By Paul Sykes

A short but steep hill awaits fans entering Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on the east side because of expansion construction. The University of Louisville football team, also under construction, is now confronted by a mountain.

As I sat in the Crunch Zone during that numbing second half, all hope and optimism from the first half disappeared faster that a Pitt wide receiver. It really did resemble the way the Panthers blew up at Heinz Field last year.

Kindra Clark and Whitney Francis
Kindra Clark and Whitney Francis

The Pitt pep band even obliged by playing “Sweet Caroline” at the end of the third quarter like they do at their place. Not that there were many people left to hear it.

Home game Cardinal football will be strictly a social event. If you’re looking to watch good football, take the two-hour jaunt up I-71 to watch the Cincinnati Bearcats.

I was daft for predicting a win in an earlier column on Card Game, but it did look like it was possible after two quarters. Sonja was closer to the blowout. She chatted non-stop with  friends while the guys sat shocked, disillusioned and wanting any reason to cheer.

Climbing the slippery slope continues. Who quarterbacks? Which running backs will be healthy? We’re getting thin in the defensive secondary. Will we put two halves of football together?

The construction continues, the terrain is rugged, and the residents are getting antsy.

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By Paul Sykes

Paul Sykes owns Paul Sykes Advertising and does contract work for other advertising and publishing firms. The proud husband of Sonja, he has a fascination with bears, bars and Cardinal sports. He's also the moderator of

5 thoughts on “Behold Louisville’s Slippery Slope”
  1. You’re asking the wrong question. The real question is: how long until basketball starts?

  2. Watched a little of USF/Syracuse today. Possible wins for the Cards? Probably not USF, we never play well in Tampa. Kragthorpe is 0-2 against the Orange.

    Sadly, the USF/Syracuse game today was such an error fest early on, it looked like we might actually have a chance agaisnt both opponents. Add in a Arkansas State win, which is by no means guaranteed, and there’s your 4-8 season.

    In the book of Jurich, probably good enough to get Kragthorpe a 4th chance at bat.

    The beer is cold, the tailgaiting fun and the LadyBirds still dance better than anyone out there.

    1. Told you we wouldn’t come close to 31 points against Pitt. Now I am telling you we won’t beat both South Florida and Syracuse. So that’s 3-9. Actually while I don’t predict it I strongly suspect we could lose to both of them so that’s 2-10. And if we get upset by Arkansas State……………..

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