Monday, March 30, 2009

Shot of the Week

Robert Vogel of Miami has his customized artificial leg signed by linebacker Darryl Sharpton of the Miami Hurricanes prior to Canesfest at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale last Saturday.

Friday, March 27, 2009

More of the Same From FAU's Student Section

Last year I blogged about Miami Hurricanes Baseball's appearance in Boca Raton and the behavior of some of the Owls' students. Wednesday's game between the two schools produced very similar results.

Once again, early in the game, a few students turned their taunting into a racially-tinged affair. Last year, 'Canes first baseman Yonder Alonso had to endure slurs about his Cuban heritage. This time, 'Canes first baseman Vickash Ramjit was the target. Ironically, Ramjit, from Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, led the 'Canes to a 13-6 victory with three hits and three RBI.

Then their attention turned to Miami first base coach Joe Mercadante and 'Canes players who found their way to first base. "Queer," "faggot," and "pussy" were a few of the printable but objectionable words overheard from the Student Owls.

Then one student started using an air horn, causing an umpire to delay the game. When a FAU representative came down looking for the culprits, I pointed them out.

Now I was the target.

As I pointed out the two who were making the racial comments, an third called me a "fucking idiot" in front of a cop.

Oooh, the irony.

He was quickly dispatched to the parking lot.

After an inning of constant chirping in my direction by other students, and seeing that one of the two culprits was allowed back in to join the fray, I decided to leave.

No fewer than eight students felt the need to follow me to my car, some of whom reminded me every few seconds that I was an "asshole."

A message is read before every athletic event. It reads: "Florida Atlantic University, the Sun Belt Conference, and the NCAA promote good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches and spectators. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants and the officials in a positive manner. Profanity, racial or sexist comments or other intimidating actions directed at officials, student-athletes, coaches or team representatives will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the site of competition. We thank you for your cooperation."

Clearly, quite a few people in Boca missed the message.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Smug Mugs

Sarah Wagenfuhr of the Chicago Red Stars goofs off during the Women's Professional Soccer team's Photo Day on Wednesday in Sunrise, Florida.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Shot of the Week

Loressa and Anderson Nguyen pose on the beach at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne after their wedding ceremony last night.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Shot of the Week

Running back Graig Cooper and linebacker Sean Spence knock heads during practice on Saturday morning. The Miami Hurricanes spring football practice schedule continues through March 28.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Through My Eyes

Welcome to all the readers visiting today, you're just in time for a new series called "Through My Eyes." In this series I'll describe what equipment and/or techniques I used to get a certain shot.

For this shot, I set up a Nikon D300 with a Nikon 12-24 f4 DX wide angle lens on a Bogen Manfrotto 709B mini tripod with a Manfrotto 482 ball head. With a Nikon MC-30 remote trigger release and a Pocket Wizard radio to trigger my strobe lights in the catwalk, I place the setup in front of me on the end of the floor and wait for a defining moment.

Now with all this being said, you could go several games without getting a good frame. Many times a particular referee may tend to stay a bit more outside, ruining the view, or the game action may not provide a moment to capture.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Shot of the Week

FAU's Anthony Mesa makes a diving catch during the Owls' win over Stony Brook University on Saturday.