It was frigid outside: PopGates’ Sam and Noah Perkins braved the elements; enduring a four hour car ride together from Boston to Vermont – covering the America East Conference Championship game between Albany and Vermont.
The trip was an homage to One-Bid Wonders – OBW, in many ways was the precursor to PopGates. For those unaware of OBW: Brook.land put out a great feature in 2015 about the life and death of One-Bid Wonders. Additionally, NPR’s Only A Game recently featured Sam and One-Bid Wonders, listen here.
The game was supposed to be a cakewalk for Vermont, who came into the game with a 20 game win-streak (the longest in the country). In a hard fought, back-and-forth contest, UVM narrowly defeated Albany 56-53 – punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.
Sam Perkins put together a photo essay of the championship game.