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Petition aims to make March Madness a national holiday

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A petition on change.org is asking President Barack Obama to make March Madness a national holiday. Not the whole month, of course. That would be silly. Actually, what am I saying? That would be cool! A whole month off to watch college basketball instead of working. And I don't even like college basketball. But I do love months off. 

But this petition is simply calling for the opening weekend of March Madness to be made into a national holiday, creating a four day weekend.

The creator of the petition isn't just some guy who wants to get out of work for a few days. It actually comes from a company that no doubt would be having its employees work during the would-be national holiday: SportsCenter. Or at least someone saying they're SportsCenter. 

The petition to President Obama kinda makes some valid points if you're stretching for any reason to support this. 

"The opening weekend of March Madness cost American companies an estimated $1.9 BILLION in wages lost to distraction and unproductivity," the petition begins. "More than 60 million Americans fill out brackets, and this petition is for those 60 million as well as the companies that employ them. Let us be rid of the Boss Button, let us create no more fake spreadsheets, and let us watch March Madness the way God intended: On a couch with a beer and a bracket that is already busted."

It's probably not going to do any good, but who knows, the President is a basketball fan. He only has nine months or so left in office. Maybe he's feeling generous? If you want to add your name to the petition, CLICK HERE.  

What do you think? Agree or disagree with this maddening proposal? Tell us on our Facebook page. 

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