Sunday, December 6, 2009

Shula Bowl VIII

FAU head coach Howard Schnellenberger gets a Gatorade shower courtesy of defensive lineman Josh Savidge after the Owls defeated the FIU Golden Panthers 28-21 at FIU Stadium in Miami last night.

The Shula Bowl is annual game between FAU and FIU which began in 2002. The game's winner receives a traveling trophy, named the Don Shula Award, for one year. The game and trophy are named after former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula, to whom each school's first head coach has previous ties. Schnellenberger was an assistant under Shula in the 1970s and FIU's former head coach Don Strock was a player under Shula in the 1970s and 1980s.

Friday, November 6, 2009


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be wearing their original uniforms for the first time since the 1996 season during their next game on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

Often called "Creamsicles" by fans due to their resembleance to a confectionery treat of the same name, the bright orange jerseys with the winking pirate nicknamed "Bucco Bruce" on the helmet take you back to a day when the 'Bucs were a laughingstock on the field.

They had just two winning seasons in the orange jerseys. Since switching to pewter and red in 1997, they've had eight winning campaigns and a Super Bowl Championship.

After this season's 0-7 start, some would say the team's timing is impeccible.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Cortez Gent

Florida Atlantic's Cortez Gent tries to reel in a pass one handed during the Owls' 27-20 loss to MIddle Tennessee State on Saturday.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

FAU Volleyball

The future of the FAU Volleyball program poses last week during the team's photo day at FAU Arena.

Monday, October 19, 2009

From the Vault - Kurt Warner

Kurt Warner completed 32 of 41 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns for Arizona during the Cardinals 27-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks yesterday. In addition to the solid performance, Warner, who now has 30,032 career passing yards, tied Dan Marino as the fastest quarterback to reach the 30,000-yard passing mark - both accomplished the feat in 114 games.

The performance reminded me of a shot I made of Warner in a 2003 pre-season game against the Bills in Buffalo, while Warner was with the St. Louis Rams. The golden hour light was reflecting off the glass covering the suites in Ralph Wilson Stadium, providing a real nice fill.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Tamara Kesser

Louisiana-Lafayette's Brooke Perry can't out jump Florida Atlantic's Tamara Kesser for the header during the Ragin' Cajins' 2-0 victory over the Owls yesterday in Boca Raton.

Monday, October 5, 2009

2010 Miami Hurricanes Men's Basketball

The shot above is from last Thursday's shoot with the 2010 Miami Hurricanes Men's Basketball Team, posing for a photo slated to be included in this season's media guide. My gentle tweak in Photoshop is shown here, but the original will most likely appear in the guide.

Monday, September 28, 2009

"The Harmon Hop"

FAU tight end Jason Harmon leaps over a Louisiana-Monroe defender during the Owls 27-25 defeat to the Warhawks at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

From the Vault - Joe Sakic

Joe Sakic, who played 20 seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, retired over the summer. Sakic, shown here with the Nordiques, won two Stanley Cups and appeared in 13 NHL All-Star Games.

Writer Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post wrote of the recently retired center, "Don't expect Joe Sakic to pull a Brett Favre, come out of retirement and rejoin the Avalanche — actually, to really pull a Favre, he'd have to join the Red Wings."

Monday, September 21, 2009

Lorenzo Migliavacca

Nova Southeastern's Lorenzo Migliavacca makes a save during the Sharks 7-0 loss to #5 ranked Lynn University last Friday in Boca Raton, Florida.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Forget Health Insurance: Fantasy Sports Insurance?

Need disability insurance? Not for yourself, silly fool.... for your fantasy team! is a new service for Fantasy Sports owners.

"FSI is player disability coverage that will protect your fantasy league investment from a “season changing” loss as a result of an injury to a key player(s) This insurance policy will allow you to re-coup the cost of your league investment and continue with your season, lessening the disappointment and aggravation of losing your top fantasy player(s)," according to their website.

The photo above is of BYU's Itula Mili blowing out his knee during the 1996 WAC Championship Game. Despite the injury, Mili was a sixth-round draft choice of the Seattle Seahawks in 1997. Mili played in only seven games his second year, 1998, and spent most of the next three seasons behind Christian Fauria. In 2003 Mili set a franchise record for receptions by a tight end with 46. Overall, the Hawaiian-born Mili caught 163 passes for 1,739 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Seahawks before being released in 2007.

