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A new definition of 'city' from the NCAA
2008-11-19 11:17
by Bob Timmermann

From the AP (emphasis mine):

The NCAA has selected New Orleans, Atlanta, North Texas, Indianapolis and Houston to host the men's basketball Final Fours from 2012 through 2016.

The five cities were announced Wednesday from among 10 finalists submitted in June.

Ahh, the old city of North Texas. Which must be in Texas. And since this is the NCAA, you figure that North Texas must refer to the University of North Texas, which is in scenic Denton, Texas.

However, in this case, "North Texas" refers to Arlington, Texas and the stadium that will be used will be the new stadium for the Dallas Cowboys. And that facility presently goes by the name of "Dallas Cowboys new stadium."


2008-11-19 11:43:30
1.   old dodger fan
When I hear North Texas I think of Amarillo.

2 out of 5 in Texas plus New Orleans and Atlanta. 4 out of 5 in the SE quadrant of the country. Nothing in the NE or the far west. Oh well, I probably couldn't get tickets anyway.

2008-11-19 12:47:23
2.   Eric Enders
Amarillo is considered to be more West Texas than North Texas. Partly because Texans have no sense of geography.

This will never happen, but it sure would be nice if they would go back to holding the Final Four in actual basketball arenas. Aside from the antiseptic atmosphere, having it in football stadiums raises other issues. Last year when they held the regional finals in Reliant Stadium (which is, presumably, also the facility they picked for the 2016 Final Four) there was this moat around the entire court. There was about a four-foot dropoff between the playing court and the area where the benches were. It's a wonder nobody broke a leg. It'll certainly encourage the players to stop diving for loose balls.

2008-11-19 15:25:10
3.   68elcamino427
isn't El Paso really at the mid point of New Mexico?

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