Why the Final Four is in “North Texas”

Lightning strikes somewhere in North Texas on Thursday night. AT&T Stadium — with the Final Four — is in Arlington. (Tom Fox / AP)

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.

The men's NCAA tournament is down to the Final Four. From a freshmen-starting-five to a first-time Final Four coach, here's a rundown of the madness so far. (Davin Coburn/The Washington Post)
After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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