March Madness comes to Mizan

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1st. Lt. Sean Snook rests after a long patrol outside FOB Mizan waiting for the debrief.

1st. Lt. Sean Snook rests after a long patrol outside FOB Mizan while waiting for the debrief.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MIZAN, Afghanistan -– March Madness has come to Afghanistan’s Zabul province.

Afghan Capt. Hamza Jawid got a quick lesson on American culture Monday from 1st Lt. Sean Snook. The LT explained the phenomenon of March Madness to the Afghan captain over lunch after the town’s shura.

Staring at the 24-year-old U.S. officer with a confused look, Jawid had trouble understanding why Americans would subject themselves to madness for fun. Grabbing his head, Snook tried to tell the captain it was a good madness. Spending this season cheering for the streaky shooting Maryland guard Grevis Vasquez, I could understand the captain’s confusion.

Even though the 48 soldiers at FOB Mizan might be stationed amidst a collection of farms and villages, which are stuck in the 19th century, doesn’t mean they can’t have a March Madness pool.

If you log onto ESPN.com, their group name is Mizan Madness.

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