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March Madness in a Pandemic: Here’s What’s Missing

March Madness in a Pandemic: Here’s What’s Missing

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The nation’s celebration of college basketball has been a rite of spring for decades, a phenomenon that fans could not imagine a March without — until last year, when a catastrophic pandemic had started to claim the lives of millions around the world.As many sports leagues dimmed their stadium lights, fans were left to wonder if the N.C.A.A. basketball tournaments would return the following year. And what they might look like.Now the men’s and women’s tournaments have been restored, and some of the fans are back, too. Old-timers and newcomers have found respites from the losses of the last year, along with a glimmer of normalcy among the upsets and overtimes.March Madness is back. It’s just different.What Is MissingThe tournaments usually sprawl across more than a dozen cities, allowing fa...
How The World’s Largest NCAA Men’s Bracket in Indianapolis Gets Updated

How The World’s Largest NCAA Men’s Bracket in Indianapolis Gets Updated

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Line by line, workers update this avatar for the N.C.A.A. men’s tournament.March 25, 2021INDIANAPOLIS — Passers-by stop, crane their necks and fix their glances skyward. Drivers stop at a red light and look up to admire the view. College basketball players have gawked, too, making sure to take selfies with it.If the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament’s avatar is a bracket, then it is little surprise that the gargantuan one draped across 18 stories of Indiana’s tallest hotel has drawn so many worshipers.Pilgrims who arrived in the morning on recent days have been in for an additional treat: watching workers elevated on a swing stage fill in the bracket with the teams who advanced on the previous day. There is a vicarious thrill in watching the unfurling of, say, Oregon or Oral Roberts, th...
In Indianapolis, Checking the Bracket Means Looking Up

In Indianapolis, Checking the Bracket Means Looking Up

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Line by line, workers update this avatar for March Madness.March 25, 2021INDIANAPOLIS — Passers-by stop, crane their necks and fix their glances skyward. Drivers stop at a red light and look up to admire the view. College basketball players have gawked, too, making sure to take selfies with it.If the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament’s avatar is a bracket, then it is little surprise that the gargantuan one draped across 18 stories of Indiana’s tallest hotel has drawn so many worshipers.Pilgrims who arrived in the morning on recent days have been in for an additional treat: watching workers elevated on a swing stage fill in the bracket with the teams who advanced on the previous day. There is a vicarious thrill in watching the unfurling of, say, Oregon or Oral Roberts, that stamps the pr...