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Today is that confluence of prevalent social phenomena, when St. Patrick’s Day coincides March Madness. Sixteen basketball games, and 16 billion party hats. It’s a great time to celebrate your (immigrant) heritage, fret about your brackets, and … recover from your vasectomy?

Few sporting events unite the masses like the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Big Dance, 94 feet of David vs. Goliath storybook endings that turn workplace break rooms into fan clubs and gambling dens, two points at a time. Lore and nostalgia mix with the excitement of a fresh future, new chapters written, and fans are made for life. As far as bonding opportunities go between fathers and their children, this one is pretty special. Welcome to March Dadness.

When you dig beneath the bracketology, though, you find so much more to love about this time of year. The mentorship of coaching, the brotherhood of teammates, the Cinderella fairy tales, and the chance to overcome obstacles through hard work to put forth the best version of yourself. This is all the best stuff.

And experiencing that with your kids? That’s a bracket that will never be busted.

IN THE NEWS

We would never force our sports fandom upon our kids (although we’re not above begging), but if we’re honest, it hurts when they aren’t interested.

“It was something fun to do before I have a kid—geddit?” This soon-to-be new dad is already taking dad jokes up a notch.

The Giving Tree is still giving, and we like to think it always will.

TV tip learned from (and by) Sir Patrick Stewart: Try to refrain from discussing your own circumcision when your grandchildren are watching.

They’re trying “to break regressive gender norms and teaching their two sons about equality and feminism.”

An amazing story about the lengths people will go to in order to “feel complete,” as a mother and son transition into a father and daughter, together.

A dad of twins (and big fan of The Shining) is having a bit of fun with his twin daughters by scaring hotel guests. For the full effect, may we suggest filling the elevator with tomato juice?

This 9-year-old was bullied for doing a great thing, and his dad handled it perfectly.

The #DadsWhoPlayBarbie campaign is radical and necessary. We support it.

PORCHLIGHT POSTS

[Editor – We’re going all in on the BBC dad.] You obviously have internet access, which means you have undoubtedly seen this viral video below—a testament to work-at-home parenting that is as relatable as it is funny.

However, it doesn’t stop there! In the wake of dadgate, there was this wonderful play-by-play analysis of the video, a follow-up interview with the entire family, Trevor Noah’s stating the obvious, a faux cameo on Fallon, and, perhaps the ultimate sign of web respect, an animated gif (below). It never gets old.

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