Football: Jets-v-Eagles, Sep 2009 – 37

A few nice Gift Ideas images I found:

Football: Jets-v-Eagles, Sep 2009 – 37
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was not part of a dance routine by the cheerleaders, but rather a formal acknowledgment of an injured player who was down on the field; you can see the downed player in the next image (i.e., #38 in this sequence)

On Sep 25, 2009 I discovered that this photo had been published in an undated blog article titled "How to Find the Perfect Gift for Football Fans."

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Jan 23, 2010 blog titled "NFL Conference Championship Predictions 2010." And it was published in a Jul 25, 2010 blog titled "Guide to Networking With Online Football Fans" And it was published in an Aug 15, 2010 blog titled "How to Identify Winning NFL and College Football Picks." It was also published in a Sep 29, 2010 blog titled "What is in a Football Kit." And it was published in a Nov 17, 2010 blog titled "Honest Online Dating Tips for Men Over 40," and a Nov 22, 2010 Lastest Football News blog, and a Nov 23, 2010 blog titled "Anyone know any good sites for tips on online dating?" It was also published in a Dec 6, 2010 First Date conversation blog, with the same title and detailed notes as what I had written here on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Dec 14, 2010 blog titled "Sal Alosi salary takes big hit as punishment for tripping player."

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 10, 2011 blog titled "How do you assess Christian online dating services? Good way 2 weigh folk up B4 U agree 2 meet up? How best 2?" It was also published in a Jan 22, 2011 blog titled "Online Dating Tips: 3 Ways to Lower Your Risk Factor." And it was published in a Jan 23, 2011 "Cool Christian Dating Images" blog , with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Feb 8, 2011 blog titled "Monday Night LAP Dance Leonard A. Pappano." It was also published in a Mar 12, 2011 JaredGuberman-dot-com blog , with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page (and nothing else). And it was published in a Mar 31, 2011 blog titled "Christian Dating Service Washington DC allows you to Meet Like-minded People." It was also published in an Apr 26, 2011 Sports Photography Tips blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Sep 21, 2011 Good Photography blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Sep 20, 2011 blog titled "wDancing With The Stars Results September 20, 2011: Who Got Voted Off Tonight?" And it was published in a Sep 29, 2011 blog titled "NFL Week 4 Picks via Social Media."

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Nov 9, 2013 blog titled "Excellent Advice About Football That You Will Want To Read."


I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that, until last night, I had never been to a professional football game in my life. Baseball, basketball, and tennis: yes, of course. High-school and college football games: sure, though that was a long time ago. Indeed, the last college football game I watched (in person) was in the mid-60s, when I was invited to the annual Harvard-Yale game by a Radcliffe student I had begun dating — a development to which my MIT college roommate reacted, in shock, by howling, "Radcliffe? You’re dating a Cliffie? She must be a pig!" After which he pulled out his flute, every time he thought she might be present when he returned to our off-campus apartment, and played "Old McDonald Had a Farm" until he collapsed in gales of laughter on the stairwell. Highly inaccurate, I hasten to note, and totally unfair. But I digress…

Anyway, a freelance writer, Mitch Ligon (whose photo you can see here in one of my Flickr sets), invited me to accompany him last night to the New York Jets – Philadelphia Eagles game out in the New Jersey Meadowlands — another first-time experience. I was given a photographer’s press pass, which gave me access to the locker rooms, press box, various other "inner sanctum" locations … and, most important, the football field itself. I was given a red jersey to wear, told to stay outside the yellow dashed lines that ring the field, and turned loose for the evening. I felt somewhat inadequate, because I knew that the "real" professional photographers would be equipped with high-cameras and monstrous telephoto lenses beyond anything I had ever touched, or could possibly afford; and even though my Nikon D300 and 70-300mm zoom lens is fairly respectable in amateur circles, I had no idea if I would be able to take any decent photos at all…

The other problem is that I know little or nothing about the nuances of football, beyond the obvious fact that the quarterback either passes the ball, or hands off to someone who attempts to run the ball downfield. Punts and field-goal kicks are also a familiar concept, but if you don’t have a good anticipatory sense of who is about to do what to whom, it’s easy to miss the "moment" when the perfect shot might be available. Also, I didn’t really know anything about the players, aside from the respective star quarterbacks: Philadelphia’s controversial Michael Vick, and New York’s newly-named starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez. I had looked at the team rosters on the Internet before the game, so at least I knew their jersey numbers (#6 for Sanchez, and #7 for Vick, as you’ll see in the photos) — but the "action" was often so far away (at the other end of the field) that I couldn’t tell whether the starting quarterback, or one of the substitutes, was making the plays.

