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UK fans might be angry, but at least we show up to our home games

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This picture was taken by ESPN’s Rob Stone 14 MINUTES before kickoff of last night’s UL-Murray State game.  You can see the band on the left side of the picture playing the national anthem.  Remember that UL was the first game in the nation for college football.  Remember that this is fanbase that claims they are so excited about the Charlie Strong era.  Remember this is the program that built onto their stadium because they had so many fans that wanted to see the games.  Remember this is the program that just won a bowl game and brought in a highly touted recruiting class.  I would estimate there are MAYBE 1,000 people in this picture.

I will be interested to see what Commonwealth looks like next Saturday against Central Michigan, but I would love somebody to take a picture of the stadium 14 minutes before kickoff and send it to me ([email protected]) so we can compare the two fanbases.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

56 Comments for UK fans might be angry, but at least we show up to our home games



  1. tdogg4033011
    6:04 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I cant see the picture



  2. blitzedanddazed
    6:07 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    There were more empty bottles of Crown Royal in the parking lots of the Pizza Box than actual people in the stands.



  3. dodge
    6:10 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    BTI put up a picture from a site that requires a log-in to see.. hahahahah



  4. ukmoxie
    6:13 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Linked to an email would be my guess. It happens.



  5. KSR
    6:13 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Sugar coat the game all you want, KSR, but UK almost got beat by WKU. I would stick to reporting basketball because that’s just embarrassing.



  6. tdogg4033011
    6:14 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    3) I’m not the only one getting the pop up sign in box?? lol



  7. 6:00
    6:14 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    6:00 in lex, on a Thursday, an Uk would do better, lol



  8. Hoss
    6:21 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    5- say what you want, but UL only put up 21 points total on a Div II school… at home.

    At least WKU is D1.



  9. Mr Schwump
    6:26 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Denegrating your rival because you ain’t worth a bucket of cold piss is not the way to move forward.



  10. Bryan the Intern
    6:29 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    9) Better than calling your OWN TEAM not “worth a bucket of cold piss”.



  11. tdogg4033011
    6:31 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    9) there isn’t one player on the UL team that has EVER beat UK, how does that make ya feel??
    UK will get better and spank that UL ass in 2 weeks ….. wait and see !!



  12. KYStout
    6:41 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Let’s face it – this was a pitiful start to the season for both schools.



  13. john
    6:42 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    14 minutes before game time isn’t fair. I’m a UK fan, but I would like to see a picture at game time.



  14. Mr Schwump
    6:42 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    By god, start talking about winning SEC games and eff this L crap. We’ve built teams that can beat them, SEC is what the goal should be. You idiots can’t figure out that by beating SEC teams the L thing takes care of itself. And 10, UK is my team and they’re not worh a bucket of cold piss. Set your friggin goals higher than the L.



  15. knightynight
    6:43 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I understand taking the picture early for the dramatic effect and such, but people could have filed in for this game…i want to see a picture when it starts or maybe halfway through the first quater…it would be way more incriminating..



  16. Catasticdaddio
    6:45 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    When looking at this picture and hearing accounts of how many fans were at the game lets not forget how many tickets UofL sold to youth football teams around town. I know in my league our kids were able to order as many tickets as they wanted for $5 a piece. $5 tickets to your first homegame and still no sellout=a big L no!



  17. Realist
    6:46 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Its almost comical. Fans of two BAD TEAMS (who both looked horrible in their first game) talking about each others teams. Why can’t you just say we both sucked last night and move on? It is what it is… You’ll get your chance to find out who sucks loudest in a couple weeks.



  18. they suppose ta be sec
    6:59 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    its hilarious people still show up to uk football games we will never get over the hump with the coaching staff we have.



  19. Bill Curry is Back
    6:59 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Loserville will kill us. At least they have a credible coach and two QB’s who know how to throw the dang ball.



  20. UL is Miami's little brother.
    7:10 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    UK and UL suck at football; that’s the conclusion. However, just for bar talk, anyone happen to know the UL attendance?



  21. gcat4496
    7:10 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I think the Bill Curry years are back. I think we go 3-9 and some of those 9s could get ugly.



  22. 4th and 2
    7:19 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Punt!



  23. Pick Ratino
    7:24 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    All of the UL fans were at Porcini’s. They started dribbling down to the Pizza Box about :15 after the game started.



