Cardinal Smackdown

Are you ready to ruuuummmmmmmmmmble????????

In this corner, wearing his Sousaesque U of L marching band uni, Patrick Henry Hughes. In this corner, wearing a signature mock turtle, U of L Athletic Department. No hitting below the belt.

I’m not sure what’s going on with the increasingly petty tiff between U of L’s most famous band member and the Athletic Department. For reasons not really clear the latter took over the pep band awhile back from the School of Music. I’m not sure that it even has anything to do with sports (which is the subject of this blog). But, hey, we all gather when there’s a school fight, right?

Truth is I don’t have any insight, am not sure what the real issues are and don’t understand why it’s escalating? But, of course, I’ve got an opinion. Sort of.

The current, eminently successful regime of U of L Athletics can be, ahem, heavy handed. There’s a kind of love us or leave us attitude that vexes fans who have been Cardinal supporters since long before the current guys took over and shall be Cardinal supporters when they’re gone. Which doesn’t mean the red & black faithful don’t love the state of the department (with the exception I guess of the freefall of the football team). It’s just that loyalty through the years is now less important than how much money you give.

Anyway, for whatever reasons, there’s a new pep band, now in its second year, and, one guy’s opinion, it sounds a lot better than the old one. The change pissed off Music Dept students, including the famous Mr. Hughes, whose statements about the situation have been, frankly, plenty pissy and petulant.

Hughes is internationally famous, which his website points out again and again. So why this fight? Why now? Why does the extremely capable and competent Julie Hermann feel compelled to respond? I dunno.

It’s time for this one to be ovahhhhhhh!!!!! Give it up, kids. We all love the Cards.

– Seedy K


  1. gnash001
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Seedy, I find that as I grow older, my loyalty to the Cards has changed inverse proportionally (or is it inversely proportional?) to the amount I have donate for the privilege of buying season basketball tickets for the same seats I’ve had for twenty-six years. Is that a sign of old age or shifting priorities?

    Be that as it may, it’s a shame that the two parties in this conflict can’t work something out without getting the lawyers involved.

  2. Seedy K
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Old age? Shifting priorities? Or, the feeling that those decades of loyalty mean nothing anymore as U of L leads the charge into the commercialization of college sports?

    You are not alone in your feelings. I’m not sure it’s a loss of loyalty, but, rather, that one can be just as loyal watching his/her team at home on HDTV.

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