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.
@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:
Are hipsters hiking Pabst Blue Ribbon prices? on-msn.com/169pCjV
— ACC Football News (@accfootballnews) May 22, 2013
@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.
Timestamping podcast. Forgot we spent time talking about skinning cats. Expect a PETA call at any moment.
— Jim Young (@ACCSports) May 21, 2013
@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.
I just took a break to read Moby Dick. Miss anything?
— Andrew Jones (@AJonesFoxSports) May 26, 2013
@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.
I’m dying of sports. I have a chronic case of sports
— Steven (@akulawolf) May 26, 2013
@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:
You can buy quality generic brands of plenty of items. That list does not include Pop Tarts.
— Anson Whaley (@AnsonWhaley) May 24, 2013
@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:
The airport bar is playing a Taylor Swift song, I need more booze. Pronto
— A.J Black (@BCHysteria) May 24, 2013
@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.
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA UConn football helmets AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
— BC Interruption (@bcinterruption) April 18, 2013
@BloggerSoDear: On top of the latest Wake Forest news tweeted out daily, Jake can be found watching any and all ACC events, while providing in-depth analysis into what makes every player in the conference tick.
I bet those guys are on the championship bass fishing team at State too
— Jake S (@BloggerSoDear) May 26, 2013
@BlueDevilLair: 247 Sports’ Adam Rowe covers all things Duke, while doing what many of the rest of us do as well: mock conference expansion rumors, make fun at our own expense and be completely realistic about what we’re seeing on the screen(s) in front of us.
Coach K will coach at least until the end of this game.
— Adam Rowe (@BlueDevilLair) May 26, 2013
@BrentAxeMedia: Syracuse.com’s Brent Axe has his finger on the pulse of Syracuse sports, and is a friendly guy to boot. And like all of the Orange persuasion, has no problem kicking around Rutgers (it’s just too easy).
Five-Alarm grease fire at Rutgers deadspin.com/rutgers-has-a-…
— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) May 26, 2013
@brink_aim: Orange and White’s Brandon Rink talks about all sports, ACC and otherwise, and actively covers ACC baseball as very few can. He also provides enlightening commentary on the media industry:
I’m all for a thriving newspaper industry, and all for the death of websites that can’t put an article on one page. Thanks.
— Brandon Rink (@brink_aim) April 25, 2013
@ChiTribHamilton: The Chicago Tribune’s Brian Hamilton covers Notre Dame extensively, with up-to-the-minute news on the Irish. For a bird’s-eye view of the football program (likely preferred for ACC fans), this is where you should be.
Those traveling through O’Hare today should be advised to bring a pup tent and provisions for 3-5 days.
— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) May 22, 2013
@Dan_Lyons76: Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician’s Dan Lyons is one of a handful of people on Twitter constantly talking about Syracuse football. And he’s damn good at it. He’s also got some great ideas for the next breakout cable television series.
AMCs next hit drama- a family of four tries to hold together while driving on a major New Jersey highway on a summer holiday weekend.
— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) May 27, 2013
@DavidGlennShow: ACC Sports Journal’s David Glenn Show feed provides quick takes on the latest around the league, and when called upon, comes out swinging. The best proof point? Calling out most of the internet for the irresponsible “UVa-to-B1G” rumors months back (tweet below unrelated to that).
What is your preference for condiments on hotdogs for your Memorial Day cookout?
— David Glenn Show (@DavidGlennShow) May 24, 2013
@DavidTeelatDP: The Daily Press’s beat writer, David Teel, is more engaged on Twitter than most of his newspaper cohorts, and regularly shares opinions on all things ACC. His written work, while directed toward the Virginia teams, gives plenty of insight to the whole league. And he has a pretty good relationship with John Swofford (better than most).
— David Teel (@DavidTeelatDP) May 22, 2013
@DerekMedlin: Derek covers sports and crime for WRAL. So while it’s unfortunate to hear bad news on the police scanner, some of the lighter information’s a great time when interspersed with notes on the game last night. Also this:
Overheard on the police scanners: “I’ll be there soon. On my way to get R2-D2 and take him to the shop.”
