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Arlington, Sports Illustrated, UNT, MLB Fan World Series Excitement

By Matt Goodman, CBSDFW.COM
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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Stricken with World Series fever yet? The city of Arlington, Major League Baseball, the University of North Texas and Sports Illustrated figure you should be by now.

But just in case you’re not, Arlington’s just launched an addendum page on its website devoted solely to the World Series.

Perhaps taking a cue from the oft-criticized sprawl that was Super Bowl XLV, the Flash-based site includes links to alternate transportation options, parking information, a link to the Texas Department of Transportation’s traffic monitoring page and, simply, directions to the Ballpark.

There’s also a video welcoming out-of-towners to “experience our way of life,” giving a quick, nitty-gritty rundown of the city’s history in just over a minute.

In other news, king slugger Nelson Cruz will grace the national cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. The most superstitious of fans may decry the honor as a curse, but maybe it doesn’t apply to North Texas?

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Nelson Cruz will grace the cover of the national edition of Sports Illustrated heading into the World Series. (Credit: Sports Illustrated)

Sure, the Cowboys stumbled after Miles Austin graced the magazine in January of 2010, but Emmitt Smith stormed forward the week after he headlined it, helping America’s Team secure its second straight Lombardi Trophy in 1994.

Another team that trumped the urban legend? The reigning champion Dallas Mavericks. So there’s that. Also, Albert Pujols will grace regional copies of the magazine near St. Louis. Common sense says that will offset it anyhow, sort of.

Further north up I-35, UNT’s athletic department has moved the football team’s kickoff against the University of Louisiana Monroe from 6 p.m. to 4 p.m., a good three hours before the first pitch is tossed out in St. Louis and, coincidentally, just enough time to fit a college football game in.

And, finally, the MLB has released its mega-panorama from Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. Login to Facebook and see if you can tag family members and friends mustard-chinned from one of those Ballpark dogs.

Yes, you can zoom that far in.

Or play another game: Spot the Nut Guy.

Game 1 of the World Series starts in St. Louis Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.

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