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The C-J’s Eric Crawford is reporting that Louisville does indeed exist


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 doesn’t exist, how come UK spends more than $1 million per year to get its games broadcast on Louisville’s biggest radio station? How come they want so badly to have shows on Louisville stations? If it doesn’t exist, why does UK come to town to play a basketball game every year? If it doesn’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 not’ve happened. Louisville doesn’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. 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.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

67 Comments for The C-J’s Eric Crawford is reporting that Louisville does indeed exist

  1. KidCody
    11:32 am December 30, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sure both the people that read this thought it was great #CourierJournalReadersActuallyDon’tExist

  2. getting old
    11:36 am December 30, 2011 Permalink

    I live in Louisville, UK grad…I quit reading Crawford years ago. He is a sophmoric ul hack writer.

  3. SexnNursinHomes
    11:37 am December 30, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll make this simple for Eric Crawford.

    1. MANY UK fans live in louisville
    2. MANY UK fans want UK sport’s news
    3. UK spends money to get them UK sport news

    Apparently he failed 1st grade logic.

  4. HoboKat
    11:38 am December 30, 2011 Permalink


  5. Don
    11:38 am December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Crawford has gotten a lot better the past couple of years, but he appears to try to be getting back into the graces of the Louisville fan’s who feel he has slighted them in his columns during the same period. #whatthefuc!ever

  6. Jaws2
    11:41 am December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Once a Homer, always a Homer.

  7. Old man sleeping in lower arena
    11:47 am December 30, 2011 Permalink


  8. C-A-T-S Cats Cats Cats
    11:48 am December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Sounds like an inferiority complex to me.

  9. Nassau65
    11:54 am December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Dang-that sure looks just like the guy that just hates Tennessee, they some snitches.

  10. ebell55
    11:56 am December 30, 2011 Permalink

    The guys who run this oneness store and the all cats everything marketing are geniuses. Making money and not having to pay UK Capitolism at its finest! Wish I would have thought of it!!

  11. What the...
    11:58 am December 30, 2011 Permalink

    In other news… people in Springfield, Illinois are wearing shirts saying that Chicago doesn’t exist? Bwahahaha

  12. lexslamman
    11:59 am December 30, 2011 Permalink


  13. Babaganush
    11:59 am December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Just got that hoodie in the mail yesterday. Oneness has the best UK gear.

  14. lexslamman
    11:59 am December 30, 2011 Permalink

    1: Knock Knock
    2: Who’s There?
    1: Eric Crawford
    2: Eric Crawford who?
    1: Exactly.

  15. John
    12:00 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    My son began his college career at a small but prestigious liberal arts college in northern Ohio. A handful of the students were from Kentucky, including several from Louisville and some, like my son, from central Kentucky. My son said the kids from Louisville made it a point to tell other students, most of whom were from Ohio, that Louisville was like a city-state of good schools, high culture and urbane sophistication and was not in any way related to people in the rest of the state, who were backward, stupid hillbillies and hayseeds.

  16. NKY_UK_fan
    12:02 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

  17. catnhat
    12:02 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    What’s the line for tomorrow? VegasInsider still doesn’t have anything, anyone seen the spread yet?

  18. BigBlueSkyDog
    12:03 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks Eric for that intrepid reporting! Now your newspaper can try to find the Yeti or Sasquatch!

  19. BUCats
    12:05 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink


  20. Real Talk
    12:05 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Look, when you go outside of this state and you mention Louisville, most people know where you are talking about. They either know about the Big East, the Derby, Louisville Slugger or Muhammed Ali…

    If you mention Lexington, middlesboro, Frankfurt or any other town in Kentucky, no one knows anything about those places. I’m sorry Louisville exists; Lexington really does not.

  21. Jaws2
    12:07 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    #16, what’s really funny about that poll is to go over the states with the cursor and see which states rate his odds the lowest. Interestingly enough, the states that actually know something about college basketball rank his odds the lowest. Kansas has him at 18% !

  22. Skywalker
    12:09 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    I love how he had to use his “pulpit” to make a reference to Matt’s joke.

