Quantcast

Friends Celebrate March Madness as if it was a Religious Holiday - KOAM TV 7

Friends Celebrate March Madness as if it was a Religious Holiday

Updated:
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."

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Happy 107!

    Happy 107!

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:26 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:26:42 GMT

    Two very special Neosho County women are approaching an amazing milestone. They're both turning 107 in the coming weeks. 

    More >>

    Two very special Neosho County women are approaching an amazing milestone. They're both turning 107 in the coming weeks. 

    More >>
  • Don't Ask for Bongs in this Joplin Store on 4/20...or Any Day...Despite What You See

    Don't Ask for Bongs in this Joplin Store on 4/20...or Any Day...Despite What You See

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:41 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:41:59 GMT

    "You're outta here."

    More >>

    "You're outta here."

    More >>
  • Erie High School Students to Host Town Hall Forum

    Erie High School Students to Host Town Hall Forum

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:13 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:13:34 GMT
    Although these students are too young to vote, they're plenty old enough to care about issues our country is facing today. "Ever since Parkland happened, the shooting at Park Land. I've always had this mentality, like it can happen here" Erie High School sophomore, Matthew Inman attended the Pittsburg March For Our Lives rally, and one of the leaders encouraged people from all congressional districts to hold town hall meetings, the spirit of activism was contagious. "...More >>
    Although these students are too young to vote, they're plenty old enough to care about issues our country is facing today. "Ever since Parkland happened, the shooting at Park Land. I've always had this mentality, like it can happen here" Erie High School sophomore, Matthew Inman attended the Pittsburg March For Our Lives rally, and one of the leaders encouraged people from all congressional districts to hold town hall meetings, the spirit of activism was contagious. "...More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.