thanks for the daily dose of stuff -- man you talk a bunch.

SP —

The metered part of the website seems like it's picking up, but we do not think the numbers have changed. We'll double check that. And if you know ways around it, well, please keep them to yourself you hacker. How about a nice game of chess, Joshua?

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    In an undated file photo, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, center, and Harold Ramis, right, appear in a scene from the 1984 movie "Ghostbusters". Harold Ramis died early Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Chicago from complications of autoimmune inflammatory disease, according Fred Toczek , an attorney for Ramis. He was 69.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

We are fearful about a potential Ghostbusters 3, especially with the recent death of Harold Ramis. And we'd be surprised if Bill Murray signs on, but if he was on board we'd give it a chance. As for Fletch the reboot, we thought it was more Fletch 3 than redoing Fletch the original. We are not keen on a Fletch redo with Jason Sudekis.

And it's not just comedies, the run and rerun of superhero remakes is crazy.

As for the sequels, our standing pat answers are Godfather II and the Empire Strikes Back.

As for movies, we'd like to remake, our first thought was something along the lines of Running Man, but you can make a hard argument that the Hunger Games stuff has a lot of Running Man trends.

After entirely too much thinking, we're going withy Trading Places and the first Rambo — First Blood — as themes that could be remade.

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More to come, including...

From McPell

Question - Does Pearl even need to hit the recruiting trail, or is this a case of "hire him & they will come?"

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    Auburn's new men's basketball coach, Bruce Pearl, waves to fans upon his arrival Tuesday at Auburn University Regional Airport in Auburn, Ala.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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From Terry

I have been reading your column for a while and have not ever thought to write in.

But I was stunned -- S-T-U-N-N-E-D -- when Bruce went to Auburn. I'm not sure how it happened but I know it is a great hire for them.

Were you stunned about the move and what ripple effects do you think the Bruce Pearl hire at AU will have across the SEC?

Thanks, and keep up the good work.

Gang —

The Pearl hire was slap genius. A home run on ever level.

Terry, we too were equally stunned by the decision, especially from Pearl's side.

McPell, he will give AU recruiting a huge boost because of persona, his personality and his style. That full-court, up

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From A Reader

A group of us have simple question we ask new people and one of my buddies want to ask you the question. It may not seem like much but it really says alot about you:

The question: What is in your car CD player right now? Will you share?

Thanks.

AReader —

Right now, we've got Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Eric Church, Kid Rock, a Phineas and Ferb CD in our CD player. Think there is one more — it's either Zac Brown in advance of the concert, but it could be a Lyle Lovett disc, we're not sure.

So that's where we are, and feel free to judge away. Our quick read on that would be we're a "set-in-our-ways, Southern who is not a particular fan of new country and has a kindergarten-aged kid that likes the coolest cartoon on the Disney Channel."

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From Bobby

This is the first year I have not entered a bracket because I think college basketball is boring. I used to be like the guy that did three and four brackets and took the Thursday off and thought about seeing which regional was closest, you know.

Now -- it's nothing.

With that in mind, how Mr. 5 would you fix college basketball? And also if I can, If you had to win one tournament game, who do you want as your coach?

Thanks and I've been listening to Press Row now from 3-6. You guys are really good.

Bobby —

This list is long and distinguished about changing college hoops. In fact, we may strike column about this in Saturday's TFP, but let's review some broad strokes:

1) Eligibility has to be changed. All of basketball would benefit from the baseball draft rules, and if the kids go straight from high school, so be it. College basketball did not miss LeBron and Kobe as much as it missed year 2 and 3 of Derrick Rose, John Wall, and the rest.

2) We have to find a way to make the regular season mean more. There were some great games this year that helped kindle some interest from December through March.

3) They need to rework the play-in game structure. We're not suggesting that they make it all 16 seeds in Dayton, but we know there are fewer office pool entries this year because folks waited too long on seeing who won the play-in game. And as great as the tournament is, if they damage the madness that is the bracket then the NCAA is dumber than we expected.

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From Chas9

What's the oddest nickname in the tournament? Jaspers? Billikens? Great Danes? Terriers? Any other teams named for a particular breed of dog (besides the overused Bulldogs)?

9er —

Because you are the 9er, we'll break this into categories:

Most colorful: Harvard Crimson; Creighton Bluejays

Most satanic: Duke Blue Devils

Toughest: SFA Lumberjacks

Best sounding/less intimidating: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, which really is a feisty chicken.

Best representation: SW Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (they get bonus points for the ' subbin' for the G, not unlike the Howard Hustin' Tigers.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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chas9 said...

Didn't know about the Fighting Chanticleers or the Lumbering Lumberjacks (see Monty Python song). Good deal.

The Stanford Cardinal is also a color, weirdly.

Missed four picks first round, but three were in OT, so that's just bad bounces.

Don't know why you're shocked, shocked at Bruce and AU tying the knot. Makes sense to me, both being kinda damaged goods, no offense meant.

March 21, 2014 at 10:54 a.m.
jomo11 said...

March madness is awesome ! Yesterday was one of the best NCAA first days I can remember. . . .someone commented about North Dakota St., winning 3 FCS football championships and now beating Oklahoma in NCAA tourney. How have they done this ?, the answer is OIL MONEY and all the new millionaires over the last 5 years in North Dakota. Money can make your athletic programs good quickly. . . .

March 21, 2014 at 11:17 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Jomo- Wasn't going to say anything about NDSU as I heard it this morning. Still looking forward to seeing a Mocs vs. Herd match-up.

Not to keen on a Ghostbusters 3 on the account I never really like 2 or the fact they thumbed their nose at the timeline to the Ghostbusters animated series (that's another story for another day) but also because the plot sucked.

Even if Murray signed on board, he's not the Bill Murray of 25 years ago. He no longer has that "spark" and as far as he is concerned, he's okay with that.

List of movies and sequels I would love to redo: Blues Brothers 2, Road House 2, every video game movie ever made (beginning with Super Mario Brothers), The Last Airbender, and bunch I don't have time to go into.

March 21, 2014 at 12:39 p.m.
Stewwie said...

What? No old-school 80s rap CD in the rotation?

I feel your pain, Bobby. The college game needs lots of improvement, but it won't be an easy fix. I was a general fan of the college game until a few years ago. Each year since, I have watched less and less and haven't really missed it. I don't think I watched any non-Mocs games this season. I keep meaning to catch a Creighton game before Doug M. heads off to the NBA though. If they win today, I'll try to watch their Sunday game. Maybe.

Jay, I would love to see a column on your suggested improvements for the college game. Other than possible legal ramifications, I don't see why the age minimum isn't being bumped up now. It would clearly be beneficial for both the college game and the NBA if kids stayed longer in school. And, oh yeah, by staying in school, they are able to keep working toward their education, which is ultimately (supposedly) why they are there in the first place.

March 21, 2014 at 2:16 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Nice free throw shooting, N.C. State.

Sorry I'm late getting to this today. Watched a good chunk of today's action at ... um ... well ... let's just say Mike Bell was there.

March 21, 2014 at 11:51 p.m.
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