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#109911 --- 01/22/05 08:54 AM Sports Media's Pro-ACC Bias
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Great article from the Washington Times...

ACC-ursed?

By Barker Davis
Published January 21, 2005

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Basketball's talking heads want to make sure you understand you are being treated to a season of hallowed hoops. Analysts Dukie V., Jay Biased and Billy PACCker want to make sure you realize just how special times are in the conference that invented basketball.
Have you faced Tobacco Road, dropped to your knees and paid homage to the ACC yet today? Have you embraced your inner Krzyzewski, channeled some Chapel Hill, memorized Chris Paul's stats and counted the conference's contributions to the latest mock draft? You'll regret your sloth come March, when the ACC sends four squads to St. Louis. It's destiny, my friend -- a Final Fourgone conclusion.
Forget that the top two teams in the nation come from the Big Ten (No. 1 Illinois) and Big 12 (No. 2 Kansas).
Forget that the ACC is 1-5 against the Big East. Who cares if teams that finished 12th (Georgetown) and 14th (St. John's) in the Big East last season throttled ACC basement counterparts Clemson (75-60) and N.C. State (63-45) earlier this season?
Forget that the team sandwiched between the Hoyas and Red Storm last season, a hapless bunch from Miami (14-16, 4-12 Big East), stepped into the ACC this season and suddenly became competitive. Some might see the 'Canes' instant impact (12-4, 3-2 ACC) as a relative indictment of The Chosen League, but experts know this kind of shocking improvement is simply what can happen when you associate yourself with true greatness.
Forget that the ACC had the same number of ranked teams this week (four) as the Big 12, Big Ten and Big East. Everybody knows the ACC beats itself up from within more than other leagues. Unlike, say, the Big East, where you have a handful of gimme games, there are no layups in the ACC -- no Miamis and Virginia Techs. ... Well, you know what I mean.
It's not worth listening to prattle about George Washington's 101-92 victory over Maryland, or the fact the Colonials and Hoyas are the only two local teams who can boast top 25 scalps this season. The Terps are in the ACC, and as such, are de facto superior. Besides, the ACC isn't a local phenomenon; it's national, practically international.
And the bottom line is that the ACC has quality at the top like no other league -- four great teams in No. 3 Wake Forest, No. 4 Duke, No. 6 North Carolina and No. 12 Georgia Tech.
Don't waste time nitpicking that Wake Forest was mauled by Illinois (91-73). Pay no attention to the Demon Deacons' thin frontcourt and indifferent-though-talented center (Eric Williams). Disregard their recent loss at Florida State; unlike in other conferences, the ACC doesn't just hand out road wins.
Don't mock a Duke team that actually starts stiffus tragicus Shavlik Randolph when he's healthy.
Don't say Georgia Tech is 0-3 against ranked teams and hasn't beaten a team in the top 35 of the latest RPI.
Don't waste time arguing the Tar Heels are the ACC's only truly great team. You'd know better if you watched ESPN.

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#109912 --- 01/22/05 09:36 AM Re: Sports Media's Pro-ACC Bias
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Every time I get a chance to see an ACC game on TV I watch it. For me it's like Mass for the shut-ins. I feel the presence of the Lord. God has truly blessed the ACC and those smart enough to realize it like Vitale, Bilas and Packer are visionaries. Anyone who disagrees with me is a heretic.

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#109913 --- 01/22/05 10:39 AM Re: Sports Media's Pro-ACC Bias
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The ACC does seem to get a vast majority of the best recruits.

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#109914 --- 01/22/05 12:03 PM Re: Sports Media's Pro-ACC Bias
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Like Mel Brooks said in "Space Balls", it's...

MOICHENDAIZING, MOICHENDAIZING!!!

The ACC sells themselves very well and gets free advertising from the above named trio of talking heads.

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#109915 --- 01/24/05 05:37 PM Re: Sports Media's Pro-ACC Bias
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The Big East is soooooo far superior to the ACC this year it is laughable to me. Just look at Miami and Virginia Tech nestled in at a tie for 3rd in the conference right now. Seriously! Do you think, in the entire past decade+ that UM and VT were in the Big East that they every even smelled 5th place???? I suppose they had to change conferences so they could finally compete huh?

I am so proud of programs like St. Johns, Georgetown and Villanova that have revitalized their programs! The Big East is the toughest damn conference in the land and it's only gonna get tougher next season with the imports.

Finally, don't group Jay Bilas with those ACC butt kissers. He's the ONLY one at ESPN telling it how it is.

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#109916 --- 01/25/05 03:12 PM Re: Sports Media's Pro-ACC Bias
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Vitale must be getting invited to a lot of these parties...

Quote:

DURHAM, N.C. - In what was probably not a film class assignment, partying Duke University students were found re-enacting a movie scene with an inflatable wading pool, a whole lot of baby oil and female students in bikinis.

Police came upon the scene - an apparent homage to the 2003 comedy "Old School" - in the basement of a Duke fraternity house early Sunday morning.

Police went to the home around midnight to check out a noise complaint and found about 200 students in attendance.

"Inside were several of America's future, re-enacting a scene from the movie 'Old School,' where females wrestle in a pool of lubricants," Durham Police Sgt. D. Gunter said. In their version, the Duke students apparently opted for baby oil.

Officers said they cleared out the house, sending some of the women home in the subfreezing temperatures in nothing other than the bikinis they wore.

Nicholas Hunter Roberts, who lives at the address, was charged with violating the city's noise ordinance, a misdemeanor that carries a $150 fine.

