Voting begins in Biggest Fan of the Big East contest

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Voting has begun in the latest edition of Volvo’s Biggest Fan of the Big East Contest.

Representing the University of Louisville in the competition is Timothy Johnstone, who share his views on UofL sports daily over at Cardinal Laws. The winner gets a brand new Volvo S-60 and a trip to New York for the championship game of the 2011-12 Big East Tournament — and $10,000 gift to the UofL scholarship fund.

You can follow Tim’s progress and vote for him often at this location.

Keep it in the UofL family.


Tim Johnstone to represent UofL in
Biggest Fan of the Big East contest

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Congratulations to Tim Johnstone, a University of Louisville fan, who will be representing U of L in this year’s Biggest Fan of the Big East Contest sponsored by Volvo.

A graduate of the U of L School of Law, Tim has his work cut out for him in succeeding Steve Springer who was the big winner for U of L in last year’s competition, claiming a new Volvo S60, a trip to Madison Square Garden for the Big East Championship game, and $10,000 for UofL’s General Scholarship Fund.

Tim, of course, is a rabid Cardinal fan, and he, along with Chris Cunningham, runs the Cardinal Laws blog site, posting as Mr. Red. When he’s not writing, reading or watching U of L, he runs his own law firm under the name of Tim Johnstone in the Highlands.

His first official duty as a contestant, along with his counterparts from 15 other Big East cities, will be to attend Big East Media Day on Oct. 19.  You can read more at his site.

We look forward to his entries and will be following his progress closely. Good luck, Tim.



Special delivery for Biggest Big East Fan

Steve Springer, winner of Volvo’s Biggest Fan of the Big East Contest, stands beside his brand new, 2012 Volvo S60 automobile after signing the papers at Volvo of Louisville Saturday afternoon. Steve was declared the winner in March after a six-month contest, competing with bloggers from 15 other Big East cities. He gave credit to all the University of Louisville fans who voted for him in the fan poll, followed him on Twitter and Facebook, and made comments to his posts on Card Game.
The Biggest Fan of the Big East accepts congratulations from his dad, the Observer (aka Charlie Springer), after allowing the old man to take a drive in the dream car. Perhaps the best news of all, beside the wonder of riding in such a vehicle, is that it comes with a five-year warranty that covers any and every possible repair from the motor to the windshield wipers, except for tires.

Thanks again, U of L fans, from Steve and the Observer. It would have never been possible without your tremendous support. What a country. What a fan base.

Biggest Fan of the Big East & the trip to the Big East Tourney


Volvo’s “Biggest Fan of the Big East” contest culminated with me and my family getting to cash in our prize by venturing to New York City to witness the Big East Tournament finals and semifinals. With wife and kids in tow, we made it in town in time to catch the Cards come from behind and exact revenge on Notre Dame in the semis and then watch a great game which had the Cards falling to UConn in the BET championship.

As part of the grand prize, I participated in the halftime ceremonies and presented a check from Volvo in the amount of $10,000 to the University of Louisville’s scholarship fund. It was one of those giant cardboard checks that one always dreams of getting their hands on. I held up the left side and at the other end of the check was Volvo Cars North America CEO Doug Speck. Mr. Speck ended up being the only male on the planet I’m not related to that was on the receiving end of a big o’ kiss as I planted one on his cheek when they announced that I also won a brand new naughty Volvo S60.  Below is my interview with the Big East Network reporter:

Big East Video On-Demand interview with Steve Springer, “Biggest Fan of the Big East”

It was a great privilege to be able to share the experience with my wife, Casey, and the kids. Not only did we see some great Cardinal/Big East basketball in the most famous basketball venue in the world, along with all the extras like the car, going out on the court, hanging in the tunnel, etc., we took in a few sights and sounds in New York City, as well. We stayed two nights in the beautiful New Yorker Hotel, ate some local cuisine, rode the subway for the first time, and toured Ground Zero and paid our respects at the memorial.

We would have had time for a couple of other places if not for us pulling a silly tourist mistake, getting on the A-train going in the wrong direction and riding something like 200 blocks the wrong way and having to go all the way back and then some. Then getting off at the wrong stop and walking for blocks and blocks to finally get there. Oh well, the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty will have to wait until next time.

Many thanks to the people of Volvo US and Cake NYC for their hospitality and for putting up with our crew for the weekend. They sure know how to treat people right and made this basketball season extra special for our family.

 Also, we have much appreciation for the too-many-to-name people that helped me throughout the course of the contest. And even if I tried to name everybody, I would inevitably leave someone off because there were probably lots of people that voted, retweeted, etc. that I don’t even know about. You know who you are and your time and efforts are much appreciated. This post is dedicated to all of you.

Video: Louisville fan gets the new car

Steve Springer, a University of Louisville basketball (and football, baseball, etc.) fan, accepts the keys during halftime ceremonies at Madison Square Garden to a brand new Volvo S60 for winning Volvo’s Biggest Fan of the Big East contest. A perfect night for Steve except for UofL’s heartbreaking loss to UConn in the championship game of the Big East Championship tournament.

Steve, who lives in Murray, also discusses the family’s challenges in caring for their daughter Mackenzie who was stricken with Transverse Myelitis during the past year. He has received strong support from his wife Casey during an extremely challenging period for the entire family.

Thanks again to everyone who supported the family the past year and for all the fans who got behind Steve in the contest — through the fan poll, his blog comments, Twitter retweets, Facebook comments and YouTube comments during the six-month duration of the competition.