This is why we can’t have newspapers.
A Lexington clothing store recently released a ‘Louisville Doesn’t Exist’ sweatshirt in honor of tomorrow’s game, and a #LouisvilleDoesntExist hashtag emerged on Twitter as the popularity of the shirt grew around town.
It’s funny. It’s a shirt. It’s a hashtag.
But, unbeknownst to the Courier-Journal’s Eric Crawford, fans of the ‘Louisville Doesn’t Exist’ movement understand that it’s nothing more than a slogan for a rivalry. Believe it or not, Eric, we actually know that a city called Louisville, Kentucky exists. It’s the largest city in the state of Kentucky. It has a Cheesecake Factory, a zoo, and the world’s largest KFC. We get it, it exists.
Crawford doesn’t get it, obviously. From his column:
If Louisville doesnâ€™t exist, how come UK spends more than $1 million per year to get its games broadcast on Louisvilleâ€™s biggest radio station? How come they want so badly to have shows on Louisville stations? If it doesnâ€™t exist, why does UK come to town to play a basketball game every year? If it doesnâ€™t exist, why does UK roll into town to hold a banquet every season? I could swear they were just here, new president, athletic director, basketball coach all up at the head table having a high time when an off-color joke about the apparently non-existent U of L coach was cracked in front of an adoring Louisville crowd.
Must notâ€™ve happened. Louisville doesnâ€™t exist.
Where’s the sense of humor? It’s a sweatshirt for a rivalry game; it’s not a sweatshirt celebrating the disappearance of a city. Why Eric Crawford would write this is beyond me.Â What’s next from the Courier-Journal? Are they going to start refuting bumper stickers? I want to wake up tomorrow and read that a C-J study says, “99% of pickup drivers aren’t actually reloading a firearm when they ask fellow drivers to keep honking.” Where’s the article disproving that men are from Mars and women are from Venus?
Stick to box scores.
Crawford’s piece is just another step towards #NewspapersDontExist.