Monday’s news that Garth Brooks was going to play a concert at Notre Dame Stadium brings with it new opportunities that John Swofford and the ACC should consider. With the impending ACC Network launch, what better way to promote the new network and the conference than by sponsoring a series of concerts at each football stadium?
Now even though we aren’t “real ACC” here in Syracuse, we’ll still help our conference brethren out by suggesting the best concert for each school.
Boston College Eagles: Aerosmith
This one’s a slam dunk. The Boston-based band will surely get the crowd going when they bring out Steve Addazio to provide backup vocals on “Dude (Looks Like a Lady).”
Clemson Tigers: Aubrey and the Three Amigos
Say what you want about Dabo, but he’s going to cash in on what’s trending today and get Drake and Migos to rub Howard’s Rock with him before the show. You can hate it, but the Clemson social media team will be there to capture Dabo singing “Trevor, do you love me? Are you riding?”
Duke Blue Devils: Sam Hunt
A former college football QB for the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and UAB Blazers, Hunt would be a good choice for David Cutliffe to introduce. Coach Cut knows every curve on the football like the back of his hand.
Florida State Seminoles: Creed
That’s Tallahassee’s own Creed, and not an appearance by Michael B. Jordan, which is what Willie Taggart thought when he signed off on the idea. Noles fans will want to see if Willie can take the Seminoles higher than where they’ve been lately (the last year or two).
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Lil’ Yachty
Like the triple option offense, no one’s really sure what to think about Yachty. You kind of enjoy watching when both are not around things you care about and when they are, it’s just really annoying.
Louisville Cardinals: Big Papa and the TCB
You aren’t booking someone else in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, so UL fans can look forward to a night listening to “Go Big Papa” and other assorted smash hits while Papa John himself provides some additional entertainment.
#BigPapaBurnouts pic.twitter.com/w4GdkE77DA— Wes Jackson (@WesJackson15) October 17, 2016
Miami (FL) Hurricanes: Kanye West
Damn I miss the old Kanye like I miss the old trash-talking, show-boating, loaded with NFL talent version of The U. Let’s stop pretending that being merely good means either one of these things is back to where they once stood so they are a great match for one another.
North Carolina Tar Heels: Zac Brown Band
Both feature frontmen who wear tight shirts to show off their biceps. Both are more entertaining after a few drinks and both of them are best enjoyed in the summertime.
N.C. State Wolfpack: J Cole
Internet darlings who find success but remain below their peers in the national conversation. Cole’s been building momentum like Dave Doeren’s group, but we’ll see if the breakthrough truly happens.
Pittsburgh Panthers: Steel Panther
Pitt fans should be excited for the glam-metal band to perform songs from their last album “Lower the Bar” as they remember those good ol’ days of Panther football from the 80s.
Syracuse Orange: Jeezy
#OrangeisTheNewFast welcomes the man who just completed the Peachtree 10k Road Race last week. Jay Bilas’s favorite rapper would remind the Orange that they gotta go to work this year and get back to bowl eligibility.
Virginia Cavaliers: O.A.R.
We tried to book Dave Matthews for Scott Stadium, but Bronco Mendenhall said his program isn’t good enough yet. Sorry Hoos fans, you get DMB Lite until you’re ready for the real thing. (alternative option: Three 6 Mafia briefly renaming themselves One 16 Mafia, or 16-Point Lead Mafia)
Virginia Tech Hokies: Metallica
Sometimes you have to skip the #jokesandgarbage and just admit that hearing “Enter Sandman” played live in Lane Stadium would be pretty damn cool.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Florida Georgia Line
Are they pop or are they country? Is Wake still a hoops school or not? The FGL seem to be a group that’s easily mocked, but they remain on the charts, which is similar to what you’re getting with Wake. It doesn’t feel like they are a threat in the ACC, but bowl games in the last two seasons means maybe we should pay more attention to them.
I’m sure you’ve got some great ideas in mind so let’s hear them in the comments.