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No place like dome?

Now here's your back-to-the-future moment for today.

The NCAA is considering putting the Final Four back into actual basketball arenas again.

This is an idea whose time came, went and now may be coming around again, if only because they're down to about eight cities now that can play host to the Final Four, among them Indianapolis. They're the only places with venues (i.e., domes or their equivalent) big enough.

But you know what?

Bigger ain't always better.

Personally, I would love to see the Final Four played in a venue actually built for the purpose again, because I've seen my share of dome games, and they frankly leave me cold.

Yes, you can cram more people into a dome, and they're louder sometimes because of that, but you lose a lot of atmosphere. Noise isn't atmosphere.

Not only that, but the shooting background in some domes is absolutely brutal -- which makes sense, because domes are built for football, not basketball. And I enter into evidence the hideoous Butler-UConn final a couple of years ago as the signature case of what domeball can sometimes look like.

Put the Final Four back in an arena, you're gonna get better basketball. Or so it says here.

But you know the best reason this is a good idea?

Because it would put San Antonio back in play for a Final Four again.

It was decided awhile back that the Alamodome was now too small to play host to one -- and, believe me, no one was sadder about that than I was. Absolutely the best Final Four site ever.


Ben Smith's blog.