And why shouldn't you? Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and Ted Knight; toss in a pretentious country club and a gopher and you have all the makings of a movie classic. In 1980, the world fell in love with Carl Spackler and the tune "I'm All Right" complete with dancing gopher. Immediately, Caddyshack achieved a cult following.
But like every great film, movie producers feel the need to create a sequel. Eight years later, "Caddyshack 2" hit the big screen and was panned by critics. Sure some of the stars returned (Chevy Chase) and others were added (Dan Aykroyd, Randy Quaid, Jackie Mason and Robert Stack), but something wasn't quite right. Sure expectations were high when this star-studded cast was assembled, but the formula just didn't mix. The team lacked the chemistry to equal the success of the original. Unfortunately, those things happen.
Take Rocky IV for example. Regarded as one of the best sports movies of the Cold War era, the inspirational blockbuster in which the USA battled the Soviets, lost a bit of its luster with the release of Rocky V, which bottomed out at the box office.
Many great movies in history suffered the pains of unsuccessful sequels – Major League, Home Alone, American Pie - for crying out loud HOW MANY "POLICE ACADEMY" MOVIES WERE MADE?
At any rate, the 2004-05 LSU athletic season can be summed up as a typical Hollywood sequel. While not totally panned by the critics, it didn't quite live up to its predecessor.
But how could it?
In 2003-04, LSU captured three national titles (football, men's and women's indoor track), saw the women's basketball team reach its first-ever Final Four, had both the baseball and softball teams reach the College World Series and included a variety of individual accomplishments on and off the field. No doubt a pretty tough act to follow.
Like in a majority sequels, "most" of the primary players return to the cast of the second flick, of course excluding at least one key performer in the initial movie's success (in LSU's case, that would be track coach Pat Henry).
In Caddyshack II, Chevy Chase, who was the star of the original film, had only a cameo role in the sequel. Similarly, football coach Nick Saban bid adieu near the end of his national title encore presentation, bowing out in "Duke"-like fashion, much the way John Wayne met his maker in "The Cowboys."
While the 2004-05 season shaped up to be a successful one, it paralleled The Godfather Part 2, sans Marlon Brando. While all three films in the trilogy were both nominated for best picture, The Godfather was never quite the same without Brando starring as Vito Corleone.
In 2005, sure John Brady's basketball team won the SEC West and reached the NCAA Tournament, but basketball dipped on the flip side as expectations surrounding the women's basketball program soared. But Pokey Chatman's team failed to capture the NCAA title as resounding favorites. A year removed from a pair of college world series berths, both Smoke Laval and Yvette Girouard's teams had high hopes, but neither lived up to their potential. But a new cast of characters bought the softball Tigers another year to grow.
D-D Breaux's Tiger gymnasts missed out on their best opportunity at a national title and the perennial powerhouse track program failed to bring home a national title in four chances.
While many LSU fans will view the 2004-05 season as "Back to the Future" adequate, it didn't quite earn the notoriety of The Empire Strikes Back or even a Die Hard 2.
However, don't count out Indiana Jones. Remember the rousing success of "Raiders of the Lost Ark?" Harrison Ford had to shoulder the criticism for eating monkey brains in "The Temple of Doom," but like all true gamers, rebounded to championship status searching for the Holy Grail in "The Last Crusade."
Will Les Miles don his fedora and crack the whip on another banner year? Stay tuned.
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