The 2012 NCAA tournament makes no promises other than one team will win six (or seven) games in a row to win the national championship, and 67 teams will lose their last game of the season.
While the reality is harsh, the tournament is also the provider of joy, harbinger of agony, crusher of dreams and creator of heroes.
I'll admit that only once in my life have I been happy at the end of the tournament. That was in 2003 when a private school from upstate New York ended up cutting down the nets in New Orleans.
But there is a saving grace.
I know that every year I can watch the highlights of the tournament set to the awesome '80s cheese of "One Shining Moment," a la CBS producers.
The end-of-tournament music video reminds us of all the joy and pain of the tournament. The drawback is that most of us have no horse in the race and have to wait until this video plays for any joy.
Well, that ends now.
I am no longer waiting 'til the end of the tournament to remember the good things that have happened. My team is still alive, and I'm going to focus on the good before I get sour.
Here's what's been good so far.