A View to the Rooms

The

Washington Postreports

the quality of hotel received by a team in the first two rounds of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament depends on that team's seeding. The number one seed gets the Omni. The number 16 seed gets the Palace Inn.

Now, for those of you who don't know it, Houston's hosting the 2008 Regionals of the NCAA Tournament. And we're going to see what the complaints will be like when there is some team out there busing to Reliant from the Comfort Suite Westchase.

It's also possible that this might not even be a problem. The Post story specifically states that this only matters for the first two rounds. There are no specifics about what happens with the Regional Round hotels. So, it's conceivable that if a 15-seed were to make Houston next year, it'd staying in the downtown Hilton.

But, this is worth mentioning for another reason, since the national sports media will once again be converging on the city of Houston. So, let this be your warning, as it will once again be Houston-bashing time. I can see it now: the tacky city of topless clubs, cement, traffic and billboards. Yeah, it's coming all over again.

And this is a special note to University of Houston Cougar coach Tom Penders. If you make the tourney next season, don't take any chances. Do anything you can to get a high seed. Because you know as well as I do that the University of Houston does not exist in Houston. This city will ship you to the Holiday Inn Express in Huntsville if it means that a few more Aggies or Teasips get a great hotel room. — John Royal


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