Time to update the rules of etiquette at University of Louisville football games.
Everyone is familiar with the casual fans who somehow wind up at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium seemingly without any interest with what’s happening on the field. Some of the rules are for them, others are for hardened fans who also grate on the nerves of their fellow fans.
The list has evolved over the years with suggestions from Card Game frequenters. Feel free to suggest additional rules (and share the list with slow learners):
- Shut down the tailgating well before the game, head for the stadium, be in seats before kickoff (Howard Schnellenberger suggested an hour early).
- Don’t walk in front of other fans in the middle of a play. (Nothing more clueless, exposing you as inconsiderate of fellow fans. Wait till the play is over, then move quickly).
- Know when to stand or not to stand (Your back could be an inviting target for irritated fans, bigger or smaller than you).
- Don’t be a Negative Nancy (There’s always some guy who thinks every play is terrible, every tackle is sloppy, any gain by the opposing team is due to our poor defensive play, and any offensive play that doesn’t result in a touchdown was poorly executed).
- Keep the cliches to yourself (We’re bored and irritated by them, and will ignore you at all times).
- Spare us the running analysis (We’re not impressed with your knowledge of the obvious).
- Don’t keep repeating everything you hear on the radio ear buds (We’ll ask if it’s important).
- Limit alcohol intake (For obvious reasons).
- Limit social, non-football dialogue while play is underway (We so look forward to game-day updates on your friend’s yeast infection).
- Don’t sell your Louisville vs. UK tickets to Kentucky fans (Your seat neighbors will hold it against you).
- Don’t leave before the game is over (Unless you have a valid reason that doesn’t include beating the traffic).