  23. calicatfan
    12:12 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Early line is 6.5

  24. Skywalker
    12:13 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    20- I’m sure that depends on where you travel and who you ask. Being as 2 major Interstates cross through Fayette County I find most people in my travels have heard of Lexington. Especially if you talk to people in this region of the country. You know, the one we all live in.

  25. Blue Genius
    12:14 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    20. The saying refers to the basketball program not the actual city. You must have earned a degree from Loserville.

  26. Reality Bites
    12:15 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Hey yo, I know you don’t want to hear this… but when you go outside of this state and you mention Louisville; people know where you are talking about or something about the city: Big East, Muhammed Ali, Louisville Slugger, The Derby…

    When you mention Lexington or any other town in the state people don’t know what you’re talking about or where it is. Louisville exists, Lexington REALLY does not.

  27. UKalum
    12:15 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    20) Why don’t you go read Louisville Sports Radio? Oh whats that you say? There is no Thats because no one cares about louisville therefore #LouisvilleDoesntExist. Can’t believe how many Louisville fans are obsessed with this site.

  28. WildcatFan
    12:16 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    20, Sorry to have to break the news to you but you are living in the past. I travel all around the country on my job and when I tell people I am from Kentucky I will admit that one of the first things I hear mentioned is the Kentucky Derby. However, that is the only thing that has to do with Louisville. After that it is the Lexington Horse farms, and the Kentucky Wildcat Basketball team. I get more comments on Keeneland than I do on anything related to louisville other than the Derby.

  29. explorer
    12:16 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Real Talk – it’s the University of Kentucky. Not the University of Lexington. And while we are at it, it is the Kentucky Derby not the Louisville Derby. I bet many people across the country couldn’t tell you what city the Derby was held in.

  30. barn
    12:16 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    the guy in the picture looks like the bama student who does the ‘i hate tennessee’ video

  31. Reality Bites
    12:19 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    #20 First, you must not have learned in school that English is a specific language, and therefore you should put the University of Louisville on the shirt if that is what is meant. Second, they must not teach geography at UK.

  32. Ares
    12:19 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    I hope Eric is quick to let the people of the University of Louisville know that there is in fact a “LOUIS” in front of the Ville. When living in a literal world you want to make sure you are getting everyone on the same page.

  33. Reality Bites
    12:22 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    #28 Keeneland, bwahahahahaha. I call BS on that one buddy, you’re crazy. People who go to Kenneland don’t even bet on horses or go in it is so boring. They hang outside and play cornhole all day. That is fuuuuunnnnnnnyyyyyyy. I’m sure everyone across the country is talking about Keeneland!

  34. Reality Bites
    12:23 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry #28 lost the numbrer laughing so hard.

  35. saki7
    12:28 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    We’re going to crack their beaks off…

  36. Jaws2
    12:30 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Anytime someone asks where I’m from I tell them I live in the ‘ville’. It ALWAYS gets a huge laugh. Then I pull out my flat bill and flash’em the universal loser sign the ‘L’. After that I light up a Black & Mild, whip out a bottle of Crown from behind my wife beater, and they’re usually on the ground rolling around by then. Great town I live in!

  37. here ya go
    12:31 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    20) it’s hard to respect the opinion of someone who can’t spell the name of the capital city correctly.

  38. Matt
    12:38 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Crawford knows as much as anybody. UK will do whatever it takes to help those UK fans that have to live in that #*%$ hole, or as I call it, The Armpit of KY. I know I had to live there for 3 years. And thankfully I was around more UK fans in that town then ul. Kind of sad I think when the university is “supposed” to be a national “powerhouse”. Ha

  39. Wow
    12:38 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Haha the funniest part about reading these comments is the fact that you people are seriously arguing about whether or not Louisville or Lexington has more “existence.” I have full confidence that the creators of this shirt are well aware of the existence of both cities just like most people. It’s strictly for a rivalry and I promise no one actually thinks Louisville doesn’t exist. Don’t get too worked up now

  40. Just a girl
    12:42 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Went to a friend’s wedding in DC. A groomsman’s father heard I was from Kentucky and came to tell me how much he loved Lexington, and Keeneland specifically. He went to Churchill once and thought it was a dump, but planned his work trips to come during Keeneland meets. This was a seriously wealthy guy from Westchester, NY with zero ties to the state.

