As if University of Louisville football fans haven’t suffered enough indignity …

ESPN2, the same cable network that helped propel U of L to prominence during the glory years, has dictated that the Louisville-Rutgers game will kick off at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.

  • The good news is that the season will end several hours earlier than expected.

  • The bad news is even fewer fans will be there to say goodbye to the seniors and possibly Steve Kragthorpe.

Somewhere Tom Jurich is nursing a badly twisted arm.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Just Say The Word, ESPN”
  1. It was said by someone that real football teams don’t play at 11:00. Feel free to make up your own joke.

  2. As much as the four letter network has jerked and twisted the Cards around over the past several seasons, this start time seems to have been predicated by the Big East.

    The final three games of the season..noon start for Syracuse, South Florida and 11 a.m. for Rutgers. Wow. Talk about the “not ready for prime time” players.

    As was mentioned elsewhere, these games will be on in prime time for the folks in Moscow, though. That was set up for Angel, I have no doubt. Our Moscow fan base is never mentioned but a major factor, don’t ya think? ESPN U.S.S.R. is digging that..

  3. Well, golly gee. I wonder which network prompted the Big East to have an 11 a.m. game to fill that programming slot?

  4. Despite rumors that ESPN had to outbid the Comedy Channel and the Faith Channel for broadcast rights to this one, the execs at ESPN Moscow wanted this one bad. They were thrilled with former UofL and Rutgers stars Angel McCougthry, Kia Vaughn and Cappie Pondexter during their recent visit to compete in the European basketball tournaments.

    (Oops…someone forgot to tell them it was a football broadcast between the two schools, not women’s hoops. Oh well…there goes all that detente we’ve built up. Tear down that defensive secondary Mr. Gorbachev!) )

  5. Maybe they can get Billy Mays to do the play by play. He’s the only thing more annoying than UofL football currently.

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