Nothing ever really goes away in our culture anymore.
Batman and Superman are back on the big screen. Netflix and other services are reviving every old TV series, from "Arrested Development" to "The X-Files" to "Full House." Producers know how much we like the familiar: lived-in characters, established backstories and nostalgic rhythms.
If those principles carry over into sports, then America should love the rest of this NCAA tournament. The next four games are guaranteed reboots, including a pair of rematches in Sunday's ACC tournament semifinals.
Whoops, make that the Elite Eight. The confusion is natural, since all four teams playing on Easter hail from the same conference. That means reruns of regular-season contests were inevitable, though the country wasn't exactly clamoring for these repeats.
Notre Dame and North Carolina played a fun game on Feb. 6 in South Bend, with the Irish pulling off the 80-76 upset. But when they hooked up again in the ACC tournament earlier this month, the Tar Heels strangled the life out of Mike Brey's team in a 71-47 blowout. North Carolina ripped off a 24-0 run in that game and outrebounded Notre Dame by 18.
The Irish did a much better job on the backboard in their February home win, battling the bigger Tar Heels to almost even on the glass. But size will still be an enormous issue for Notre Dame. Marcus Paige will be, too.
Paige had his breakout tournament game on Friday night against Indiana, scoring 21 points and making 6-of-9 3-pointers. Paige had scuffled through a shooting slump most of the regular season, but he perked up whenever he saw the Golden Domers. He hit nine-of-15 3-point attempts in the two games against Notre Dame.
Virginia and Syracuse, who meet in Sunday's other regional final, have played just three times since the Orange joined the ACC. The Cavaliers have won all three, including this season's 73-65 victory in Charlottesville.
While Virginia hasn't seen the Syracuse 2-3 zone all that much, it seems to know how to attack it. In the game back in January, Tony Bennett's crew shot 57 percent against the Orange.
Though Syracuse has improved since that earlier meeting, the Hoos still are clicking offensively in the tournament. They've shot 55.7 percent from the floor in their first three games, and big men Anthony Gill and Mike Tobey can cause problems for the zone inside.
Both Virginia and North Carolina are substantial favorites, both because of their personnel and their matching No. 1 seeds. No. 6 seed Notre Dame and 10th-seeded Syracuse represent the last chances for a truly unexpected guest to crash the Final Four, even if neither program can be described as a Cinderella.
Some Final Four droughts can be snapped on Sunday. Notre Dame hasn't been there since 1978. Virginia is seeking its first trip since 1984. Even North Carolina fans feel like it has been Four-ever, with the Tar Heels' last appearance coming in 2009. (Syracuse, which last went in 2013, will be going for its fifth Final Four under Jim Boeheim; none would be more unlikely than this).
Surprise runs are one of the tournament's treats. So, too, are intriguing matchups between unfamiliar opponents. Sometimes, the committee even blesses us by foisting rivalry games back on teams who are on a break, like Kentucky and Indiana.
The next few games, however, will be more about adjusting and re-adjusting to those adjustments.
"I think it is better than not having played a team, because you at least know what to expect and you know the athleticism and the size and the shooting that they bring," Paige said. "We know what worked and what hasn't worked against them. And they feel the same way.
"Obviously they're going to try some different things, and I think we're going to try some different things just to not give them the same look. Because it's easy to prepare for something you've seen a bunch of times."
Both national semifinals next week will also be rematches, with the two ACC survivors and Oklahoma and Villanova playing a second time. The Sooners won 78-55 way back on Dec. 7 in the Pearl Harbor Classic.
That one, like most of the earlier ACC clashes, didn't exactly rate as a classic. No one shouted for a reboot. But hopefully theses revivals will be well worth giving another shot on Sunday.