Daily Lead 3.20.14: Spring into Madness™

This Florida fan honors both spring and NCAA basketball. Or she just really likes rabbits. (AP file photo)

This Florida fan honors both spring and NCAA basketball. Or she just really likes rabbits. (AP file photo)

Hey there, people of Earth. Big day today: The NCAA tournament tips off for real in a little while, and thus will begin my perfect run through the bracket. I have to thank Tennessee for winning in overtime last night, because I have the Vols winning the next round, too.

Also, it’s the first day of spring.

Now, as we ponder what would happen if Dick Vitale and Gus Johnson had a drinking contest with Five Hour Energy, let’s review the top stories from today’s Daily Journal.

Today’s NCAA tournament matchups – Sure, you’re at work, but we all know you ain’t getting a thing done today. So go ahead and get ready for today’s games with this preview, and don’t forget to download the March Madness™ app for discreet office viewing. Hey your boss is coming, start acting busy.

School calendar hinges on new law – Starting school two weeks earlier than planned? Thanks, Legislature and governor. I mean, Aug. 4 – really? Whatever happened to summer?

Cooper employees tout need for state help – It’s quite likely that Tupelo’s Cooper Tire plant will get the $20 million desired to upgrade the facility, but some employees went to the Capitol to make a pitch anyway. I have my reservations, though: I fear the new equipment could become self-aware and start producing killer tires.

Tupelo council members weigh in on Azalea Gardens purchase – Not everyone is sold on the city buying some rundown apartments. Willie Jennings basically called some of his fellow council members chickens, to which one replied, “I know you are but what am I?”

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