It’s finally here!
March Madness kicks off today with a full slate of 16 games and is sure to cause a nationwide headache to employers and girlfriends alike.
The tournament technically started two days ago, but my theory is if you can’t pick a winner of a game when you pick your bracket, they’re not really in the tournament.
Regardless, today is a day of celebration.
All the hard work and time we’ve put into agonizing over our favorite teams culminates with this moment. How will our teams repay us? With thrilling, buzzer-beating victories or gut-wrenching, agonizing defeats?
The dream is that our team wins it all. For some—I’m looking at you Villanova fans—there’s really nothing to root for, so the tournament pool is the only solace that exists. But even without a horse in the race, the tournament can still be pretty damn exciting.
The following is why today is the greatest day on the sports calendar.
For your printable bracket for the 2012 NCAA tournament, click here.