LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Things got a little crazy at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Thursday afternoon when the U of L Cardinals returned from New Orleans after thumping the Florida Gators in the Sugar Bowl!

Children waved flags, dogs sported Cardinals attire and a man in a Cardinals mask hugged the ladies -- who were more often than not -- dressed in red.

When the tour buses arrived, the crowd erupted, waving signs ("Gator Cookie Recipe" and "Too Tough. Too Teddy. Too Strong.") and giving high-fives to the smiling team members.

Even Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was on hand to offer his support.

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