The Real Duke Dog is Coming Back
JMU not only unveiled a new and improved Bridgeforth Stadium on Saturday night, they also unveiled a new Duke Dog costume. The stadium received rave reviews all around. The new Duke Dog on the other hand, um, not so much. Everyone hated it. And with good reason. There was nothing wrong with the old Duke Dog. The new one didn’t even look like a dog. It looked like the bastard child of Teddy Ruxpin and one of the sluttier Care Bears. JMU athletics got the message and is bringing the real Duke Dog back.
Because it is 2011, Facebook played a huge role in this. Duke Dog fans utilized it to collect signatures for a petition. In turn, the news that the old Duke Dog was returning was delivered via a post to “Fellow Members of the JMU Nation” (Ed. note: let’s kill that term while we’re in a changing mood) on the JMU Dukes Facebook page.
Thankfully, the new Duke Dog will probably be nothing more than JMU athletic’s own little “new Coke” moment. W&M and George Mason already have the CAA market cornered on pathetic mascots. There’s really no need to infringe on their territory. Plus, the old Duke Dog was great. As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. With this little mishap behind us, JMU can now focus its attention on things that really need fixing. You know, like the Dukes’ passing game.