"I'm going to get a lot of [expletive] for this," Jeremy Vernon wrote in The Daily Tar Heel on March 8. He ended up getting a free meal out of it too.
Vernon, the assistant sports editor for the North Carolina's student newspaper knew he would take heat for his column questioning the men's basketball team's ability to win the college basketball national championship. Though Vernon wasn't leaping off the wagon, he did list a lot of things that go could wrong in their quest to atone for last year's loss to Villanova.
"Almost every member of the Tar Heels’ roster could be a cause for concern heading into the NCAA Tournament," he wrote. "I say 'almost' because Brandon Robinson, Stilman White and the walk-ons don’t play enough to monumentally screw things up."
Twenty-six days later, the Tar Heels defeated Gonzaga for the sixth national championship in program history. And Vernon, though ecstatic his school returned to glory, was the pelted with vitriol from his peers and other fans.
So he ate his column. Literally.