Author Afi Ahmadi

7 entries

The Biggest Gamble in the Casino: Bringing Kids

The roughly four-and-a-half hour drive from Burlington, Vermont to Uncasville, Connecticut went about as smoothly as we could have hoped given that my wife and I were traveling with both our seven year-old daughter and four year-old son. Only one stop, and enough snacks and movies in the car to make it as painless...

Crimson As Advertised

As I settled into my usual reserved bleacher "seat" at the Roy L. Patrick Gymnasium on the campus at the University of Vermont, it occurred to me that the Catamount coaching staff(s) over the past decade simply didn't--and don't--get enough credit. How on earth do you convince a seventeen-year old with (i) reasonably...

It's Never Too Early to Unnecessarily Panic

This year, as is its custom, the America East Conference will receive one bid to the NCAA men s basketball tournament. Most years, that invitation is more of a thanks-for-c...

In Search of a Rival

Most worthwhile college basketball rivalries germinate on the court: two successful and/or evenly matched opponents playing each other on a regular basis where familiarity breeds contempt. Defeating your rival generates particular and peculiar pride for both players and fan bases alike. Coaches uniformly downplay...

Made in Vermont

This may come as a bit of a shock to most readers, but the State of Vermont is NOT known for producing an abundance of Division 1 men's basketball players on a yearly basis. You can count on one hand (and I mean that literally) the number of Vermont high-schoolers who are deemed worthy of being offered a D-1 basketball...

WHEW . . .

As of a week ago, my family and I did not intend to attend the America East conference tournament in Hartford. My wife and I are loyal Vermont Catamount fans and, either by extension or brainwashing, our two kids are now forced to be likewise. Ever since we've had kids, we've resisted the urge to attend the annual...

The Brian Voelkel Experience

For the second consecutive weekend, I had no original intention of cheering on the University of Vermont Catamounts in person. The championship game of the America East Conference was simply scheduled too inconveniently for somebody who lives in the Green Mountain State. The trip to Stony Brook University in Long...

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One Beautiful Season

1BS weaved the history of mid-major college basketball together with stories from the 2009-10 season, culminating in Butler's epic run to the National Championship game. Now it's available as a free download: PDF in the original 592-page book layout with all photos and graphics, or ePub format for electronic reading devices.