Taco time at Papa John’s

Players know when a game is a sell out, and wonder why there are 7,500 no shows on a perfect day for college football. They also notice early mass exits.

Easiest time ever getting out of Papa John’s parking lot after the game Saturday. About one-fourth of the people in the crowd of 47,553 began leaving with 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

One reason may have been the free tacos offered by Taco Bell outside the main gate. Some, like the diehard a couple of seat away, giving in to a bored spouse. The three guys behind us always leave early because they can. Some can’t bear playing Missouri State any longer. Others wanting to beat the traffic.

The University of Louisville football players, the ones beating their brains out in 90-degree temperatures all summer, take note. As does Charlie Strong, the coach who is making UofL competitive again, an individual who will have to make a decision about leaving or staying in the not too distant future. Other conferences notice too, always comparing programs.

Think about that on the way out to the car.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Taco time at Papa John’s

  • September 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm
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    People left early because we were not playing anybody and the team was playing on cruise control and just going through the motions. Until they develope the ability to give a 100% for a full game, why should the fans? I stayed the whole game but I was starting to get bored with effort. It is my opinion that winners never quit adding to their stats.

  • September 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm
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    Just watch basketball 24/7, and than when you are done with that go record and watch some more basketball. It’s people like Wilkie01 why we will never be able too establish a solid football program and it makes me sick cause we have a solid coach with solid recruits. But every body likes too say they weren’t giving effort or it was cruise control whatever your opinion, just shut-up and root for YOUR football team and stop making excuses why you leave early too catch up on some basketball news. If I am not mistaking Football is the highest rated sporting event not basketball, America doesn’t care about Basketball it loves Football. Stay in your seats!!!!!

  • September 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm
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    First 24/7, I have probably forgot more about football than you have ever learned. You are not a football player! You tone says so! And I never leave a game early. However, I sure as hell know when a team was coasting and I sure as hell watched one coast Saturday.

  • September 10, 2012 at 8:53 am
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    Raffles, the answer is raffles. Hold them at the end of the 4th quarter, and you must be present to win. When the play isn’t enough to compel their interest, when cajoling them to stay has no good effect; bribe them. Am I half kidding? Ask me after the last whistle blows, don’t interrupt me now.

  • September 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm
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    The thing that baffles me more than anything is, it was pouring for most of the morning of the big rivalry game against UK. People tailgated early tolerating the rain and wind. Then it stops raining right at kickoff leading up to a perfect football atmosphere. Not too hot at all. What happens? People start leaving in the bottom of the third quarter! Are you freaking kidding me? It’s our biggest rival and you leave the game early? And yes some of them were Louisville fans! Give up your tickets to someone that is a REAL Louisville fan!

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