Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Dallas-Fort Worth “Metroflex” named best sports city in the country
Not only is Fair Park one of the nation's Great Public Spaces, but the entire Dallas-Fort Worth region was named the No. 1 Best Sports City by Sporting News. (It's likely important to include the region of Dallas-Fort Worth since Arlington tends to get its feelings hurt.)
DFW was given the designation because of the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks, the AL champion Texas Rangers, Rose Bowl champion TCU Horned Frogs, and its site as the home of the 2011 Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium, which was actually later called a failure. High school football, the Texas/OU game (coming up this weekend), and FC Dallas' David Ferreira were also mentioned in a story 'splaining why DFW won. The ratings are based on summer 2010 through summer 2011, which is perhaps why
Dallas' American Airlines Center Cowboys Stadium wasn't mentioned for being host of the All-Star Game in February 2010.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says in a press release that his team's world championship is the real jewel: "Of course the topper was winning the trophy this season. It was right out of Hollywood casting," he said in a press release. "A band of old rejects comes together to beat the self-proclaimed Dream Team of the NBA. Along the way we sweep the Lakers and beat the Thunder. No one saw it coming, which made it all the sweeter for Mavs and NBA fans everywhere."
Cuban, the TCU SuperFrog, and Texas Rangers player Michael Young are on this week's cover of Sporting News.
Some readers responded to the list by saying that Boston should have taken the No. 1 slot instead of Dallas. To which Bob Hille of Sporting News replies:
Chicago was last year's No. 1 city, and Dallas has never made the No. 1 spot before. Others in the top 10 were:
- 2. Boston
- 3. Philadelphia
- 4. Chicago + Evanston
- 5. New York
- 6. Pittsburgh
- 7. Atlanta
- 8. Los Angeles
- 9. Miami
- 10. Tampa + St. Petersburg
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