If Mili's injury happened to Antonio Gates or Jason Witten, would your fantasy investment be covered?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Eye Ball

Howard University's Matt Marshall has his eye one the ball as FAU's Darnell King defends during the Owls' 1-0 victory over the Bison Friday night in Boca Raton.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Ex-UM pitcher Luke DeBold fighting cancer

Former Hurricanes' pitcher Luke Debold is undergoing his fifth round of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with a primary mediastinal nonseminomatous germ cell tumor with metastases in the lungs in March, 2008. On Saturday, November 21, 2009 the friends of Luke DeBold will be hosting a benefit near Luke's home in Indiana just outside of the Chicagoland area. For more information or to make a donation please visit this link.

Friday, September 4, 2009

2010 Miami Hurricanes Women's Golf

The 2010 Miami Hurricanes Women's Golf team poses at the club entrance of the Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club in Coral Gables, Florida yesterday.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Jim Fragos Memorial to be Held Sunday

In Honor of
1st Petty Officer James Fragos
Motor Machinist Mate
United States Navy LST 889 WWII
a.k.a "Big Jim" UM Super Fan

2/21/26 - 8/21/2009
University of Miami Alumni booster and SUPER FAN
In the memory of an Amazing Man, Super dad and UM super Fan it's only
fitting we schedule Super Festive event in his memory...
* Sunday September 6th, 2009
* 11:00am to 7:00pm
* Location: 2120 NE 207 street Miami, Florida 33179
* Mood - Festive and Happy to shared time and space with such a great
* BBQ, Food and Refreshments served
* Super Casual, UM fan attire or any way you want to come

If you have any other friends that new and cared about Jim please let them know so they can join in with us. The more the merrier!

Monday, August 31, 2009

UM Hall of Famer Tim James Serving in Iraq

No matter what side of the political spectrum you reside, you should read the story written by Dan LeBatard about former Hurricanes and Heat star Tim James, who is serving our country in Iraq with the US Army.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Lane Carico

University of Miami outside hitter Lane Carico blasts a shot past a Florida Gulf Coast defender during the Hurricanes' season opening 3-0 victory over the Eagles in Coral Gables on Friday.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

NFL Preseason Leaves Much to be Desired

PSL’s (Personal Seat Licenses) are a relatively new premium fee, often enacted when a new stadium is built, which is required before fans can buy season tickets. In the NFL, PSL’s have existed for years in another form: the NFL Preseason.

If you want to buy season tickets for an NFL season, you have to buy all ten home games. Only eight of those are games that count in the standings. The other two are preseason games.

In those games, you are paying full price to see the starters in street clothes and the competition for the last five or so roster spots. If your team has more spots up for grabs then you are going to have a long season, and quite possibly a home game that has been moved to London. But that’s a entirely different rant for another time.

All you need to know about preseason football is that the Detroit Lions were 4-0 in August last year. Not exactly the harbinger of things to come.

Forget baggage fees, fuel surcharges, and health insurance. The NFL preseason is one of the largest rip-offs around.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cash for Clunkers Extended in Minnesota

While the national "Cash for Clunkers" program ended last night, it could continue for Vikings fans through December. Unlike the national program which has invigorated auto sales, the Minnesota version could see losses continue to mount. Fans will realize their rebate in January, retaining money which would have been spent on playoff tickets.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

#1 'Canes Fan Jim Fragos Passes Away

Hurricanes' fan "Big Jim" Fragos died Friday in his sleep from heart disease. Jim was a faithful follower of the Hurricanes Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Rowing and Swimming programs.

Above, Jim is pictured with Audra Cohen, the 2007 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Champion.

I can still hear his voice, "hey JC, come here, I need a picture!"

Friday, August 21, 2009

New Photography Book Pays Tribute to The Orange Bowl

Friend and "former comrade," photojournalist Scott B. Smith, has amassed an astounding collection of photographs that record the vitality and history of this storied stadium in his new book, The Orange Bowl: A Photographic Journey & Architectural Survey (published by AuthorHouse).

