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Did Jeff Goodman take a shot at KSR?


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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

14 Comments for Did Jeff Goodman take a shot at KSR?

  1. runningunnin.454
    4:11 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

    If it quacks like a duck, it is a duck…..
    If you look like an idiot, you are an idiot.

  2. lexslamman
    4:12 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

    Local sports fans don’t want objective coverage. Asking KSR (or even H-L or C-J) writers to be objective when covering UK is idiotic. I would counter Goodman by arguing that national sports media consumers aren’t all that interested in objectivity, either, or ESPN and other national network sports programming wouldn’t be struggling. Much has been made of the declining interest in NFL football in recent years, but we’re also seeing lower interest in college basket ball, college football, the Olympics, baseball, soccer and hockey. Americans are oversaturated with sports coverage – rather than focusing on generic, objective network coverage from the likes of ESPN or CBSSports, a great many of us prefer hometown-style coverage delivered by folks who speak our language and dialect. KSR exemplifies that kind of coverage.

    • secrick
      4:21 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

      You said it man and i agree.

  3. Realme
    4:24 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

    He should really just admit he trolls for attention / clicks. Dakich did, and is more credible for it.

  4. Sunshinesbright
    4:29 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

    At this point Fort Wayne has the same number of top 25 wins as Kentucky (1). Meanwhile, Indiana has two top 5 wins. Indiana’s bad loss was an OT game against a probable NCAA Tournament team ON THE ROAD. A road game is something UK doesn’t experience unless it’s Louisville or the SEC (Yeah, yeah, UCLA (2015) and UNC (2013)). We should all take a deep breath.

    • runningunnin.454
      4:40 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

      Notre Dame handled IPFW fairly easily.

    • Sunshinesbright
      4:46 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

      As they should. Notre Dame is also off to its best start in 43 years.

    • ukgags86
      5:13 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

      Is Illinois State off to its best start in 40 plus years? If not that 20 point loss to them looks pretty bad. Maybe the 4 point win on the road to 285th ranked Austin Peay will be enough for an at large bid by showing their 1-3 road record is legit.

      Perhaps they win their conference tournament but that is the only way they make it into the field and even then it will be as a 15-16 seed. However you look at it, IU shit the bed against IPFW and trying to make IPFW look better then they are does not make the sheets look any better.

    • Sunshinesbright
      5:39 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

      Yes gags, as I said “Indiana‚Äôs bad loss…” is still a bad loss.

    • 4everblue
      6:14 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

      Bad loss? What a colossal understatement! Best I can tell Indiana plays 3 top 25 teams this season while Kentucky plays 5. Are they gonna give out rings for beating a top 25 team and build a shrine again this year?

  5. EdC
    4:54 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

    When it comes to UK fans this site proves pretty well that fans can take vastly different fanatical takes on exactly the same topic so he kind of has a point. There is almost nothing he could say that woudn’t annoy a huge number of UK fans. Just look at how so many people turned sour with a single Dec. loss to a really talented team.

  6. KSR Spy
    5:01 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

    We will see some more of the Goodman Kiss of Death when Notre Dame beats Nova this Saturday.

  7. terwilliger
    6:26 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

    Here’s the problem with Goodman’s line of thinking: Organizations like KSR do not have an obligation to be objective, because they are not coming up with “original content”. All the KSR folks do — whether it’s on TV, radio, or this website — is report the news and offer their opinion on it. They aren’t writing articles that either glorify or assassinate someone’s character like the Goodman’s, Dana Oneil’s, Pat Forde’s, and Myron Medcalfs of the world. Moreover, they don’t work for the people who OWN THE MEDIA (Disney, CBS, etc.).

    I really truly believe that Goodman is more of a KSR hater than a UK hater. I think deep down, he is mad that as a “legitimate journalist”, he will never have the freedom that guys like Matt and Drew have.

  8. Han
    6:32 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

    Any time one of the major sports writers accuses other people of not being objective, I can’t help but laugh. Most of them are known to have a favorite team (usually their alma mater), while others have publicly admitted disliking specific coaches (namely Cal).