Well, it looks like Eric Church may have made the right call.
Of course, he caused a massive stir this past week after he announced that he wascanceling his show this weekend in San Antonio so that he could attend the Final Four matchup between his UNC Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils with his family.
People had tons of opinions about whether or not he was doing the right thing, and fans who were supposed to see his concert in Texas were rightfully pissed. Eric has planned a free show in September for all of the fans he cancelled on, but you knew he’d never hear the end of it no matter what if Carolina didn’t come up with a win last night.
And in case you live under a rock and haven’t heard the news, the Tar Heels came out on top by a score of 81-77, sending coach K and the Blue Devils out with an L. They’ll play Kansas in the National Championship tomorrow night.
And while I probably have the worst take of all, because in all honesty, as a native North Carolinian (who doesn’t really care about either team), I would’ve done the same exact thing… this tweet sums it up best:
Residents of the other 49 states: “How dare Eric Church cancel a show last minute just to go to a basketball game!”
North Carolinians: “Yeah, I get it. Not gonna lie, I’d do the same thing.”
And now that Eric is safe from eternal scorn (for the most part) for canceling the show and bailing on thousands of fans last minute, (some) people are weighing in with a new perspective, or coming to his defense, saying there’s no doubt now that he made the right decision:
@ericchurch just saw the greatest possibility to a once in a lifetime game. I know it was a selfish move but give the guy a break. Even if we can disagree on this, we can all come together cause UNC just ended coach K’s career
Even Travis Tritt got a word in on the ordeal yesterday (you can read about other artist reactions here):
FYI – Over the years I’ve missed friends and family’s weddings, funerals, family reunions and a bunch of other events I would have loved to have attended because I was booked for shows. I don’t think I could ever get by with canceling a show because I wanted to watch sports.
While coach K has had one hell of a career, you know he absolutely hates that he ended his March Madness run during his last season in the Final Four losing to his archival, Carolina, playing them in that game for the first time ever: