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The Ohio State vs Michigan rivalry is know as one of the best match ups in college football. Ann Arbor and Columbus are only 190 miles apart. The two teams have been playing since 1897 and Michigan is currently leading the series 58-47-6. But the past four years, Ohio State has had Michigan’s number. Michigan can’t get over the hump and beat the team down south. Going into the game on Saturday everyone was expecting a closer game with a lot less scoring, but after Ohio State lost last weekend to Michigan State, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes need some style points in hopes to make it back into the College Football Playoff.

I have been attending the Ohio State Michigan game for over ten years and I have only missed one game and that was last year, so it felt good to be back on the sidelines photographing the big game.

Special thanks to Chef Drew, whom is the last person I would have expected to see in Ann Arbor, for the pedicab ride from my parking spot to the media entrance at the stadium.

Here are my favorite images of the game. I hope you enjoy.
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Homestead-Miami Speedway, where champions are crowned. This is the third year in a row I was covering the NASCAR Championship race. This time for NBC Sports, It was a little different than covering the race for an editorial client. The images were going to be used across social media to share images to fans during the race weekend. It allowed me to have a little more creative freedom as to what I photographed.

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The making of the Super Bowl 50 football at the Wilson Football Factory in Ada, Ohio. I was working for Wilson Sporting Goods to create some dynamic story telling images of how the Super Bowl and the College Football Playoff footballs are made in the little town of Ada, Ohio.

Every football is made by hand and each year around 700,000 footballs are produced for NCAA and NFL teams to be used on Saturdays and Sunday. It’s truly and amazing experience to be able to see how each football is stamped out of slabs of leather and transformed into a football that we see our favorite collegiate and NFL players catch in the end zone on Saturdays and Sunday.

Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot.

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A couple weeks ago I got a phone call from Sports Illustrated photo editor Chris Chambers to see if I was available to head down to Columbus to shoot the Minnesota vs Ohio State game focusing strongly on Ezekiel Elliott. Focusing specifically on one player is extremely fun and also challenging at the same time. Lucky I have spent a lot of time down in Columbus this season so I know a lot of Ezekiel’s pregame rituals which always helps.

Pro tip: Always do your homework about a player, watch clips of his running style online and look at other pictures of him you or other photographers have taken to learn about his facial expressions and his on field emotions.

Thanks to Chris Chambers again for the opportunity to produce images for Sports Illustrated. Here are my favorite images from the shoot.

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The Battle of I-75…. The Toledo Rockets traveled 25 miles south to take on the Bowling Green Falcons. Going into the game I knew it would be a high tempo, back and fourth type of game. The Rockets struck first blood then took control of the rest of the game.

Congratulations to head coach Matt Campbell and the rest of the team for defeating Bowling Green for the last 6 years.

Here are my favorite images from the game.

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