  24. Bill Curry is Back
    7:27 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Loserville had nearly 47,000 fans show up. Scroll down and look all the way at the bottom. I hate loserville but the pic above is very deceiving. KSR is just trying to find something to nit pick about because UK sucks.

    http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=312440097



  25. Joker is Bill Curry
    7:29 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=312440097

    Loserville had 46,000 plus. Not nearly as bad as KSR makes it appear.



  26. #Rise
    7:39 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    UK games against Central Michigan next week is military appreciation day. All military get in free. The stadium will be at least 62,000



  27. hoss_cat
    7:53 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    21. and 18. Agree, the program just won’t invest in a big name coach, which is what every school needs…..Or at least someone that can coach



  28. fatcat
    8:07 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    First off why do we care about UL’s attendance?? I’m more concerned with our WR’s ability to catch the ball. However I’ll defend the filthy cards aganist this ksr picture. I went to the game with my boss (a UL fan) and it took us 1 1/2 hours to get to the game from East End. We left office at 4:50 and didn’t get to our seats until 6:20. I don’t know what the heck was going on with those stupid traffic cops….unbelivable. I was pissed to be sitting in that hot traffic the whole time but also laughing at all the thousands of UL fans in the traffic too. I don’t know what they would schedule a 6:00 game on a weeknight…oh well it was fun hearing them gripe



  29. Louisville
    8:09 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Excuse me but it was over 46,000 at our game…how bout yours



  30. crackerhillbilly
    8:13 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I can’t stand the filthy Cards, but this is not really a meaningful observation. Was an early start time on a work day. Also, given the 100 degree heat, folks likely waited until the last minute to come in from tailgating. Problem is, PJCS has poor people flow so it can take 20+ minutes to get to your seats. Despite all that, they still outdrew our game (was that mess a game?) by 20,000, so I don’t think we have a reason to throw stones.



  31. Louisville
    8:16 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    26 that’s the only way it will be ppl…. Only if it’s free



  32. Louisville
    8:20 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Who is this Bryan the intern….LAME!



  33. Poco Chang
    8:23 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I watched the UL game. The stadium was half empty at best, and was more like 90% empty in the 4th qtr.

    47k in your dreams.



  34. Tom Jurichness
    8:24 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    In defense of our LOUISVILLE Football fan base, we expend exhorbitant energy and time socializing/tailgaiting before halftime ends. At which point, we transition – flash mob. Typically, we fill the Pizza by the middle of the 3rd quarter, and are at capacity. Unless it is an academic foregone conclusion the Fat Lady is singing, at which point we – commence to de-flash mob – and return to our tailgate positions and continue State supported urban U party. You see Matt, this is how we roll, national T.V. or not.



  35. sec
    8:27 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    who cares



  36. crackerhillbilly
    8:55 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    28 raised another point about traffic police – gotta respect the boys and girls in blue (navy blue), but seems when they pull traffic duty at PJCS their common sense and courtesy go right out the window.



  37. really
    10:10 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    they sing the national anthem when NOBODY from either team is out there? thats interesting…



  38. hah
    10:11 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    i was at this game. this is about right….14 minutes before kickoff. at kickoff….the stadium was 3/4 full. maybe not all in their seats since PJCS has the norton healthcare terrace where you can stand and watch the game from.

    not to mention the game was at 6pm on a thursday before labor day weekend.

    good to see matt jones was right in the sense that this sight focuses on bringing “news” to people…..a picture of an empty stadium sure is news we all really care about



  39. really
    10:11 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    and if its @ 6pm, most people are going to tailgate every second they can



  40. Rich Petrino
    10:44 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    @38, you were there. Given it was 1800 hrs EST, on the Thursday ‘before’ Labor day, the 1st game of Football season, on Natl TV….. but YOU were there.

    Now, where the hurl else were your bretheren?

    Given the aforementioned, that is news.



  41. Arfur Blank
    10:53 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    As I stated last night during my requisite interview first half of my Falcon’s last preseason game, I regret hiring Petrino. Not Mike Vick. Mike Vick, we could’ve, in retrospect, perhap have molded Mike had we been more cognizant of his off field behavior.

    But Petrino?

    Bastige!

    A pox upon his house!



