Wednesday, September 9, 2009

ACC roundtable

OK, folks, time for round 2 of the ACC roundtable. Today's questions are brought to us by College Game Balls, an excellent if overly maroon-and-orange footballin' blog. Here goes' nothing.

1. *Ding Dong* The pizza man is here, did your team deliver what you expected in their opener, why or why not?


2. The ACC was downright pathetic in week one. Which display of ineptitude shocked you the most? Going forward is there hope for the conference?

I've sort of cheated and already have seen a lot of answers, and our W&M fiasco is a pretty unanimous choice. Why buck tradition? The positive spin is that obviously people had us pegged as at least presentable if they're shocked by our failing to be so, and they're not shocked that Duke lost so I guess that's something.

The problem is that it's been a favorite saying of mine that no team in the ACC would be the best in any other conference, but seven or eight teams in the ACC would be third-best in any conference. It gets harder to say that when two teams fall to I-AA squads, one shits the bed on national TV against a middling SEC team, one shits the bed against a decent Pac-10 squad, and yet another gets beat at home by a middling-to-lousy Big 12 team. It was an equal opportunity bedshitting all around, and yeah, if I were an outside observer I'd probably fall right back on the stick-to-basketball stereotype, having been handed a lot of evidence just now.

3. After the show they put on Monday night, Atlantic bloggers is FSU the team to beat and what about Miami, Coastalites?

I'm still on the Georgia Tech bandwagon in the Coastal.

4. You've been granted one curse, other than your opponent pick one team you would like to see lose in week 2.

I don't know if this is supposed to be inside or outside the ACC. Inside, I'll take Maryland for all the schadenfreudey goodness of watching a rival join the ranks of I-AA dog chow. Then we can argue back and forth about whether JMU or W&M is the better team. Outside, as also a Michigan fan, then Notre Dame, obviously. Or is that cheating? If so, then Boise State to Miami of Ohio, so as to remove one candidate from the pooooor little screwed over mid-major pool that the playoff freaks always rally around every year.

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