— Derek Medlin (@DerekMedlin) May 28, 2013
@DocHeelFire: Doc Kennedy, of SB Nation’s Tar Heel Blog, chronicles UNC with smart observations, thoughtful analysis of all sports and a realistic view of what our DVRs can and can’t do.
I made my 7 year-old go to bed at end of 6th inning. He was upset I didn’t have end of game on DVR. Sorry there’s not a 18-inning setting.
— Doc Kennedy (@DocHeelfire) May 26, 2013
@D1scourse: Former Washington Times writer Patrick Stevens covers Maryland and lacrosse with more depth than most — with airport/plane commentary to boot, too.
Kid on the plane has a “National Robotics League” shirt on. Alas, there is not a sport that features killer robots. At least not yet.
— Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) May 20, 2013
@8BalltheTiger: Anyone who’s spent some time on Every Day Should be Saturday will immediately recognize this meme — that of the drug-addled version of the Clemson Tigers mascot. No, it’s not supposed to make sense.
HEY HEY HAVE YOU ACCEPTED OUR MASTER THE WISE AND POWERFUL ALF?
— Eight Ball (@8BalltheTiger) May 22, 2013
@FearTheStache: Bryan, originally of The Fighting Wannstaches, now provides his very honest view of Pitt sports over on Cardiac Hill. He also tells the truth:
@pantherlair “I cant wait for Bob Davie to come to town!” — things said by no one
— TFW® Bryan (@FearTheStache) May 23, 2013
@FTRSLilBroey: Editor of SB Nation’s Georgia Tech site, From the Rumble Seat, you’ll find Joey Weaver providing a glimpse at his life in the South, Tech sports and a variety of other topics. Last week’s stream of thoughts on working at a gas station was particularly fun.
About to go work an 8 hour shift in a gas station. And here I was, thinking my engineering degree would keep me from ever doing that…
— Joey Weaver (@FTRSLilBroey) May 23, 2013
@furrer4heisman: Former editor of Gobbler Country (also included below), it’s a feed for the ACC fan who’d like their sports, food and entertainment choices to linger together in one continuous loop of short sentences.
today has been a very #goacc day
— furrer4heisman (@furrer4heisman) May 20, 2013
@GobblerCountry: The feed for SB Nation’s Virginia Tech site of the same name, follow it for all things Hokies, with the typical dash of ACC jokes you’ll find from nearly everyone on this list. You’ll also find some astonishingly awesome tweets like this one as well:
Just bought my first sashimi grade tuna. Driving like the Biebz to get it home to the fridge pronto
— GobblerCountry.com (@gobblercountry) May 28, 2013
@GTPaulJohnson: The only coach on this list, Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson provides more personality in 140 characters than he ever has or will in person. Did you expect him to be such a wacky and offbeat dude? Even if so, I’m sure not ready for things like this:
— Paul Johnson (@GTPaulJohnson) May 23, 2013
@HoyaSuxa: Matt Glaude, of SB Nation’s College Crosse and Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician used to only talk about hating Georgetown (rightfully so). Though his subject matter’s a bit wider now, that doesn’t mean he still can’t get in a jab at the Hoyas now and again (this one, immediately after Syracuse advanced to the Final Four in basketball).
— Hoya Suxa (@HoyaSuxa) March 30, 2013
@IAmSpilly: Do you like food? Then don’t follow Spilly. The noted Pitt fan’s culinary concoctions have been featured across the web and are inedible for 99-percent of the American public. You’re only watching him make food because it’s like a car wreck. You cannot look away.
INTERNET COOL KID CHECKLIST:☐ My beer was more obscure. ☐ My lunch was more exotic. ☐ My choice of technology provider is superior.
— Spilly (@IAmSpilly) May 28, 2013
@IraSchoffel: Covering the ‘Noles for the Tallahassee Democrat, Ira’s one of top sources for Florida State news and notes. He’s also coined a phrase that I may be putting into use on a daily basis, for no other reason but “because”:
This Gilbert kid is so YOLO. Doesn’t cover his mouth when talking to the catcher. Just happy to be here.
— Ira Schoffel/TDO.com (@IraSchoffel) May 26, 2013
@JGJr9: State of the U’s Joe Garcia goes off on Hurricanes and other Miami sports nearly all day, with a specific focus on recruiting. As the ‘Canes are one of the more active recruiting teams in the conference, following him provides a ton of information.
