Aug 14 / Rob

JMUSB Pod: 19 Days Untill Kickoff

Todd is back from vacation, so the entire band is back together for the latest episode of the JMUSB Podcast. In it, we chat about JMU Football’s spring game and start to see what we can glean from summer camp so far. Based on early reports, we’re starting to get pretty excited about a few young guys. We also take a spin around the NFL to update everyone on the status of the 9 Dukes in the league. Finally we go a little Off Topic and chat about some of our favorite cover songs. Hope y’all enjoy it.

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Aug 8 / Rob

A Very Hot (or Not So Hot) JMU Football Take

JMU Football padded up today for the first time this preseason. That means we’re getting closer to real football, and real football talk. But with only a few practices in the books, we’re still in prime hot take season. Ill informed bloggers, who are excited for the season, but still don’t have much in the way of real news or analysis to report (i.e. us), can still be confident that dumb predictions will be forgotten once the real games start. And if said random predictions actually come true, we can mercilessly remind everyone and pretend like we weren’t throwing early August darts at the wall.

Given the above, I was fully prepared to drop this searing hot take on you. I predict at least four different JMU running backs will have 100 yard rushing games this season. Sizzling, huh? We know JMU has a stable of terrific running backs heading into this season. Last year, the running game struggled at times when young guys were forced to step up and take a lot of reps on the o-line. That experience should pay dividends this year. And with guys like Gerren Butler and Tyree Chavious returning from injuries, the offensive line and rushing attack, might be more consistent in 2018. Still, I admit that saying four different guys would have 100 yard games was nothing more than a wild ass guess. Then I looked at the stats from last year. Maybe it’s not so wild. read more…

Aug 7 / Rob

New JMUSB Pod with Guest Host Chase Kiddy – JMU Football Names You Should Know

Todd is away enjoying vacation, so Chase Kiddy from Hero Sports joined the pod to guest host with me yesterday. In this episode we discuss the big news out of the other ‘burg, Jimmye Laycock’s retirement announcement. We also discuss differing out of conference scheduling philosophies, and spend some time talking about the JMU football players’ names you should (or will) know this season. And we even have a special guest. New JMU Women’s Tennis coach Shelley Jaudon stops by to school us on college tennis and talk about her expectations for the upcoming season.

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Aug 1 / Rob

PC Dukes Is Gone and We Are Sad

That is a picture of PC Dukes. Or more accurately, it is a picture of the rubble that once was PC Dukes. It’s been well documented that the former home of the double-punch was nearing its end, but it doesn’t make the destruction any less painful. Pour a little All Sport imitation (and carbonated for some reason) Gatorade type sport drink on the curb. First they took D-Hall. Now our Dukes is gone too. read more…

Jul 31 / Rob

600,001 Reasons We Are Excited JMU Will Play Louisville in 2022

Our beloved JMU Dukes are all set to play the Louisville Cardinals in 2022. The schools made it official and announced the game, which will take place on November 5, 2022 and be played in Louisville’s Cardinal (not Papa John’s) Stadium. The Cardinals will pay JMU $600,000 for. Unless some other school breaks the bank for 2021, a year JMU hasn’t yet scheduled an FBS game, it will be the largest payout the Dukes have ever received.

This is great news for Dukes fans. Louisville is a respected program from the ACC. The Cardinals have been to bowl games the past 8 seasons and have a Heisman Trophy winner in Lamar Jackson who likely will be starting for the Baltimore Raves in 2022 (sorry Flacco, not elite). While Head Coach Bobby Petrino is, well, Bobby Petrino, the man can coach. Playing on the road at Louisville is a chance for JMU to face some a terrific program and it will garner some serious attention if the Dukes walk out with the W. And Louisville is one heck of a road trip for fans. We got to thinking about it and here are our top 600,001 reasons that we’re excited for this game.

1-600,000: Dollars

600,001: Bourbon Trail

Jul 25 / Rob

JMUSB Pod: 2018 CAA Football Media Day Wrap-up

CAA Football Media Day took place in Baltimore on July 24, so of course it’s what we’re talking about on the latest episode of the JMUSB Podcast. The Dukes were picked to defend their CAA crown and win the conference for the 4th year in a row. Tune to in to hear us talk about expectations for the Dukes, how the rest of the league stacks up, and our take on the All CAA preseason selections.

