You’re looking at Paul Kuharsky, an NFL writer for ESPN.com and co-host on “The Midday 180,” a sports talk show here in Nashville. Kuharsky is infamous in Music City for being a curmudgeon, especially when it comes to journalism, John Calipari, and, apparently, us. Today, Kuharsky and co-host Chad Withrow led off the show by discussing the John Higgins fiasco and what role they believe KSR played in it. Matt heard the conversation and called in, which led to a spirited debate between him and Kuharsky over “journalism” vs. fan sites such as the one you’re reading right now. As you might imagine, Kuharsky and Withrow are not fans of ours because they believe we perpetuate “fake news,” so this was a lively conversation to say the least.
The conversation then switched to Paul’s claim that Kentucky fans chanted “SEC” at the SEC Tournament (which didn’t happen, he misheard the “MVP” chant directed at Dominique Hawkins) and the UCLA game (which honestly, I don’t even recall). That part’s not as entertaining, but you should stop and listen to the segment because it’s not only great radio, it’s an interesting debate about traditional journalism vs. fan-based sites. Personally, I think Kuharsky and Withrow’s complaints that KSR only prints the good stuff about the team and not the bad is totally bogus and proves they’ve never read this site, but it’s an argument I hear a lot and, as someone who strives to be as fair as possible in my coverage, it annoys me. I listened to the show for about an hour afterwards and want to give to all of the KSR fans who called in to defend us a big shoutout. We do this for you, and we thank you.