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January 28, 2008 8:35 PM

Huskies and Wildcats and Seahawks (and Whippets and Heelers), Oh My!

Posted by Rod Mar

Man, these clever titles are getting tired, huh?

Covered the University of Washington women's basketball game against Arizona on Saturday. I'd love to tell you I have a slew of fabulous action photos from myriad angles showing the Huskies' victory over the Wildcats in their Pac-10 matchup.

But that would be lying. Well the part about fabulous photos would be a lie anyway.

Turns out my best action photo is of Arizona's Ify Ibekwe blocking the shot of Washington's Andrea Plouffe during the first half. Also turns out that because Washington won the game, the photo didn't really have a place in the newspaper. However, it does have a fine and dandy home right here on the blog:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 300mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 1600, 1/640 sec, f2.8)

The Seahawk in attendance was quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who was there with his wife and children, as well as former teammate Gibran Hamdan. Matt said he's really enjoying spending time hanging out with his family now that the season's over. His kids were climbing all over him and one could tell they were happy to have their dad back after a long season:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 70-200mm/f2.8 lens @ 140mm, ISO 1000, 1/400 sec./f2.8)

I've covered a lot of big-time athletes in my time and I have to say Matt Hasselbeck is as classy as they come. Even though he was there with his family, he took time to sign a few autographs during timeouts and was nice to every one who said hi. He even signed the arm of one of the ball kids:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 70-200mm/f2.8 lens @ 145mm, ISO 1000, 1/400 sec./f2.8)

At halftime, I was headed to the photo workroom when I saw (and smelled) a bunch of dogs and their handlers getting ready for some halftime relay races (let me clarify — the dogs smelled, not their handlers...well, hopefully anyway). I wasn't on a tight deadline so I had some fun panning during the races. I'm no dog expert (well, hot dogs, maybe), but I think one of these might be a Blue Heeler and the other one a Whippet:

(Canon Mark IIN, EF 70-200/f2.8 lens @ 85mm, ISO 400, 1/20 sec./f10)

(Canon Mark IIN, EF 70-200/f2.8 lens @ 135mm, ISO 400, 1/40 sec./f8)

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January 25, 2008 11:25 AM

Back to Life, Back to Reality...

Posted by Rod Mar

I think I wrote somewhere that the month of September, which brings the beginning of football season, feels like New Year's to me. If that's so, this must be summer break.

Except, of course, it's 28 degrees outside.

But the end of football season does seem like the midway point of my sports year. With the Seahawks not playing in the Super Bowl, that leaves a good month between the end of the football and the beginning of baseball season.

Yes, hoops is underway, but that doesn't really seem to heat up until February and March, which is when the high school and college tournaments get started.

So I've been laying low for awhile, taking care of those end of the year little details that always need to get wrapped up.

I'm always amazed at the little duties of my job in which I don't have a camera in my hand.

In the past 10 days, I've done the following:

Sent those d*mned Mark III's in to Canon for the notorious sub-mirror fix;

— Had end-of-the-season wrapup meetings with my editors;

— Spoken with our Seahawks writers about off-season coverage;

— Attended planning meetings for our baseball coverage;

— Taken care of travel-related office work (expense reports, some travel planning, renewing my passport);

— Entered a few year-end photography contests (more on those in an upcoming post).

— In that time, I've also managed to shoot a few daily assignments, including one of Mike Holmgren's press conferences, a couple of portraits and a ballet audition.

Here's a couple of things I didn't do since the end of football season that I wish I could have:

— Played some golf (somewhere awesome, like Pebble Beach);

— Relaxed on a tropical beach.

Apparently some things will have to wait.

I'd love to show you some pictures, but I'm currently working on two stories that won't be published for awhile.

Lastly, I've got a list of questions that you've asked that I'll be sure to answer in the next post.

Thanks for reading!

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January 13, 2008 7:29 PM

Snow Patrol

Posted by Rod Mar

I had such a blast at what ended up as the final Seahawks game of the season.

Snow, the playoffs, a natural grass field, and Green Bay's legendary Lambeau Field all made for an incredible environment in which to shoot photos.

As many of you know, Seattle got run over by the Green Bay Packers, 42-20.

And as the old cliche' goes, "the game wasn't as close as the score indicated".

My day started as columnist Jerry Brewer and I headed from nearby Appleton to drive the 30 miles to Green Bay for the game. To show you how small Green Bay is, visiting teams stay in Appleton, because it has the biggest hotel in the vicinity. We saw the team buses lined up, and I stopped to make a frame of the players heading to the bus. Not visually exciting, but our paper wanted an early pregame photo for the website:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 16-35mm/f2.8 lens @ 24mm, ISO 800, 1/500th sec., f2.8)

At the game, I sought out some Seahawks fans in the stadium.

