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Media Wars, with Kyle Tucker and Eric Crawford


There’s nothing we love more than media wars here at KSR, and this afternoon brought us a pretty good one. Eric Crawford, formerly of the Courier-Journal and now with WDRB, posted an article this morning previewing UK’s trip to the Bahamas with quotes from Calipari’s media opportunity yesterday, which included this line about the recent practices the Lexington media has been invited to watch:

There’s nothing new in the hype coming out of UK’s pair of practices opened to select media this week. First, nobody was invited who wasn’t going to report enthusiastically. Second, what is there to not be enthusiastic about? The Wildcats are the No. 1 team in the nation, and bring in the top recruiting class in the nation.

That line in bold caught the eye of current Courier Journal reporter Kyle Tucker, who tweeted the following to Crawford this afternoon:

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Now, I agree with Kyle on one thing: the media invited to the practices this week was anything but biased. Kyle, Jerry Tipton, and Alan Cutler were among the reporters there, and we’ve seen in the past that none of them have issues writing negative things about Kentucky. In fact, coming from Crawford, who you could argue is as biased as they come when it comes to Louisville, that’s actually pretty hypocritical.

However, Kyle’s dig at Eric about using quotes from a media opportunity he wasn’t at is a bit petty; after all, Calipari’s press conference was streamed online AND UK sent out typed-up transcripts of all the quotes to all of the media on their mailing list, which undoubtedly includes Crawford. Even further, they were posted on Come on, man.

Crawford’s been at Valhalla today, aka the black hole of cell reception/wifi, so it’ll be interesting to see his response later on.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

37 responses to “Media Wars, with Kyle Tucker and Eric Crawford”

  1. jmeeks23

    I’m an active duty service member stationed out in Oklahoma. Does anyone know where I can watch the games online this weekend? Don’t want to miss the Bahamas games at all.

    1. Drew Franklin

      I’m not positive but I believe WatchESPN will be carrying them.

    2. Drew Franklin

      Ok, it looks like WatchESPN is carrying the first three.

    3. Hmmmm

      First three are on ESPNU. Last three are on SEC Network. From where you are, should be you’re best bet.

  2. gordonm

    Crawford decrypted(?): I didn’t get an invite, and if I did, I wouldn’t have anything nice to say.

  3. J-Dub421

    Show of hands, who thinks Crawford had his teeth whitened, and that it looks ridiculous in that photo?

  4. doc

    Speaking of petty, this is like when two people you don’t really care for get into a fight and you run around telling everyone because it makes you so happy.

    1. Moose

      It’s also like commenting on a blog post just to call people petty.

    2. Richard Petty

      And so you clicked the link.

  5. The Loco Pollo

    Meh. Not so much a war. Good for Tucker for calling him out on the whining though. If it was just tweets 1 & 3 he’d look way better. Tweet 2 takes away a bit by being a little whiny himself.

    1. cracka

      is he saying that if he writes something and uses quotes, but wasn’t in attendance, he should cite the source? i don’t really get it

  6. #KyleTuckerComplaints

    I’m considering unfollowing Kyle during the Bahamas trip. I’m sure his info will be good but I’m expecting constant complaining all week.

    Poor guy had to cover football AND basketball yesterday. CAN YOU IMAGINE?????

  7. Tupac Shakur

    This isn’t going to end well that’s fo sho.

  8. mike

    Crawford’s photo looks like one of the Japanese in the 1940’s Bugs Bunny WWII cartoon.

    1. Drew Franklin


    2. theWilkman

      Spot on

    3. hahaha
    4. Chaz

      Thank you, Mike. I knew it but I couldn’t place it. I’m going to watch the cartoon now.

    5. Long Duck Dong

      Dong! clap, clap Dong! clap, clap listen to grandpa.

  9. Michael Scott

    I know how they can overcome their differences.

  10. Blue To The Bone...

    Crawford is hilarious…If you checked the dna you would find he and Forde were spawned by the same person…

  11. Al/in/Indy

    I used to think Crawford was forward thinking journalist who even when he wrote things about UK was somewhat well thought out. Then he began to be a condescending jerk when some of his readers weren’t wholeheartedly agreeing with his view.
    When he and Pitino became the bestest of buddies his slant was more dribble than the normal mind could take. Although I’m no fan of Tucker’s either, I could see that “ISH eating smile be wiped off Crawford’s face.

  12. RICK

    Tyler, You may be the only person or maybe one of two that reads what these 2 guys write. Of course it’s your job to read and report on all good and bad of sports and this is the bad.

  13. Eric is a tapeworm

    Eric has his head so far up Pitino’s poopshoot that he can tell the you content of his stomach. This is true at any time other than when he comes up for air and Pat Forde dives in for a stool-burger.

  14. Tucker fan

    Don’t know why some of you don’t seem to like Kyle Tucker. If you follow him on twitter you’ll find he is a funny dude. And what he writes always seems fair. Do you just want someone blowing smoke all the time? I love ksr but I’d like to unfollow all the ksr folks during games. Tucker’s info is much more informative and knowledgeable.

    1. Agreed

      I absolutely agree. He is far less homerish and biased. He may sink into petty things every now and again, but I usually go to him for news over KSR these days.

    2. Hmmmm

      Ditto that! I don’t get why everyone disagrees with Tucker’s remarks. I liked ’em!

    3. cireb

      Thumbs up to this

    4. Mr. Agree

      I tend to find complaining about what I deem to be obvious benefits or goes-with-territory-of-sports-related-job stuff complaining to be somewhat annoying. However, whether intended or not, Tucker’s complaining has become a humorous thing. I think he does a very good job in his actual role as reporter. Glad he’s around, honestly.

    5. Shawon

      Kyle Tucker is very good. However, I do not follow him on Twitter because he invariably gets into a Twitter battle with Matt over stupid stuff and I do not like to read those. So I have to not follow either Kyle, or Matt.

      Sorry, Kyle.

  15. Patrick

    Crawford looks like that Minkus dork from Boy Meets World.

  16. BlueDoug

    Eric grew up a UK fan as was his father Byron..

    1. Stat Man

      So what, Terry Meiners also grew up a UK fan and now takes trips with Rick Fifteeno.

  17. jeff j

    geeeeze i looked up “complete jerk nerd ” and got this exact pic. he really need help, but i aint givin it. GO CATS !!!

  18. Shelby County

    The “1940 Bugs Bunny” comment should be a first ballot KSR HOF inductee. Best comment ever.

    1. Mr. Agree

      Definitely. Thanks to the guy who gave the reference photo too. Just amazing.

      Eric Crawford drinks his own pee I’m pretty sure.

  19. krispy creme

    Was Eric licking TJ’s joy stick while typing that tweet? The UofL media is SO objective.