Divided families find love despite different allegiances


by Michelle Arnold


Posted on December 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 28 at 7:37 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) --  There has been a lot of pre-game trash talk in offices and restaurants, but what happens when the bitter rivalry splits a home?

For the Nortons, they were fans before they found love.

“My grandpa Joe Holland actually played for Adolph Rupp back in the 40's he was a part of the 1948 national championship team,” UK fan Blair Norton said.

They never expected that cheering could cause a fight.

“To be honest, it was always one of those things that he said would be a deal breaker in our relationship. I thought I would never date a UofL fan,” Norton said.

For Baby Eli, his choice is up in the air.

“Eli has his Kentucky shirt and his red Louisville pants on. His allegiance is yet to be determined, but if dad has a little bit more influence on him he might be a Louisville fan. But it's hard to beat the blood,” Norton said.

There’s no bad blood at the Raia's, but they aren’t afraid to talk smack. As new parents, they’re presented with new obstacles: like who Baby Cruise will choose on game day.

“The child is bringing us together, but the child is still undecided at this point. That's why he's wearing one of each sock,” UK fan Lindsay Raia said. 

“The only chance that I will ever cheer for UK is if little Cruise here is a scholarship athlete,” UofL fan Bobby Raia said.

Try as I may, I could only find one fan, UK or UofL that thinks the Cats will win in the Cards' house tomorrow. -Michelle Arnold