There has been ongoing tension between students and residents of the neighborhoods that adjoin Duke's East Campus. Other weekend parties in the area resulted in noise ordinance charges and a marijuana possession charge.




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#109917 --- 01/25/05 04:21 PM Re: Sports Media's Pro-ACC Bias
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Another perfect example of pro-ACC bias. VTech and Miami get killed in the Big East, then find instant success in the ACC and all this talking head moron can do is claim that these schools are enhancing the ACC. Never does it occur to him that this could be proof of the Big East's superiority. Imagine for a moment if Clemson moved to the Big East and immediately moved from the ACC cellar to fourth in their new conference. All you'd hear is how great the ACC is and how much easier Clemson must find its new home. Read on in disgust. Be sure to note the cheap shot he gives the Big East at the end of the article...

New kids on the block
Miami, Virginia Tech have made ACC stronger
Posted: Monday January 24, 2005 1:23PM; Updated: Monday January 24, 2005 6:00PM


Virginia Tech's Deron Washington dunks above Georgia Tech's Jarrett Jack on Saturday.
AP

The image still sticks in my mind from the ACC's football media days two summers ago. Sitting on a wooden bench outside the front entrance to the rustic golf resort where the event was taking place, one of the many Tobacco Road old-timers who covers the conference was grumbling to an official about the league's expansion plans.

"It's going to ruin basketball," he said disgustedly.

Such was not an uncommon sentiment around the area that summer in response to the league's explicitly football-driven expansion idea. In their efforts to solidify themselves as a football stronghold, the ACC pooh-bas were soiling their pristine basketball tradition by tacking on two bottom feeders in Miami and Virginia Tech.

The early returns suggest otherwise.

On Saturday, the Hokies went to Atlanta and knocked off last year's national runner-up, Georgia Tech, 70-69, to raise their inaugural ACC record to 3-2. The 'Canes, meanwhile, sit at 12-5 overall and 3-3 in the conference despite suffering losses last week to Duke and North Carolina. Before that Miami had beaten N.C. State and Virginia.

And look who's coming next year: Boston College, currently 16-0 and rapidly ascending the top 10. If anything, the conference is getting stronger.

It's true that in terms of basketball tradition, neither of this year's entrants hold a candle to most of the ACC's existing members. I don't know about you, but if someone were to ask me about Virginia Tech basketball, only two words would come to mind: Ace Custis. Miami has been a little more visible recently with its Sweet 16 appearance in 2000 and the presence of SportsCenter staple Darius Rice, but prior to 1998 the 'Canes had reached the NCAA tournament just once.

But past futility doesn't necessarily preclude future success, and as of today, is there really any difference between Miami and Virginia Tech or Virginia and Clemson? No. If anything, the 'Canes, under impressive first-year coach Frank Haith and the Hokies, who brought in a good one themselves not long ago in Seth Greenberg, are programs on the rise. Al Skinner's Eagles have been competitive for a while now.

This new ACC does take some adjustment. I admit, when I see scores like Miami-Florida State and Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech scroll across the ticker, my first thought is football. The one real downside of the ACC's expansion has been the death of the double round-robin schedule, where every team plays the other home-and-home. It's a shame, for instance, that North Carolina and Wake Forest have already faced each other for the last time this regular season.

In the grand scheme of things, though, that's a small sacrifice. It's not like a whole lot of people are pining for a Duke-Clemson rematch. And since this isn't football, the championship will be settled on the court in March no matter what.

Whether or not you think the new teams are benefiting the ACC, there's no question the ACC is doing wonders for the teams themselves. Just a couple years ago, you could count the number of fans at a Miami home game with your fingers; last Wednesday night, the 'Canes' 2-year-old Convocation Center was standing room only for the Blue Devils' arrival. Similarly, the Hokies are averaging a near-capacity 9,847 for ACC home games. It's not like Miami and Virginia Tech were playing in oblivion in the past. They were regularly hosting Big East powers like Connecticut and Syracuse. But clearly their fans feel more affinity with the schools of the ACC. (Boston College could be a different story.)

Much has been made about what a superpower the Big East will become next year with the addition of Louisville, Cincinnati, Marquette and DePaul. It's assumed the new 16-team league will be head and shoulders above the rest of the country.

I wouldn't take it to the bank just yet.

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#109918 --- 01/25/05 06:03 PM Re: Sports Media's Pro-ACC Bias
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Who the hell wrote that piece of crap? VT and Miami tied for third in the acc should just scream how over rated that conference is!
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#109919 --- 01/25/05 08:12 PM Re: Sports Media's Pro-ACC Bias
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Some idiot on CNNSI

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#109920 --- 01/27/05 07:31 PM Re: Sports Media's Pro-ACC Bias
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The true barometer of the ACC bias will be shown in the polls next week. Let's see how far DOOK drops after losing AT HOME to an unranked team. Maryland was ranked about 38th last week having received 6 overall votes in the coaches poll. Kansas lost ON THE ROAD last week to unranked Villanova and dropped from 2 to 7. 'Nova was ranked 26th, just missing out of being "ranked' having received 77 votes. Kansas therefore lost to a better team than DOOK did. Kansas dropped from 2 to 7 when they lost to 'Nova. Betcha DOOK doesn't drop below SU. The only thing that could skew the ACC biased voters is subsequent games this week involving teams near DOOK but you watch, their drop will not be a precipitious as KU's even though the "numbers" say it should be.

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