I’ve logged many miles and traveled to several stops this week during the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Caravan. I have enjoyed this week getting to meet great Cardinal fans and celebrating the success of the sports programs with them. It was also great hearing from the student-athletes and coaches. I along with many of you get the hunger for some Cardinal sports this time of year and the Caravan is always great to get me through until football season starts. The turnout for the Caravan’s this year were some of the best I’ve seen since I started attending them several years ago. I think that is a real testament to how loyal our fan base really is.
Tonight the Cardinal Caravan had its curtain call at the fairgrounds in Shelby County. It’s always one of the best stops, and the very first Caravan I ever attended was in Shelby County. Hundreds of fans were packed in the pavilion to hear from the Athletic Department and they were in for a real treat tonight as Coach Strong made a rare appearance to the Caravan. He was on fire tonight as he broke down the season ahead and talked about some of the players on the team. The night was capped off by Chane Behanan and Russ Smith taking the stage. The crowd roared when these guys stood up. And fans mobbed them for autographs when that part of the Caravan commenced. That has to be overwhelming to them especially after having a gruesome workout today. Cardinal Fans also had a chance to hear from the new assistant coach tonight Mike Balado.
So lots of great stuff tonight and you can watch all of the videos and see some photos below from tonight’s final Cardinal Caravan of this year. I know I had a good time as always and I’m glad I got to bring the action to those of you who were unable to make it out. Go Cards!
Wednesday night the Cardinal Caravan took over Lexington Kentucky, yes that is right I said Lexington. I never thought I would see the day when the Caravan would make the trip into the heart of wildcat country but tonight that happened. What really made this trip crazy is the fact that the Caravan was held in the back yard of Rupp Arena. It was a great site to see that old building standing in the background of the giant blow-up Cardinal Head.
It was a good turnout for the Lexington Caravan and there seems to be a few very passionate Louisville fans in the area. One person who stood out the most was Michael Coleman. Michael a Cardinal fan since 1975 says he has lived in Lexington all of his life and that he loves his Cardinals. Most fans claim to be die hard, but this guy has the car to back up his claims. Michael has his classic Lincoln adorned in Cardinal Red inside and out. He says that he does not have a favorite player and that he likes them all. I work in the Lexington area and have seen this car out in town but it was great to finally get to meet the owner. Michael says that he has never got the chance to attend a game in person but would like to some day. There were some of the UofL social media staff talking with him and I think they are going to make sure he gets that chance this season. It is awesome to see this type of dedication and passion from a fan and especially one in Lexington.
Below are some photos and video of the Cardinal Caravan tonight in Lexington. One of the videos features Michael Coleman the Lexington Super fan explaining the details of his car.
We still have our baseball team fighting in the NCAA Tourney, but it’s around this time every year when Cardinal Fans start to get that itch. We are missing basketball and anxiously waiting for the Football season to begin. Its always great when the Cardinal Caravan starts making its tour at the beginning of the summer. It quenches our thirst for some sports news and we get a chance to get up close and personal with the athletic programs we cheer for throughout the year. Tonight the Caravan made its annual stop at the Captain’s Quarters and it did not disappoint. The Cardinal’s Beak was in attendance tonight and below are some photos and video from the event.