Selection Sunday section, 2008
Every year on Selection Sunday, we produce a 10- to 14-page NCAA Tournament special section featuring profile pages for local teams, national picks and analysis, and an inside look at the bracket from top to bottom. In 2008, our section also included an enterprise piece by Dustin Dow on how the NCAA Tournament grew into a major national event, propelled by the "Magic and Bird" game between Michigan State and Indiana State in 1979. The story charted the Tournament's development as a major TV and media event, exploring how the games have evolved into something of a month-long national holiday.
Selection Sunday section, 2007
In 2007, our two-page enterprise spread delved into the notion of whether parity truly exists in the Tournament. With George Mason's run still on everyone's mind from the previous year, Dustin Dow looked at the history and crunched the numbers. What he found: The Tournament still really did belong to the major-college programs.