Time to update the rules of etiquette at University of Louisville football games.
Everyone is familiar with fans who wind up at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium oblivious to what’s happening on the field. Some of the rules are for them, other for people who grate on the nerves of fellow fans, and a couple are just personal peeves.
The list has evolved over the years with suggestions from Card Game frequenters. Feel free to suggest additional rules:
- Shut down the tailgating well before the game, be in your seat at kickoff (Howard Schnellenberger suggested an hour early).
- Don’t walk in front of other fans in the middle of a play. (Nothing more clueless, exposing you as inconsiderate. Wait till the play is over, then make your move).
- Know when to stand or not to stand (If you’re the only one standing in the section, there’s a problem).
- Don’t be a negative Nancy (There’s always some guy who thinks every play is terrible, every tackle is sloppy, any gain by the opposing team is due to poor defensive play, and any offensive play that doesn’t result in a touchdown was poorly executed).
- Keep the cliches to yourself (Stop stealing my lines).
- Spare us the running analysis (The obvious is the obvious).
- Don’t keep repeating everything you hear on the radio ear buds (We’re watching it live and in person).
- Limit alcohol intake (You might remember the game).
- Limit social, non-football dialogue while play is underway (Spare us the updates on your friend’s yeast infection).
- Don’t sell or give your Louisville vs. UK tickets to Kentucky fans (Ever).
- Don’t leave before the game is over (unless it’s a family emergency).
And one more, for those chosen to sing the national anthem:
- Spare us your stylized versions in three-quarter time or half octaves and country and western versions.