The BBN and Jeff Goodman have a love/hate relationship, that tends to lean toward the latter.
In an appearance on Adam Zagoria’s Four Quarters Podcast, Goodman was asked about his tenuous relationship with Kentucky fans. His first response was a haymaker.
“There’s some lunatics. You try to talk some sense into ’em and you can’t. They just don’t understand it.”
Probably not the best way to start, but he did back down from the divisive first statement by explaining how he tries to be as objective as possible.
“They don’t understand that I try to be objective both ways. Nobody’s spoken more highly of De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk than I have, but I also call a spade a spade.”
Most of the recent back-and-forth between Goodman and Kentucky fans came after he incorrectly slated Indiana as the nation’s No. 1 team, one spot ahead of Kentucky. He admits he was wrong, but explained his rationale at the time.
“We do preseason rankings, and they’re based on paper. Once results start to happen, that’s how you have to try to figure out rankings. And they couldn’t grasp it. And I know not everybody agrees with how I do it, but the bottom line is results should mean more than paper rankings. Indiana’s victory at that point — and they lost to IPFW right afterwards so I looked like an idiot — but at that time I feel like Indiana warranted being the No. 1 team over Kentucky because I didn’t think Michigan State was very good. I’m proven to be correct on that.”
But Goodman couldn’t resist, he had to finish his answer by taking one more shot at Kentucky fans. In the process, I don’t think it’s vain to say he’s also taking a shot at Kentucky Sports Radio.
“There’s some great Kentucky fans. They’re so passionate. I kind of equate them to Alabama football or Yankees/Red Sox. There are some that are great and then there’s a small percentage on Twitter that give that fan base a bad name. Certainly, there’s some people leading that fan base that I think are absolutely ridiculous with their thoughts. They just can’t be objective.”
Ridiculous you say?
If you want to hear for yourself, the question comes at the 26:30 mark.