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Jim Calhoun Versus ASW: Who Really Won?

Sunday, February 22, 2009 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 10:57 PM, under , , ,

Athens, GA (Feb 22, 2009) - Meg·a·lo·ma·ni·a (měg'ə-lō-mā'nē-ə, -mān'yə) is defined as "a psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence." In the blogging world it is defined as an ASW (an attention-seeking whore), and these type of people are not usually a welcome part of the blogging community.

Self-described megalomaniac Ken Krayeske brought new meaning to ASW with his interaction with University of Connecticut Men's Basketball Coach Jim Calhoun. After UConn defeated South Florida 64-50. Krayeske decided to take on Calhoun over his salary, and it was not pretty.

Watching this video, there are two questions that come to mind. From Calhoun's initial response of "not a dime back", it seems that he has been under pressure on this topic. Why else would he reply so abruptly and curtly before Krayeske even finished his question.

The other question is how did Krayeske even get a credential to begin with? If you look at his web site, which will not be linked to from here, everything he writes about seems to come from a self-aggrandizing point of view. He came into the press conference with an agenda.

And guess what? He won. He got the attention he wanted, and Calhoun came across as a bitter man with lots of money. How would this play with the lower-middle class and unemployed of Connecticut? Sure, UConn basketball brings a lot of money into the school, but most people don't distinguish between state money and athletic revenue. They just see a man yelling at a "reporter", defending the frankly outlandish amount of money he receives.

Unfortunately, all Krayeske really accomplished is make it more difficult for members of non-traditional media to get access to events and people. In his megalomaniac attack on Calhoun, he acted irresponsibly. Not only did he tick of Calhoun, he managed to draw the ire of the other media members in the room (listen closely to the video).

Thanks to for providing the link to this video and story.

Related Link(s)

Jim Calhoun Vs. Ken Krayeske Over UConn Salary (Hartford Courant)

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