By Paul Sykes
Al Parrish noticed the towering crane with what appeared to be a University of Tennessee flag flying atop on the day the crane went up at the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium expansion site.
“Something’s not right about that,” Al decreed, and went to work on getting it changed. It was explained to him that the flag was actually an aviation flag and not the Volunteers’ school colors. However,Â Al was botheredÂ byÂ theÂ sightÂ as he arrived daily at the Parrish House just across the street.
“A flag is a flag,” he said. “You think a pilot is going to pay any less attention to a flag if it’s red and has the Cardinal logo on it? Of course not. It’s aÂ University of LouisvilleÂ project. Let’s get those U of L colors up there on that crane.”
Then Al sent two Louisville flags to stadium manager K.C. Skull. He also called the airport, inquiring about the situation. HeÂ Â found out that it was not etched in stone that the flag had to be orange and white.
As of Monday afternoon, a large Cardinal flag is fluttering in the breeze above theÂ crane on the east side of the stadium.
For Al Parrish, telling him something can’t be done is just the first step in its ultimate completion.