Monday, October 03, 2005

The Game


Yesterday, I went to see the Buc's play Detroit at Raymond James Stadium. I took my new camera since it would be a great opportunity to use my 450m lens.

I actually didn't get any really good shots of the game. You have to take a lot of pictures of sports before you get one really good one, unless you are my friend Kevin, the luckiest man alive. I'd been told that Kevin is incredibly lucky (for example, Kevin wins money on the slot machines at the Las Vegas Airport), but I didn't believe it until yesterday.

At every Buc's game thay always have jets from MacDill Air Force Base do a fly-over after the National Anthem. Yesterday, instead of F-16's they had Hurricane Hunters. Well, Kevin happens to know one of the pilots and he managed to score field passes for himself and his son. At halftime he was about to go down to the field and I handed him my camera, saying, "Take a few pictures of your son on the sidelines."

Kevin was still on the sidelines when the 2nd half started and the best play of the whole game occured. Joey Galloway caught a pass and ran 80 yards for the touchdown, then, when he got in the end-zone he dropped the ball and struck a pose right in front of Kevin who was holding my camera.

So, to sum up, I carried my huge camera around all day and the best picture I got was a fuzzy shot of the cheerleaders. Kevin borrows my camera for 15 minutes and gets a picture that looks like it should be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. (At this point I am going to point out that the picture with this story has been photo-shopped a little by me. The depth-of-field was too deep on the original and all the people behind Galloway were in focus. I blurred the background so that Galloway stands out more. It makes for a better picture as well as making me feel better about the fact that I didn't take it. At least I did something!)

Here's the best part: late in the 4th quarter when the game was almost over, I was talking to Kevin, who still had his field pass hanging around his neck. I asked him, "Was that pass only good for halftime?" "No," he said, "It's good for the whole game." Then he paused for a second and it hit him, "HEY! I SHOOD HAVE GIVEN YOU MY PASS SO YOU COULD GO ON THE FIELD AND SHOOT PICTURES!"

No shit.

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