    I lived In central Mexico for a while, just outside Mexico City. Folks there know KFC and horse farms. No mention of Louisville.

    In my domestic travels people know UK basketball and horse farms and the Derby. They can’t tell you where the Derby is held but they know where UK plays.

  41. WildcatFan
    12:43 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    33, well you can live in your world if you want, but lots of people travel to Lexington just to go to Keeneland. It has its following and it gets as many comments from people as the race track in Louisville. The biggest dicussions I have had about Churchill downs is trying to figure out why it is located in such a filthy area. I point out to them that it really wouldn’t make much difference where in louisville it was located since almost the entire town is a ghetto. Lots of out of towners agree.

  42. Real Talk Lies
    12:46 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Louisville exits? Why did only 11,000 fans show up for their basketball Madness? Guess they forgot their second rate program exists.

  43. Old man sleeping in lower arena
    12:57 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Louisville is ghetto as ghetto gets. Really wish they would just give it to Indiana. Kentucky’s crime rate, crown royal sells, and all hat would go down but that’s ok.

  44. bluristhurr
    12:59 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Now if you wouldn’t of put this on the site no one would of known about it because not many people under the age of 50 read the c-j

  45. What are you on?
    1:03 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    #41 You go with that… People from all around the world travel to Keenland bwahahaha. Yeah Keeneland is killing the Derby and Churchill Downs. Sounds good, you roll with that. Your own fanbase wants you to quit now.

  46. Good Call
    1:07 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    #43 Yeah, Louisville does have some “ghetto” aspects to it. Like a “crime rate”. It’s called being an urban area. You’ll see all types of things in the big city like: flying machings and cars… would probably freak you out! Bwahahahahaha Don’t be scared…

  47. catfanran
    1:15 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    now folks take it for what it’s worth…………Crawford is and always will be a U of L……H O M E R…….but then again we have our own Matt Jones

  48. get a clue cards
    1:22 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Funniest part about this article is that Crawford is basically implying that UK officials created the shirt/slogan. His argument is baseless considering a clothing store made the shirt, not mitch or anyone else associated with the university. Pretty sure this clothing store doesn’t sign the media deals, contracts, etc… Genius.

  49. KentuckyHouse
    1:23 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    20) It’s FRANKFORT, not Frankfurt. This isn’t Germany. BTW, that would be your state capital (assuming you actually live in Kentucky), so you might want to crack an atlas.

  50. Al B. Sure
    1:32 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    20) I’ve done extensive traveling through the US for my job. Most people outside of KY don’t differentiate between Louisville and the rest of the state. To most people outside of KY, the entire state is hillbillies… including Louisville. That said, I thought the idea of the slogan was that Louisville “the college basketball team” doesn’t exist in comparison to UK… not Louisville “the city”. Its fairly obvious that the city does exist. Some people can’t handle (or aren’t intelligent enough to get) humor.

  51. Dane Brammage
    1:33 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    I like Eric Crawford. While he is primarily a Louisville fan, he is also a good writer who has been known to give KENTUCKY props on occasion. He’s just having fun with the new shirt slogan; and, he’s making folks think…which is good.

  52. Al B. Sure
    1:34 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Apparently, judging by sweatshirts sold at the UL bookstore, “Louisville” does not exist. Weren’t they selling merchandise that said, “Louisiville”?

  53. hypocrite
    1:45 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    ok ,now think real hard. why does a site supposedly about uk sports spend so much time talking about a university,or city, that does not exist? ironic isn’t it? this site should be called lsr

  54. bluebiscuit
    1:48 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    This is one of the funniest posts ever. Love that shirt idea, it’s getting exactly the kind of reaction it was meant to create.