“The Orange Bowl. To a kid growing up in Miami, getting a ticket to a game there was awesome. Sneak in? Never. (It was quite easy…)” Smith writes. “I recall like it was last week, walking up those oh-so-steep ramps and still see the light blue air against the night sky. The field of dark green grass. The enormity of the place. Blue air, you ask? Remember – everyone smoked in the ’50s. It was a night game. Hey, I was nine.”

The Orange Bowl Stadium was put to rest in the spring of 2008, but not before Smith captured the Miami landmark from every possible angle, taking time to find every architectural detail from the seats, the ground and even in aerial shots. In The Orange Bowl: A Photographic Journey & Architectural Survey, Smith records his own experience at The Orange Bowl, over the course of his early life and through his career.

As a child, Smith enjoyed football games with his parents and godparents, tailgating and being a “water boy” and ball boy for the University of Miami Hurricanes. In later years he returned as a sports photographer to shoot for CaneSport and Huskers Illustrated, but in 2008 he revisited The Orange Bowl for the last time, before its demolition, as an architectural photographer who could appreciate the classic, functional design of a stadium of a bygone era. “The book is not about football so much, but a visual memory for the scores of fans who may not have realized the last game attended would be their final time in the stadium,” Smith writes.

In a stunning collection of images from a true fan, The Orange Bowl: A Photographic Journey & Architectural Survey offers a piece of history and a glimpse into fond memories of the stadium that readers of all ages can appreciate and remember for many years to come.

Scott & I worked for a local well known sports photographer in the early 90's, thus the "comrade" statement. I can vouch for his fearless approach to aerial photography.

Order the book here and view some of Scott's Orange Bowl photos here.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

'Canes Keeper Beats Cancer

Miami Hurricanes Goalkeeper Austen Everett is back on the field after battling Non-Hodgkins lymphoma last summer after a football-sized mass was found next to her stomach. Read the MSNBC story here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

2009 Miami Hurricanes Volleyball

The 2009 Miami Hurricanes Volleyball team poses during their photo day last week at the Knight Center in Coral Gables.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Our Own "Rudy"

Yesterday Dave Hyde's column in the Sun-Sentinel told the story of Chris Hayes, a walk-on for the University of Miami Football team who had his "Rudy" moment during a game against Wake Forest last season.

Chris' moment came the day after his father's funeral, who had committed suicide earlier in the week.

Ever wonder why you see those "U Family" slogans around? This is one reason why.

Have you ever wondered why I have a suicide prevention ad on my blog? Suicide touches many more families than you can imagine, mine included.

You can read the article here.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Sebastian is! Sebastian the Ibis watches a classic 'Canes-'Noles matchup while shopping at Allcanes (formerly Allsports) in Coral Gables earlier today.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hurricanes Photo Day

You can meet the 2009 Miami Hurricanes via these slideshows above and below. These images were taken during last Saturday's photo day in Coral Gables.

The first slideshow contains groups and the team photo, the last slideshow contains images of this season's incoming freshmen.

Visit for these and many, many more Hurricanes images.

Monday, August 10, 2009

2009 Miami Hurricanes Women's Soccer

Leigh Van Lear, Brittany Bucknor and Nichole Chandler of the Miami Hurricanes Women's Soccer team pose during photo day last week. View the complete take in the slideshow below:

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Football in Paradise

After a season of "Reaching Higher," FAU Football has returned to using the "Football in Paradise" theme.

For this year's media guide, we hauled the 2007 Sun Belt Conference Champion trophy, and the New Orleans Bowl and Motor City Bowl trophies out to the beach in Boca Raton.

What recruit wouldn't be impressed with this combination?

Monday, August 3, 2009

From the Vault

Charlton Jimerson of the Miami Hurricanes stands under an aptly named billboard during the 2001 College World Series in which he earned MVP honors.

Jimerson overcame a turbulent childhood while growing up in Heyward, California to earn an academic scholarship at the University of Miami and earned a spot on the baseball roster as a walk on in 1999.

Jimerson went on to the Houston Astros organization and in 2006 while pinch-hitting for Roger Clemens homered on the very first pitch of his first major league at-bat.

He is currently playing for the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The New Frugality, Indeed

This Time Magazine cover from last April is ironic in more ways than one.

The stock photo of a jar of coins was licensed from iStockphoto to illustrate the headline, "The New Frugality." Apparently, Time's interpretation of "New Frugality" started with the budget for the cover art.

