First date was a University of Louisville football game, Memphis the opponent, snowing that night, Lee Corso coaching, John Madeya taking the snaps for UofL.


Little did she know this would be first of many Louisville football games, as well as basketball and baseball, to follow over the years if she continued to tolerate the observer. Spring games, scrimmages, groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, memorabilia, prints, face paint, car flags, Cardinal gear, women’s games, soccer, day trips, caravans, NCAA tournaments, bowl games … and 11 football coaches.

She was attending the University of Kentucky at the time, drawing the observer to Lexington two or three times a week. After dining and wining her on a Valentine’s Day at the Campbell House in Lexington. the observer would get up the nerve to propose, but have to wait two or three weeks for her response. She would finally said yes, thankfully, and his life would never be the same.

Initially a UK fan, she would switch her allegiance completely to the Cardinals after two or three years, coming to share the observer’s passion for UofL in what has become a decades-long experience.

Flowers, candy, a card, dinner and maybe a movie as she enjoys a day off from work. Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

4 thoughts on “Her conversion to UofL”
  1. Wouldn’t have had it any other way. So many good, no, great memories, dressed up in red. Glad you proposed to a UK grad student, LOL. Go Cards!

    1. Barbara,

      Now that’s how it should be. That school in Lexington is nice and all, and they sometimes have good things happening, but, if you want to witness that true thrill of college sports, with an “S” you have to come to THE University of Kentucky, which happens to be in Louisville. They should change the name of that school in Lexington. I have suggestions…

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