Originally written on Louisville Card Game  |  Last updated 10/19/14
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by Paul Sykes

Maybe it’s the age factor. Maybe it’s standing in 30 m.p.h. winds and 40 degrees temperatures. Maybe it’s the fact that the Belk Bowl was essentially a home game for North Carolina State and backed up by the droves of Wolfpack football fans who just drove in for the day, spent the night and left the next morning.

Whatever it is, this University of Louisville fan is finished with bowls unless there’s a mention of Florida, Orange, Sun or tropics.

Hisses to the Belk Bowl organizers who let a “homer” handle the P.A. duties. More hisses to the event planner who wanted $40 to park in front of the south entrance of the stadium…a lot that was still two-thirds empty when we went in a hour before the game.

I’ve been to good bowls before. This wasn’t one of them. The memories of Jacksonville, Miami and yes, even St. Pete, will live a lot longer that the recollection of one cold, raw night in Charlotte. Atmosphere and game wise.

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