Louisville Mayor makes UK fans see red

Greg Fischer

Mayor Greg Fischer had the right answer for a media member Monday when asked about a hypothetical backlash from local University of Kentucky fans about this Friday being proclaimed Cardinal Red Day in Louisville Metro.

A straight-forward, unvarnished answer that won instant admiration and respect for the mayor from University of Louisville fans for his gutsy response. A rare show of fearlessness for an elected official.

“They say they’re never going to vote for me again. I’m willing to take that risk. I remind them I’m the mayor of Louisville and not the mayor of Lexington,” said Fischer.

A Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll in 2005 indicated that 53.7% of local residents are Cardinal fans as compared to 33.% for Kentucky partisans in the Louisville area, with the remainder following other teams.

Fischer encouraged people to wear red, businesses to display red in their windows and doors and residents to show red at their homes and in their neighborhoods. UofL and UK will meet in an NCAA Sweet 16 game at 9:50 p.m. Friday.

“I want to paint the town red – literally,” Fischer said. “Everyone knows that UK fans will be seeing red when the Cards win on Friday.”

The city’s future is obviously in good hands.

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

11 thoughts on “Louisville Mayor makes UK fans see red”

  1. Now would be a good time to start changing the color of the Louisville Metro flag to red. Never understood why they are blue. We may have the right man in office to make that come about.

  2. Charlie – what’s the scoop on Anthony Lee, Temple transfer? Is he coming to the Ville? Any update on Michal Cekovsky? Thanks

  3. Ummmmmm, last time I checked Louisville is in the state of Kentucky. See, states are bigger than cities. If you all would like to join Indiana, go for it.

    It’s cute how you think most Louisvillians are Louisville fans. That’s just precious. Go and do a survey. I’ll wait here.

  4. Honestly this doesn’t bother me as a UK fan. I wouldn’t vote for the guy anyway since he’s a member of Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns (which is actually just an anti-2A organization). Would love to see him drop out of that group, it doesn’t do anything for our city.

  5. This is the same guy who thought getting a constitutional amendment so he could raise local taxes would be a great idea. What in the world did you do at Vandy that fried your brain Mayor of Louisville?

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