Brackets are beautiful. They contain competition within discrete units and assert who should win each engagement, because every team in the bracket has a number signifying their strength. A number one has been beaten by a number 16 only once. There is an infinity of possibilities for who your team might ultimately have to take on, but they will get 48 hours to prepare no matter who it is. Brackets and tournaments are a special kind of experience that combines elegant order with thrilling unpredictability.
Would that life were like this, that we could bracket off today’s challenge from all the others and make the rest wait two days for their turn to take us down.