A fan at the Wisconsin-Oregon NIT game had a sign that said cheese curds are overrated. ESPN's broadcast and many others told him why he was wrong.
Wisconsin basketball fans should have had a plate of cheese curds waiting for them after the Badgers came back to defeat the Oregon Ducks, 61-58, and knock them out of the NIT Tuesday night.
And Greg Gard most definitely should have brought a plate in for his team to celebrate.
Sure, it might have been a little late for a platter, but there is never a bad time for cheese curds, and they're certainly not overrated.
Well, we in Wisconsin don't think so. But the kind folks in Oregon — or at least one student — has that opinion. However, it didn't take long for the ESPN broadcast to call out this blasphemy not only for his statement but the fact that he had proudly held up a sign that had a glaring typo in it.
"Cheese curds are overated" it said. Wrong on two fronts.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, Oregon… pic.twitter.com/nnqHyicIlK
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 22, 2023
It was the latest shot at us Wisconsinites after seeing a beloved cheesehead go up in flames by a New York Jets player during a "sacrificial burning ceremony" two weeks ago. Now the West Coast is calling cheese curds overrated. What's with all the cheese hate lately? What's next? The South taking aim at a Brandy Old Fashioned or the Southeast saying they've never had a Friday fish fry?
Anyway, the cheese curd bashing had the announcers' attention toward the end of the first half and ESPN studio analyst Jordan Cornette wasn't about to let the student off the hook during the halftime show. The game discussion could wait.
If you come at cheese curds you better come correct.
I was so offended by this sign I had to interject. https://t.co/7GoKNKNASS
— jordan cornette (@jordancornette) March 22, 2023
"I'm deeply troubled by a spelling mistake but just the overall statement by this young man, this Oregon fan. This guy right here says cheese curds are overrated," said Cornette, a Notre Dame graduate and Cincinnati native, who used the teleprompter when describing the fan's mistakes as if he was breaking down a play. "For one, they are not overrated. True threat to society to even believe such a thing, but he misspelled overrated. It has two r's. What are we even doing, here? There's your little English tutorial. What are we doing, man? Cheese curds. I love 'em."
The internet loved Cornette's analysis of the cheese curd controversy.
@jordancornette is spot on with his breakdown of this debacle! @BadgerMBB #cheesecurds pic.twitter.com/jFRuqAfnId
— Darrin Utynek (@DarrinUtynek) March 22, 2023
Fellow analyst Kevin Connors added the student's sign was "not entirely an indictment on the academic standards at Oregon, but nevertheless."
The broadcast returned to the student after halftime, and he obviously realized the mistake of at least the typo. He covered his head in shame as social media had choice words for his bold statement.
Cornette's passion on the broadcast carried over to Twitter where he defended his position to all comers. And if you'd like a cheese curd recommendation, he has that for you as well: Goose Blind in Green Lake, Wisconsin.
I’ve got a ton of family in Green Lake, Wisconsin.
The cheese curds at Goose Blind are a staple every yearly pop in.
Cheese Curds have been good to me…. every, single time.
That loyalty deserves the same in return. https://t.co/jAymd6EKyq
— jordan cornette (@jordancornette) March 22, 2023
Wisconsin comedian Charlie Berens chimes in with a one word response.
— Charlie Berens (@CharlieBerens) March 22, 2023
OK, maybe not everyone in Wisconsin has a love for cheese curds.
I’ll admit, even as a @UWMadison alum and native Wisconsinite (and yes, one with a love for Oregon), I am not a huge fan of cheese curds, either.
But I must ask, do you know what is not
O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D, my dear random @uoregon student?
SPELLING. C’mon, man. pic.twitter.com/z3EJDpBsyw
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) March 22, 2023
But we can all agree that spelling matters.
Cheese Curds are much better than your spelling skills #Oregon pic.twitter.com/WhUcgYkJcv
— Kelly Richardson (@krichardsonwi) March 22, 2023
Oregon education at its finest… And just plain wrong, because cheese curds ARE FANTASTIC. #ONWISCONSIN.
(Two “R’s” in overrated) pic.twitter.com/jEu9tFYxXy
— Tim, just Tim (@OffTopicTim) March 22, 2023
Oregon really had no chance after this.
This is when everyone knew the #Badgers would win. https://t.co/Kq1x1D8MAI
— Steven Hudy (@Steven_Hudy) March 22, 2023
Why would you challenge the basketball Gods like that, even in the NIT? https://t.co/iaaAzreFI3
— Ben Breiner (@ben_breiner) March 22, 2023
Those fighting words about cheese curds were just uncalled for.
I'm pretty sure Oregon just declared war on the Midwest https://t.co/GLuM1Lhe1W
— Mitzula (@Mitzula) March 22, 2023
I get trash talking in big games, but sometimes it just goes too far… https://t.co/Nop2CDdHee
— Eric Fischer (@BigEWDUZ) March 22, 2023
When someone rips cheese curds everything stops and the gloves come off.
Everybody watching the World Baseball Classic:
Badger fans mad at a fan for saying cheese curds are overrated during an NIT Quarterfinal game: pic.twitter.com/0q4ZUDaVkf
— Wisconsin Clothing Company (@WiscoClothingCo) March 22, 2023
Maybe the Badger basketball team and the announcing crew found a good spot for some post-game cheese curds in Eugene, Oregon.
Seems like a good night to enjoy some cheese curds.
Have a nice evening!
— Matt Lepay (@MattLepay) March 22, 2023
If you don't have cheese curds in Wisconsin did you really have them?
Non-Wisconsin cheese curds are terrible, and I can see why someone from Oregon would have this opinion. Nothing like authentic Wisconsin cheese curds though https://t.co/FO2lBnCGfK
— Derek LeDoux (@dlish04) March 22, 2023
Maybe the Northwest just isn't experiencing cheese curds like we are in Wisconsin.
I will lol at U of O spelling here along with everyone, BUT! The problem is that for some reason, even though Oregon has its own dairy industry, in most stores in the NW, you can only buy cheese curds that are imported from Wisconsin and thus, less than fresh due to travel, etc. https://t.co/yuXaK9cyhU
— Bathrobe Aurora Borealis Photographer (@AmyanaJones) March 22, 2023
We love some mozzarella sticks, but come on, Oregon.
Mozzarella Sticks > Cheese Curds
We said what we said…
— Oregon Pit Crew (@OregonPitCrew) March 22, 2023
The cheese curd hate had Wisconsin fans calling Oregon's basketball court overrated.
Oregon your court is too busy and hurts my eyes. Btw cheese curds are amazing if you have the right ones. #wisconsin #nit @UWBadgers @culvers @ https://t.co/1WnIXUYFUb
— Just Sarah 🦌🏆💍 (@Soccer_3_Mom) March 22, 2023
Las Vegas should have that plate of cheese curds ready for the Badgers in the NIT Final Four next week.
Who makes the best cheese curds in Vegas??? @LasVegasLocally #NIT https://t.co/naXJvycqHG
— John Schriffen (@JohnSchriffen) March 22, 2023
More proof that cheese curds aren't overrated.
Total blasphemy! ✔️How could anyone ever say cheese curds are overrated? Right, @DrewBeltPGA & @choradioshow? #OnWisconsin https://t.co/ZmgFWL9M1Z pic.twitter.com/wCtCoovNBu
— Will Kollmeyer (@will_kollmeyer) March 22, 2023
Do these look overrated?!
Cheese curds are a gift from the heavens. https://t.co/tofB8hMMxk pic.twitter.com/vuoI1fzIMJ
— Ben Stevens (@BenScottStevens) March 22, 2023
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