In the latest edition of “Conversations with Clayton,” I am continuing my series of interviews with bloggers from other American Athletic Conference program. Today’s interviewee is Aman Kidwai, the editor of SB Nation’s The UConn Blog and the publisher of Rivals.com’s Storrs Central. We discuss the Nutmeg State’s culinary legacy, former Cleveland Indians pitcher Charles Nagy and Madden ‘06.
Clayton Trutor (CT): How did you get involved in covering UConn sports?
Aman Kidwai (AK): I never worked for my high school or college newspaper, unfortunately, and didn't get started until this opportunity with The UConn Blog in the summer of 2013. I was a lifelong sports fan and UConn grad, so it seemed like a good way to try something new in familiar territory while pursuing a passion. I honestly never could have imagined what kinds of fun it would lead to.
CT: If I am visiting UConn for a game, where should I eat?
AK: Ted's Bar and Restaurant - BBQ Chicken and Onion Ring Pizza and/or wings.
CT: Three Things that people don't know about the state of Connecticut:
- You can go in any town in Connecticut and find an Italian mom-and-pop shop with amazing pizza, grinders (subs, hoagies, whatever you want to call it) and pasta. The humble city of New Haven has the best pizza in the country.
- New Haven is also where the hamburger was invented. You're welcome.
- It is home to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London.
CT: Three things that people don't know about the University of Connecticut
- It's a top-20 public school in the country and the #1 public university in New England. So show some respect.
- Former Cleveland Indian Charles Nagy graduated from UConn in 1988. The same Charles Nagy who was the 17th overall pick in the 1st round of the 1988 MLB Draft and won an Olympic gold medal that year with Team USA in the Seoul games. He went on to become a three-time AL All-Star for the Indians. Related: we are good at baseball.
- Current SNL cast member Bobby Moynihan is an alumnus.
CT: If you had to put together a Survivor Series team out of your favorite Huskies athletes of all time, who would be your chosen four?
AK: I don't know what "chosen four" means but I'll go with Ed Nelson, Kemba Walker, Shabazz Napier and Emeka Okafor.
CT: Favorite experience as a UConn sports fan?
AK: While I had the pleasure of attending the 2014 National Championship victory and both Final Four games for 2011's championship team, the weekend of the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight in 2014 at Madison Square Garden was the pinnacle.
To see the Huskies clinch a Final Four berth at The Garden following the dissolution of the Big East (1979--2013, RIP) with two upset wins in front of a raucously pro-Husky crowd was worth the mortgage payment I spent on tickets. The weekend itself in the city was a great time as well-- the off day was *almost* as fun as the game days.
CT: When you hear "Cincinnati," you think ___________
AK: Partners in conference purgatory.
CT: What other teams do you follow?
AK: Brace yourselves: the Buffalo Bills, New York Knicks and Buffalo Sabres.
CT: Describe your greatest victory in a sports video game:
AK: I was the UConn women's basketball of Madden '06. Every win was my greatest.
CT: Predictions for UConn Football in 2017:
AK: An offensive strategy from this century. More than three wins. Beating Cincinnati again.
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