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    Memphis has been great. In reality, this trip isn’t much harder to make than St. Lou. With that stated, Memphis is much friendlier and has been a great visit for the entire family.

  • #2
    How has it been for everyone else?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by proshox View Post
      Memphis has been great. In reality, this trip isn’t much harder to make than St. Lou. With that stated, Memphis is much friendlier and has been a great visit for the entire family.
      Isn’t it about 200 miles farther to Memphis?

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      • shocktown
        shocktown commented
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        125 miles from the west side of ICT so another 90 minutes.

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      It's been really great -- but I loved and miss some of the great neighborhoods and restaurants in St. Louis, too. I've been to four microbreweries and had BBQ every day so far. It is a very fine strategy in a town that has 10 BBQ restaurants represented on the various reputable Top 100 lists. Also -- the National Civil Rights Museum is amazing and powerful. I haven't spent a ton of time in Ft. Worth, but this is a pretty high bar for to clear.
      “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'My ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'
      Isaac Asimov

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      • #5
        Glad you all are having a great time in my adopted city. Memphis has its definite negatives (infrastructure, road network, extreme poverty) but it is an excellent host city.

        i hope you all are having fun on Beale today.
        The mountains are calling, and I must go.

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        • proshox
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          The parade was legit

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        It's a great host City.... If it wasn't home court for a conference team

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        • #7
          Our fam has enjoyed Memphis. Good food. Good zoo. We did StL something like 13 years in a row so good for a change. But the Memphis home court is unfair so looking forward to a shorter drive to Texas next year. I doubt SMU will pack the place like the Tigers. Locals have been incredibly friendly.
          Wear your seatbelt.

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          • #8
            Originally posted by wsu789 View Post
            Our fam has enjoyed Memphis. Good food. Good zoo. We did StL something like 13 years in a row so good for a change. But the Memphis home court is unfair so looking forward to a shorter drive to Texas next year. I doubt SMU will pack the place like the Tigers. Locals have been incredibly friendly.
            Not only will SMU fans not pack the arena in Ft Worth but it isnt their home court either. Memphis is definitely an unfair advantage for the Tigers.

            Plus Ft Worth is great. Not only that, but you have the entire metro area at your disposal should you choose to venture out.
            "He called me around noon and was thrilled," Brandt said. "He said he was going to be a Shocker forever." -- RIP Guy, you WILL indeed be a Shocker forever!

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            • proshox
              proshox commented
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              In a city where ten miles can take an hour it is somewhat difficult to ventrure out.

            • shockerfan
              shockerfan commented
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              Lol you are exaggerating greatly. Travelled 53 miles to Fort Worth at 6:30pm today and took an hour. Went from East DFW to West DFW. Straight across north Dallas.

              I drive 35 miles during rush hour every day and get to work in 50 mins. And I travel from Wylie to Irving. So I go through city the whole way.

              ONLY thing that can slow me down is wrecks or weather. Weather isnt a problem 95% of the time and I only hit MAYBE 1 to 2 wrecks a month

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            A couple of more notes - my wife didn’t come to any of the games. We have a 1 & 4 year old that have no interest in being stationary for 2-3 hours. So I thought this trip would be a complete bust... I was completely wrong. Everyone got a ton of enjoyment. We stayed busy and ended up not getting to a lot of the places on our agenda. On the way back to the hotel tonight, she said she can’t wait for the tournament to come back to Memphis.

            Also, we stayed in a new hotel that was in West Memphis. The drive across the Mississippi was painless and uber was cheap to and from the arena and key tourist sites.

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            • #10
              This has been an incredible blast.... saw several great games, love this league, ate at wonderful
              llaces, but I really was blown away by ALL the friendliest here... places to eat included Central BBQ, Arcade, Miss polly’s , Flying Saucer, Rendevous( not as good as I hoped) , Gus’s fried chicken and Gibson Donuts... how do I not weigh 500 pounds?

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              • #11
                One more thing .... LOVED Memphis pregame video... best by far

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                • #12
                  Originally posted by Stickboy46 View Post
                  It's a great host City.... If it wasn't home court for a conference team
                  Nailed it, Stick. I didn't go, and there was no realistic way I could at this point in my family's life, but it really doesn't matter how good a city is as a host -- if you're going to play a single site tournament, especially in a league as far flung as the American is, you simply can't do it in the home arena of one of the teams.

                  Kudos to Houston for overcoming playing on the road, and kudos to the Shocker stalwarts who did make the trip.

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                  • #13
                    I'll echo the comments that Memphis was a great host city. Very refreshing after going to St. Louis countless times. Beale street is a blast, especially on St. Patty's Day weekend.

                    I think it's safe to say Memphis fans are excited we're in the league. Had a bunch of people in blue yell "Shockers!" as I walked by.

                    Also, a nice thing about an under attended arena is that we could move seats wherever we wanted. The Security doesn't give a crap. Every game, we sat behind the Shocker bench with fellow Shockers and made it on TV a ton.

                    We made some friends, we made some enemies. Also I had BBQ 3 times and I can safely say Kansas City BBQ is still better. Awesome trip. Looking forward to what Ft Worth has to offer.

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                    • #14
                      Atlanta or Charlotte could be good centerilized locations that aren’t the home town of one of the teams.

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                      • abdullah_sharif
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                        So could st louis lol... could hang with nashville for sure..

                    • #15
                      Hot take: St. Louis doesn’t hold a candle to Memphis as a host city. EVERYTHING is within walking distance of the arena. Food, entertainment, history, culture. Literally everything. Word of advice, skip The Rendezvous and go to Central bbq on Butler. After that, take a very short walk to the Lorraine Motel.

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