The NCAA Tournament starts tomorrow. (The First Four play-in games technically count, but they really don't.)
Get excited, people.
The next three weeks, and, especially, the glorious two-day stretch of Thursday and Friday that features 32 games, are as good as it gets in the sports world.
The music alone gives me chills.
Here are the three things everyone needs to do before 12 p.m. E.T. tomorrow.
1. Take Off Work Thursday and Friday (Or Call-In Sick)
As stated earlier, the first two days of the NCAA Tournament are by far the most enjoyable. You can pretty much watch basketball non-stop from 12 p.m. E.T. on Thursday until midnight on Friday.
Taking off work is a must.
Sure, you can sneakily watch the games at the office on your laptop. Maybe, if you're lucky, your company will have the games playing on a TV in the background.
It's not the same as watching from the comfortable confines of your couch, though, where you can easily flip from game-to-game.
It might be too late to ask for some vacation days, but it's definitely not too late to make up a sick excuse. Just don't tell your boss you read this site.
2. Write Down What Channel TruTV is
Speaking of easily flipping between the games...
The NCAA Tournament games will be televised on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.
Unless you're a fan of the great Impractical Jokers, you probably don't know what channel truTV is. There will undoubtedly be a great game played on that channel that you need to get to quickly, though. So write down what channel it is on a piece of paper and have that piece of paper sitting on your coffee table.
Here's truTV's website, which lists what channels it's on.
3. Make Sure Your NCAA Tournament Bracket Is Set and You're Squared Away With The Person Running Your Pool
You have until before the first game tips off at roughly noon on Thursday to set your brackets online.
Obviously, make sure you do that so you don't get screwed out of a potential prize.
More importantly, you don't want to be the jerk who hasn't paid the person running your pool.
So pay up before noon tomorrow.
The NCAA Tournament tips off at 12:15 p.m. E.T. tomorrow when Duke faces UNC Wilmington. You can find a full schedule of the first round games here.