(Note from the editors… It’s been mighty slow around The Brewhouse lately. No worries. We’re going to try to set a record today with three — gasp, three? yes, three. — posts. Check back for more all day.)
With that in mind, here is another addition of List Mania from The Brewhouse. For those not in the know, List Mania is an ode to former Kansas City Star and current Sports Illustrated columnist Joe Posnanski, who famously wrote lists until one day, many years ago, he wrote a column saying he would never list again…
So here goes…
Five Movies Sequels (or remakes) to Watch For in 2010
1. Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps
Wow, I had no idea this movie was coming out. Oliver Stone’s directing, and Michael Douglas is reprising his iconic role as “Gordon Gekko*.”
*”Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”
Shia LaBeouf will play a young Wall Street trader, Susan Sarandon plays LaBeouf’s mom, and Josh Brolin will also make an appearance. This one comes out in April
Oh, and yes, Charlie Sheen, who played Bud Fox in the original, will also make a small cameo.
2. Iron Man 2
Watch the trailer for the much-awaited sequel here…
“Gladiator” director Ridley Scott is getting back together with Russell Crowe. Cate Blanchett is showing up, too.
4. The A-Team
Ok, so this is remake of the 1980s television show. Still, watch the old television show opening, and then watch the new trailer. Say what you want about Hollywood, but can anyone really be against this movie?
It’s been almost 15 years since the original Toy Story changed the way people thought about animated films. Now Woody, Buzz and the gang are back again.
One Sequel We Could Do Without
1. The Karate Kid
Jackie Chan and Will Smith’s son? Come on – you just can’t remake Mr. Miyagi. Yikes.
Six Great Pieces of Journalism From the Last Month
1. The toughest player in ‘real life’ – Bill Reiter, The Kansas City Star
A well-written piece on KU football player D.J. Marshall and his battle with cancer.
2. The Dirtiest Player – Jason Fagone, Esquire
Fagone exposes the seedy underworld of Marvin Harrison’s North Philly neighborhood.
3. As The World Burns – Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone goes inside America’s battle over climate change.
4. A Courageous Cowboy Meets His Crush – Donald Bradley, The Kansas City Star
Bring the tissues. A dying young man gets a visit from a beautiful champion barrel racer.
5. The Thrill of It All – Joe Posnanski, Sports Illustrated
A “badass” profile of Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.
6. Haskell Offers Haven for Hidden Talent – Dana O’Neil, ESPN.com
A great read on the struggles of the Haskell basketball program
One Man’s Midseason College Basketball All-American Team
1. Duke’s John Scheyer
2. Kentucky’s John Wall
3. Syracuse’s Wesley Johnson
4. Texas’ Damion James (National Player of the Year)
5. Wake Forest’s Al-Farouq Aminu
1. Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds
2. Kansas’ Sherron Collins
3. Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen
4. Ohio State’s Evan Turner
5. Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody
The 10 Best Basketball Players in the World (right now)
1. LeBron James
2. Kobe Bryant
3. Chris Paul
4. Tim Duncan
5. Carmelo Anthony
6. Kevin Durant
7. Dwyane Wade
8. Dirk Nowitzki
9. Dwight Howard
10. Pau Gasol
Three YouTube Mixtapes to Watch on a Monday
1. Remembering Pistol Pete
2. …And Jason Williams – the baller with a bullcut
3. …And Ricky Rubio, the heir to the throne
Three Interesting Facts from The NFL Playoffs
1. The last time two No. 1 seeds met in the Super Bowl? Buffalo and Dallas in 1993. And it could happen again this year.
2. Yes, Brett Favre really did sing “Pants on the Ground.”
3. In NFL history, 17 franchises have won the Super Bowl. That number counts franchises that have switched cities. The Colts (Baltimore to Indy) and the Raiders (Oakland to LA and back to Oakland). The Steelers have won six titles. The Cowboys are next with five. The 49ers have won four Lombardi trophies. The Patriots, Packers, Redskins and Giants have all won three times. And the Colts, Dophins and Broncos have all won twice. The seven other teams that have won a Super Bowl title have only won once.
That’s the list. This year, we have four teams left. The Colts and Jets have won titles. The Vikings and Saints haven’t. Here’s hoping Drew Brees and the Saints join the club.
The Five Best NFL Quarterbacks (right now)
1. Drew Brees
2. Peyton Manning
3. Aaron Rodgers
4. Brett Favre
5. Tom Brady
Five questions to ponder on a Monday…
1. What do Tiger Woods and Roger Federer talk about when they get together for drinks?
2. Is anybody (besides Stephen Colbert) excited for The Winter Olympics?
3. Are NBA fans seriously voting for Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady to start the All-Star game?
4. Is Avatar really going to win the Oscar for Best Picture?
5. Do you believe in rock in roll, can music save your mortal soul, And can you teach me how to dance… real slow?