The best event of the sporting year starts in earnest at 11:15 a.m. CDT today when the first of the day's 16 games (Northeastern v. Notre Dame) tips off. While some may say the event doesn't truly begin until 1:45 p.m. CDT when the Longhorns face the Bulldogs of Butler, March Madness shall take over the collective consciousness of the country (and thus virtually every workplace) in a matter of hours.
If you're looking for a bracket pool to join--or another one to join--take advantage of the BRB bracket contest set up by one of our most illustrious community members. Then settle in and chat about your bracket(s), your Final Four picks (for the record, I have Arizona beating Iowa State for all the marbles), and best of all, the games as they are played in this here live open thread for the first day of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Enjoy.