The metro is burning with basketball fever. Nebraska and Creighton go to work Friday in the NCAA Tournament and the fans are hitting their pregame stride.
Some schools plan early dismissal to let the kids watch the games.
We stopped by Mrs. Brinkman's first grade class at St. Wenceslaus School where all the kids were talking hoops. They’ve filled out a bracket as a class. Creighton is a big favorite there, “because they're like really, really good but they lost the Big East tournament. They're still good and have the best three point shooters in the world,” we were told.
The students know their stuff but the leader of the class is going the other way.
Their teacher, Mary Jo Brinkman, said, “It is a very heavy Creighton crowd but I’m going to go ahead and go with the Huskers."
Over at First National Bank they're celebrating their employees. They are also getting in on March Madness with game day food for lunch and a free-throw shooting tournament.
The fans base is a very businesslike split.
Ken Bunnell said, “I'm going to root for all the home state school. I'm gonna root for Creighton and Nebraska. I think we gotta pull for the locals that makes it. Kind of tough on Sunday if they both play each other.”
In Iowa, things have been tough for the Hawkeyes. Iowa bowed out of tournament play Wednesday night leaving Iowa State to mop up for fans.
Nate Noon, at the Fiddlin' Monkey, was hoping for a business boost and said, “Hopefully 9 o'clock tomorrow night, Cyclone fans come down to the Fiddlin' Monkey. Hope to see you down here.”
Matt and Karris Mattox are Iowa State grads. They just opened a bakery in the Bluffs and proudly display the Cyclone colors.
Karris said, “I think sometimes Iowa State is a bit overlooked but we got a lot of fans in the store that see the colors and ask if we're from Iowa State. It’s kind of a bonding experience."
Matt told us, “There's a lot off trash talking from some Hawkeye fans and some Husker fans as well. It’s great to see some Iowa State rivalry."
Could be tough to get a lot of work down tomorrow.