It was no surprise that Indianapolis and San Antonio were selected to host this year’s NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments, including the final fours that begin today and end on Monday.
From 1982 to 2011, your trusted correspondent covered every men’s NCAA tournament from round one to championship game.
The Final Four took place in 13 different cities during that time, and in my opinion the top two were Indianapolis and San Antonio.
New Orleans was just under a third, but mostly because of the food.
Indianapolis and San Antonio are cities with dozens of hotels within walking distance of their arenas and plenty of restaurants.
Getting brought to the games was a pain in the back of my mind, especially on the night of the championship game.
All week the shuttle drivers had been told to always return to the hotel after dropping off reporters and photographers and picking up those going back to the hotel, which was fine until last night.
All working media were at the game by tip. When the game was over the shuttles were at the hotel.
When it spits snow in Detroit or cold winds lash through Atlanta, it gets annoying.
This year it wouldn’t be an issue if the media were housed where they have been in the past in Indianapolis and San Antonio – anyone could walk to and from the games.