The observer asked a Kentucky fan at church the other day if he and his wife were going to the Louisville-UK football game, and his response was, “No. They don’t treat UK fans very well at Papa John’s.”
Maybe that partially explains why UK had to return a few hundred tickets to U of L. Maybe not. Kentucky fans claim to be among the most loyal fans around, Big Blue Nation and all. But they are unable to sell out their allotment of 8,000 tickets for the Louisville game?
Getting back to the friend, his Louisville-based company seats are surrounded by some exuberant U of L fans. Some may be drinking beer, a few using salty language, but most simply cheering for their home town team. Sensitive types these friends, adverse to any criticism of the Big Blue.
This is a person who was born in Louisville, he and his wife raised children here. They are only curious spectators when U of L is playing any other school. Devoted to a school 80 miles away. A Kentucky flag out in front of their house, a Wildcat license plate on the car.
Many of their fellow UK fans here cheer against Louisville no matter the opponent. The day after a big Kentucky win, a visit to a Nashville bowl, often after a U of L loss, they’re wearing the blue shirts and those Kroger baseball caps and sticking blue flags on car windows.
Although they’re outnumbered in Louisville, they are a strident minority. They seem to be everywhere. Next door. At Work. At the mall. Proclaiming their loyalty to a bitter rival of the University of Louisville. Feeling superior,Â peering down their collective nose. They are Kentucky fans, you see, and they don’t have to qualify their preference. Fortunately for them.
And they don’t feel comfortable in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Wonder why?
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