Bubble Watch: The ACC trolling has gone too far
The Atlantic Coast Conference is not a two-bid league (but the Pac-12 might be)
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ACC fans are convinced the world is out to get their league. Malicious media are intent on belittling a proud conference, denigrating its culture and its traditions. Or, at the very least, media have realized that they can get a response by saying something negative about the ACC — whether or not it’s true.
These are the sorts of spurious impressions we here at Bubble Watch Inc. have been working hard to dispel for several years now. In fact, the ACC has had a rough patch in recent seasons, for a variety of well-documented reasons. No, it’s not just the NET that “dislikes” the league; the ACC’s minor decline in the past five seasons is visible in its average KenPom rankings, too, even if teams at the top of the league (Virginia in 2019, UNC and Duke more broadly) have continued to excel. Generally speaking, we think ACC fans have gotten a bit too defensive about their conference vis a vis the NCAA Tournament the last couple of years, have started overrating the value of a win at Pittsburgh, or whatever, for reasons that aren’t “the media’s” fault, and have started taking it out on the people who are trying, in good faith, to deliver some weekly home truths. (Like, you know, us.)
Or, well, we did think that, right up to the moment Jon Rothstein unloaded this masterpiece Saturday:
Never has a tweet been more finely tuned to piss ACC fans off. You have to respect it, frankly; it is perfect. It was also obviously, if not purposefully, wrong.