Columbus CBS Affiliate Cut Away from Final Minute of UNC-Kentucky to Issue Tornado Warning, and Viewers Were PISSED (Tweets)

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The conclusion of Sunday’s UNC-Kentucky game was easily the most thrilling of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky trailed North Carolina for most of the game, but they managed to tie things up with 7.7 seconds left on a clutch three-pointer by Malik Monk. However, North Carolina quickly in-bounded the ball to Theo Pinson, who carried it down the court and drew defenders toward himself before dishing to Luke Maye, who drained an 18-foot game-winning jumper with 0.3 left on the clock.

Insane, right?

Unfortunately basketball fans in Columbus, Ohio, did not get to see that. WBNS, the local CBS affiliate, cut away from the final minute of the UNC-Kentucky game to deliver a tornado warning for several nearby counties. So instead of back-to-back buckets in the final 10 seconds of the game, viewers saw this:

unc-kentucky game interrupted columbus tornado warning

Tornado warnings are obviously serious business, and most people would have been more understanding had WBNS cut to radar footage that might actually have been useful to people. WBNS didn’t do that, though. They just ran six minutes of a black screen with a weather reporter reading what was on the news crawl.

Needless to say, fans were pissed.

Initially WBNS promised irate fans they would show the final two minutes of UNC-Kentucky at 8pm.

Buuuut then they had to push that back when the Tornado warning got extended.

Of course, by then it didn’t really matter. This isn’t 1977. Everybody already knew how the game ended, and anybody who wanted to could have watched the end of the game online.

Stupid tornados.

Hat Tip – [Washington Post]

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