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7 Tips for Surviving Christmas with Louisville Fans

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, which means you’re either getting ready to visit loved ones near or far, or you’re hastily cleaning your house to host loved ones from near or far. Odds are at least one celebration you’ll attend in the next few days will include Louisville fans. With Saturday’s game looming large, things could get a bit tense in homes across the Bluegrass, so, to keep the Cards in their place and a civil war from taking over the Commonwealth before Saturday, here are some tips to keep the peace.

1. Get Them Involved

People like to be needed, and it gives them a way to contribute. When your Louisville guests arrive, assign them a small task, like arranging the bar or making sure each of your commemorative UK championship tumblers is in order on the shelf. In fact, now would be a great time to show off that Final Four pint glass you got in Dallas last April!

2. Keep Them Talking

Finding appropriate topics of conversation can be the most difficult part of holiday gatherings. One of the best ways to keep conversation flowing is to ask your guests about their hobbies or passions. Here are a few discussion topics sure to get things rolling:

  • “So, in your opinion, why has Rick only been able to beat Cal once in the past five seasons? That must be frustrating for you.”
  • “Tell me, do you think Montrezl lashing out at the player at Western had anything to do with the rumors of turmoil within the team? I mean, we all have our limits.”
  • “How long does it take to sober up before driving home from the Yum! Center? Asking for a friend.”
  • “Isn’t that Jared Lorenzen a polite fellow? He sure makes me laugh!”

If all else fails, put on a KSR podcast or mention Matt’s name. That’ll get them talking in no time.

3. Know When to Fold

A gracious host is one who knows when to concede, and Louisville just wins on some fronts. If one of the following subjects come up, surrender:

  • Infidelity
  • Club music
  • Anything involving the word “crunk”
  • Tanning beds
  • Line beard maintenance
  • Indefinite suspensions
  • Body and face painting techniques

4. Find common ground

Everyone hates Tom Crean, even Indiana fans, so there’s that. Or, just ask them what the latest post was on KSR. Odds are they’ve checked.

5. Deflect the Negative and Reflect the Positive

The series has been rough on Louisville fans the past five years. Instead of rubbing UK’s victories in their faces, accentuate the positives for your Cardinal friends or family. Examples:

  • “At least Akoy Agau stayed at Louisville an entire season before transferring. That must be some kind of record.”
  • “Don’t feel too bad about Trey Lyles picking Kentucky. Didn’t Antonio Blakeney commit to Louisville? He’s a five-star recruit! …Oh, whoops. Sorry.”
  • “I see Louisville has two NBA players now, congrats! No, seriously, I’m being sincere. That’s more than before, right?”

6. Include Their Traditions

Incorporating your guests’ traditions can help make them feel at home at your holiday gathering. Go to your local liquor store and buy a bottle of Crown Royal beforehand. (It’s the one in the purple bag past all the real bourbon.) Offer them a glass upon arrival and show them where they can smoke their black and milds outside. Keep the dress code casual so your guests can feel free to wear their jerseys and homemade muscle tanks. If their tattoos are prominently displayed, feel free to compliment them, especially if they’re spelled correctly and use the university-approved Old English font.

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7. Know Your Limits

Even the most civil of hosts know when enough is enough, and odds are, after years of partying at 4th Street Live, your guests can turn up in fifteen seconds or less. If you feel things are getting out of hand, politely hand them their puffer jackets and wish them a Merry Christmas. Even extend them a familiar farewell greeting with “L1C6,” and throw an “L down” on the way out.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

11 Comments for 7 Tips for Surviving Christmas with Louisville Fans



  1. UKfaninLou
    8:22 pm December 23, 2014 Permalink

    May be your best work ever! Gold.



  2. jeffj
    8:56 pm December 23, 2014 Permalink

    in keeping with “most ridicules manner possible” mantra of this site, Tyler is absolutely churning out fun stuff after fun stuff !. incredible stuff there mam ! GO CATS !!!



  3. sKYzthelimit
    9:10 pm December 23, 2014 Permalink

    I third the motion. Great work Tyler!



  4. absolute9145
    9:38 pm December 23, 2014 Permalink

    Great article and I’m going to do everyone of these things. It will most likely come to fist-a-cuffs, but apparently they are familiar with that also. I’m not sure I can throw my cousin out of a family get together though.



    • wallywildcat
      11:23 pm December 23, 2014 Permalink

      Cousin? He/she would be the first to go!!!!!



  5. UKBlue1
    9:48 pm December 23, 2014 Permalink

    The best thing to do even though UL fans will try to egg you on; ignore them. You will never win argument with them , nor will they ever get it; their denial, delusions, ability to lie to themselves, and propaganda are all powerful. Plus the biggest thing; arguing with a UL fan, you can’t fix stupid & you’re wasting your time.



    • ukjaybrat
      12:19 am December 24, 2014 Permalink

      I read 40 card comments today. 35 of them explained how UK fans are crybabies. I don’t think anybody in blue has been crying muxh in the last 5 years.

      5 of those comments pre-complained about the refs in this weekends (home)game. Irony is lost in these idiots.



  6. Patrick_Wren
    9:56 pm December 23, 2014 Permalink

    Mrs. TT, I had the privilege of meeting you and your love man in the Bahamas. Love you guys….however, you much more! This is pure gold! Laugh out loud funny!



  7. Agent_M
    9:26 am December 24, 2014 Permalink

    This was just as funny the second time I read it.



  8. 25OR624
    9:56 am December 24, 2014 Permalink

    It was previously posted and SI confirmed that former Auburn / Ark St / Ark Baptist St / and uavel RB Michael Dyer is done:

    http://www.si.com/college-football/2014/12/23/louisville-michael-dyer-academically-ineligible

    Petrino used the kid like Charmin; only there’s nothng left on the ‘roll’ for the bowl.

    Flushed from college, after 4 schools, multiple years, and no college knowledge, he at a minimum may achieve the goal of finally getting his shot at the NFL. And for that, I congratulate Petrino and his mision statement: Whatever it takes, no matter the costs – or human toll – just win, win, win.



  9. satcheluk
    10:00 am December 26, 2014 Permalink

    Why would you put a Louisville fan in charge of your alcohol? I was thinking take out the garbage or clean the toilets.