Up until recently, I had never heard of Frisco, Texas.
Two weeks ago, I was reminded of a conference I had to attend during a meeting. Checking my calendar, I learned that said conference was taking place in Frisco. After asking around, I quickly learned that it is a suburb of Dallas. Immediately, I began to shake.
I hate the City of Dallas.
Make no mistake, it has nothing to do with some fake “Houston vs. Dallas” beef. Every time I’m in Dallas, something bad happens to me. I have the worst luck in that town. This time though, it was quite different.
Frisco Freaking Texas is literally the “sports” version of the Woodlands. Personally, I like rural towns – but Frisco is one of the prettiest urban cities in our great state of Texas. During my time there, I stayed near the park that houses the Rangers’ AA team, the Frisco Rough Riders. It’s a beautiful park with a lazy river in the outfield. That’s right – a LAZY RIVER. Apparently, Carlos Gomez, Mike Napoli and Cole Hamels were there a few days ago, according to some of the locals.
One of the park employees shared some interesting facts with me. Apparently, Frisco was completely undeveloped just 15 years ago. He also explained how the Frisco Rough Riders are unique because of the uncommon fact that their minor league team is so close in proximity to their major league team, the Texas Rangers. In addition to the Rough Riders, Frisco houses the Dallas Mavericks “D” League team ands the Dallas Star’s corporate office… AND the Dallas Cowboys’ new practice facility was recently built there, along with a handful of additional sporting venues. You can hear the gentleman’s explanation of Frisco here:
You should know that I pride myself in knowing Texas. Every summer, my wife and I take a week off to drive around Texas and hit small towns. I tend to avoid the Dallas area, which explains why I never heard of Frisco. However, as of now, Frisco is officially on the menu of places we will visit. You definitely need to add it to your list, too.
Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is part of the weekly update team (Fridays) and also weighs in on a variety of subjects during the week. He is former military and a UH grad. Follow him on Twitter: @sportsmedialm