Actually, the first game –- Oregon State vs. California -- is more than an hour away, but the teams are warming up on the court and the early arriving fans in this notoriously late-arriving town are trickling into Staples Center.
My plan is to file a note or two as the first game plays out, then try to handle the UW game our usual way ... although that late start is going to force some adaptations.
However, if none of that happens it's not that I'm taking the night off. We've had some problems with The News Tribune's blogs today. That's why the promised March Madness blog hasn't arrived, and if this is the last you hear from me tonight ... that's why, too.