Notre Dame came to Air Force unranked, and played well enough that two weeks later, they were in the top 25. Few surprises in the game, and I gained a renewed appreciation for the reasonably clean lines of the Air Force stadium.
In one of very few early losses for the Avalanche, Niklas Kronwall got hit hard and I personally had a Macbook retina laptop stolen in the second period. After discovering the loss, I did not stay to the end to shoot the Avalanche lose, and I was thankful for Dropbox, which was my primary backup for my work and recent files. Lame night for this photographer, but all ended up fine thanks to good buddy Ron and his insurance services. Contact me for details.
It's taken me a while to post this one (and everything after it) because I had just a bad game. I mishandled my memory cards and deleted images, on top of just not "seeing" anything I liked. Manning celebrated a touchdown pass with D. Thomas right in front of me, and I liked that, but overall, this is one I wish I could do again. Photos copyright Getty Images 2013.
Big fireworks night, literally and figuratively, with 3 home team homeruns, including one from the pitcher Chacin, 2 visiting team homeruns, a 9-4 Rockies win, and a Coors-field special fireworks night. Photos copyright Getty Images 2013.
The St. Louis cardinals come to town on their way to the playoffs, and the Rockies have nothing to play for besides their pride. The Cardinals managed a 4-3 win behind a solid 7 2/3-inning start by Adam Wainwright. Photos copyright Getty Images 2013.
There were a lot of great storylines to follow for this NFL season opener on September 5, Thursday night, at Sports Authority Field in Denver. Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, opening their season on the road? A low temperature of -10 degrees F on January 12, and a high temp of 97 degrees F on September 5 (both dates featured the Ravens visiting the Broncos)? A Giant picture of Joe Flacco hung on the side of the stadium? A relatively even first half? Then, Peyton Manning would go all signature Peyton Manning and throw the first 7-touchdown game since 1969, throwing for 462 yards in the process. For me, it was a great honor to cover and I was lucky when a majority of the scoring happened on my corner of the field. Photos copyright Getty Images 2013.
For me, this game was significant since it marked the first time I have ever seen a player escape a pickle (middle picture above) which Josh Rutledge did when he escaped the tag of Juan Uribe of the Dodgers. The Rockies would put up a solid performance to back Jorge De la Rosa for his 16th win of the season, and the Dodgers would walk away with 2 of the 3 game series en route to their likely division win. Photos copyright Getty Images 2013.
Helton would collect his 2,500th hit on a seventh inning double - the moment everyone in the stadium was waiting for - and I would be both unlucky and not great in execution. The hit went for a stretched double, and I was looking for a single or a homerun and I sat at first base - and he went opposite-field, when I was looking for him to pull. I think Helton was glad the hit came in a victory, and right after his teammate Michael Cuddyer led off the inning with a homerun. Photos copyright Getty Images 2013.
My edit for this game reflects the many failures on the night. Todd Helton would go 0-4 with three strikeouts and sit on 2,499 career hits for another day, Juan Nicasio would give up 6 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings on seven hits and three walks, and the Reds would beat the Rockies 8-3 behind a strong outing by former Rockie Greg Reynolds, who has never had a good start at Coors Field before. Photos copyright Getty Images 2013.