Good to get back in the win column. Had to get back there. Some UK fans, especially those in the Louisville area, would have become even more insufferable than they already were.

You know the ones, many of them born and raised here, their team having been selected for them before they were conceived.

They weren’t talking much Sunday, trying to act as if it were just another day.  As if their reason for being hadn’t been thumped by the University of Louisville football team. The same ones so confident the day before that UK would deliver a fifth consecutive win, something they desperately needed to reaffirm their superiority.

Sorry, friends, associates and next door neighbors, you can put the blue away for a while. Not that they need to be told, of course, because that’s what they always do after a loss to Louisville, quickly fading into the woodwork.

Don’t feel sorry for them. They’ll be back in those blue rag tags in mid-October when basketball practice resumes, returning to their true form.

Enjoy the temporary reprieve.

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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.

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  1. Lifetime “insufferable” UK fan and current Louisville resident here. UK fans were no more insufferable before this year’s game than Louisville fans were before the 2007 football game. UofL had won 4 in a row and had the Orange Bowl victory under their belts. All UK fans heard was UofL is going to win a national championship and Brian Brohm for Heisman. How did that work out? I wasn’t confident in a 5th straight win…it’s hard to be confident in UK football. I did think UK would probably win a close game, if for no other reason than homefield advantage. It was a disappointing loss, but there will be no “putting the blue away” or “fading into the woodwork” from me. 4 out of the last 5 still sounds pretty good…and hopefully UK will make it 3 in a row in basketball come December 31. Here’s hoping UofL has fun in whatever is left of the Big Least. I wouldn’t mind seeing UofL join the SEC so they could experience the same pounding that UK takes in football every year.

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