With the arrival of the new year comes the prerequisite list of changes we all want to make. Some people want to lose weight while others want to start a new job or learn a new hobby. It feels like every year we all have the same resolutions or goals and after a month or so, those goals become a memory like the previous year. I’m guilty of this too. Every year I want to stop procrastinating. Of course I usually start sometime around late March or early April. Achieving your goals doesn’t happen overnight and if you don’t properly plan you’re basically setting yourself up for failure.
With their victory at Hard Rock Stadium, the Jaguars ended the Dolphins playoff chances once and for all. The last home game for the Miami Dolphins was also my last game of the season. Both bittersweet, but what a year it was.
Even as I write this, I still can’t believe the Miami Dolphins completed the Miracle in Miami. With seven seconds left in the game against their AFC East rival the New England Patriots, the Dolphins executed a hook and ladder play lateraling the ball back between players and it worked. They scored as time expired beating their rivals and thus dubbing the ending of the game as the Miracle in Miami.
Not every NFL game I photograph is going to be an offensive onslaught of touchdowns and highlight reel catches and I get this. But when the Dolphins beat the Jets in a defensive battle, I wasn’t aware that either offense was going to show up. I’m not sure they even showed up to the stadium.
There are some games I photograph that go my way and others, not so much.The Detroit Lions victory of the Dolphins went my way. I won’t lie it was probably my best game of the season. So much so that my photos are plastered all over the social media accounts of the Detroit Lions.
It’s been an interesting season so far for me shooting for the NFL. I already photographed the longest game in NFL history and I photographed an unbearable hot game against Oakland. Now I had the opportunity to photograph an overtime game where the Miami Dolphins beat the Chicago Bears in overtime.
There were no NFL records this time with the Miami Dolphins victory over the Oakland Raiders at Hard Rock Stadium. There was though an abundance of merciless heat and sun. The field temp was well over 100 degrees and without the slightest of breezes, you felt every degree of that hot temperature.
Miami Heat media day kicks off the NBA season for the Miami Heat. Media from many different outlets, radio, tv, online, all congregate to the American Airlines Arena in Miami to get their fill of photos and interviews from the Miami Heat players and coaches. This year’s Heat media day had a different feel to it as it was all about Dwyane Wade and rightfully so. Wade is retiring at the end of the season and training camp begins his farewell tour.
When you think of being part of NFL history, you think of most Super Bowl Wins or most touchdowns caught. Never did I imagine that in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season that I would be part of the longest game in NFL history between the Miami Dolphins and the Tennessee Titans. 7 hours and 10 minutes; that was how long the game was that I was a NFL photographer for.