  42. Prick Reteeno
    11:00 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Hey, in a ‘NY minute’…lay off!

    You people need to get a life (a life-like Karen Sypher doll to take to your own Porcini’s table in your parent’s basement… for 13 seconds).



  43. Jurich is a fraud
    11:14 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    You cannot believe any attendance figure put out by UofL. If no one shows up they use paid/give away tickets as their count. If they are trying to fire a coach they go by actual attendance. I would guess they had 39k but upped the total. Hey they are offering every employee of Louisville Corporations $10 per game tickets.



  44. morgans flying duck
    11:23 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Last I checked the dirty birds were favored by 30 over MSU (that 1AA powerhouse) and the cats were down to 16 by game time against a fbs opponent with the #3 running back in the country last season in an away game with 2 starting OL on the bench including your center. Both teams were poor but you gotta come closer to covering at home right? Next week will be a much better indicator.

    Morgan looked much improved on the deep ball. The D was much tougher than you think if you know what to look for considering they were on the field for 20 more snaps. Hell our punt team/kicking game killed it.

    Better to get this out of the way now.



  45. morgans flying duck
    11:26 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Ticket sales is not the same as gate admission. There are a lot of free tickets out there for ul football.



  46. CARDSSUXX
    11:37 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    UAVEL



  47. CARDSUXX
    11:40 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    uavel gives away thousands of FREE tickets to pad attendance..Folks in West End cannot afford those high prices..what a joke



  48. Cat fan
    12:24 am September 3, 2011 Permalink

    What is up with all the dirty bird trolls on here? I’ve never been to a losers blog or another teams for that matter. I just don’t get it… Stay on your side of the damm tracks! Go Cats!



  49. Bozorenob
    9:26 am September 3, 2011 Permalink

    What is wrong with us???? Seriously. We look horrible on our opening game. Few of our fans even bother to attend. But we get some sort of thrill taking a picture of the stadium BEFORE the game starts at our #1 rival???? Good grief.



  50. Will
    9:58 am September 3, 2011 Permalink

    If you were in the Louisville area you would know traffic in the city was atrocious starting two hours before kickoff. And, going to UL I learned this, that the fans are notorious (worse than UK fans) about getting to their seats by kickoff. And I agree with other posters. While I am not jumping ship quite yet about this season, this really shouldn’t be something we are talking about. I think the season will get better for UK (compared to Thursday), but a bowl game is now looking iffy.



  51. Catlanta Tim
    10:02 am September 3, 2011 Permalink

    Bill Curry era returned? Rich Brooks had no better a winning percentage in the SEC than did Curry. The Barnhart-Brooks era was all smoke and mirrors built on an expanded four-game non-conference schedule against a bunch of patsies. The smoke is about to clear.



  52. Jimmy Buffett
    10:09 am September 3, 2011 Permalink

    #51
    Right you are. Unless the smoke clears and shows empty seats at CWS, nothing changes.
    As long as the seats are full, the UKAA will be happy; happy that they don’t have to pay top dollar to get a top HC



  53. Crazy Cat Ladies
    10:19 am September 3, 2011 Permalink

    Part of the reason the stands didn’t fill up earlier is because the game started DURING rush hour. Game traffic combined with normal afterwork traffic caused a stand still on 65. But as many have said, UofL had 46,000 people there despite a 97 degree temp at kick off. Question: If UK has this much trouble against a team that won 2 games since September of 2008, how do they expect to win an SEC game?



  54. mike
    4:57 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    if that is all you got …weak..looks like the attendance for UK/Western game…thought UK folks traveled…slow news day Matt…idiot



  55. Tim
    5:55 pm September 3, 2011 Permalink

    Bryan YOU ARE A COMPLETE MORON!!!! “Lets compare the 2 fan bases, huh? OKAY, What did you wear to job at WHAS on Friday???? I know for a fact you wore WESTERN KENTUCKY gear because you said UK wasn’t worthy of you wearing their gear. I know this because Mandy Connell was making fun of you on the Air!!
    There were over 46,000 fan at the U of L Game, I know, I was there!!! This game began at 6:00 on Thursday during rush hour!! It took a while to get in there! Take a pix a Game Time, You Idiot!!
    Besides, Only 25000 showed up for the UK-WKU game!! I thought UK fans traveled so well!!!



  56. JC
    11:36 am September 4, 2011 Permalink

    UL had 46000+ at there game… UK had 24000+ who shows up?