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Mike Giangrande, 29, center, took the day off (Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

Mike Giangrande, 29, center, took the day off of work to be with his friends during the first day of March Madness at Brazen Fox. Basketball fans around Hudson Valley gathered at local sports pubs to cheer on their favorite teams during the first two days of the NCAA Tournament. (March 22, 2013)

NCAA fans from the Hudson Valley on first 16 games

NCAA basketball fans from the Hudson Valley called in sick to watch the first day of the tournament at bars in White Plains. (March 23, 2013)

Mike Giangrande, 29, center, took the day off
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

Mike Giangrande, 29, center, took the day off of work to be with his friends during the first day of March Madness at Brazen Fox. Basketball fans around Hudson Valley gathered at local sports pubs to cheer on their favorite teams during the first two days of the NCAA Tournament. (March 22, 2013)

Ahmad Khan, 36, of White Plains, takes a
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

Ahmad Khan, 36, of White Plains, takes a look at his NCAA March Madness picks while enjoying the game at Black Bear in White Plains. (March 22, 2013)

Greg Gohnstone, 28, of White Plains and Collin
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

Greg Gohnstone, 28, of White Plains and Collin Torrence, 29, of Armonk, take celebratory shots at Brazen Fox during the first day of the NCAA March Madness Tournament. (March 22, 2013)

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Ahmed Khan, 36, of White Plains, takes a
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

Ahmed Khan, 36, of White Plains, takes a look at his picks on his bracket sheet for the NCAA March Madness Tournament. (March 22, 2013)

John Doherty, 46, of Elmsford, (pictured left) says
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

John Doherty, 46, of Elmsford, (pictured left) says he convinced his boss, Tom Burke, 41, of White Plains to come to the bar during lunch hour to watch the NCAA March Madness Tournament. (March 22, 2013)

From left to right: Russ Kilgore, 44, of
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

From left to right: Russ Kilgore, 44, of Yorktown; Cal Gray, 42, of Yonkers; Rich Toran, 44, of the Bronx; Mario Edwards, 29, of Harlem. Kilgore said, "Most of my friends had to take the day off to be here today." (March 22, 2013)

Greg Gohnstone, 28, of White Plains and Collin
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

Greg Gohnstone, 28, of White Plains and Collin Torrence, 29, of Armonk, take celebratory shots at Brazen Fox during the first day of the NCAA March Madness Tournament. (March 22, 2013)

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