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Remember the website Seth Curry Saves Duke? Well Shane Ryan started that, which has since evolved (or devolved considering I’ve written a couple of articles for it) into Tobacco Road Blues. He’s also a writer for Grantland on ESPN and was formerly a part of the Walk-Ons podcast with Ben Swain.
In fact, there’s a bit of overlap between Swain and Ryan, but there’s reason to follow each individually.
For one, you can’t really read Swain’s articles unless you subscribe to ACC Sports. Ryan, on the other hand, can be read for free at Granland. In those articles, Ryan tends toward the sort of verbose, funny and pop culture-referencing articles that the site’s forefather, Bill Simmons, made popular.
So for fans interested in long reads interspersed with references to good indie bands, preferably with a North Carolina connection, Shane Ryan provides a steady stream of lengthy love letters to college basketball.
His Twitter feed is valuable because it provides links to his work for Grantland, his work for Paste or tips on bands music aficionados might enjoy. For a Duke fan, it’s an excellent example of a writer’s life from a Duke perspective. He doesn’t provide as much Duke-centric content as anyone else on this list, but for Blue Devil fans that want to broaden their sports horizon, he’s an invaluable asset on Twitter.
What you get by following Ryan and the other four people I’ve mentioned is information, thoughtful commentary and a well-rounded view of Duke as well as the sports world in general. For those reasons, these are the five people that fans of the Blue Devils should consider must-follows.