How did she paint her eyelashes like that? I'm told they're glued on. Oh...:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm/f2.8 lens @ 200mm, ISO 800, 1/500th sec., f4.5)

These are Seattle cheeseheads. I'm pretty sure that guy on the left is actually Brett Favre just goofing around before the game. Tell me he doesn't look like Brett Favre. Go on. Tell me:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm/f2.8 lens @ 132mm, ISO 800, 1/500th sec., f4.5)

Two stories got a lot of coverage in the week preceeding the game. One was Josh Brown's heated warm-up pants. "JOSH BROWN! HOT PANTS!" I gotta admit, I think I'd have rather seen Jessica Alba in hot pants. No offense, Josh :

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm/f2.8 lens @ 155mm, ISO 800, 1/500th sec., f4.5)

Another was the coin-toss in overtime years back when Matt Hasselbeck was overheard saying "we want the ball and we're going to score!". I wanted to make sure to get a frame of the pre-game coin toss in case it became a story again:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm/f2.8 lens @ 90mm, ISO 800, 1/500th sec., f4.0)

Green Bay's fans have a reputation for being very loud, visual, and fun. Apparently, some of them are also very fat and drunk. As great as it is, my job does have some drawbacks. Here's one — I had to zoom in on this photograph in my computer to check out the word on the sticker covering the guy's nipple (I JUST TYPED "THE GUY'S NIPPLE" IN MY BLOG. EWWW). But I saw a four letter word ending in "--ck" and had to make sure it was a publishable word. Luckily, it says "Pack". But really, the sacrifices I have to make:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm/f2.8 lens @ 180mm, ISO 800, 1/500th sec., f4.0)

Seattle scored two touchdowns in the first four minutes of the game, capitalizing on two Green Bay fumbles to take a quick 14-0 lead. I could imagine the Hawks fans in Seattle jumping around their living rooms, but having covered plenty of football in my time, I knew the game was far from over.

I can't remember a time when a photo of a big play that I shot in the first quarter of a game ever ended up being my lead photo, or even an important one by the end of the game.

From my vantage point on the sidelines, it was pretty obvious after Green Bay's first scoring drive that they weren't going to have too much trouble handling the Seahawks.

I remember remarking to my assistant after the Packers tied the score at 14-14, "you know, Green Bay has all the momentum and Seattle can't do anything. This could be 42-14 by the end of the day".

My guess wasn't too far off. My point in telling you that isn't that I'm an expert prognosticator when it comes to football — I'm not. But in my never-ending quest to tell stories with photographs, it was comforting to know the outcome of the game by halftime.

Knowing that Green Bay was in the process of total domination over Seattle left me free to concentrate on how I wanted to visually present the story. Barring a miracle, there would be no specific plays in the second half that would be game-defining. Instead, I would seek to find moments that could speak to the bigger themes.

Those themes, at least in my mind, where:

— Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre.
— Seattle's inability to do anything offensively or defensively.
— Seattle's ineffective running game.
— Green Bay running back Ryan Grant.
— Poor play of Seattle tight end Marcus Pollard.
— The possibility that it might be Seattle coach Mike Holmgren's final game, if he chooses to retire in the offseason.
— And of course, the snow.

As much as the fans might have wanted a closer game, I was able to create that list at halftime. From then on, I was free to check those off my mental list, and concentrate on being really visually open as to seeing the photo possibilities in front me.

I'm convinced that Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre sold his soul to the devil in the off-season in an effort to have one more great season. Make no mistake — I love Brett Favre. He's tough, talented and was in "Something About Mary". But for the past two seasons, he's played, well, not very "Favrian", and this season his team is 13-3 in the regular season and is on the cusp of another Super Bowl appearance.

My sportswriter friends tell me it has to do with his offensive line, his better corp of receivers, and an improved defense. I maintain that Favre has a deal with Beelzebub. But that's just me. Anyway, I was shooting on the Green Bay sidelines for the first half, and wanted to make sure I got the traditional photo of Favre raising his arms after a touchdown. Because I'm an awesome photographer, I cut off his hand at the top of the frame. Really. How hard can I make my job? Sometimes I think I should be a painter. Because then I can control how much hand gets in the frame. Just looking at this pisses me off:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 800, 1/800 sec.,f2.8)

I got lucky and was in the right position when Favre made his best play the game, avoiding a sack by Seattle's Craig Terrill and flipping the ball while falling down to his tight end for a key first down:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm/f2.8 lens @ 160mm, ISO 800, 1/800th sec., f2.8)

