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3/12/2008 08:44:00 AM
Day 1: It All Begins ... For the Third Time
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- On the first day of the third year of this Tourney Blog, I am awake much earlier than normal. Businessfolk might rise at this hour -- it's 7 a.m., and light has yet to peek through the curtains -- but sportswriters definitely don't. Syracuse's annual bubble quest at the Big East tournament doesn't begin for another five hours. That will be the beginning of 28 straight days of work for this blogger ... which is actually far more exciting than it is daunting.
This, I guess, should serve as your welcome-back post. A rundown of what's going on in my camp:
• I'll be covering the Big East tournament in NYC this week ...
• ... and the whole NCAA tournament, from various sites, after that.
• For the first time, the blog has an RSS feed. If you don't know what that is, just ignore it; if you do know what it is, subscribe.
• The Blog Pool is happening. Can we top the 642 entrants from last year? I think so. Don't let me down. Details coming tomorrow on how to join. There's a good chance it'll be on Facebook.
• In news that adds absolutely nothing to your reading experience, I'm using a new MacBook Air this year. It affects my blogging experience ... by exactly three pounds. I feel much more svelte.
• Finally, just to give you something extra in the mornings, the blog is building a Tourney playlist. One free mp3 each day, curated by our friends at gorillavsbear.net, who are running their share of shows at SXSW this week in Austin. The first one, in honor of the dateline on this post, is Brooklyn band Yeasayer, whose music was recently described by the New York Times as "Tribal yet futuristic, with flashes of African and Middle Eastern melody, and tangles of electronic effects that recall 1970s progressive rock." Enjoy it: Yeasayer - 2080.
Back with more today, and every day 'til we're done ...