Nevertheless, by the beginning of the second quarter I was feeling a little more comfortable — if only because I found it easy to follow along behind the other professional photographers as they marched (or ran) from one end of the field to the other, in order to get their equipment set up for what they expected would be the next great shot. By the end of the game, I had taken 1,100+ photos, including several of Michael Vick in a post-game locker-room interview; and from the sound of the clickety-click-clack of my fellow photographers, I could tell that many of them had taken several thousand. I’ll spare you the technical details of my feeble attempts to get some decent shots; I had picked up some good tips from the sports-photography chapter of Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography, and I did my best within the limitations of my equipment and my lack of familiarity with the situation.

What impressed me most about the whole experience was the scale of modern professional football — the scale of everything. It’s one thing to read that there are 80,000 people in a football stadium; it’s another thing to actually be there and hear the simultaneous roar of those 80,000 people as a quarterback is sacked or a long pass is completed. It’s one thing to read that a professional football player is 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 350 pounds; it’s another thing to stand next to several dozen such giants. Heck, I thought there were only 20 or 30 such giants on each team; I had no idea that there were 64 of them (a number which will be pared down as the pre-season comes to an end), or that there might be 20-30 different coaches. And then there are the hundreds of "staff members" scurrying around all over the place, carrying out their various duties and assignments; and there are the security guards and State Police, who spent most of the time scanning the stadium crowd rather than watching the players, presumably watching for scuffles or fights or … well, who knows what. There are cheerleaders too, in this case bearing the official name of New York Jets Flight Crew; I had expected half a dozen, but there were two dozen perky, long-haired beauties, with permanently frozen smiles, who who danced and pranced before the crowd at every conceivable opportunity.

All of this has resulted in the photos you’ll see in this album. I had to delete roughly a hundred of my original images, because they were out of focus, or because a referee decided to walk in front of my camera at the wrong moment; and another 900 were "okay," but not terribly exciting. I’m sure that none of them are as crisp, sharp, and well-composed as those taken by the Sports Illustrated photographer and the other professionals on the field; but I did end up with 72 "keepers" that I hope you’ll enjoy…

… and, yes, I probably will attend another football game or two in the years ahead. Whether I’m lucky enough to get down on the field again is anyone’s guess….

Image from page 52 of “The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm” (1916)
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Identifier: fairytalesofbrot00grim
Title: The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm
Year: 1916 (1910s)
Authors: Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863 Grimm, Wilhelm, 1786-1859 Rackham, Arthur, 1867-1939, ill
Subjects: Fairy tales Folklore — Germany
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, Page
Contributing Library: New York Public Library
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toget over. The Straw at last had an idea, and said, I will 29 GRIMMS FAIRY TALES throw myself over and then you can walk across upon me likea bridge. So the Straw stretched himself across from oneside to the other, and the Coal, which was of a fiery nature,tripped gaily over the newly-built bridge. But when it gotto the middle and heard the water rushing below, it wasfrightened, and remained speechless, not daring to go anyfurther. The Straw beginning to burn, broke in two and fellinto the stream ; the Coal, falling with it, fizzled out in thewater. The Bean, who had cautiously remained on the bank,could not help laughing over the whole business, and, havingbegun, could not stop, but laughed till she split her sides.Now, all would have been up with her had not, fortunately,a wandering tailor been taking a rest by the stream. As hehad a sympathetic heart, he brought out a needle and threadand stitched her up again ; but, as he used black thread, allbeans have a black seam to this dav.

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80 Briar Rose ALONG time ago there lived a King and Queen, whosaid every day, If only we had a child ; but fora long time they had none. It fell out once, as the Queen was bathing, that a frog creptout of the water on to the land, and said to her : Your wishshall be fulfilled ; before a year has passed you shall bring adaughter into the world. The frogs words came true. The Queen had a little girlwho was so beautiful that the King could not contain himselffor joy, and prepared a great feast. He invited not only hisrelations, friends, and acquaintances, but the fairies, in orderthat they might be favourably and kindly disposed towardsthe child. There were thirteen of them in the kingdom, butas the King had only twelve golden plates for them to eatfrom, one of the fairies had to stay at home. The feast was held with all splendour, and when it cameto an end the fairies all presented the child with a magic gift.One gave her virtue, another beauty, a third riches, and so on,with everything

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