Hired by Miami to photograph the 62nd rivalry match-up game, which FSU & fans hoped to make into the 8th in a streak of wins — a streak Miami was intent on breaking — I was left in a bit of an odd position. The other week, I shot FSU home opening loss to NCState, for NCState; that was a slightly different situation, with NCSU not being a huge rivalry team. It just felt odd, and slightly wrong, to be photographing the much-loathed visiting Hurricanes yesterday.
But it is what it is.
As all good rivalry games should, last night’s game came down to the final seconds, with a 23yd pass from UM’s red-shirt junior QB Malik Rosier to red-shirt junior Darrell Langham for a controversial touch-down call with 6 seconds to go.
Up until the 2nd half, the game looked rather dreary, and photographers, fans, and players alike found themselves sweating and hoping that the outer reaches of Hurricane Nate didn’t bring any rain or weather to aid and abet the more southern Hurricanes currently in Tallahassee.
I was rusty during my NCState game. I was rusty at shooting football, and rusty at delivering the desired product. I worked my ass off yesterday, as evidenced by my almost 7000 calories burned over the course of a 17-hr day, starting with a run, followed by a swim meet, and then the long rivalry matchup that we’ve now relived above. And I think the images are comparable or better than what I shot the other weekend, and I think the product that I delivered to Miami was better than what I delivered to NCSU. I’m working for it — get better every day.
Additionally, here are two shots from FSU’s 3-0 defeat of BC in the women’s annual paint it pink soccer match that was held Thursday night:
And then here are the swimming shots I kept from yesterday morning…I saved the best for last because swimming is CLEARLY the superior sport… ;-P