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It’s been an exciting two-plus years around these parts. A blog that started with the ACC’s move to expand with Syracuse and Pittsburgh continued to grow with the hopes and fears of conference realignment. There was a steep learning curve for me as a Syracuse fan, but this seemed like the best way to go about the transition — writing about a conference that my school wasn’t even part of just yet. It was easy to take a bird’s eye-view of the ACC from afar, while my team finished out its time in the Big East.

This Fall, the time had finally come. We were in the ACC. And I quickly discovered it wasn’t as easy to take that objective viewpoint anymore. Biases are natural, and mine were quickly becoming apparent while covering the league’s 14 teams. It’s not a bad thing. It just hammered home a point that everyone’s sort of known all along: at the end of the day, I’m a Syracuse fan.

To avoid making this long and drawn out and overly introspective, we’re moving on from this location. Or better put — I am moving on from this location, to a place where my egregious use of the “regal we” makes a little more sense. Going forward, I’ll be covering all aspects of the ACC (football, basketball and more) from a Syracuse perspective over at Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician. Since I already wrote plenty over there, this isn’t an enormous transition. I’m simply writing more now. From the ACC’s weekly lessons, to previews and predictions, power rankings, et al, you’ll find those posts as part of the larger Syracuse coverage there.

If you’re not an SB Nation commenter already, I’d highly recommend signing up to join the conversation at TNIAAM or any one of the other excellent ACC blogs in the network. And for those looking for my content there, please consult the blog link here.

Thank you to everyone who’s supported this site in any way possible over the past two years. Hopefully you continue to read my increased work over at TNIAAM. Many of you — be it in the comments or on Twitter — have been huge influences on my growth and development as a writer, and for that, I thank you all.

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Game Day Beer of the Week, Week 7: Tripe Voodoo 8 Tentacles

Week 7′s Game Day Beer of the Week: Triple Voodoo 8 Tentacles

Week 7′s Game Day Beer of the Week: Triple Voodoo 8 Tentacles

Throughout the week, we give you everything you could possibly need to watch ACC football this Saturday, except directions on which beer to share your gameday experience with. Well worry no more, because we now have you covered there, too. Each Friday, we’ll be providing a few beers of choice, highlighted by the featured “Beer of the Week.” Some of these are nationally available, while others might be a bit more California-centric (sorry!), but all should set you on your way to having a highly productive afternoon of watching football.

Game Day Beer of the Week, Week 7: Triple Voodoo 8 Tentacles

I’m going to apologize in advance — you can’t find this beer outside of California. So for those who are not familiar with the San Francisco-based Triple Voodoo Brewing (most of you), consider this an introduction. Since 2010, they’ve been producing some fantastic Belgian-style ales and IPAs that are among the best around — all of which I’m lucky enough to be able to enjoy. This one in particular, 8 Tentacles, is a delicious imperial IPA that goes down smooth but still possess a very full body and flavor to it. Rather than a bite on the back end as you’ll see with a lot of West Coast-style IPAs and DIPAs, this one is crafted with a maltier finish. There’s also the incredible fruit aromas that simply permeate off of it when poured. If you’re out here, or plan to be out here anytime soon, try and find it at a nearby retailer (BevMo in particular always seems to have their selections available in-store).

Other considerations this week:

Golden Road Brewing Burning Bush Smoked IPA

Anchorage Brewing Bitter Monk

Ohana Brewing Surf Shack Akala

Also, if you’re so inclined, follow me on Untappd. Happy drinking!

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Game Day Beer of the Week, Week 5: Three Floyds Zombie Dust

Week 5′s Game Day Beer of the Week: Three Floyds' Zombie Dust

Week 5′s Game Day Beer of the Week: Three Floyds’ Zombie Dust

Throughout the week, we give you everything you could possibly need to watch ACC football this Saturday, except directions on which beer to share your gameday experience with. Well worry no more, because we now have you covered there, too. Each Friday, we’ll be providing a few beers of choice, highlighted by the featured “Beer of the Week.” Some of these are nationally available, while others might be a bit more California-centric (sorry!), but all should set you on your way to having a highly productive afternoon of watching football.

