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Friends Celebrate March Madness as if it was a Religious Holiday

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Searching Joplin for the most dedicated college basketball fan, I stumbled upon a table in the way back of the bar that looked promising.

“I just came here, took the day off to spend some time with some good friends and watch a little basketball and eat some chicken,” says fan Ronald White.

He and his group of friends consider the first day of the NCAA tournament a religious holiday.

They've been coming to Buffalo Wild Wings to man out and enjoy the rush of March Madness for seven years in a row.

“You get to do it one time a year and this is it,” says White.

The group of friends is already marking their calendar for next year. They say they'll be back at the same restaurant, at the same time, at this very table, to watch the game again together. 

“It's not like we come in and say well I'm gonna be gone tomorrow. This is usually a year in advance, that we're gonna be up here the Friday the first Friday of the NCAA tournament,” says March Madness fan Steve Butts.

And luckily their bosses don't have a problem with it.

“They all know we're coming out here. And they come up with us if they want to,” says Butts.

Like most super fans they fill out their brackets make bets, but for White it's much more than winning and losing.

“It doesn't matter, I took Kentucky to win it, but I don't have a favorite…it's just a fun time off."

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