When the First Amendment states that: "Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech," it protects all sorts of speech, not just speech with which we agree. This is fundamental and should not be forgotten.

All that said: I don't believe that a single drop of blood was ever shed on American soil specifically so that in 2016, a North Carolina basketball fan could create a petition to overturn Villanova's thrilling 77-74 victory in Monday's national title game because of what amounts to a universal gripe expressed by every fan of every team: poor officiating.

But it is protected nonetheless, and the petition on change.org is real. It states, in part: "I want a complete investigation into the officials as it was them that decided the game not who played better."

On the one hand: This is democracy in action (sort of) in that it's a grass roots call to action.

On the other hand: come on.

Read Michael Rand's blog at startribune.com/randball. michael.rand@startribune.com.