Reasons To Get Out There

Ten reasons to attend the University of Louisville-Rutgers football game at 11 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving Day:

  • Football weather, cold, damp, miserable.

  • You already have tickets, or you can get them cheap.

  • Check on progress of stadium expansion.

  • University of Louisville, not Kragthorpe U.

  • Game on national television, need fans in stands. Go ahead, wave to the cameras.

  • New coach mulling over job, fan support a factor.

  • Win a T-shirt at the Budweiser booth.

  • Rutgers still in a daze, still puzzled about Syracuse loss, playing at 11 a.m.

  • Final game for Trent Guy, Scott Long, Jon Dempsey, Chris Campa, Joe Tronzo.

  • Save money avoiding Black Friday sales.


  • End of the Steve Kragthorpe era.

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Charlie Springer

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

8 thoughts on “Reasons To Get Out There

  • November 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Reason #1: to show our appreciation to a great bunch of guys, who have given their all, in spite of all the negatives. And best wishes to the Seniors. Go Cards!

  • November 27, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Well Charlie my phone was on speed dial,and accidently called you this morning,I think,at work and looked at my phone and saw that I did? Got a new phone and it is possessed! SORRY!!!!!Bruce from the pool lg.!
    And a reason to go also would be to work off that turkey,and go someplace quiet!

  • November 27, 2009 at 5:37 am

    If you called him at 1:30 a.m., most likely Charlie was already up and leading cheers in the parking lot, flipping burgers and wondering what time Card March starts.

  • November 27, 2009 at 7:00 am

    It is official. I will be in PJCS (for the 1st half at least…maybe longer) to see the final Cardinals football game of the year. The Cards better make it worth my while.

    Some selections for Churchill today:

    Watch SOUTHERN CAUSEWAY in the first. Could score easily.

    GEORGE’S CIGAR in the third. Love the recent workouts.

    EINSTEIN and MACHO AGAIN in the 11th. A good exacta chance and take them with the rest of the field in the 12th for your daily Daily Double.

    Where’s my coffee and Bailey’s?

    • November 27, 2009 at 8:41 am

      Grandkids tend to necessitate changes in plans, right Sonja?

  • November 27, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    kragthorpe must go. The #1 reason – He is just the wrong guy for this team!

  • November 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    How many times have we run straight up the middle on third (or fourth) and short and come up dry?

    Almost every time! And one reason is in Anderson and Ashley we have 185 pound backs. Rutgers listed 14 WRs and ll of them weigh between 185 and 230. Remember the Baby Bush, Anthony Allen, who is averaging 9 yards a carry for Georgia Tech? This kid has speed (several 50 yards plus carries) and size (235 pounds). I think it’s safe to say he would have converted a lot of those short yardage opportunities. Instead we fail to convert and bang up our undersized backs.

    And why did he transfer? He was told Kragthorpe’s system doesn’t want big backs. He prefers the scat back type. That may have worked at Tulsa but it sure isn’t working playing against the BCS schools.

    Kragthorpe’s personality, recruiting ability, and schemes have floundered against real competition. He is over his head and destroying what Smith and Petrino built. Worse, he won’t acknowledge this and quit. That’s a lack of realism and class.

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