March 20, 2009 at 09:45 PM EDT

There’s a reason they call it March Madness. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament tipped off yesterday in arenas across the country, and even President Obama, who has a few other things on his plate, filled out a bracket. Games aired throughout the afternoon, and millions of Americans pretended to work while keeping close tabs on their favorite teams. It’s probably best that we can’t know just how much work time was wasted refreshing basketball scores online (but for the record, the Dow Jones sank about 86 points.)

Work is one thing, but how did you juggle your favorite Thursday night television show with the full-court press airing on CBS? Yes, yes, I know: I’ve heard of this new DVR contraption, but did you feel guilty recording The Office and watching it only after Villanova narrowly dodged an upset? Will you be visiting Hulu this morning to catch up on the shows you missed while your Cinderella team went down in flames? Or, perhaps were you totally unaware of this basketball phenomenon, and you enjoyed TLC Overhaulin’  just fine, thank you very much. Did the channel toggling cause any bruised feelings in your home?

Well, get used to it, PopWatchers: The tournament continues for two more weeks. Will your DVR survive? More importantly, will your relationship with your significant other?

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