Is today, the first day of the men's NCAA basketball tournament, the best day of the year for a sports fan? It feels like it is.
But remember how, when you were a kid, whatever sport you were about to play was your favorite sport? It was basketball in basketball season, baseball in baseball season and football in football season.
I love the opening of Major League Baseball. Even though I don't like golf the way I like football, basketball and boxing, I love the first day of the Masters. I like to be on the first tee early on Thursday morning, the ground wet and devoid of footsteps, and stake out a spot and watch.
Yet the only day that can compete with today is the first day of the NFL season. College football's bowl system is such an abomination that I don't feel the same way about college football.
The NFL, however, gets it right. There's a soft opening -- Thursday night most seasons, Wednesday night in 2012. For me the league kicks in on that first full Sunday. It kicked in Sept. 11, 2011 in Glendale, Ariz., when Cam Newton found Steve Smith along the left sideline for a 77-yard touchdown.
I'd been a Newton proponent long before the draft. But to see that pass, from the rookie to the veteran, from this team, proved that 2010 had ended and 2011 really was a new season.
So the NFL opening is great. But how do you beat today?
You ought to see my brackets. They're pure and pristine. New Mexico and Nevada-Las Vegas are still going deep, Duke, N.C. State and Florida State are going to the Sweet 16 and North Carolina is going to the NCAA final.
Watching the tournament today is like watching a golf tournament. You hear a roar from a distant hole and wonder what you missed. But the networks are so quick with updates that we miss nothing.
Good luck with your brackets. Enjoy the show.