The Road to the Final Four has reached its end this year in a nebulous place known as “North Texas.”
Don’t call it Dallas, Fort Worth, Dallas-Fort Worth, Irving, JerryTown or even Arlington, where the NCAA semifinals and final will actually be played. Much like the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl in February, this is a sprawling event that takes a region, not a village, to host it and no community wants its contribution to be slighted. That’s why “North Texas” is on the official logo and why announcers will go to great lengths to use the term “North Texas” until the games tip off.
That will happen Saturday evening in the Arlington football palace/sports stadium owned by Jerry Jones and, to no one’s surprise, all roads end at Jones, whose stadium hosted the North Texas Super Bowl in 2011. They were serious about “North Texas” then, too.