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Friday, December 17, 2004

More than pride on the line in Chattanooga tonight

The NCAA will be handing out a National Championship trophy this evening as the Division I-AA football playoffs come to a head in the Volunteer state. For the first time in history, the Commonwealth of Virginia will be represented in the I-AA title game as the James Madison Dukes take on the Montana Grizzlies.

On a related note, the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record has this story about a friendly wager on the game between US Senators George Allen (VA) and Conrad Burns (MT). I have always found the wagers between public officials over sporting events to be quite amusing, and Senator Allen, who is an avid sports fan, is a prime offender. (Do these fall under the Senate gift rules? What are the tax implications here? Who can tell me?) In any case, here's hoping JMU represents the Commonwealth honorably and brings home the title. The game will be televised at 8:00pm on ESPN2.

Congratulations should also be extended to William and Mary QB Lang Campbell who was selected for the Walter Payton award as the top offensive player in Division I-AA. William & Mary lost to James Madison in the national semifinal round last week.

Update: Congratulations to the James Madison University Dukes - 2004 Division I-AA National Champions! Enjoy your Montana sirloin Senator Allen.

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