The Loyalty Test

Revised 4/29 at 4:30 pm.

The bill for my season U of L football ticket came in the mail today.

$240 for the ticket.

Ten bucks for handling. ????????? What are they going to handle and what are they going to handle it with, gold lame gloves?

That’s in addition to the $350 yearly contribution just to be able to hold on to the ticket (and, I guess, the privilege of paying $3200 to be able to hold on to and then buy my basketball tickets.)

So that’s $600, which breaks down to $100 per game.

The point here is this. I never use the seat. I am fortunate enough to have press credentials so that I may avail myself of use of the press box. I am grateful.

But I buy the unused ticket anyway, as I pledged to do when they built the stadium.

I love U of L. I love U of L sports. I am putting my money still where my heart is.

The question is how much longer will I and other fans continue to do so?

Mediocrity on the gridiron use to be sort of acceptable. There was a certain gallows humor that prevailed when we’d blow one to Murray State at the Fairgrounds. Then the Schnell gave us hope. Enough hope that we stuck around during the Ron Cooper years. Then came the halcyon days. Bowl games. Bowl wins. The new digs. National recognition. The Top 10. Exciting teams.

The bar was raised.

Now it is broken. The program, by any objective measurable standard, is in precipitous decline under the current regime. Fans are restless. And beleaguered. We don’t like our loyalty questioned simply because we state the obvious. Which is that the current regime has woefully and inexplicably underperformed. And used Orwellian Newspeak to cover up the fact and shift the blame. To us fans no less.

One hundred bucks a game to see baaaaaaaaad, unexciting football against mediocre opponents is a mighty high price to pay. And that’s in addition to the evil eye I received — literally — from a U of L athletic department rep for daring to say here what everybody else is saying — something’s got to change and quickly.

Anyway, my check’s in the mail. Paying such an exaction to watch another underwhelming Cardinal team play Arkansas State and Indiana State is, frankly, unacceptable.

This autumn is put up or shut up time. Significant improvement is an absolute necessity. Otherwise, I’m sure I’ll find something more worthwhile on which to spend my hard earned money. I know for a fact I won’t be alone.

– Seedy K

One Comment

  1. cbcard
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    As long as Koach Kevorkian is here we will top out at mediocrity. A lot of my UofL fans were on the fence with K. K. for a while but I now know not one who supports him. And that includes two members of the board of trustees. Why in the world he is still here is beyond my understanding. He should be riding shotgun for Billie Clyde.

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