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April 5, 2008

The Riverwalk

Filed under: ncaa tourney, sports 56 — Eli Savoie @ 11:57 am

Had a chance to hit the Riverwalk in San Antonio for the first time ever last night. I have to say its pretty cool. Someone had told me it was like Beale Street only with a river and they were correct. Its just a bunch of restaurants and bars lined along both sides of the river. The weird thing about it is that if you walk around up on the street you will see places that are nowhere near each other, but then you’ll be walking on the Riverwalk later and the places won’t be that far away from each other at all. I don’t know how they do it, but seemingly every place in the city is somehow on the Riverwalk. It’s also easy to get a little turned around and confused, especially after a few hours down there if you know what I mean.

The concern I had about the Riverwalk is that you walk right along the River with no railing or anything to stop you from falling in and a bunch of people walking in a small area. If someone really wanted to be an idiot they could easily bump you into the river. I would think that drunk people stumble and fall in or knock someone else in pretty often, but I don’t know and I didn’t see anyone fall in last night so maybe I’m wrong. Apparently if you are caught going in the river, it’s an automatic $500 ticket.

Peter Edmiston, Greg Gaston and I had a good time checking it out though. Something tells me we’ll be back there tonight also, but that’s just a guess. What really struck all of us was the number of Kansas fans that are here. Based on last night’s observations, the Jayhawk nation is clearly the most represented fan base in San Antonio, they were absolutely everywhere. Meanwhile on the other end of the spectrum, there were not many Carolina fans at all. I don’t know where Tar Heel nation is, but they were not on the Riverwalk last night. We’ll see who is most represented at the Alamo Dome today, but the rankings from last night’s eye test for most fans go like this: 1. Kansas 2. UCLA 3. Memphis 4. North Carolina

Anyway, today Peter and I will be doing a special Final Four preview show from 2-4pm. We will be joined live by Jerry Palm, we’ll have interviews I did yesterday with AP Coach of the year Keno Davis of Drake and Kansas State All-American forward Michael Beasley, we will replay Greg and I’s interview with Jay Bilas from earlier in the week and we’ll hear from a Tiger player or two from their media session yesterday. So as you make your way to your respective Final Four viewing parties, join us for a preview of the action.

Have a great day and Happy Final Four! Go Tigers!

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