If you’re a Mr. Irrelevant reader, then you know I attended James Madison University. And if you’ve been to a James Madison football game of recent vintage, you know that JMU fans purple the fug out.
So much so that the “Purple Turf for JMU” Facebook group has 2,800 members and counting, all united by this mission:
The purpose of this group is to try and convince James Madison Univeristy’s Admin to get a purple turf for the new stadium. Boise State has an all Blue turf. It looks awesome and confuses visting teams. The JMU DUKES deserve Purple turf
As my friend Will Munny would say, “Deserve’s got nothin’ to do with it.” Plus, this looks ridiculous:
But don’t take my word for it. Let’s hear from Mr. Irrelevant JMU sports correspondents Todd Davis and Robb Abbott. First up, Mr. Davis:
I’m torn on this one. I would normally get behind anything that raises the Q, but I do think you run a substantial risk (much like BSU) of almost branding yourself as a gimmick or a niche program. Plus it is kind of Boise’s deal. Oh yeah, and we’re dropping 62 mill on a renovating the house, so the carpet can wait even if Empire’s run a 9 rooms for the price of 1 deal.
Also, not to say that it’s official, but the program just installed the current FieldTurf in ’05 or ’06 so it’s not going anywhere. And for the record, I think it’s a darn good looking field right now with the alternating darker green/green every five yards.
And Mr. Abbott:
I tend to agree w/ TD, though I am in favor of nearly any chatter, facebook group, etc related to some aspect of JMU football, even if I don’t necessarily agree w/what binds the group. Obviously, there are limits to this, but for now I’m sort of in the any publicity is good publicity camp.
Really, grass would be preferable. Not sure why that’s not an option. But if it must be turf, I don’t care about the color. Purple is distinctive, and it’d give our guys an identity. If it also gives them some sort of advantage, great.
So, sure, let there be purple.
Thanks to the bro from Caps blog Simply Sensational for the tip on this one.