The watchful eye of The Observer over University of Louisville athletics has been noticeably absent and silent over the past recent weeks. The latest post from the long-time Cardinal fan and correspondent surveyed the Volleyball Cards 3-1 defeat of the #11 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on October 2.

Then radio silence.

An annoying and symphonic chorus of woodpeckers would force the 79-year-old and six-decade-plus year fan of the Cards onto a stepladder to fill in the holes left behind by the flying jackhammers and touch up with brown paint the second story of his home.

Two different emergency rooms later would enlighten the super fan that his body was no longer equipped to be doing such tasks, as was so evident when he was diagnosed with a broken humerus and tibia after twisting the ladder in a not-so-graceful dance with disaster, reinforcing the laws of gravity on his way to a bone-shattering crash in his front yard. His skeletal system was not the only victim in the ordeal. The garden hose spicket found itself a casualty, as well, and showered him with shameful saturation to make sure he soaked in his misery.

Laying on the ground in misery, wallowing in pain and paint, neighbors would come to his aid and get him medical attention. Much to his blessing, the ambulance crew didn’t run away in horror as he laid there covered in brown blotches looking like what one would presume a biblical leper would appear.

The next couple of weeks would find him in UofL’s (of course) orthopedic care wing adjusting to his painful limitations and looking forward to the next chapter, acute inpatient rehabilitation at Bca

The Observer is home now, but will still be on hiatus from covering UofL activities until he is back up and at ‘em. No pigskin pontificating, roundball recaps, or volleyball versions for the foreseeable future. The right side of his upper and lower body is out of commission for a while, so typing is out of the question, much less attending in person. Said ladder emeritus has since been retired.

One could still find his quips and one-liners via his left hand on twitter, but game recaps and opining opinions will have to wait.

He will be watching, however, as he has now since the 1950’s.


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By Steve Springer

Steve Springer is a lifelong University of Louisville fan and was Volvo's "Biggest Fan of the Big East" in 2011. He's a sportswriter for the Murray Ledger & Times, in addition to teaching physical education. He graduated from Eastern High School, earned a Master's degree from the University of Louisville and his BS degree at Murray State University. His Twitter handle is @racercard.

7 thoughts on “Watchful eye of Observer over UofL athletics noticeably silent”
  1. Thanks, Steve, our favorite son. Charlie is the proof that the word “patient” requires more patience than one would think, especially when one is one-sided, so to speak. I will have my hands full, you betcha. However, already we have been blessed with much help from family, friends and neighbors. Grateful, and blessed, we are as we head into this holiday season. Go Cards!

  2. UUuuuuugggggghhhhh. Glad to hear Charlie is recovering. We sure do miss him. Thanks for letting us know Steve and nicely written! Charlie: Stay off the darn ladder please!!!!

  3. What a wonderful update, Stevie! You and and all the Springer’s have been in our thoughts and prayers!

    So glad Charlie is on the mend!

    Lee Ann Carmicle O’Hara

    1. Thanks Lee Ann. He’s got a good support system and church family. You and yours included.

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