Normally, a stock photo used on a cover of a magazine with Time's large circulation would garner about $3000.

Robert Lam, the contributor to iStockphoto who shot the image, received $30.

That's THIRTY dollars. 1% of the normal rate. And he's happy about it. So happy, in fact, he wants to buy a back issue and have it framed.

So in the end, he lost money. Great business model, schmuck.

By the way, he wasn't even given a cutline. iStockphoto received it.

Oooh, the irony!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

RIP - Spring Training in South Florida

Yesterday the Baltimore Orioles reached agreement with Sarasota city and county commissioners on a 30-year deal to move the club's spring training games to Ed Smith Stadium.

The announcement means the likely end to 47 year old Ft. Lauderdale Stadium, which hosted the New York Yankees from 1962-95, and the Orioles from 1996-2009.

The Orioles and the city had reached an agreement to refurbish the aging ballpark back in 2007, but the FAA, who owns the land on which both the park and neighboring Lockhart Stadium sit, demanded an increase in annual payment to the agency to nearly $1.3 million.

The news means that Florida Atlantic University will not be under as much pressure to build their proposed on campus football stadium. The football team has played their home games at Lockhart Stadium since 2003. Lockhart was to be razed to make room for the proposed refurbished Orioles complex.

In the 1980's, the Orioles called Bobby Maduro Stadium in Miami home. The Yankees were at Ft. Lauderdale Stadium, the Braves and Expos at West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium and the Rangers were at Pompano Beach Municipal Stadium. The Cleveland Indians were to occupy a stadium in Homestead until Hurricane Andrew nearly destroyed it in 1992.

They are all gone now.

The closest spring training home to South Floridians is now in Jupiter, where the Marlins and Cardinals train and play at Roger Dean Stadium.

The Sun-Sentinel has a photo gallery of the stadium throughout the years here.

UPDATE: I'm getting challenged by some of you about Jupiter not being part of South Florida. Technically, Jupiter is GEOGRAPHICALLY part of South Florida as it lies just a couple of miles inside the Palm Beach County line, and Palm Brach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties are considered South Florida but it's not CULTURALLY part of it.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Darryl Sharpton

Miami Hurricanes linebacker Darryl Sharpton teaches a member of the Pembroke Pines Optimist Bengals proper techniques during a camp at the Pembroke Pines Recreation Center fields last Friday. Former 'Canes Earl Little and Jon Beason were PPO Bengals while growing up in the area.

Friday, July 17, 2009

From the Vault

The late Steve McNair, here in happier times before a 2004 Titans game against the Dolphins. McNair was found murdered on July 4th.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Relaunches

The new version of, my Miami Hurricanes photo archive, debuted last week. The archive is now hosted by Zenfolio, who offers customers a simpler interface and high quality printing by Mpix. Low resolution digital downloads are also available for use in your personal web pages and projects, or as screen savers. Users can launch slideshows and make galleries of their favorite photos. Over 7,000 edited images of football baseball and basketball are now online. I will be adding volleyball and soccer soon, and other sports will follow throughout the year. I will also add more images of vintage football, baseball and basketball over time. was founded in March 2000, and on the morning of the spring football game the next month the site showcased the 'Canes unveiling of their new uniforms. The site received 10,000 visits, and 250,000 page views that weekend alone.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

A.J. Highsmith: Then & Now

You never know what you might find in your archive. Hurricanes football incoming freshmen reported to campus last week, and getting their head shots taken was the first stop on their tour of the Hecht Athletic Center.

When A.J. Highsmith sat for his shot, it reminded me of a time 17 years ago, when his father, Alonzo, hired me to shoot A.J.'s first birthday party:

Monday, July 6, 2009

Randy Shannon

Last month I had a few minutes with Miami Hurricanes head coach Randy Shannon in the studio. I applied a bit of a Business Week-ish retro look to the image and here is the result.

Friday, July 3, 2009

The End of an Era

Last January, on Inauguration Day, an era came to a close.

No, I'm not speaking of the changing of the guard in Washington D.C.

Instead, I'm referring to pro sports ownership in South Florida.

Wayne Huizinga finalized a deal on that day to sell another 45% of the Miami Dolphins to real estate tycoon Stephen Ross. Ross had acquired 50% of the team from Huizinga last year.

