Quarterback Will Stein was scrambling much of the night during the annual University of Louisville spring game, trading snaps with Teddy Bridgewater and Dominique Brown. The starting job appears to be his, based on Friday’s performance.
The first shock upon returning to Louisville late Friday after a week in Las Vegas was the leaking pipe, spraying water though a hole in the wall, soaking the dining room and living room carpets. Water also standing in parts of the basement, damaging more carpet.
Almost enough to keep the observer away from the spring football game. At the insistence of Barbara, twisting his arm, the observer goes ahead, makes the trek, communicating by cell phone with the plumber while repairing the leak and wondering about the whereabouts of his fellow fans.
A real damper on the oberver’s already wrecked evening was the paltry turnout at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. An estimate of 3,500 fans would be generous. I suspected as much when I was able to find a parking spot seven rows back in the Green Lot five minutes before kickoff. The crowds were better during Steve Kragthorpe’s tenure.
Granted, there were deadly tornadoes earlier in the day. But U of L has had better turnouts during driving rain and with tornadoes actually in the vicinity of the stadium, like three years ago when we ducked into a closet with the cleanup crew. One had the feeling that we had reverted back to the seventies, the pre-Schnellenberger era. That bad.
Not good for U of L football, especially with Charlie Strong having invited 30 recruits for the event. A poor impression for any Charlie Strong recruit who has been to an SEC spring game.
One also wonders whether the lack of discussion from the head coach may have also affected attendance. There was a bare minimum of hype or promotion coming from the staff. As if the coach was admitting that the team showing would not be that impressive. The scrimmage itself was dominated by the defense, with the offense slowed by fumbles, interceptions, bad passes and dropped balls.
No excuses for the embarrassing turnout, however. The fan base was missing in action, and that’s disappointing. Fair weather or bad weather, the leak has to be fixed.