As always, the JMUSB Podcast is brought to you by Pale Fire Brewing. Let them know we sent you next time you’re at the tasting room and they’ll give you a free pint glass.

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Jul 18 / Rob

The One JMU Football Player I Am Most Excited About

I can’t wait for JMU football season. We’re talking full on counting the days, watching old Youtube highlights, and pouring over stats excited. But there is one particular player who I am most excited about. To be clear, there are lots of players I’m looking forward to seeing suit up on on Saturdays this Fall. The offensive line is young, but experienced. And I am pretty stoked to see Liam Fornadel after he earned valuable reps as a true freshmen last year. I’m tempted to say he’s the guy because it would probably make me seem more knowledgeable and like a real football guy. It’s not him though.

Likewise, I could choose any of the talented guys in the trenches on either sides of the ball, like Tyree Chavious on offense, or Darrious Carter or Ron’Dell Carter on the defense. And goodness, even football fans who don’t root for Dukes must be anxious to watch the Dukes’ loaded secondary. Jimmy Effin Moreland, Rashad Robinson, and OSU transfer Wayne Davis? Yes, please. The running back position is similarly stacked, with so many studs that I can’t possibly single one out. It’s an embarrassment of riches for JMU fans, with talent all over the field. But there’s one player who has me more excited than any other. That player is Riley Stapleton. read more…

Jul 17 / Rob

JMUSB Pod: Looking Forward to Some Football


We think it’s about time we finally stop the nonsense and start talking football. And that’s just what we did on the latest episode of the JMUSB Podcast. In this edition we discuss some of the things that have us excited for the upcoming season. And then we look back at some of the best eats in the ‘burg from out time back in the day. Give it a listen.

As always, the JMUSB Podcast is brought to you by Pale Fire Brewing. Let them know we sent you next time you’re at the tasting room and they’ll give you a free pint glass.

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Jul 3 / Rob

JMUSB Pod: JMU Sports History Making Moments We Missed

And we’re back. After a short break to recharge our batteries, we got back on the podcasting train. It was a fun one record and we hope you enjoy it. In this episode we look back at some of the great stuff from JMU sports history that we missed. We discuss games, players, and teams that we really wish we were around to see. And since we’re pretty stoked about JMU football recruiting lately, we also discuss that. It’s a conversation not about individual players, but more about recruiting expectations and what fuels the recruiting engine. Give it a listen and let us know what JMU sports things you wish you were able to witness.

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Jun 26 / Rob

JMU Football Recruiting Is On Fire


In case you missed it, Coach Houston and the Dukes are crushing it on the recruiting trail lately. Yes, it’s only June. And yes, we’re talking about verbal commits. But we’re still 67 days out from footballs season with nothing else to talk about, so let us be excited about this people.

Yesterday, the Dukes picked up a commitment from AJ Woods. He’s a 3 star defensive back from Northwest High School in Germantown, MD. The rising senior turned down offers from FBS programs including UVA, Temple, Navy, Army, and Air Force, in addition to FCS programs such as Furman, Towson, and New Hampshire. All told, Woods had 19 total offers to choose from. He narrowed it down to UVA, Temple, and JMU before committing to the Dukes.

According to Greg Madia, one of the things that attracted him to JMU was the fact that he’d “have the possibility to play early.” That’s great to hear, but it also makes us hope that he doesn’t watch UVA play this fall, or listen to Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall’s assessment of the roster.

Another stud, Dorian Davis, also committed to the Dukes recently. Davis is a 2 star cornerback out of Shelby, NC. He’s also class of 2019, so along with Woods, he’ll be trying to become a key piece of the next shut down defensive backfield for JMU. He had offers from Army and Western Carolina amongst others. And the 3rd big recruit landed by Houston and the assistants is CJ Jackson, a running back out of Hermitage High in Richmond. Jackson is another 2 star who’s turning down offers from Purdue, Richmond, ODU, Marshall, Army, and Air Force to play at JMU.

Look, we don’t know squat about recruiting. Thankfully, our buddy Michael has that locked down for us here on the blog. And we don’t get too excited about Rivals stars. But if Coach Houston is excited about these guys, then we’re excited. And based on what Houston and his assistants have been pushing on Twitter lately, they are really, really stoked for these recruits. Plus, like we mentioned, it’s June and we ain’t got crap else to discuss right now.