It's that magical time of year when productivity comes to a dead stop and all eyes are on the glory that is March Madness. Join in on the fun no matter where you are, just don't get caught by the boss!
Economists say the potential loss in productivity caused by March Madness is $192 million. Others peg the number at $1.8 billion. Every little office pool or $5 wager adds up, as March Madness generates "$2.5 billion in illegal wagers each year." So how do you join in on the frenzy? There's lots of ways, no matter where you are and what you've got on you.
Watch on TV
Check out the TV schedule to watch your favorite games on the big screen. You've got the comfort of your couch at home, a beer and friends at the bar, and maybe you're lucky enough to have a TV in the office.
Watch on your computer, tablet, or smartphone
You can actually catch all 67 games live on your computer, iPad, iPhone, and (select) Android phones for a pretty reasonable sum of $3.99.
Follow on Twitter
There's an official NCAA March Madness Twitter account at @marchmadness.
Live audio broadcasts
Headphones on in the office isn't as obvious as staring at a game, so if you've got to surreptitiously catch the action it appears Slacker Radio will be adding live broadcasts starting with March Madness.
While we can't exactly be hitting the hard court ourselves, we sure can follow along with our best bets for who's going to take it all. There are lots of online bracket games available, such as the NCCA's Bracket Challenge, CBS Sports Bracket Games, and ESPN's Tournament Challenge.
Print your own bracket
There are tons of bracket images available via Google Images search.
No matter how you get your fix, at home or away there's lots of ways to avoid getting real work and chores done. Not that we'd condone such a thing... game on!