Under the lights at Michigan Stadium part III. With the Notre Dame rivalry no longer Michigan had to pick another opponent to play for their annual Under the Lights game. Penn State was next on the list and after the recent issues with back to back losses and other issues it was an interesting game. The student sections boycotted the opening kick off showing the stands empty on national television.
With the Lions, Browns and Bengals either playing away or having an off week I was in Indianapolis for the Tennessee Titans vs Indianapolis Colts game. Lucas Oil Stadium is quickly becoming one of my favorite stadiums in the NFL. It has a retractable roof which means light pockets! I don’t ever get them in Detroit because the roof doesn’t open.
I have been in a little bit of a slump lately and this took me to the top of a mountain. There is nothing better then shooting with nice light in a beautiful stadium.
On with the photos!
Over the last two weeks I have been working with the Toledo Mud Hens documenting the transformation of outfield at Fifth Third Field into a grass mini-golf course. The idea originally came about when sports turf manager Jake Tyler thought it would be fun to make a grass mini-golf course. This was an easy decision since the grass is going to be ripped out due to the Toledo Walleye playing two outdoor hockey games this winter at Fifth Third Field.
Here is a good mix of photos over the past week.
After covering the Oklahoma at West Virginia game Saturday night. I have a 9am flight out of Pittsburgh back to Detroit to cover the Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions. The flight was only 40 minutes but my Uber drive had no idea how to get from the Detroit Airport to downtown Detroit with avoiding traffic. After getting frustrated I had give him directions. I got 3 blocks away from the stadium and I got out and walk the rest of the way.
Morgantown, West Virginia is one of my favorite college football towns. The state of WV doesn’t have a NFL team, so everyone in the state shows up and cheers on the Mountaineers. #4 Oklahoma came into town to show just how powerful their offense is. They were down by two touchdowns but finished the game with 43-33 win.
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.
After getting home late from the Toledo vs Cincinnati game, I was in Bowling Green as the Indiana Hoosiers where in town. It’s very unusual for a Big 10 team to visit a MAC school and usually when they do it doesn’t end well for the Big 10. Bowling Green defeated Indiana on a last second touchdown to win 45-42.
The Toledo Rockets traveled to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats at Paul Brown Stadium. Since Nippert Stadium is under construction all Bearcats home games are being played at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Gunner Kiel, who is a transfer from Notre Dame came to play and prove that he is a NFL caliber quarterback.
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.