NCAA tournament keeps fans away from work

By Josh Simon

March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2013 at 8:49 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Sixteen NCAA tournament games jammed into 12-hours of college basketball action. For some the next two days are a holiday. Which may explain why Thursday and Friday are considered some of the least productive work days of the year.

Curt Fisher packed up his employees at Neovia Logistics and moved the office to Buffalo Wild Wings in East Peoria.

"I happen to be a big fan of the final four as are my employees so we decided this was a good option," said Neovia Logistics transportation manager Curt Fisher.

"I'm logged in, I have all of my email. We have a phone so we are open to our clients . It's good. The wi-fi here is great," said employee Emily Oliver.

Dan Kazlauski and Eric Hoffman were not as lucky. They had to take the day off work to watch the games. Something they have done from the same table for the last 7 years.

"We come right when it opens and hold it the whole day," said Kazlauski. "We watch all the games. The guy here that does the TVs for us sets up all the games perfectly. It's awesome."

If you could not take the day off, or your boss is not as cool as Curt Fisher, that leaves only one option.

"This morning when I woke up, I was mildly feverish and I had an excessive cough."

"Royce", whose name we changed to avoid getting him in trouble, seems to catch something every year about this time. He said there is a common cure for the NCAA flu.

"Nothing goes down better on a day when I'm feeling bad than some Caribbean Jerk Wings and a cold Coors Light."

Not exactly chicken soup but on this day it is exactly what the doctor ordered.