COLUMBIA — The Southeastern Conference championship game ended in a loss for Missouri on Saturday, leaving fans frustrated. However, many say the loss wasn't the only reason for their disappointment.
Some fans said they were outraged by comments made by CBS announcers Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist, such as that MU had "cute little plays." Using the hashtag #muteCBS, fans shared their anger on Twitter.
On Saturday, Alabama fan Andy Bearden made a petition on change.org to fire Danielson and Lundquist because their commentary was "extremely negative for most of the game." As of 6 p.m. Monday, 1,375 supporters have signed the petition.
"I believe this petition is very important because the greatest conference in college football deserves to have the best commentators calling the biggest game every Saturday," Bearden said in a phone interview.
Multiple attempts to contact CBS representatives Monday were not successful.
MU students Caroline Fischer and Taylor Strader also joined the protest against the commentary, writing a letter about it to CBS on Saturday. They shared it on social media, gathering 1,035 likes on Facebook, 1,608 retweets and 1,179 favorites on Twitter. (See highlights in a Storify below.)
In the letter, they mentioned that the commentators referred to the competition as "our Auburn" and said that Missouri should "return to the Big 12." They called for professionalism and respect from the commentators in the future.
"We wrote the letter to CBS because we are tired of getting put down time after time," Fischer said in an email.
Strader said the MU community has been supportive since they've posted the letter.
"There are so many people who are standing behind us and advocating for our letter," Strader said. "It truly is a great fan base to be a part of."