“How can you be born and raised in Louisville and yet cheer for UK and hate the hometown school?” This has been a question I have pondered numerous times as a Louisville fan, and it always comes to the forefront as the UofL-UK game nears. Being born and raised in Louisville and – of course – cheering for the Cards, I have never understood why this bizarre behavior takes place. Is it that hard to live in the Derby City and be loyal to the hometown team? It’s a rather simple proposition that roughly 35-40% of this lovely city we call home has a problem with. Often, the rebuttal from non-UK graduate Cayut fans is “Louisville is in Kentucky” followed by more irrational less-than-thought provoking garbage trying to prove their point. As this beautiful article from the LA Times in March detailed, Louisville isn’t Kentucky; these two couldn’t be more different.
Unfortunately UofL fans have known, even in Cardinal County, there are many institutions that have traitor-tastic qualities. How about Louisville’s own radio monster 84 WHAS basically accepting UK’s $80 million bribe just to have priority over UofL. Take the Courier-Journal for example. For a local newspaper, the hometown team seems to have to share a lot of space with that school 70 miles away. Spare me the “there are a lot of UK fans that live in Louisville” line. So what? They can read about their team on page 6. It’s unacceptable for the hometown team to get less coverage than a school 70 miles away, regardless of the story. Should they ignore UK like the Lexington Herald Leader does to UofL? Not totally, but UofL athletics should always be the headline story in a newspaper based in Louisville. However, with the arrival of Jeff Greer, Adam Himmelsbach, and Tim Sullivan, you can easily argue The C-J’s UofL coverage has improved tremendously. You can say the same about some of the news stations in town; why they feel they have to be “fair” to both schools is pathetic. Who cares? The stations are in Louisville; worry about the hometown Cards. People have no right to complain about “too much” coverage of UofL….that’s the team they should always be covering the most.
The people born and raised in Louisville that root for UK and hate UofL are sports traitors to their hometown team. Those who live in our great city, yet pull against their hometown’s school. We all know some; in-laws who blabber on about how good they are but can’t name their starting line-up, that annoying guy or girl at work, and buddies we see on a frequent or just an occasional basis (we still love them though). Most of them participate in and the love the fact there is a ‘Louisville Hate Day’. For the folks outside of Louisville who take part in that, knock yourself out. For the people that live here and do it, it’s extremely ignorant. Besides, how could you hate Louisville if it doesn’t exist?
These traitors fall into three different categories: One, the weaksauce fan who “cheers for both”, but when they play each other, root for UK. That’s soft, and I’d rather them cheer for the evil empire than take that stance. Two – and the only one you could make an argument for – the graduate of UK who is from Louisville. That may be a legitimate reason, but what about the first 18 years that you didn’t root for the Cards before attending UK? I have two sisters that are UK grads, yet they always remained loyal to the school of their hometown, so it can be done. Third is the worst of them all. The traitor fan who roots for UK, hates UofL, while having zero ties to the school. They never attended UK and have no friends or family members that did either. They strut around in their cheaply made cut-off screen printed UK t-shirt from Wal-Mart and their frayed jean shorts thinking the Cayuts are the greatest thing in the history of the world. So, they have no ties to UK and live in Louisville and hate UofL; how the hell does that work? How could they be a fan of a school over an hour away, when there is the hometown school in their own backyard? They live in a city that the state – in its ignorance – looks down on, yet pull for the state team. These folks need a lesson in geography and loyalty.
Everybody has their pet peeves, and this one is mine. If you’re born and raised in Louisville and like college sports, you should cheer for the Cards and not for some team 70 miles away and not for a school who represents a state that for the most part loathes the city of Louisville and everything in it. If you don’t, it doesn’t make you a bad person, it’s just a shame you don’t rally around your hometown’s school. I have a lot of close friends who
have made this mistake pull for the evil empire, and while I wish we could cheer on UofL together, at least it makes for many heated, entertaining debates. I love my city and I’m proud to be a Louisvillian, but it’s sad that only 60-65% of us cheer on the good guys. Anyway, here’s to a beat down of the guys from Lexghanistan. Go Cards.