Texas Bound Baby!
If you’re reading this, you pretty much already know about everything from Friday’s celebration of the Dukes ending the North Dakota St. dynasty. There’s one more game to go and we can’t wait to see you all in Frisco, Texas in 2017! So we’re not gonna go too deep here because if you’re like us you’ve already rematched Friday’s game enough to know more than we do.
Duuuuuukes! – What can you say? Dukes. Never. Disappoint. (at least in football). What a night, what a team, what a fan performance in selling out the JMU allotment of tix for Frisco already!
Tyler friggn’ Gray! – We usually save that middle name for Jimmy but the Dukes’ kicker earned it Friday.
Mack Patrick, Dimitri Holloway, Ish Hyman, John Miller – “Next man up” is nice to say but in reality doesn’t always lead to the same production. This group balled out on Friday and may all be needed in the Natty. Just incredible work.
Blocking on the outside from Jonathan Kloosterman and Domo Taylor – The Bizen back seven wanted no part of these two!
Khalid Abdullah – Really not a lot to say except there were a lot of great college ballplayers on the field Friday. And one NFL running back. Best player on the field and it wasn’t close. His OLine wasn’t bad either!
Playoff Revenge Tour – JMU avenged one bitter playoff loss (’11) on Friday and will now get a chance to get payback for one of the all-time bitterest (’06) against Youngstown St. in January! Also, Dukes are the designated home team so we should get to see PURPLE!
Greensboro Watch Party at Gray’s Tavern – This is personal, and I know there were incredible watch parties all over the country because Dukes Errywhere, but that was one of the bigger thrills I’ve had as a Dukes fan to think maybe we’d get 5-10 and instead be greeted with a packed house singing the fight song, going particularly nuts for Taylor Reynolds thanks to family in the house, chanting throughout and generally celebrating a completely unexpected opportunity to go nuts with fellow Dukes. We’ll be in Frisco, but needless to say that place is begging for a chance to run it back. That. Was. Awesome. (Farley voice)
Dukes fans complaining about Tyree Chavious – get over it. Kid is uber-talented and he’ll be starting in North Texas too. Plus that game won’t be in the Thunderdome and won’t have the noise when the Dukes are on offense. We absolutely believe he’s a beast-in-waiting.
Rumors only half the MRD’s are making the trip – We need the full band. They’re the best fans by a wide margin and if there’s anyway we can help in getting the full 400+ to Texas in January please let us know.
The outright disrespect of YSU and FCS fans generally for the Dukes on Any Given Saturday. Fair warning: this is the rabbit hole. Don’t go too deep over the next few weeks if you want to enjoy your holidays and not get fired.