Editorial – Let the mayhem begin

Published 5:34 pm Tuesday, March 19, 2024

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Let the mayhem begin and no, we are not talking about elections

As March comes to a close, arguably the greatest sports championship gets underway — the NCAA basketball tournament. Some here in our office will also argue Thursday and Friday should be national holidays, but that is a debate for another day. 

While no teams from Hampton Roads are in the big dance, the commonwealth is well represented, with the biggest story coming out of Farmville. The Longwood Lancers finished the regular season winning four out of its final six conference games, earning them the No. 5 seed in the Big South tournament, where they beat three of the top four seeds in the conference, including a huge 26-point win over UNC-Asheville to punch its ticket to play Houston in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. James Madison also found its way into the dance as a No. 12 seed, and Virginia just barely nudged its way into the field of eight play-in games.

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We know you likely participate in one or more bracket contests, doing your best to pick as many winners as possible in the 68-team event. What’s one more bracket, right?

The Suffolk News-Herald is proud to announce our Basketball Mayhem contest is live, where you can compete against local participants. So, gather your closest friends and family and sign up before Thursday’s first round kicks off. 

In another exciting addition this year, we’ve joined a network of other outlets nationwide to offer a $1 million prize to any contestant who picks a perfect bracket from the Round of 64 to the championship game next month. 

To register, log onto our website, click Contests in the top navigation bar and look for March Mayhem. Register now and fill out your bracket. All entries must be in approximately 15 minutes prior to the first round matchups begin on Thursday, March 21, 2024.

As always, we thank you for supporting the Suffolk News-Herald and wish you the best of luck this tournament season.