Game Day Beer of the Week, Week 5: Three Floyds Zombie Dust

For some beers, you hear and read a ton of hype, and you either tell yourself that a) I have to have it or b) there’s just no way it lives up. In many cases, I’m firmly in category A, and that goes double for a beer like Zombie Dust, which has a 100 score on Beer Advocate. The Indiana-based Three Floyds Brewing Company doesn’t have a ton of distribution out here in California, so it’s not exactly easy to find, but luckily my local specialty beer and wine shop managed to grab a limited shipment. It was bottled fresh the other day, which is critical with this beer, since the hop characteristics have a very short shelf life. It’s a Pale Ale, but tastes and smells like all the hoppy goodness of an IPA, without the bitterness at the end. Not to compare beers for the sake of it, but remove the bite from the backend of Stone’s excellent RuinTen IPA, and it’s a close facsimile to Zombie Dust. The fresh, fruity aroma and carbonation are the best I’ve ever had in a Pale Ale, while also not being too filling. If you have this beer nearby on a regular basis, consider yourself very lucky.

Other considerations this week:

Ballast Point Fathom IPL

Green Flash Green Bullet

Drake’s Denogginizer

Also, if you’re so inclined, follow me on Untappd. Happy drinking!

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Game Day Beer of the Week, Week 4: Prairie Artisan Ales ‘Merica

Week 4′s Game Day Beer of the Week: Prairie Artisan Ales 'Merica

Week 4′s Game Day Beer of the Week: Prairie Artisan Ales ‘Merica

Throughout the week, we give you everything you could possibly need to watch ACC football this Saturday, except directions on which beer to share your gameday experience with. Well worry no more, because we now have you covered there, too. Each Friday, we’ll be providing a few beers of choice, highlighted by the featured “Beer of the Week.” Some of these are nationally available, while others might be a bit more California-centric (sorry!), but all should set you on your way to having a highly productive afternoon of watching football.

Game Day Beer of the Week, Week 4: Prairie Artisan Ales ‘Merica

This literally tastes like freedom. I kid, of course, but if you enjoy a good (read: great) Farmhouse Ale, this is the beer for you. The Oklahoma-based Prairie Artisan Ales is not exactly easy to find outside of the southwest, though if you can locate, buy any and all you can find. This beer in particular is delicious, with a sharp flavor that’s light yet big, while presenting a ton of hop and grapefruit aromas (among others) right at the onset. It’s easy to drink, with the only possible deterrent being the mild carbonation — and even then, that’s what captures the tartness with each sip. ‘Merica comes in 22 oz. bombers, with more local establishments possibly having it on tap. I grabbed it from Vendome Wine & Spirits in Beverly Hills, for anyone who may also be in (Southern) California.

Other considerations this week:

Golden Road Wolf Among Weeds

Green Flash Hop Odyssey Symposium IPA

Evil Twin Brewing Plastic Man

Also, if you’re so inclined, follow me on Untappd. Happy drinking!

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Game Day Beer of the Week, Week 3: High Water Brewing Campfire Stout

This Week's Game Day Beer of the Week: HIgh Water Brewing Campfire Stout

Week 3′s Game Day Beer of the Week: High Water Brewing Campfire Stout

Throughout the week, we give you everything you could possibly need to watch ACC football this Saturday, except directions on which beer to share your gameday experience with. Well worry no more, because we now have you covered there, too. Each Friday, we’ll be providing a few beers of choice, highlighted by the featured “Beer of the Week.” Some of these are nationally available, while others might be a bit more California-centric (sorry!), but all should set you on your way to having a highly productive afternoon of watching football.

