It's college football season! College football is probably my third favorite sport behind hockey and baseball; my reasoning is that it's getting closer to Fall and soon the days will be jam packed with playoff baseball (Go Cubs Go!), NHL hockey, and college football gracing our TVs and monitors. Everything is always so new to me and this was no exception as I haven't shot football in an actual stadium ever. The first time I shot football was for a community college down in Arizona with lighting that was worse than a high school's. This did however mark my return to TCF Bank Stadium, where the Gophers play. Last time I was here was for the Stadium Series game back in February when the Chicago Blackhawks were taking on the Minnesota Wild. It was a bit different seeing the actual field and not an ice rink, but I still enjoyed my night.
Shooting the game itself was pretty easy, it was just a lot of walking. It helped too that both teams were running plays out of the huddle rather than using a no huddle formation to keep a high tempo. I tracked my steps from the moment I walked onto the field for pre-game and I ended up walking about 4.2 miles over the course of the night and that was just going up and down one sideline. I also had just gotten my 300 f/2.8 and had never shot with it before so it was a small learning curve when I started out with judging my frame since it's technically a 390mm on my camera (1.3x300). I feel like I adapted quickly enough.
As far as the game itself, pretty messy overall. Gophers ended up winning 30-23 but they had miscues all night. 3 players ejected for targeting, 2 snaps that went over Mitch Leidner's head when they were in the shotgun formation, one of which resulted in a safety, and just messy play overall. I can't wait for my Hawkeyes to come in on October 8th.
Baseball is winding down, football has kicked off so expect more football posts with some hockey mixed in once preseason starts. Ryder Cup at the end of the month, hopefully! Have a great Labor Day, everyone!
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