Since everyone seems intent on reporting all of Tyrek Cole’s offers I’ll cut to the chase BREAKING:’15 CB Tyrek Cole offered by everyone!
— Joe Garcia (@JGJr9) May 21, 2013
@JoeOvies: The Raleigh-based sports talk radio host is a fervent supporter of the conference, while spending much of his day dealing with Twitter haters (as is typical of any radio host). The rest of the time, he’s enjoying conversation with the rest of the ACC corner of Twitter (as we all should).
@lebrownlow so you know, I bring strong emoji game.
— Joe Ovies (@joeovies) May 28, 2013
@JohnCassillo: Yup, a little self-promotion here. But who else willingly covers ACC football as much as your author? Seriously…
— John Cassillo (@JohnCassillo) May 20, 2013
@JP_Mundy: The recently-minted editor of SB Nation’s Blogger So Dear is about as realistic as the come regarding Wake Forest sports, with the type of self-awareness any ACC blogger/tweeter would be proud of.
Reason number 312439 that Syracuse joining the ACC is great: apparently @nunesmagician has a zillion readers.
— John Mundy (@JP_Mundy) May 22, 2013
@Justin_Ferber: When he’s not contributing over at SB Nation’s Streaking the Lawn, Justin’s tweeting non-stop about the Hoos, and providing critical analysis on cinematic classics.
Why did the Candyman in Willy Wonka just let those kids eat everything in his store? Got a little carried away there…
— Justin Ferber (@Justin_Ferber) May 22, 2013
@LauraKeeley: The Raleigh News & Observer beat writer for Duke covers Blue Devils football more than just about anyone. And enjoys doing it. Like several others on this list, she’s highly engaged with both the newspaper and blog folk around ACC Twitter.
Greensboro does a great job w the ACC tourney & there’s great tradition there. But you can’t take sentiment to the bank. & this is business
— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) May 15, 2013
@lebrownlow: Lauren Brownlow covers the ACC with the type of off-the-cuff, slightly random thoughts you’d expect from the conference’s best, at a quantity that sometimes astounds. It’s an admirable fan perspective on journalism, for those who prefer that sort of thing (I know I certainly do).
Maryland has someone named Sansa and I have no clue if it’s spelled that way but I’m pretending it is
— Lauren Brownlow (@lebrownlow) May 27, 2013
@LunchPailD: Gobbler Country editor Chris Hatcher dives into the world of Hokies sports with a passion, while giving live accounts of unrelated baseball games (not uncommon on ACC Twitter, weirdly enough). He’s also unafraid to tell it like it is:
@daronvaught NOOOOOOOOOOO DARON NOOOOOO! NOT BLEACHER REPORT!!!!
— Chris Hatcher (@LunchpailD) May 14, 2013
@martinrickman: The godfather of #goacc, Martin Rickman tweets about Wake Forest, the ACC and a variety of other topics that may not seem in tune with college football. But don’t worry, they are. He also hates capital letters.
i don’t have to listen to you the sec isn’t my real dad
— Martin Rickman (@martinrickman) May 7, 2013
@Mengus22: Louisville fan and SB Nation writer Mark Ennis provides his followers with an endless stream of Cardinals and ACC commentary, along with some valuable life lessons. Chief among them: Don’t ever send him (or anyone, really) a Facebook games request.
Few things offend me as deeply and as personally as one of you morons sending me a Facebook game request.
— Mark Ennis (@Mengus22) April 30, 2013
@NunesMagician: Sean Keeley, editor of SB Nation’s Syracuse site, is always good for a few gems each and every week. From a profanity-laden top 10 thoughts following SU’s trip to the Final Four, to general life commentary, Sean’s feed has plenty for everyone.
Don’t know if anyone mentioned this, but yesterday was the fourth time Doug Marrone helped ruin Geno Smith’s day.
— Sean Keeley (@NunesMagician) April 26, 2013
@OrangeandWhite: A division of South Carolina’s Anderson Independent Mail, Orange and White is arguably the web’s most comprehensive source for all things Clemson-related. Follow for ACC/Tigers commentary, breaking news and live game coverage, too.
