Don't Say This North Carolina Fan That Created A Petition In Protest Of The National Championship Game Didn't Do His Best
LBS- Here is the mission for the petition, which was started by a fan named Michael Kline on Change.org.
“I want the the UNC/Villanova NCAA Championship game overturned due to oblivious poor officiating throughout the whole game. The officials should be fired and put under investigation.”
Here’s how the rest of the petition reads:
“This game was poorly officiated from the tip off to the end. It was a one sided called game all the way through. The officials called fouls against UNC that should have not been called and never called Villanova for the fouls they committed. The officials never called Villanova for multiple travel violations either. Also I want a complete investigation into the officials as it was them that decided the game not who played better.”
Now that - my friends - is how you appeal the outcome of a high profile sporting event. Especially a high profile sporting event that is in no way worthy of being appealed. You can't just point to one play that didn't go your way. That would make it way too easy for people to look back and judge the legitimacy of your claim. Plus, everyone knows that there are bad calls in every basketball game. You can't blame one whistle for a loss no matter how close the game ended up being. That's why you almost have to call into question the officiating throughout the entirety of the game, and you have to wait almost a week to do it. I know the National Championship was a great game, but I can't say I remember it in detail five days later. I don't know whether or not it was officiated well. The small disparity in foul shots (17-13) would lead me to believe that it wasn't biased one or the other, but I can't say so definitively. I am certainly not prepared to go back and watch the whole game over again so this guy may not be right, but he made it mighty difficult for me to prove him wrong. That's pretty much a best case scenario when all you're trying to do is make yourself feel better about the gut wrenching loss that your team was on the ass end of. I mean, it's not like these frivolous petitions are written up with any intent of getting the actual result overturned, so having the ability to sleep better at night because of a technicality is quite the moral victory. Though that probably won't make it hurt any less when this gets replayed about 10,000x every March...