That may be the case for the LSU Basketball team in 2007.
A year ago, John Brady's team won 27 games, the SEC title and made it all the way to the Final Four. Less than a year later, the memories of that historic drive to the pinnacle of college basketball are quickly fading.
As I sat courtside at the
No doubt, the end-all, be-all of sports movies was the 1989 film Major League. Rick Vaughn, Pedro Cerrano, Willie "Mays" Hays; yeah, you know the one.
That zany comedy flick where
ex-stripper Rachel Phelps inherits the Cleveland Indians when her husband dies.
Tired of Cleveland and its crummy baseball team, Phelps wants to move the team
Well, what does the pathetic gaggle
of also-rans go and do? They win
the division, much to the dismay of Phelps. Behind the strong arm of Vaughn and
Cerrano's mammoth voodoo bat at the plate, the laughable Indians win over the
hearts of the
No doubt, a great movie.
But when Major League II was released five years later, I groaned at the fact it would ruin the magic of the first one with the sequel jinx.
Not so fast.
In my opinion, the second one may have been better than the first. I know you are saying, ‘you're crazy,' but indulge me.
The defending division champion
Indians were the darling of
But look what else happened during that magical offseason.
Vaughn cleaned up his ex-con image, changed his hair cut, got a babe of a girlfriend and began naming his pitches, many of which found a new home in the outfield bleachers.
When Glen Davis came to LSU, his
"Big Baby" image was captivating. Fans couldn't get enough of the "Round Mound
of Rebound" and in his second year,
Now a junior, Davis has shed some
50 pounds, has been smiling for every camera within range and has now extended
his game to the perimeter in hopes of wooing NBA scouts. Rarely do you see
Remember, Vaughn spent the entire
season mired in an awful slump, but got back to basics in the end and won the
big game. Not saying that
Moving on down the all-star cast, there's Hays. Played in the first movie by Wesley Snipes, by the time the second film came to fruition Snipes was too big-time to return to the lineup so the producers settled on Omar Epps to play the colorful centerfielder. Epps was likeable, but wasn't quite as good at playing Hays as his predecessor Snipes.
Sounds a lot like Darrel Mitchell, don't you think? Mitchell was the Tigers heart and soul a year ago. The savior of many games, Mitchell could knock down the open three-pointer and give LSU that emotional lift at key times in any game.
This season, Texas Tech transfer
Terry Martin was hyped as Mitchell's replacement. And while he has had his
moments, Martin is no doubt Mitchell's Omar Epps. Martin is not expected to make
any low budget Hollywood films with Jesse "The Body"
Parkman was supposed to get the
Indians over the hump by bringing more home runs to
Not saying Dameon Mason is going
anywhere soon and his demeanor is much more pleasant than Parkman's. But we have
been hearing for two seasons how Mason was going to bring so much to the Tigers
after transferring from
Just for comic relief, Bob Uecker
played the illustrious alcoholic Harry Doyle, the Indians radio broadcaster. I
know for a fact LSU play-by-play man Jim Hawthorne doesn't kick back the Wild
Turkey on air the way Doyle did. But if the Tigers current trends continue,
Whenever I watch Major League II, I
cannot help but love Randy Quaid's character. The disillusioned, fair-weather
fan who turns on his beloved Indians after their awful start represents those
LSU fans out there, the ones who flooded the TigerRag.com message boards on
Sunday calling for Brady's job. The angry mob was calling for blood throughout
most of last week and Sunday's loss at
But how quickly Quaid's character changed his tune when Vaughn and the Indians rallied back to beat Parkman and the White Sox to advance to the World Series. Those same LSU fans that cursed Brady and his team last week were the very ones that cheered them all the way to the Final Four just 10 months ago.
And what about Brady?
There are plenty of parallels
between he and the Indians skipper – Lou Brown. Brown was brought to
When Brady was brought to LSU from
Much like Brown, Brady has succeeded under the most adverse of conditions.
Halfway through the season on the movie Major League II, Brown bellowed to one of his assistant coaches, "This team has completely lost its focus." Brown was alluding to the fact that the key players in the previous season's success had gotten so wrapped up in the hoopla that they weren't actually focusing on baseball.
Brown eventually motivated his team with a passionate locker room speech that propelled the Indians to the World Series.
Let's just hope Brady can do the same, but unlike Brown, without having a heart attack in the process.
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag. Reach him at email@example.com.