March Madness printable bracket: Get your NCAA Tournament picks off to a good start

Bitcoin falls 1.8% to $60,077.32

FILE PHOTO: Representations of virtual currency Bitcoin and U.S. dollar banknotes are seen in this picture illustration taken January 27, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

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Bitcoin, the world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency, is down 2.8% from the year’s high of $61,781.83 on March 13.

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In a video post to his Instagram account – with an assist from his four children – Brees wrote: "After 20 years as a player in the NFL and 15 years as a Saint, it is time I retire from the game of football. Each day, I poured my heart & soul into being your Quarterback. Til the very end, I exhausted myself to give everything I had to the Saints organization, my team, and the great city of New Orleans.

"We shared some amazing moments together, many of which are emblazoned in our hearts and minds and will forever be a part of us. You have molded me, strengthened me, inspired me, and given me a lifetime of memories. My goal for the last 15 years was striving to give to you everything you had given to me and more.

Opinion: Gonzaga, Baylor get well-deserved do-overs with No. 1 seeds

Gonzaga and Baylor have been gifted with the rarest of things in sports: A do-over.

The teams hurt as much as anyone by last year’s cancellation of the NCAA tournaments drew No. 1 seeds Sunday night. It’s the reward for what they’ve done in this most challenging of seasons – Gonzaga still unbeaten and Baylor the No. 2 team in the country.

But it’s also a bit of karmic make-up for the bitter disappointment of a year ago.

The cancellation of last year’s NCAA tournaments was the right decision. The only decision, really, given how little we knew about COVID-19 then. That didn’t make it any easier for Gonzaga and Baylor, both of which had perhaps their best chances to win that elusive first national title.

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Opinion: 700 days later, March Madness is finally back, and how we missed it

Even at the most uncertain moments of the pandemic last spring, when the games went silent and there was no real sense of when we’d be able to watch them again, there was great hope and excitement about the potential payback. 

We didn’t get the Masters in April, but we got it in November. The Kentucky Derby wasn’t run on the first Saturday in May, but they made it happen on the first Saturday in September. The NBA shut down for 4½ months, then came roaring back in a playoff bubble during the heart of football season. Ultimately, we got back almost everything that was lost. 

But not March Madness.

When the 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled, it could not be rescheduled, could not be saved, could not be made up. For so many players and coaches and, yes, for fans who emotionally live and die with every made basket in March, it was One Vanishing Moment we’ll never get back. 

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March Madness printable bracket: Get your NCAA Tournament picks off to a good start

It's that time of year again.

After missing out on the 2020 NCAA Tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's time for some March Madness.

The next four days will be spent deciding how many of the notorious 5-12 matchups will result in upsets, how many No. 1 seeds make your Final Four and if a 16-seed can emulate UMBC's historic upset over top-seeded Virginia in 2018.

Many will fill out dozens of brackets before finding the right combination of picks for their office pool. The First Four games start to tip off on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, with the first round starting on Friday this year (instead of the normal Thursday mayhem).

PRINT A BRACKET: Get your copy (or copies) here! 

Whether it be picking your favorite dark horse, taking your alma mater to win it all or flipping a coin all the way through there are countless ways to fill out a bracket.