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2009: A JMU Football Photo Essay

I took in a game at Bridgeforth Stadium Saturday in Harrisonburg for the first time since graduating from James Madison 10 years ago, and it’s crazy how much has changed. For instance, Bud Light comes in JMU colors:


Also, people actually wear Dukes jerseys now:


Though they either say “Madison” or “James Madison” on the back (first to make Haley, Clark and Norwood throwbacks makes a killing):


And there’s tailgating too, which is a beautiful thing:


There’s even a statue, great for posing in front of with a crying baby and the unworn hat you gave your grandma in 1995:


You’ve made it as a program when skydiving is part of the pregame:


Eat your heart out, Georgia:


That’s Dominique White, who stands 5’8″ and weighs 290:


Not sure what’s up with the donkey, but Suisham could use one:


These two just got engaged, right there in front of the Duke Dog:


Party on, sweet Harrisonburg. See you again in 2019, when you’ll no doubt be dominating the ACC:


Update: Forgot to include this initially, but not only is there now a Dave’s Taverna Express, but it delivers beer. I went to school in the wrong decade.


D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. Simply Sensational

    September 22, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    I was there and those temporary seats behind the endzone wobble way too much when fans get up to cheer. The stadium renovation should be (most likely won’t be) done in 2011.

  2. bpmarkowitz

    September 22, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    I have been reading this blog for a while and somehow missed that you guys went to JMU. Bonus.

    It is certainly a different scene up there these day. It is going to get even better with the stadium expansion.

  3. tark

    September 22, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Wow, this photo ‘essay’ isn’t exactly the experience I had from ’94-’98. Wow, tailgaiting now. Impressive.

    Dave’s delivers now? I remember my friends and I always trying to decide who would go pick it up. Ah, memories …

  4. Simply Sensational

    September 22, 2009 at 9:52 PM

    And it’s open til 4AM every day. Seems a little excessive, but whatevs

  5. DukesFan

    September 23, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    About the donkey… That’s their “kicking ass.” Get it?

  6. WaPoLiveFan16

    September 23, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    I wouldn’t trade in my 5 years for anything in the world, but the new football scene is pretty sweet.

    J-M-U Duuuuuuuuuuuuukes!

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