The Colorado Avalanche are at .500 with 46 games to play .... seriously. All joking aside, once the puck dropped last night it didn't really feel like there had been a 113-day lockout. It also didn't feel like opening night. The players and the venue were working out their kinks, as was I. Hockey takes a couple of games for me to warm up, but overall I'm happy with the 71 images I filed. Need to make some adjustments to white balance and my post-processing, and I need to remember to replace the plastic cutout at the shooting hole at the end of the period/game, but these things will come next time. Avalanche beat the Stanley-cup-defending L.A. Kings 3-1 only after a 3-goal third period.
A game that was predicted to be a tidy home win for the Broncos,
featuring two teams known for their sound defensive play, ended up being
an offensive blowout for both teams. The Broncos had help from their
169-lb, 5' 5" kickoff returner Trindon Holliday's two return touchdowns, while the Ravens
took advantage of the Broncos poor ball handling including a Manning
fumble and two interceptions. For me personally the game was a challenge
due to the temperature and the crowded sideline, and I had a mix of
good luck and not as good. Demaryius Thomas' fourth quarter touchdown
(which could have been the game winner) came right to me, while I
ignored my hunch about Trindon Holliday's return prowess and missed his
record-breaking second return of the game by traveling to the wrong side
of the field at the start of the second half. Equipment and finger
function were negatively affected by the freezing temperatures. Between
the three of us working the game we did make some nice pictures and it
was a very cool experience. All photos copyright Getty Images 2013.
The Broncos embarrassed the visiting Chiefs by a score of 38-3, Peyton Manning had another 3-TD, 300-yd, zero-interception game, and the Broncos secured the #1 seed in the AFC playoffs (with help from the Colts). I made images of 4 of the games 5 touchdowns, a few of which were spectacular, but I wasn't overly excited with my position relative to any of them. The Thomas/Decker/Stokley celebration image is one of my favorites from this year's NFL season though and overall I like my take. All images are copyright Getty Images 2012.