Gather around the water cooler. Email all. Post it on Facebook. Start tweeting. Get out your $10 or $20 bill. Fill out your brackets. March Madness is upon us. The total take from this office pool will exceed several billion dollars.

March Madness, which this year began March 17, signifies the frenetic excitement of men’s college basketball at its finest. The athletes try their hardest. The coaches, some with revered histories, pace the floor. The commentators search for unarticulated superlatives. Existential questions abound: Will your team encounter its regular season nemesis early in the tournament? Although they lost in the division championship playoffs, will such teams endure to play another day? Will they survive the reverse mitosis of the countdown from 64 to 32 to 16 (“Sweet Sixteen” at the regional semi-finals) to eight (“Elite Eight” at the regional finals) to finally the penultimate “Final Four” and then the decisive final?

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