  55. JohnnyRed
    1:49 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    41) Churchill Downs was there before the houses around it were built. You cannot just pick it up and move it. When the location decision was made, I am pretty sure that it was farmland in that area. In addition, yes, Louisville is a big city – it will have its ghettos, but I think if you were to drive through the Highlands, St. Matthews, Anchorage or Glenview, you would feel pretty silly stating that the “entire town is a ghetto”.
    42) It is because we Card fans actually have a life outside basketball and there are other things to do in this city other than watch a scrimmage.
    43) I actually agree with you. As a life long Louisvillian, I have repeatedly witnessed how the politicians and meth-head hillbillys located outside Jefferson County continue to screw up our state. I too wish that Louisville could be annexed by Indiana. But if that were to happen, what would remain of Kentucky would have no tax revenue and would become more of a third-world country than it already is.

    Bottomline – dis Louisville all you want, but it only shows your ignorance since every other part of the state depends on Louisville’s tax revenue.

  56. Al B. Sure
    1:52 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Everyone needs to go over to and vote for Anthony Davis on the poll:

    Who is your frontrunner for Player of the Year?
    25% Jared Sullinger
    13% Thomas Robinson
    27% Marcus Denmon
    5% Tu Holloway
    6% John Henson
    23% Anthony Davis

  57. politician
    1:55 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    that is why the rest of the state takes 40% of total tax revenue from the city. those trailers dont appreciate much. keeneland over churchill downs?haha . now that is some funny stuff. i have been to cancun many times. am i a worldly traveler? had such a good time cant even tell you much about it

  58. 3cats
    2:42 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Come on now.. Louisville does exits. It is the city without a bridge,a city with over 90 murders in the west end, a city of nuff said,
    a city with over 50% UK fans which is a good thing. Louisville is a city of little brothers,of want a b’s, A city with out a great news paper
    a great city to tail gate before not going to the game. It is a great city when BIG BLUE comes to town. A good city indeed!

  59. RondosDribblingHand
    2:42 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like Bozich pulled a fast one and wrote under Crawfords name.
    55)I love how tard fans always mention a life when we call them out about not showing up for their opening night scrimmage. Life isn’t robbing stores and smoking crack. Or maybe there isn’t enough fans of that suck a$$ program to fill half that new arena. HAHA

  60. Designated Drinker
    3:47 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    The last line is the best one you have written. Newspapers have suffered a fatal wound, not because of technology, but because they don’t report what has happened, but rather they tell you what to think or who is right and wrong. It’s like journalist think their audience is dumber than them, when actually literally a 10 year old can regurgitate what they have seen and allow you to develop your own opinion. Adios Herald Leader, Cats Paws and Courier Journal. Your on notice.

  61. tax question
    4:25 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    yeah the state gets tax revenue from Louisville…but how much tax revenue does Louisville itself eat up? The money being spent to house all the criminals in Louisville is probably enough to feed a third-world country for a year.

  62. 3cats
    4:38 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Louisville; is that a city? where is it? Is it in Indiana?

  63. kdog
    5:01 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Lets just answer a few of Mr. Crawfords’s questions. First the reason that UK wants to be on the biggest channel in Louisville because it broadcasts all over the state. And why is it if there is a UK game and a UL game at the sametime that the radio station broadcast the UK game live and the UL is not. Because that is what the fans in the state WANT. “Why does UK want to be broadcast on the Louisville TV stations”, because there is more UK fans in Louisville than UL. If you don’t believe me ask any retailer in Louisville that sells both UK and UL merchandise. The UK merchandise sells 2 to 1 over UL. AND THE SWEATSHIRT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CITY, IT HAS TO DO WITH THE TEAM AND THE UK, UL GAME. Come on Crawford you should know that. Mr. Crawford if you are really wondering why UK comes to Louisville to play a game go back to my statement that there is more UK fans in Louisville then UL. Lets also keep in mind that not only does UK sell out the arena for the game but also for the practice.

  64. EkuBlue
    5:07 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Ignorance is at an all time high on here with all these stereotypes and it shows the intelligence level that most think of people from Kentucky from across the country with the stereotype that we all are a bunch of dumb backwoods people with nothing here to offer.

  65. Green River 46
    5:11 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    I thought Louisville was in Indiana . well I missed it by a few hundred yards.

  66. UKFan11
    9:20 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink


  67. Uk rocks
    11:21 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    20, if someone mentions Lexington theyll say oh, Kentucky plays there quit livin in th past.