With decades of University of Louisville football behind him, the observer always approaches each new game with a sense of optimism, expecting to win. When one is a fanatic, one is never surprised by a win and does not fail to be devastated by a loss.
Anyone familiar with U of L football’s history knows that fans have been disappointed many more times than not. The incredible decade of bowl appearances and major victories before the Steve Kragthorpe era was an exception, of course, rewarding the faithful for sticking around during all the bad years.
Which leads us to the current situation. A situation in which a significant segment of fans expect to to lose most football games. A sizeable minority of impatient fans want Louisville to lose so changes will have to be made. The observer can’t live his life hating or castigating people associated with U of L. Doesn’t understand people who live that way. They are not helping the program by throwing rocks at the university.
That’s why he wants this coach to be successful. Wants him to be right about why the program has fallen on its face the last two years and thus far this season. Wants this team to eliminate the mistakes, embrace confidence, start winning games, and develop some swagger. The observer is not giving up on any U of L coach until Tom Jurich does.
Note: The observer is not an apologist, not does he make apologies, for Louisville football.
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If you haven’t visited Cardinal Laws, you should. The moderators, who go by the names of Mr. Black and Mr. Red, deliver brief and concise thoughts about U of L athletics. The observer especially liked a recent post about Louisville football, and why it should still be a draw for fans:
“For most of us, we will need to appreciate the finer things of being a Cards fan — the tailgating and the home games and watching the stadium get taller (absent the consideration of how we’ll fill it) and watching the aways at the neighborhood pub or at whoever’s house has the big-screen TV. If you can’t enjoy this season without seven wins and a bowl game, then I feel sorry for you, because it is not likely. That’s not to accept mediocrity or wave the white flag of surrender — you will see that on this blog that we will never give up. And It is definitelynot to excuse the coaching staff. But it is where we are. For this season at least, Cards fans, we are left with our lowest-common denominator — each other.”