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Trying to make sense of why Papa John took his pizza and left


Hunt Brothers Pizza will replace Papa John’s in Rupp beginning this fall as the new official pizza of the arena. It’s odd that Papa John’s didn’t renew its deal after so many years as the pizza provider, but we have some theories as to why Papa John might’ve pulled the plug.

Here’s some reasons why we think Papa John took his pizza and helicoptered back to Louisville:


He’s a Louisville fan.

It’s no secret Papa John is a big-time Louisville fan and supporter of the UofL athletic department, but he is also a friend of John Calipari and will cheer for the Wildcats, too. It could be the case that, even though he’s been spotted wearing blue when the mood’s right, he finally gave his full financial commitment to Louisville. No more pizzas in Rupp. No more playing both sides of the rivalry. Completely exclusive to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and the basketball program’s hooker problem.

His neighbors are Kentucky fans.

Papa John’s neighbors in Anchorage (where a lot of the rich people live in Jefferson County) have complained about his helicopter use. Maybe those neighbors are also Kentucky fans, and pulling his pizza out of the Rupp Arena is his way of getting even for them whining about his chopper taking off from the neighborhood.

He’s mad KSR kept giving out the promo code.

Matt was big on tweeting Papa John’s exclusive promo code given to fans in Rupp Arena. It was meant for fans attending the game, but KSR invited everyone to take advantage of the deal, which didn’t go over well with corporate.

He decided to spend that money on his workers’ insurance.

Papa John caught some heat when it was discovered his company doesn’t cover its drivers’ insurance. Maybe he finally caved and took care of his people, thus having to pull the plug on the Rupp deal because he couldn’t afford both.

He got drunk and forgot to sign the new deal.


Also a likely scenario.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

14 Comments for Trying to make sense of why Papa John took his pizza and left

  1. secrick
    4:40 pm September 9, 2016 Permalink

    No more papa johns for me.

  2. AllBall
    4:50 pm September 9, 2016 Permalink

    Isn’t he on the UL board now? Possible conflict of interest. Either way, he’s a UL fan so NO Papa John’s for BBN.

  3. Big Blue Shawn
    4:59 pm September 9, 2016 Permalink

    Lol, no way we are getting that pizza. It is sold exclusively in Marathon gas stations. I bet it is quality.

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      5:42 pm September 9, 2016 Permalink

      Big Blue Shawn September 9, 2016 at 11:00 am | Permalink | Reply
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      Where is J-dub? She usually neglects her job and posts every 5 minutes. Probably breaking out the strap on with her butch like girlfriend.

    • cats paw
      5:53 pm September 9, 2016 Permalink

      im sure J-dubb appreciates you posting that again, dumbazz! you going to watch a top 20 team play tonight? the one with a great coach that we could have had instead of this joker you supported? lol

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      cats paw August 16, 2015 at 6:55 pm | Permalink
      Where do you see this improvement? I think they have had two practices thus far and played zero games! Could it just be in the homers heads? I predict South Carolina by at least 23 points. We shall see who is right!

  4. WCS15UK
    5:37 pm September 9, 2016 Permalink

    I’ve had Hunt Brothers Pizza before, it’s actually not that bad

  5. UK Big Board Update
    5:53 pm September 9, 2016 Permalink

    Papa John’s pizza sucks, anyway.

  6. onsides
    6:12 pm September 9, 2016 Permalink

    This replacement pizza is worse than awful. I wish there was a way to get Joe Bolognas in Rupp.

  7. UK Big Board Update
    6:17 pm September 9, 2016 Permalink

    It should be Goodfella’s, and it shouldn’t be a discussion.

  8. scorpiocard
    6:48 pm September 9, 2016 Permalink

    I would say he did you all a favor. Hard to imagine Hunt Brothers, or any other pizza, could be any worse than that garbage he serves. Hell…just go to Kroger and get the cheapest frozen pizza they sell and you will have it beat.

  9. blitzedanddazed
    11:06 pm September 9, 2016 Permalink

    Pappa John could not afford both black hair dye and pizza agreement. Hair dye has a lot of coal tar.