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

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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)