My love-hate relationship with the ACC
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
It's a love-hate day here at ESPN.com, as my colleagues Ivan Maisel and Mark Schlabach wrote what they love and hate about college football.
The bloggers are taking it one step further -- five things we love and hate about the conferences we cover.
Let's start with the good stuff in the ACC:
1. Defense. The league has a reputation for it, and it's well-deserved. Watching players like BC linebacker Mark Herzlich and FSU defensive end Everette Brown never gets old. Unless, of course, you're the opposing quarterback.
2. The travel. You'll never hear me complain about a trip to Miami, and it's hard to beat the convenience of being able to drive through the Carolinas and hit almost half the conference in a matter of days. (Plus, the ACC really knows how to host its football media days -- usually at some posh golf resort.)
3. I love Thursday night games in Lane Stadium (but hate trying to find a hotel for them). There's something special about this place on a Thursday night. "Enter Sandman" seems louder. The sense of urgency seems to last longer. It's prime time college football.
4. The "chowda" in the press box at BC. It's tradition, it's local flavor, and it's easily one of the best pre-game meals in the conference.
5. Listening to Bobby Bowden during the season on the weekly ACC teleconference. It's the one highlight of this otherwise dreary, mundane, two hours of dadgum coachspeak. Bowden always gives candid answers, great perspective, and almost always makes me laugh.
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