Popping the question, five years later

The pre-game ritual of a male cheerleader grabbing the microphone to do the C-A-R-D-S cheer at University of Louisville football games has been around for more than a decade now.

Whether the practice has been embraced by fans is debatable, with the cheerleader and the crowd often out of sync. Some fans appreciate the enthusiasm. Others, well, let’s just say they are not enamored.

Few would argue, however, that Jim Hill, who graduated in 2005, was the best ever in that role. He enjoyed what he was doing, and was effective in getting the crowd going. His most memorable performance came before the North Carolina game in October 2005 when he proposed to fellow cheerleader Jessica Darnell. [nggallery id=4]

They were married in June 2007, and have made their home in Louisville, still attending many U of L games. Jessica is teaching at Wilt Elementary, and Jim is a representative at Varsity, Inc., a national cheerleading organization.

(Photos by Tim Tim Postlethwait, Todd Nichols Photography, and CSWorks.)

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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.

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  • August 9, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks for jogging the memory of this fun event. Yes, he was one of the best. That particular thing is very difficult to pull off for these young guys. Cute couple. I hope they are doing well.

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