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A stroll along the Riverwalk

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[APRIL 6, 2004]  This past weekend part of the LDN staff had the pleasure of attending the Final Four festivities in beautiful San Antonio, Texas. It would have been a lot more beautiful had the "right" team in orange (right team in orange = Illinois; wrong team in orange = Oklahoma State) been there too! Since that was not the case, we obviously just had to make the best of it. And the best of it was pretty good. It is always fun to be in an atmosphere like the college national championship.

It is even more fun when the setting takes you to what we believe is one of America's top five cities for entertainment. In fact, I am so mesmerized by the success that basically a canal can have on a city that I am amazed that more towns in the country haven't built one themselves! It is a gold mine waiting to happen. Sure, it would cost some money, but couldn't you file it under something like flood control?

All I know is that the Riverwalk in San Antonio is one of the most entertaining experiences in the country. It is family-friendly even with what appear to be enormous amounts of liquor options. It is historical. The boat rides are as good as any you could find even in Europe. The food is out of this world. Celebrities are everywhere for those with the trained eye. And most of the important stuff that you would want to see is within walking distance.

We don't find ourselves in agreement with the experts of college basketball very often, but on this one thing we do agree with CBS' Jim Nance when he said earlier this week that the Final Four should have a permanent home in San Antonio. Never has a commentator made so much sense.


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As fate would have it, we ran into Nance coming out of a restaurant on the walk last Friday night. I suspected that this was God's way of giving me and the LDN an opportunity to show our support of Mr. Nance. I hope I didn't interrupt his conversation, but I quietly confided in him that we and the LDN agreed with his stand on making the Alamo City the full-time host of the national championship. You will never guess what he said. He was so spellbound by the way I termed and phrased things that he didn't say one word. I took that to mean that the LDN had triumphed once again!

…Oh, yeah, one more thing… there were some games played in the Alamodome, but they were an afterthought to Illinois' sensational year (and Greg will bring you up to date on those outcomes). As for me, I just loved meandering through one of my favorite garden spots, the stroll along the Riverwalk.

Have a great week, everybody!

[LDN staff]

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