Making Nice On A Slippery Slope

By Tom Stosberg

Would you agree that University of Louisville football fans are reasonable people? As I see it, they are no different from any other football fans on the planet. They like to win. That doesn’t make them cruel or evil or hateful. Does it?

Yet, our Coach Steve Kragthorpe, if he lives to be 110, may never understand that liking to win doesn’t make them unreasonable. Furthermore, he takes it as a personal affront. He simply doesn’t get it.

ALL teams are dealing with injuries. ALL teams lose kids to off-the-field behavior and bad grades. ALL coaches have critical fans.

U of L fans also have gone to extremes to remind anyone who will listen, that we understand that he is a very nice man. That has been well-documented. But, hold on a minute … what we wanted was a head football coach who could actually win games even if he was only semi-nice. I don’t think that makes us bad people.

Now could someone please help me understand why U of L football fans are expected to exchange the exuberance of winning football games for the euphoria of niceness? Look, if somebody comes up with a Niceness Bowl and TJ decides that it will be a good thing, then it’s up to you if you want to go. I pass.

I do agree 100% that fans need to support the players who are giving everything they’ve got in a very uninspiring atmosphere. And I’m very big on loyalty so, I’ll go along with Krag’s plea for the fans to come out and support the kids.|

What I would appreciate in exchange is that he stop the insufferable excuse making. ALL teams are dealing with injuries. ALL teams lose kids to off-the-field behavior and bad grades. ALL coaches have critical fans. But this “I’m a victim” and “it’s not my fault” crap has got to stop. It’s a bad example to the players. It’s time to indentify who the grown-ups are here.

So, until we end this “chapter,” please understand that we never want anyone’s feelings to get hurt. Nothing personal. We just want closure. Soon.

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Tom Stosberg

Tom Stosberg and his wife, Linda, also an active participant on this site, have been U of L fans for nearly 40 years. Tom is self-employed by MarketFit, Inc., an outsource marketing advisory. Tom worked in radio, television and advertising for 35+ years. His web site is located at

13 thoughts on “Making Nice On A Slippery Slope

  • November 10, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Maybe UofL football fans were reasonable people at one time but three years of Steve Kragthorpe has dulled that sensibility into a bunch of distraught villagers ready to storm the castle gates and toss the incompetant troop leader into the moat.

    Love the players, love the game. I’ve said it for a long time. But any football success for this program in the future?

    In the words of David Crosby, Graham Nash and Steven Stills:

    “I’s been a long time coming. Going to be a long time gone. And it appears to be a long time before the dawn.”

    Support the seniors. Yeah, I guess I’ll be there. I support Dempsey, Campa, Long and Tronzo. Take a bow Raglin, Robinson, Scott and Goettsche. Beat Syracuse.

    If you don’t…PJCS will be a ghost town for the season ender against Rutgers. And, it should be. Sometimes you make bad investments in the stock market. This investment in UofL football this year was AIG quality.

    I’ll be there. Give me a reason to come back Friday, November 27th…or I’ll stay home and listen tothe Lady Cards on the radio in the Caribbean Challenge. Fuss all you want, observer.

    • November 10, 2009 at 8:51 am

      First Randy Newman and now CS&N! Wow. This is one time I can say “Who’s next?” and not be talking about coaches.

      • November 10, 2009 at 9:32 am

        Yeah, I’m a big fan of CSN (and Y). I got to see them live in Indy many years ago (minus Young) and it was one of the best shows I think I have ever seen. Seeing them do “Cathedral” live was amazing.

        As far as Tommy West and Elson being fired, most fans at those schools expected both. 11 days until the Great and Mighty Jurich reveals all. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. His pockets are lined with Franklins.

  • November 10, 2009 at 8:52 am

    One word. AMEN.

  • November 10, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Interesting to note that two football coaches have been fired in the last two days during the season. If it can happen elsewhere, why not here?

  • November 10, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Jeez, the arrogance of the Notre Dame fan base. Thinking they can lure Urban Meyer away from Florida because “it is Notre Dame.” Some of them still defending Charlie Cheeseburger up there. A group of them in the pub last night and in addition to their arrogance and air of superiority, my waitress informed me they are also lousy tippers. Figures…

  • November 10, 2009 at 9:48 am

    That about says it all, Tom. Nice piece. Kragthorpe is now reduced to asking for support for the seniors. Meanwhile, he is eyeing millions in buyout bucks. He walked into a no-win situation and will be leaving with his tail between his legs.

  • November 10, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Do the right thing, Mr. Krag. Give yourself and Louisville fans something to look forward to. You gave it everything you had. Learn the lesson and move on to another challenge.

  • November 10, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Sounds like somebody might know something. Be careful about breaking something told to you in confidence.

    • November 10, 2009 at 10:30 am

      Me? Know anything? The only thing I’m referring to, obviously…is that in eleven days the Great and Mighty Jurich will be enjoying the great weather in Tampa while watching the UofL Cardinals and will reveal his fondness for seafood and Miller Lite.

      Honest. I swear. Hook me up to the polygraph. This blonde don’t know nuthin. Fagettaboutit. But I got a great e-mail from my daughter about the starting UofL QB in 2021 (my grandson) who finished his football season with 4 runs for touchdowns in a 33-0 pummelling of the dreaded Titans. He likes hoops better than pigskin, though…better get to work on him, Greg Nord. He says he’s a Vandy fan now, no longer cheering for the Cards.

  • November 10, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Have never seen any coach accept losing as well as Kragthorpe seems to accept it. I truely believe that his number one priority is the personal development of the players. Winning is secondary.

  • November 10, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Onthewrongtrackcard, I kinda thought you were a clueless whiner and now you’ve proven it. What church krag goes to has absolutely nothing to do with anything.

  • November 10, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Today’s The Sporting News had a remark that said that only dimwitted head coaches don’t have continuity and stability in their coaching staffs. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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