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So I'm headed out to Indy later in the week to write about Mason mania, the Final Four phenomenon, and any other bits, alliterative or not, that I can find.

Anything you all would like to read about that hasn't already been said a zillion times? Questions you'd like answered about George Mason, the NCAA, the meaning of the Final Four?

You command, I report. Or something like that.

All suggestions welcome.

By Marc Fisher |  March 29, 2006; 12:28 PM ET
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How about some background on "Gunston" the GMU mascot? Is he a disgruntled muppet, a science experiment gone awry, or merely the result of Mr. Mason losing a bet sometime early in his life?

Posted by: DC | March 29, 2006 1:00 PM

This thing's going to deliver millions of dollars to the university. Especially with limited NBA prospects, are the players bitter about not getting a bigger cut?

Posted by: Miles | March 29, 2006 1:07 PM

How about a few "person in the street" interviews to see if the average Indianapolsian/ite knows or cares anything about DC's fight for voting rights and representation in Congress.

Posted by: steve | March 29, 2006 2:05 PM

Show people a picture of George Mason and late actor James Mason. Ask which is which. Oh wait: I'm sure TV guys will be doing that.

Posted by: Jeff | March 29, 2006 2:50 PM

Call up David Letterman's mom and ask her if she'll bake you some pie.

Posted by: THS | March 29, 2006 2:56 PM

How many Mason fans are actually going to be able to score tickets to the game(s)? And how much do they have to pay to scalpers (or "corporate sponsors" who use them as employee slush funds)?

Posted by: John | March 29, 2006 3:08 PM

Marc, how about an all Laranaga section of the Post ahead of Saturday's Final Four game? Who is Jim Laranaga? Where did he come from? What's his mother say about her boy now? Who does Jim Laranaga think shot JR? Is Jim Laranaga a boxers or briefs kinda coach? What's Jim Laranaga's take on the new Nats stadium design? In fact you should rename Saturday's edition to the Washington Laranaga in honor of our town's biggest celebrity-of-the-moment.

I'm enjoying George Mason's NCAA Tourney run and it's unfortunate that come Tuesday morning, at the latest, it will come to an end.

Posted by: Keith | March 29, 2006 3:48 PM

I'd like to know if any George Mason students or bandwagoners are aware of USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) and vice versa.

Posted by: athea | March 29, 2006 4:13 PM

How about a piece on the fans from the teams that lose on Saturday ? How fast do they get over the loss and start selling their Monday night tickets to the fans from the winning teams and at what price ?
Do they sell them to the fans of the team they lost to or to the other semi final winner? How fast do they get out of town or are they stuck with a hotel room in Indy until their flight on Tuesday morning?All the media attention will be on the winning teams and fans. Let's not forget the losers---or does the Style Invitational have an exclusive on losers?

Posted by: jmsbh | March 29, 2006 4:27 PM

I'm curious if anyone's asked the players if they see a valid comparison to Virginia Tech's national championship runnerup football team of 1999-2000. That year, in VT, you had a Virginia state school with a good local reputation, but no real national sporting presence. One hell of a season later, you had national recognition, increased enrollment, new buildings springing up on campus, instant celebrity for coaches and players, and six years later, VT is still feeling the effects of that season.

Do the George Mason players remember that VT team, if so, do they believe that they will leave a similar legacy, and if not, how would they like to be remembered?

Posted by: VT Alum | March 29, 2006 4:30 PM

Have any of the George Mason players gone through fraudulent "prep schools" ?

Posted by: Sandi | March 29, 2006 5:58 PM

You've got an easy assignment. Ask the players what question they've been wanting to answer, but haven't been asked yet.

Or, if you're feeling more adventerous, ask what they want to be doing in five years, and how they expect to find happiness in that, when they'll always be comparing it to that time when they tasted the national stage and recognition as one of the elite at the ripe old age of 19 or 20.

Posted by: Helpful | March 29, 2006 6:33 PM

Of all the sites for Mason to have their cinderella run to the Final Four take place, Indianapolis is perfect. What better place to appreciate the underdog and the value of fundamental, team-oriented basketball than Indiana? Talk to Hoosier folks to gauge their thoughts Mason's improbable run--I think you'll find a wealth of support that many Mason fans here in the region would appreciate...

Posted by: Hoosier | March 30, 2006 9:56 AM

Ask the GMU players and coaches who would win in a fight: a shark that can handle nunchucks or a gorilla with lasers that shoot out of its eyes.

Posted by: Tobias | March 30, 2006 10:36 AM

Ask the students & other GM supporters who George Mason wasand why they think they named the school after him.

Posted by: Tenleytown | March 30, 2006 10:51 AM

on saturday night, ask the Florida players what it is like to lose to a team from the CAA with a strange name.

Posted by: pete | March 30, 2006 11:16 AM

Many thanks for all the good ideas. I'll let you know how things look when I get there this afternoon. I'll be blogging (and columnizing) throughout the weekend, so check back in if you get the chance. Onward to the Midwest.

Posted by: Fisher | March 31, 2006 8:37 AM


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