Tips on Becoming a top notch fan
By Jared Anderson
January 22, 2018
January 22, 2018
Every sport has its fan base: some large, some small. Some fan bases are well-known, some are considered bad and disliked. Louisville fans are spread all around the world and continue to grow.
Every fan base has its Super Fans, the ones that stand out in some way. These fans might be known to dress in crazy clothes, paint their bodies, scream all game long, be seen at any and every sporting event, or just helping energize the crowd.
Fair weather fans can be pretty common in sports. These are the folks that only make appearances and support their teams when those teams are doing and performing well. Sadly, there have been a few of these at Louisville.
The Steve Kragthorpe era of football was not pretty. 6-6 seasons quickly sent him on his way out the door and the fan support diminished. Papa John's Cardinal Stadium could not seem to fill up to capacity. The same thing happened when Rick Pitino was let go by UofL. Basketball fan support fell.
You also have the fans who exaggerate everything. David Padgett started 5-0 in his first year as head coach and fans wanted him hired full time. Then after dropping two straight and later on down the road losing to Kentucky some of those same fans were calling for his firing. Now that the team is sitting high in the ACC standings with big wins over teams like Florida State and Notre Dame the mindset has changed back to making Padgett full time. The same thing happened between the time Peter Sirmon was hired as defensive coordinator and the change people had for him following the loss to Clemson.
To help make yourself a better fan here are a few tips:
1. Be there from start to finish
Tailgating is fun. I fully agree with you. Alcohol is much cheaper outside of stadiums than in.
That still doesn't give you an excuse to be late to the start of the game. A packed house before the start of a game is a great way to help build the energy of the players.
Also, don't leave before the end of the game. Despite the score stick around to cheer on the team. Staying a few extra minutes won't hurt.
If you're going to a game just to sit there and stay silent the entire time then why are you going? You can do that at home on the couch (and save a lot of money).
Homefield advantage was a concept created as fan bases grew and were present at a team's home game. The purpose is to be loud and crazy in hopes of messing with an opposing team psychologically. Plus, crowd noise can help fuel players and give them a spark of energy.
There is nothing better than a stadium or arena full of loud, crazy fans creating a fantastic game day atmosphere.
3 Wear appropriate colors
Louisville's colors are red and black. They didn't just change this year. Why wear a green, yellow, or purple shirt? Especially don't wear blue. If UofL Athletics or Adidas shops are too expensive you can also purchase from places like Gray's, Kroger, Walmart, or somewhere online.
When there's a promotion such as a Red Out, Black Out, or White Out then do it. It won't kill you to go buy an extra shirt or borrow one from a friend.
4. Learn the cheers, songs, and lingo
"L1C4: Louisville first Cards forever", "Go Cards", "L's up"; these should all be well-known by Louisville fans. Throwing your "L" in the air is supposed to be your right hand with your thumb and first two fingers.
The lyrics to "Fight, UofL" and "All Hail UofL" are easily accessible online if you don't know the lyrics.
Spelling out the C-A-R-D-S cheer can be difficult. It took me some time to get the motions down too. Most folks get the first two letters. A fist in the air and yelling the letters out is an acceptable alternative.
Just know the specific things that belong to our fan base and cheer along with them.
There are some great model fans to follow. Watch and learn from them to help make Louisville the best fan base out there.