An overzealous North Carolina fan has no doubt the Tar Heels will win the ACC football championship this year. So much so that he called Paul Finebaum, an ESPN TV and radio host, on his television show to let him know his thoughts on the matter, and at one point he even called Finebaum “blind” for disagreeing.
Finebaum was taking calls for his show, “The Paul Finebaum Show,” when “Brian from Georgia” called in.
“I’m probably going to argue with you for a minute but North Carolina Tar Heels, in the ACC, I think they are going to be in the ACC Championship game this year,” Brian said. “I already have three tickets, I think we’ll be playing Florida State, and we’ll win by 10.”
Finebaum laughed at the comment and told Brian he liked his confidence.
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But Brian wasn’t finished.
He named a couple of transfers UNC has landed this year, including quarterback Brandon Harris, a graduate transfer from LSU, and asked Finebaum if he thought the Tar Heels would make it to the Dec. 2 title game in Charlotte.
Finebaum said he didn’t. And then a somewhat bizarre exchange began.
“I’m sorry to report back to you,” Finebaum said.
“You probably stared at the eclipse yesterday without your glasses, you’re blind,” Brian replied.
“Wow, I feel like we’re just trading punches here,” Finebaum said in response. “Am I supposed to come back now and insult you or do you just want to let it go with me being blind.”
The caller said the two should let it go. But Finebaum took another shot.
“Brian, I am not blind, my vision is not great. I’m just hoping that you’re not drunk, because that’s the only explanation I can come up with for this phone call,” he said.
Finebaum said he could understand if Brian was bragging about the Tar Heels winning a national championship in basketball, but said they have a “zero chance” of winning it in football.
“Brian I’ll tell you what, we’ll just go ahead and mark this down and we’ll come back and revisit this every couple of weeks as the Tar Heels are mowing through the season,” Finebaum said. “Wow. A Tar Heels fan predicting a national championship in football. That’s a new one on me.”