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Happy Selection Sunday!

Green beer and lucky elves aside, today is one of America's great (unofficial) holidays. It's the day the brackets for all 68 teams for the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments are revealed.

Tonight's reveal of the matchups might bring back a feeling you haven't had since digesting this 10th grade U.S. History essay prompt: What Do I Think About Everything that ?

Did Duke get a favorable draw? What is my school’s background? Which seed #12 looks like a Cinderella? Where the hell is McNeese State? East Abdul-Jabbar Cream In the field? And why is the Fairfield women's team called the Stags?

It doesn’t matter how much basketball you’ve studied since November – think about it KenPom Notesstreaming games from obscure conferences, reciting the eight-player rotations of the Purdue men and South Carolina women before going to bed — there's so much uncertainty when it comes to filling out your bracket.

Choosing winners has never been easy – remember, over the years, there has never been a perfect medium – but recent changes to the sport have made it more unpredictable than ever. I will explain them in today's newsletter.

Three years ago, under growing legislative and judicial pressure, the NCAA changed two major rules. It allowed athletes to earn money through so-called name, image and likeness payments, and eased restrictions on player transfers from one school to another. These changes — driven in part by Supreme Court decision that weakened the authority of the NCAA – upended the highest levels of college sports.

Transfers are made through a system known as a portal, which works a bit like an online dating service: If players want to change schools, they put their names in the portal, and coaches others schools can then recruit them. With the introduction of NIL payments, these recruitment offers now come with a salary – at least one that can be handled above the table.

This created something akin to free agency in college sports. Think of Nahiem Alleyne. He played for Virginia Tech in the 2021 and '22 tournaments, won a national championship at Connecticut last season and is now trying to start again with St. John's this year. He is hardly an exception.

Celeste Taylor played for Texas when it reached the Elite Eight in 2021. She reached the second round last year with Duke. Now she's trying to lead Ohio State to its first women's Final Four since 1993.

All the uproar has coincided with the growing attention paid to women's soccer — bolstered by the popularity of Iowa's Caitlin Clark, whose offensive wizardry makes her a fixture to watch her games.

In fact, many of the most exciting storylines in sports this year can be found in the women's tournament.

The last weeks hubbub to empty the benches between defending champion LSU and top-ranked South Carolina adds spice — especially if the two meet in the Final Four in three weeks.

Can South Carolina, with an entirely new starting lineup, do what last year's team couldn't: add a championship to an undefeated regular season? Does UConn coach Geno Auriemma still have a title run on his injury-ravaged team? Will Oregon State, left behind when fellow Pac-12 schools dropped out of the conference last year, advance to the Final Four?

The men's tournament may not have the dramatic storyline or star power of the women's tournament, but it could make up for that with unpredictability and spectacular finishes, thanks to a more balanced field from top to bottom.

A year ago, two little-known programs — San Diego State and Florida Atlantic — staged a Final Four thriller, which ended with Lamont Butler's go-in-or-go-home wreck. rider at the buzzer to send San Diego State to the championship. This year, the two newcomers will be back on the field.

So will Purdue and its 7-foot-4 center Zach Edey, who hopes to avoid being killed by another David after last year's loss to No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson. And UConn, which last year won its fifth title in the last quarter-century — more than Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana and UCLA combined — is a fitting avatar for the moment.

With all the changes in college sports, is such unpredictability the new normal? It may be too early to tell. But a little tip when filing brackets this week: it's best to use a pencil.

Should Congress force the sale of TikTok?

Yes. TikTok has dangerous influence and collects the data of millions of Americans. Users' calls to representatives to complain about the ban “only added to TikTok's image as an entity that could be used to manipulate Americans.” Frida Ghitis writes for CNN.

No. TikTok has the same privacy concerns as potential buyers like Meta or Google. “Forcing TikTok to sell would not solve the problems lawmakers claim to be trying to solve” The Times' Julia Angwin writes.

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The Talk section is coming to an end. Starting at the end of April, my Qs and As will be part of a new Times franchise called The Interview, which I will host with Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

In the meantime, I'll share some of my favorite past conversations in the newsletter, like this one, with primatologist Jane Goodall.

The stories you tell about the planet and conservation are meant to inspire hope. But we only need to look around us to see the persuasive power of stories based on fear and anger. Have you ever wondered if tapping into these emotions might be helpful?

No. That's one of my big complaints when I talk to the media: Yes, we need to know all the doom and gloom, because we're approaching a crossroads, and if we don't act, it could be too late. But as I traveled the world, I saw so many restoration projects, people tackling the seemingly impossible and not giving up. These are stories that should be given equal time, because they are the ones that give people hope. If you don't have hope, why bother?

Many questions remain unanswered about primate behavior. Do you think this is the same for humans?

You ask me: “Do you understand human nature? Do You?

Definitely not. But there are people, for example strict materialists or religious fundamentalists, who have patterns that they believe allow them to understand all human behavior.

Religious fundamentalism is one of the strangest things. But if you look at all the major religions, the golden rule is the same: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. These fundamentalists are not actually preaching the fundamental principles of the religion they are talking about.

Do you know why people are attracted to you?

The fact is, there are two Janes. There's this one sitting here talking to you. Then there is this icon. All I can do is try to live up to this image that people have created.

Read the rest of the interview here.

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