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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.

In Ellsworth, Wisconsin, there is a cheese curd festival every June to celebrate the small village's designation as the Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin.
In Ellsworth, Wisconsin, there is a cheese curd festival every June to celebrate the small village's designation as the Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

Wisconsin comedian Charlie Berens chimes in with a one word response.

OK, maybe not everyone in Wisconsin has a love for cheese curds.

But we can all agree that spelling matters.

Oregon really had no chance after this.

Those fighting words about cheese curds were just uncalled for.

When someone rips cheese curds everything stops and the gloves come off.

Maybe the Badger basketball team and the announcing crew found a good spot for some post-game cheese curds in Eugene, Oregon.

If you don't have cheese curds in Wisconsin did you really have them?

Maybe the Northwest just isn't experiencing cheese curds like we are in Wisconsin.

We love some mozzarella sticks, but come on, Oregon.

The cheese curd hate had Wisconsin fans calling Oregon's basketball court overrated.

Las Vegas should have that plate of cheese curds ready for the Badgers in the NIT Final Four next week.

More proof that cheese curds aren't overrated.

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