The NCAA is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its men's basketball tournament this year, which might be the best-timed public relations move the folks in Indianapolis have dreamed up in a long time.
Because no matter how much the NCAA continues to bungle everything else, the tournament is infallible.
It never disappoints.
Besides the loyalty of a golden retriever greeting you at the backdoor, what else can you count on with such regularity?
After a frenetic weekend of the no- annual upsets, buzzer-beaters and Cinderellas that make up the NCAA tourney vocabulary, we emerge from the only madness you will not wish to be cured of to find a Sweet 16 that is familiarly delectable.
From the bracket designed for every man, woman and child, we are left with 16 teams that suit everyone's tastes.
There are underdogs and chalk teams, future NBA stars and temporary media darlings. There is a school whose campus sits in the hardscrabble Philly neighborhood of Olney and one where the dorm rooms overlook a beach.
In other words, literal Shockers and figurative ones, too.
Which is exactly how the second weekend ought to be.
Click to read the rest of Dana O'Neil's breakdown of the Sweet 16.