Busted! March Madness Becoming a Problem, Sort of

Posted: Mar 16, 2012 11:59 AM

It's that time of year again when we just can't get enough of college basketball....it's March Madness. Yesterday and today are the two days out of the year with the most "sick" day call ins. If you're at work, you're probably checking scores.

The first full days of the men's NCAA basketball tournament tip off today, and fans across the country are announcing their plots to ditch work duties and instead take in the games. Not to their employers, of course, but in social media circles.

For decades, managers have contended with employees taking extended lunch breaks at sports bars so that they can immerse themselves, if briefly, in March Madness. They've put up with workers using company computers — and bandwidth — to view games, check scores and update their bracket status.

This time of year is a chance to make a little money or lose a bunch depending on our bracket choices. But adults playing hookie at work to catch their favorite team on the hardwood while college kids camp out for hours to get into the games aren't the only ones getting in on the March Madness action:

Max Kohll and his pals will have to sit this one out. The 11-year-old Nebraskan got sent to the principal's office this week for organizing a pool among school friends. The rules were simple: Just five bucks got you in. The winner would take half, and second and third place would split the rest. Sweet, right? Instead, Max and his fifth-grade classmates got a good talking-to from the principal. "You can't gamble in school," Max said afterward, the Omaha World-Telegram reports. "It's not OK to gamble. It's like, illegal, sort of." Tell that to the rest of the world.

Priceless! Poor kids, they're just tring to have a little fun. In case you're wondering how the Townhall office pool is going,  I'm in first place and also chose North Carolina to take it all.