Could The U or As The Plains Burn be winning plays for ‘Winning Time’? Plus, which SEC East QB will shine the brightest? – Athleticism

Prestige TV has begun dramatizing sporting moments that many of us are old enough to remember vividly, and you have questions…

Which college football program and time frame would you most want to get the “Winning Time” treatment?

—Jonathan in Fort Worth

When I first read about “Winning Time” — HBO’s dramatization of Showtime-era Lakers team building — I didn’t want to be a part of it. I’m generally not a fan of fictionalized versions of real events, especially real events that are quite dramatic and gripping on their own. The series is based on Jeff Pearlman’s 2014 book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s”, which is a deeply narrated and spectacularly written account of how an iconic franchise became a iconic franchise. The details in the book are true. Pearlman assembled the story from hundreds of original sources. My first thought was “How do they improve on the real thing?” Because Magic Johnson, Jerry Buss, and Jerry West are pretty big characters in their own right. Why add fictional elements to the mix?

But out of curiosity, I clicked on “Winning Time” — they changed the name because HBO can’t quite have a show called Showtime — when it popped up in HBO’s app this week. And as I watched John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss speak directly to the camera while brushing his chest hair before leaving an orgy at the Playboy Mansion in the late 70s, I was hooked. Real people and their real actions are larger than life. But that doesn’t mean millions of people who perhaps didn’t watch the NBA as religiously as I did in the late ’80s can’t be entertained by even more interesting versions of these people.

After one episode, I’m totally game for the rest of the series.

James C. Tibbs