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#pounditWednesday, May 22, 2024

North Carolina fan starts petition to get national championship game overturned

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The NCAA Tournament national championship game may have taken place on Monday, but North Carolina fans still are not over the loss days later. In fact, one started a petition to try getting the championship game overturned on account of the referees.

Here is the mission for the petition, which was started by a fan named Michael Kline on

“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.”

Did the fan mean obvious or oblivious? It’s hard to say.

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.”

Ah, the old “blame the officials” excuse. Guess nobody should point out that Villanova shot 58 percent from the field in the game, compared to 42.9 percent for UNC. The free throw disparity was close — 17 for Villanova and 13 for North Carolina.

Bottom line: North Carolina had plenty of chances and got outplayed by Villanova. You have to give them credit for that, even if this fan wants to pin the loss on the refs.

So far the petition has signatures from 3,464 people, with a goal of reaching 5,000. At least we know North Carolina is not lacking passionate fans who are willing to take matters into their own hands, much like this group of Patriots fans.


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