This is the week push comes to shove on the court and, possibly, in your cubicle.
Workers across America, as you read this, are rehearsing their scratchy-throat voices. A recent Yahoo survey reported 14% of college basketball fans said they have called in sick during the NCAA tournament.
Some had the foresight to plan vacations this week; others are left to their own mobile devices to navigate March's murky workday madness.
The worst exploitation-pod period is the first Thursday and Friday, when much of the bracket-busting is during midday work hours. Even labor lawyers who advise employers on policy and practices become caught up in the action.
Giamela is a Georgetown law school graduate whose cellphone might go straight to voicemail Friday when the Hoyas play Belmont in a Midwest Regional game.
"Can I plead the Fifth [Amendment]?" he joked.