Since Tako Tuesday's has been on hiatus (drinking beer and watching the tourney), I feel there is a lot of pent-up frustration (name calling) in the ATQ because we haven't had our outlet to discuss mundane things (beer, Hot Tub Time Machines, age of ATQ posters, porn versus wrong, etc). Therefore, until Takimoto decides to stop being lazy (texting his girlfriend) and get off the couch (and back on the internet where he belongs) I'm going to put together a place for us to talk about the recent happenings (or things I find important).
So before we get to the main attraction this afternoon when the last two games before the final four start; let's talk about a couple of things.
Topic 1: Coaching Replacement
So rumor has it that Tubby Smith of Minnesota has had a conversation with Oregon (or those doing the hiring for Oregon, aka Pat Kilkenny) about the coaching vacancy. This leads me to think a couple of things. First, I don't like the potential hire. Tubby's not a long term solution. He's a stop the bleeding, provide a big name, get a Nike guy who can recruit before Social Security kicks in guy. Second, I think this is PK and Knight trying to make a splash (yeah, I said splash SHU, sue me). I think PK and Knight want a name they can put on the front pages of ESPN and compete for headlines, and Tubby is definitely that guy. Lastly, I don't like it because the cost - benefit is nowhere near what else exists out there right now. Let's go back and look at some of the names that were out there in my last post (and let's assume that Few, Turgeon, Jacobson and Alford have all turned down Oregon). You still have Drew (Baylor), Dixon (Pitt) and Stevens (Butler) in that top tier left, and two of them are still playing. Why rush?
What are your thoughts right now on the coaching replacement situation? What do you think of Tubby Smith? Who's at the top of your list right now?
Topic 2: Tourney Madness
This tourney has been a hell of a lot of fun. I'm sure everyone's bracket looks like an essay that AllSaintsDay just got done grading with how many red marks are on it. If Duke loses, this will be the 3rd time in history that no number 1 seed has reached the final four. Last time it happened? 2006, in that's right, Indianapolis. There have been epic games (KSU v Xavier), there have been big time upsets (Ohio v Gerogetown) and there have been Cinderella Stories (Northern Iowa). To top it all off, we're going to have Butler playing in the Final Four, 19 minutes from their school at Lucas Oil Stadium. Talk about home court advantage. I have thoroughly enjoyed this year's tourney and it just goes to show that March Madness is one of the best times of the year.
What was your favorite part of the tourney? Who's your favorite to win it all right now? What is your favorite time of year (Bowl Season, Opening Day/NBA Playoffs, Super Bowl/NFL Playoffs, or March Madness)?
Topic 3: Movies
So it was my daughter's birthday this weekend and we took her to see "How To Train Your Dragon" in 3D. I am going to say this is one of the most enjoyable movies I have seen in a long time. So many people told me to go see Avatar, but I was underwhelmed by the story (see here). Sure, the CGI was out of this world, but isn't that just one step above going full animation like How to Train Your Dragon? I left the movie feeling a little guilty that I enjoyed a kids movie so much. Should I feel this way? Does a good movie have to have actors not reading scripts into a microphone to be a great movie? I'm conflicted.
Can a kids movie be one of your favorite movies when you're older than 18? What is your top 3 favorite movies of all time? Are CGI and 3D dumbing down the quality of movies?
These are your Sunday Conversation pieces. Talk amongst yourselves and enjoy the games this afternoon.