Huizenga has sold his last majority ownership in a South Florida sports franchise. In the 1990s, Huizenga owned three teams: the Dolphins, Marlins and Panthers. Huizenga brought both baseball and hockey to South Florida when Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League granted him expansion franchises.

The future for the Dolphins is bright after Huizinga cut his losses and brought in Bill Parcells to clean house. The team went from 1-15 in 2007 to 11-5 last season. The other two franchises continue to flounder. The Panthers haven't made the playoffs since 2000, and the Marlins, even with a World Series win in 2003, can't draw fans. Both franchises had been mentioned in relocation rumors over the years, the Marlins to Portland, Charlotte or Las Vegas, and the Panthers to Canada. While the Marlins will break ground on a new stadium on the old Orange Bowl site soon, the Panthers were sold in a package where the most valuable piece in the deal might be for the management rights to the building they play in, the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 Relaunches

The new version of, my Florida Atlantic Owls photo archive, debuted last week. The archive is now hosted by Zenfolio, who offers customer control of cropping and high quality printing by Mpix. Low resolution digital downloads are also available for use in your personal web pages and projects, or as screen savers. Over 34,000 images, nearly my entire FAU archive, are now online. From track to football, every sport is now available for print or download.

Monday, June 29, 2009

From the Vault

Above is a pre-game portrait of then St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner from a pre-season game against the Buffalo Bills in 2003. The twilight starting time provided some golden hour light on the Rams end of the field during warm ups, nicely reflected off the luxury box glass. Empty blue seats at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo provided the nice background.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Jack McClinton Drafted by San Antonio

Former Hurricanes great Jack McClinton was selected in the 2nd round (51st overall) by the San Antonio Spurs in last night's NBA Draft.

The above photo is from last year's photo day at the BankUnited Center. My normal arena setup was used (Speedtrons in the catwalks) with an additional fill light on the floor. I utilized one of the huge black curtains the arena uses for ambience with smaller events, and did my usual grunge-style post production work in photoshop.

A limited edition autographed 16x20 print of this photo is available here.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Smug Mugs

Former Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Andre King gets smug for his mug shot back before the 2000 season.

Monday, June 8, 2009

From the Vault

Defensive tackle Mark Smith of the Arizona Cardinals goes airborne trying to catch running back Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions during their 1998 game in the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.

Monday, June 1, 2009

From the Vault

The late Reggie White of the Green Bay Packers has the support of at least one fan as he appears from the tunnel at Lambeau Field during a game back in 1997.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Can't Spell THUG without "The U"? Think Again

The Hurricanes dramatic rise to national prominence under Howard Schnellenberger in the early 1980's stunned the college football world, but continued success under Jimmy Johnson-led teams with the military fatigues and the phone card fraud made us the target of haters across the nation. In the early 90's, the famous line "God made Notre Dame #1, but Miami made them #2" was a popular one in Coral Gables, but in South Bend, it was "Catholics vs Convicts." In Iowa, we were met with "Farmers vs Felons" t-shirts. Then a Pell Grant scandal and probation in the mid 90's solidified the reputation. The distinctive orange and green "U" adorning our helmets, which lent itself to slogans like "U Gotta Believe" and "U Is Great," became "Thug U" to outsiders.

While most fans ride the ESPN-fueled "Thug U" bandwagon, like the fashionable Yellow Jacket faithful above, others take the extreme route, like the Maryland family below, perfectly timing their fashion statement for the first game after Bryan Pata's murder three years ago. I'll take any of our players chances in life over THAT kid's future, any day of the week.

As we enter the Randy Shannon era, the stigma should be in decline, as the Florida Gators and the Florida State Seminoles have dominated the police blotter of late. In fact, 23 Gators football players under Urban Meyer's tenure have tangled with the law, while one lone 'Cane has under Shannon. That one 'Cane is now an ex-'Cane, transferring after last season. Dave Hyde's column in yesterday's Sun-Sentinel notes the astonishing irony.

Then there are some 'Canes fans who embrace the image, like the clown shown below, but I think the majority of UM Alumni and 'Canes fans, whether or not they've ever been to a game, have a better view of "The U" and the football team and what it has achieved. It's time for everyone, no matter who they cheer for, to get past this stereotype.