Major League Baseball and Budweiser are currenlty teaming up to make baseball's opening day a national holiday through a petition on the White House's Web site. The talk of making the Monday after the Super Bowl a standard day off from work has been around for years. So far, no takers.
News employees like us at NBC Charlotte are surrounded by televisions every minute of the workday. The rest of the professional world is less exposed.
A lack of sports themed holidays presents a challenge for those of you diehard March Madness fans trying to keep track of your brackets.
Alas, Bud Light and NCAA.com are one step ahead of the game.
Photos: Get out of work during March Madness
Behold the Boss Button.
While not a new feature, it s a classic. NCAA.com put its boss button on the top right corner of the March Madness Live page. A quick click will take you away from the score board and to a new page, showing one of a few more work appropriate graphics.
When the coast is clear, employees can click back to return to the action.
Bud Light, no stranger to playtime, made its own versions for fans 21 and older. It goes hand in hand with the company s #UpForWhatever campaign, saying, When you re up for whatever, mad things happen.
There s the Cheat Sheet. The feature lets you discreetly view your favorite team s standings in a chart that looks like a dead ringer for your current work project.
There are also Mad Ads. The add-on requires Safari or Google Chrome, but it s worth any necessary browser change. Download the extension and seconds later, any ads on your page turn to scoreboards.
For those fans who really want to push the limits, use my personal favorite, Fast Break. Go ahead. Push the big red button. You know you want to.
Once enabled, the feature gives the allusion of a major computer meltdown. A faux virus overtakes your screen. Simply tell your boss it s impossible to work anymore, and you re out the door, or at least in the break room watching the games live. Note: If any of you really try to fool your boss with this, be aware of the escape command in the bottom right corner.
For the less complicated approach, check your Twitter feed. Beware of spoiler alerts if you re recording the game.