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm/f2.8 lens @ 160mm, ISO 800, 1/800th sec., f2.8)

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm/f2.8 lens @ 160mm, ISO 800, 1/800th sec., f2.8)

Matt Hasselbeck had tried to make a similar play, but was being hit as he let go of this ball, resulting in an incomplete pass:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 800, 1/800 sec.,f2.8)

Seattle's inability to run the ball effectively was an image that was deceptively hard to get. Why? Because most runs got stuffed either in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage, and it's hard to see faces in those situations. In fact, we're doing a post-mortem on the season, and when it comes to images of Shaun Alexander, my editor had to incredulously as me, "did you really only move one photo of Alexander?". Uh, yes? Anyway, the frame shows what it needs to show. I just didn't have more than one:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 1600, 1/800 sec.,f2.8)

Green Bay's Ryan Grant fumbled twice in the first four minutes, and neither of those plays ended up meaning anything when all was said and done. Want to make up for fumbling twice in a nationally televised playoff game? Just run for over 200 yards and chalk up a couple of touchdowns and lead your team to victory. People will forget the fumbles. Trust me:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 1600, 1/800 sec.,f2.8)

Grant, a rookie, doesn't perform the famed "Lambeau Leap", in which players launch themselves into the stands to celebrate a touchdown. However, that doesn't stop his teammate Brandon Jackson from showing how it's down after his third quarter touchdown reception gave the Pack a 35-17 lead:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35mm/f2.8 lens @ 16mm, ISO 800, 1/640 sec., f2.8)

Seahawks fans remember tight end Jerramy Stevens' horrible Super Bowl. After getting rid of Stevens in the off-season, they signed a veteran, good-character guy in Marcus Pollard. Pollard had probably the worst game of his career, and while it was certainly his last as a Seahawk, at age 35, might have been his last game ever. I hate having to shoot players at their lowest moments, but if my job is to shoot them at their highest moments, then I want to be objective:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35mm/f2.8 lens @ 16mm, ISO 800, 1/640 sec., f2.8)

Knowing that coach Mike Holmgren takes time off right after the season to assess his situation and make a decision about returning to the stressful grind of coaching, I made sure to shoot him at the end of the game. He's such a great coach and seems to be an incredible leader that his retirement is sure to be huge news:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 1600, 1/640 sec.,f2.8)

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 1600, 1/640 sec.,f2.8)

The interesting thing is that just after I shot those frames, equipment manager Eric Kennedy came and retrieved Holmgren's headset and gave him a new dry hat for postgame.

I'm glad I've gotten to know coach Holmgren's security team, because I think I could have gotten kicked in the face by an overzealous guard in this situation. I put the camera on the ground with a wide-angle lens because I wanted to make Holmgren look larger than life walking off the field he helped make famous when he coached at Green Bay:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35mm/f2.8 lens @19mm, ISO 800, 1/250 sec.,f4.5)

You've heard me bitch and moan about indoor stadtiums and domes, so you won't hear me complain about the cold and snow. I'll take it any day.

Snow was the easiest subject to shoot, since it was everywhere. As I've written before, the snow can really mess with the autofocus on the cameras. But hey, it's white, fluffy and pretty. What's not to like?

With the game's outcome pretty well in hand, I was able to take some liberties. The snow got so bad for awhile that visibility was limited to about 40-yards or so. Reporters in the press box looked up from their hot dogs long enough to note that they could barely see the field for a five-minute period. At one point, a snowplow appeared on the field. You don't see that everyday. I half-expected a Zamboni:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm/f2.8 lens @ 153mm, ISO 1600, 1/640th sec., f2.8)

One of my favorites is shot from the third quarter (when the snow was at its worst). I slowed the shutter speed down in an effort to really show the swirls of the flakes as they fell on the players. By the way, this is one of my favorite pictures from the game (I know some of you will wonder why I shot it at such high ISO when I could have slowed everything down — it's because I had to be able to switch back to a high-shutter speed as the teams started the next play):

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm/f2.8 lens @ 110mm, ISO 800, 1/20th sec., f13)

Curiously, this image has been apparently selling like crazy off of our website. It wasn't published, but was in our online photo gallery, which leads me to believe a lot of these prints will be hanging on walls in Green Bay:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm/f2.8 lens @ 70mm, ISO 800, 1/250th sec., f5.6)

The season has come to an end. What a blast. I had so much fun this season going out and making pictures. I was charged up from start to finish and looked forward to every game.

I'll take a couple of days off to rest, then get back to work and figure out what to do next.

