"March Madness is just crazy, everybody has that doctor note from work" said Ted Beuke, the manager at Buffalo Wild Wings in Albany.
"I like pro basketball, college basketball, so I'm actually really excited. It's one of the most exciting times of the year," said Jonathan Catig.
Catig looks forward to filling out a bracket every year. "I don't think anyone is going to win the billion dollars anymore, especially after Duke just lost to Mercer. So far so good, I have Florida going all the way this year. So as long as Florida keeps winning I'm in the clear."
But others like Paul Williams strictly pull for teams, like Mercer. "I just pull for the underdogs. You know, whoever is low on the brackets."
And with the brackets and madness come the upsets, which fans say is what it's all about. The most talked about win so far is Mercer's victory over Duke.
"That was a pretty exciting game because it was pretty close there at the end and then Duke just fell apart and Mercer came away with it. I don't know what their game plan was but it didn't look like they were pulling it off too well," said Williams.
"There went everybody's bracket. So I'm sure there's a few frustrated people," said Beuke.
"It's been 30 something years of watching and hoping and it's happening. It's march madness, it's when things like this happen," said Michael Meyer Von Bremen, an Albany attorney and Mercer Alum.
And it's just the beginning.
Four games in the NCAA tournament went to overtime Thursday night, setting a record for one day.