College football bowl season? Nope. The Super Bowl? Close, but no cigar. NHL playoffs? Love 'em, but not quite. NBA playoffs? Nuh-uh. The World Series? Cockamamie. WrestleMania? Champions League final? The Masters? Wimbledon? Nada.
All of those events are spellbinding, chill-inducing events, but nothing quite compares to the seven days that begin with Selection Sunday for the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Now that one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year has finally arrived, we can stop concentrating on bracketology and start picking our sleepers and Final Four picks.
For the next four days, zillions—yes, zillions—of both hardcore fans and unaware coworkers who have never watched basketball before—and who will inevitably win your office pool—will fill out a bracket...or two...or 17.
The countdown to the best two day-span in sports—the first Thursday and Friday of the NCAA tournament—begins now, and we've got you covered with the printable bracket to get a head start.
Enjoy not working or paying attention to anything else for the next 96 hours.
Don't forget to make your picks for the 2013 NCAA tournament here with the Bracket Challenge Game.