Louisville fans help Jock Sutherland celebrate 92nd birthday

Jock Sutherland with Winnie, one of his “wiener dogs,” while enjoying cards from UofL fans. Photo courtesy of his wife, Phyllis
Sutherland.

Some great news to share in the midst of some challenging times.

Jock Sutherland was up and at ’em Saturday morning, celebrating his 92nd birthday  at 234 Fairway Drive West in Nicholasville.  His wife Phyllis greeting him with happy birthday wishes.

She also presented him with a stack of birthday cards from University of Louisville fans, courtesy of fans who visit Card Game and the Cardinal Authority fan site. Later in the day Jock will partake of an Oreo ice cream birthday cake, his favorite dessert.

“Good morning, Mr. Springer. Just wanted to let you know Jock got 40 birthday cards for his birthday today,” said Phyllis in a text message. “He will have a grand old time reading them, seeing who they are from. He will read them over and over. Thanks for your help in getting the cards sent to him. Many blessings.”

Jock was also greeted on his special day to the yelping and pitter patter of their three dachshunds, Bobbie, Buddy and Winnie. “Winnie has been giving him lots of kisses today,” she noted. “She wants to wear her little dresses with ruffles. I put down two or three dresses and she takes the one she wants.

“They are spoiled rotten, including Jock.”

Jock, as most of you know, is the former color analyst on University of Louisville basketball games with Van Vance. They worked together on WHAS radio from 1980 to 2001.

“We’re shooting for 100 for Jock,” she said. “We still have the mailman to come today. He keeps looking at the cards this morning. He’s enjoying them.”

Thanks to everyone who helped make this Saturday a special day.

Charlie Springer

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