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Welcome to St. Louis, Hoop Fans!


Welcome to St. Louis. It's so nice to once again host the NCAA Tournament — the one weekend of the year when blocked shots nearly outnumber gunshots in our fair city.

Seriously, though, St. Louis is a great — and safe! — place to visit. Never mind those bogus reports calling us "America's Most Dangerous City." This place is only dangerous if you happen to play for the Ohio University Bobcats. (OMG, how did they make the Sweet Sixteen?!)

But getting back to St. I mentioned when we hosted the Final Four in 2005 and Riverfront Times so graciously invited me to pen a greeting, this city has a heckuva lot to offer. And once again the RFT's crack staff has put together a dandy package of useful info to max out your March Madness visit to "The Lou" (as my consultants suggest I call St. Louis from time to time).

* Sportswriter Aaron Schafer breaks down the Midwest Regional and offers his guesses as to who'll move on to the Final Four.

* Restaurant critic Ian Froeb offers his suggestions for great eats around town, whether you're a budget-conscious diner or a free-spending gourmand.

* The staff handpicked a list of the top ten sports bars, for those who don't care to engage in a high-spirited bout of bargaining with our friendly scalpers.

* Last but not least comes an enlightening rundown of "adult entertainment" venues just a few minutes away on the other side of the Mighty Mississippi, for those whose idea of the Big Dance is one that takes place on their lap.

And of course, if you want to know even more about St. Louis from an unbiased and completely apolitical viewpoint, check out my blog or catch me on Twitter @mayorslay.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've gotta run. I hear someone's trying to oust me as mayor of St. Louis on Foursquare. I'll tell you, being a mayor in the 21st century ain't easy! #fgs

P.S. Go Wolfpack!

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