The Cleveland Browns home opener was against the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland fans where excited! In the photo above, thousands of fans walk tot he stadium prior to kickoff and in the below photo thousands of fans where tailgating across from the stadium. The atmosphere was great and the ending was even better! Scroll down to see the game winning field goal.
Two football games in two different states, late nights and very little sleep, I was back in Detroit for Monday Night Football between the New York Giants at Detroit Lions. After 110 degree weather in Tampa it was a nice and cool 65 degrees inside Ford Field.
The game was kind of slow and sloppy but the Lions take home the W in Week 1.
I jumped on a 8:30am flight to Tampa to shoot the Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With only three hours of sleep, color addicted photographer Chip Litherland picked up me and chauffeured me around all day. Thanks brother, I guess I have to return the favor now!
The big news in Tampa was Cam Newton wouldn’t play due to his rib injury during the preseason and they team didn’t want to take any risk him getting injured further. The game was very sloppy and low scoring, but I still came with a few photos I am happy with and lots of stock photos.
Tonight I will be shooting Monday Night Football in Detroit as the New York Giants are in town.
NFL Preseason week 4, where jobs are made or lost. All of the starts for the Colts and the Bengals didn’t even play, so most of the game I spent stalking the bench area shooting head shots for stock purposes and later use during the rest of the reason.
Week 3 of the NFL is upon us and that means the starters are playing well into the second quarter before they are replaced by rookies and other guys trying to make the team. The big story was Chad Henne and Blake Bortles battling it out at the quarterback position.
The photo above was 100% luck! I was editing photos and Reggie broke for a huge run and I grabbed my 70-200 and I was running along side of hime taking photos.
Overall it was a decent game.
This past weekend was a long one for me, NASCAR at Michigan International Speedway Friday, Saturday morning drive to Cincinnati for the Jets at Bengals game then drive back to Michigan for the NASCAR Race on Sunday afternoon.
The store line for the New York Jets is Geno Smith vs Michael Vick for the starting quarterback position. Also everyone wanted to see how Andy Dalton handled his self after signing six year $116 million dollar contract. Personally I think I could live off that for the rest of my life!
NFL game number two for me this year and everyone is still talking about Johnny Manziel. After battling it out with Brian Hoyer in training camp, he got to show what he has against the Detroit Lions. Manziel 7-for-11 for 63 yards with six rushes for 27 yards. He made the play (photo above) getting away from Van Noy look easy.
The game was very uneventful, lots of running by Johnny and lots of field goals by both teams as neither scored a touchdown.
Let’s get on with the photos.
The NFL is finally back! The New York Giants and Buffalo Bills had their first preseason game in Canton, Ohio. Preseason is interesting as most of the veteran starters only play for a quarter, allowing for rookies and other guys trying to make the team get playing time.
Eli Manning and EJ Manuel only played for the first quarter but it was enough for the Giants to score their first touchdown.
The NFL is finally back! Every year the season kicks off in Canton, Ohio where a few former players are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s amazing to think about how many DI college football players there are, then each year only 224 are drafted into the NFL. There are only 287 inductees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which makes being inducted such a special honor.
Before heading down to Canton for the Pro Football Hall of Fame festivities, I made a stop in Akron where the Cleveland Browns where having a family day scrimmage open to the fans. It was full go, hitting, tackling and touchdown celebrations.
Long lines wrapped around the stadium to get in and the stands where packed to see Johnny Manziel. I can’t wait until he scores his first NFL touchdown. I think the internet might break!