Game Day Beer of the Week, Week 3: High Water Brewing Campfire Stout

The name might create a smoky expectation for some (it did for me, anyway), but instead what you get is a delicious, slightly sweet taste that will immediately remind you of s’mores. Rather than being an overwhelmingly sugary brew though, Campfire Stout manages to find the balance between delicious “novelty” flavor and quality beer production, with plenty of boozy notes (or as much as you’ll get with 6.5% ABV). Best of all, it’s not even that heavy. My first experience with it was a week or so ago on tap and I promptly grabbed another. It’s just that good, and if you’re so inclined, it’s available year-round. Problem is, it’s not that easy to locate, even in California. The San Leandro-based brewery has a lot more distribution in the NorCal area, though you can find it at select locations down here in SoCal as well (I had it at the Commons Ale House, for those who may be in or around Santa Monica). If you’re not around here, I’d recommend finding a trading partner ASAP.

Other considerations this week:

Big Sky Brewing Company Heavy Horse

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

Also, if you’re so inclined, follow me on Untappd. Happy drinking!

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50 Twitter Accounts Every ACC Fan Should Follow

We Provide Readers With the 50 Essential Twitter Accounts for Every ACC Fan

We Provide Readers With the 50 Essential Twitter Accounts for Every ACC Fan

After reading Athlon’s “50 Twitter Accounts Every College Football Fan Should Follow” last week, two things occurred to me:

1. There’s a supreme lack of ACC representation on that list

2. How could you put a list like that together without including the smart, humorous stylings of the ACC’s very self-aware writers/bloggers? (you can’t)

To make up for it, I’ve taken it upon myself to compile a list of the 50 Twitter accounts every ACC fan should go ahead and follow. While there’s certainly a football focus here, I’ve tried to make sure the list covers all things ACC as well. Note the handles are listed in alphabetical order — there’s no ranking required when you have such a great group of personalities to choose from.

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@accfootballnews: The Chatham Journal’s ACC football feed is an endless supply of links, for those with time on their hands and a craving for news on the country’s most-criticized major conference. You’ll also find important notes like this one, too:

@ACCSports: ACC Sports Journal’s Jim Young gives an entertaining and honest take on the daily happenings around the ACC, with as little bias as possible and a ton of social media savvy. He’ll also live-tweet Anchorman if given the chance.

@AJonesFoxSports: Andrew Jones covers the ACC for Fox Sports, and while focus starts with the North Carolina teams, it typically goes much further than that as well. You’ll typically find him tweeting live accounts of games, while adding some much-needed commentary when baseball contests go on for hours longer than necessary.

@akulawolf: Steven Muma’s the editor of SB Nation’s NC State site Backing the Pack, which is apparent from the heavy emphasis on Wolfpack tweets in his feed. But beyond that, he’s a glimpse into the psyche of virtually every ACC fan during important events.

@AnsonWhaley: The editor of SB Nation’s Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill, manages to keep his cool despite the trials and tribulations of being a Panthers fan. He also brought up this item of great concern the other day:

@BCHysteria: A.J. Black of BC Interruption talks BC football and little else on Twitter — and that’s not a bad thing. His realistic point of view, and at times masochistic take on the team is always good for a laugh, as are his random observations like this one:

@BCInterruption: The handle for SB Nation’s Boston College site is manned by editor Brian Favat, and is a must-follow for Eagles and non-Eagles fans alike. Hate UConn? Want to mock the AAC? Enjoy.

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“From Swofford to Delany”: A Romantic Comedy

Yesterday, the Washington Post had a feature on the professional rivalry between ACC commissioner John Swofford and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, dating back to when the two attended North Carolina together. Obviously, this lent itself to one entertaining (and completely fictional) romantic comedy idea. Do with this preview what you will…

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Trailer starts with a panoramic view of Chapel Hill, and this song rising up:

 

Voice-over announcer: “Jim Delany was a star point guard, living in the moment.”

“John Swofford was a Southern academic… and a football player.”

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“But despite their differences, they both shared a common bond; one they’d battle over for the next 40 years…”

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