— Orange and White (@orangeandwhite) May 14, 2013
@PittScript: Bryan used to be obsessed with Pitt’s logo. Now he doesn’t care. But that doesn’t mean he’s without opinions on the rest of Panthers athletics. Follow him for anything Pitt-related, and for laughs at WVU’s expense (a standard ACC practice now).
So I guess that whole “We’re better off playing teams 1200 miles away” isn’t working out, eh Oliver?
— Bryan (@PittScript) May 24, 2013
@RussellAthBowl: Yes, the Russell Athletic Bowl (pitting the ACC against the American Athletic Conference) happens just once a year. But don’t tell that to the game’s Twitter feed, which has become legendary for its wit during the other 364 days when it’s not going on.
See, that’s why we put Orlando in the logo, because it is CRITICAL that all viewers know exactly where the game is happening AT ALL TIMES.
— RussellAthleticBowl (@RussellAthBowl) May 2, 2013
@saintwarrick: No, that’s not Peter Warrick Jeff’s paying homage to; it’s Warrick Dunn (easy mix-up). On top of FSU opinions, this feed’s handing out relevant ‘Noles links, additional sports commentary and a healthy dose of beer information as well.
Spurs vs. Heat, eh? I’d like to root for a third-party candidate, please.
— Jeff (@saintwarrick) May 28, 2013
@scacchoops: Like many other ACC tweeters, show up for the news & analysis, stay for the pop culture observations. Jon Pence (who runs his own site and contributes on the ACC Digital Network had this to say about the Billboard awards earlier this week:
Miguel just adorned the crap out of that girl
— Jon Pence (@scacchoops) May 20, 2013
@TarHeelBlog: Brian Barbour, head of SB Nation’s Tar Heel Blog, goes past all the typical stereotypes about UNC fans, and really gets to the bottom of what’s greatly concerning all of us about the San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili.
Is it just me or does Manu Ginobli have a lot of YOLO moments?
— Brian Barbour (@tarheelblog) May 28, 2013
@TheCardConnect: Tweets like the one below could actually go a long way with the ACC’s fan bases, and perhaps that’s what Card Connect’s Nick Coffey is banking on. An endless stream of Louisville news, he’s one of Twitter’s top sources on the team.
That said, nobody has done less with more than Roy Williams.
— Nick Coffey (@TheCardConnect) May 22, 2013
@thedevilwolf: If something’s happening in the ACC, Ben Swain is likely providing commentary as entertainingly as he can (which is very). Among the conference’s most prolific tweeters, he’s got a knack for capturing exactly what’s going through your mind… five seconds before it actually does.
“I’ll wait until I find out what really happened before I comment on that Swofford article.” – someone, probably
— Ben Swain (@thedevilwolf) April 25, 2013
@thekeyplay: An endless stream of witty observations and schadenfreude about Virginia Tech and the ACC. Plus, some real thoughts on the Hokies, too. This is also pretty cool:
Saw this on /r/virginiatech and I’m proud: i.imgur.com/Fm6Rds4.jpg.
— THE KEY PLAY (@thekeyplay) May 14, 2013
@TheStateoftheU: SB Nation’s Miami Hurricanes site is a consistent stream of news mainly surrounding “the U.” And until the NCAA investigation stuff is over, it’ll also produce some entertaining musings like this one:
Nevin Shapiro is the real life sequel to Richie Rich where he grows up and obtains a huge coke problem.
— Lt. Philip Nolan (@TheStateOfTheU) May 26, 2013
@TheUVAFool: Brian Leung mans the feed for SB Nation’s Streaking the Lawn (its Virginia site) and when it’s not Hoos news, it’s usually can’t-miss comedy. From quoting rap lyrics to disjointed late-night sentences, it stops you from judging him when he’s late to the party on other things.
Am I the last one to discover how awesome House of Cards on Netflix is?
— Streaking the Lawn (@TheUVAFool) May 27, 2013
@TomahawkNation: Bud Elliott, editor of SB Nation’s Florida State site, gives the web’s best perspective on all things ‘Noles, while also being one of just a few FSU fans with a sense of humor (sorry, guys!). He also handles recruiting for SB Nation — so about as informative as they come.
— TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) May 22, 2013
Did I miss anybody? Any qualms about the 50 folks on here? Feel free to express your displeasure in the comments and/or on Twitter.