Something you should probably know about me, right off the bat, is that I LOVE football. Flat out, love it as much as the next guy, yes guy.
I must say that being a football fan has it's ups and downs, as some of you may well know, but it has been one of my favorite things over the last few years; not only because it makes a Sunday afternoon with the boys much more enjoyable, but because it gives me something to look forward to, that I can count on, every Saturday and Sunday throughout the fall.
Heaven on earth is a place that I hold close to my heart; none other than JMU. I spent four of the best years of my life in this place - and this weekend - we're going back.
I bet you're wondering where the heck I am going with this?!
Well, JMU's football team has been working it's way up the ranks for a long time. I was lucky enough to be a student there when they won the D1-AA National Championship back in 2004 in Chattanooga, TN. And yes, I did make the trek all the way from New Jersey (my hometown over Christmas break) down to good 'ole Tennessee with a ton of my closest friends and fellow Dukes fans to share in this monumental victory, that will, without a doubt, go down in the history books of my life.
Wipe your tears. Moving on.
So, leading us back to 2008; I am now an alumni, close to 2 1/2 years removed (ugh, that's awful, jk) and the Dukes are blazing the victory trail, yet again. Still under the leadership of coach, Mickey Matthews, but with a whole new band of team leaders. And, I must add, I think I have developed a serious crush on our quarterback (standard), Rodney Landers.
JMU clinched the #1 seed in the CAA a few weeks ago, shortly after this win:
This #1 seed guaranteed them home playoff games!! Last week, we barely grazed by Wofford in a home victory on Thanksgiving weekend.
This weekend, it's time for playoff round 2, and for Villanova, again. But this time, it's at home, in better weather, and with thousands of their biggest supporters standing by.
I will be traveling down to the wonder that is Harrisonburg, VA, again with a large group of great friends, for plenty of bbq-ing, adult beverages and solid college football. I could not be more excited!!
Stay tuned for an update next week on the future of 2008 JMU football - and say a prayer, cross your fingers, drink a beer, whatever you must, for our Dukes.
For the good old days ...