Thanks for taking the time to check out the blog, and thanks for all your great feedback.

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January 7, 2008 12:44 PM

Seahawks: The Long and the Short of It.

Posted by Rod Mar

For most sports photographers who shoot football, the "long lens", usually a 400mm or 300mm, is the primary lens of choice.

On a given football game day, I'll shoot roughly 85-90% of my photographs with a 400mm lens, 10% with a 70-200mm lens, and 5% with a 16-35mm lens.

Most of the published pictures you see are shot with a long lens because that's what most shooters start out when the ball is snapped. It's hard to shoot the beginning of a play with the 400mm, then put it down and switch to a camera with a shorter lens, find the action again, focus and shoot.

Saturday, for Seattle's opening round playoff game against Washington, we had the luxury of having three photographers shoot the action and one shooting features.

For each of the eight road games this season, I've been our lone shooter. So with Dean Rutz and Jim Bates, two of our best sports photographers assigned with me, I came into the game wanting to take some chances. I felt that if I gambled on a lens choice, say using a shorter lens where a longer lens would be the more practical choice, I would be covered by Jim and/or Dean and we wouldn't miss a play.

I've written this before, but I really like the look of shorter lenses at football games, especially on scoring plays. A 70-200mm lens will allow you to see the end zone, the goal posts, and the reactions around the play.

Keeping this in mind, when the Seahawks entered the "red zone" (the area near the goal line) in the first quarter, I wanted to use the 70-200mm zoom. The ball was at the 17-yard line, which felt pretty far away from me since I was about five yards deep in the end zone along the far sideline.

I had the 400mm lens up to my eye when Scott Clarke, a friend and shooter from Southern California who was next to me, muttered, "Sh*t, I think I've got the wrong lens!". I peeked and saw he had a 400mm up to his eye as well. I looked at the Seahawks formation and saw four receivers in the lineup, which is often a signal for a pass play.

Anticipating a pass into the end zone, I quickly put down the 400mm and raised the 70-200mm to my eye. The ball was snapped, and damn it all if Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck handed the ball off to a running back, Leonard Weaver.

Now it was my turn to mutter, "Oh, Sh*t..." Because if Weaver was tackled for only a short gain, or, heaven forbid, fumbled, my lens would be way too loose to capture the action.

Luckily, Weaver broke through the line of scrimmage and headed for my corner of the end zone. It was easy to track him as he headed for the orange pylon of the goal line. My only concern at that point was not getting run over by players.

The shots looked nice, and my friend Scott continued to swear at me because I'd taken his advice...and he hadn't taken it himself:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm f2.8 lens @ 70mm, ISO 800, 1/1000 sec., f2.8)

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm f2.8 lens @ 70mm, ISO 800, 1/1000 sec., f2.8)

Later, in the second quarter, the Redskins were deep in their own territory and I was lying down along the back of the end zone to add some different perspective. Seattle's Patrick Kerney, who had a beast of a game despite not having a sack, broke through and made a smashing (pardon the pun) tackle of Washington running back Ladell Betts:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm f2.8 lens @ 200mm, ISO 800, 1/1000 sec., f2.8)

Knowing Kerney player fueled by emotion, I kept my lens on him and shot as he celebrated:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm f2.8 lens @ 95mm, ISO 800, 1/1000 sec., f2.8)

Probably the best example of risking the shorter lens came in the fourth quarter. Seattle had the ball on the Washington 35-yard line, and I was again five yards deep in the end zone, this time on the near sideline. If I felt that being 17-yards away like in the first quarter was risky, shooting the 70-200mm lens from the 35-yard line seemed downright silly. But Seattle had just gained huge chunks of yardage on some pass plays, and as the game was now tied, I felt like they would want to score and score quickly.

Again, the risk of being caught with the wrong lens was mitigated by the fact that we had two other excellent shooters on the field. I got lucky as Seattle receiver D.J. Hackett broke free up the middle for the go-ahead touchdown. The play and resulting celebration with Seahawks mascot "Blitz" were shot with the 70-200mm lens, which allows the viewer to see that Hackett is indeed in the end zone:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm f2.8 lens @ 125mm, ISO 1600, 1/800 sec., f2.8)

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm f2.8 lens @ 135mm, ISO 1600, 1/800 sec., f2.8)

Seattle's defense recorded two long interceptions to seal the victory in the fourth quarter. Both interceptions occurred about 50-yards from me, and I was blocked by seeing both of them because I was shooting along the Seahawks sidelines and the players on the bench blocked my view.

I did see both plays begin by watching the big screen televisions located at the end of the field, and managed to grab the 70-200mm lens as I saw the players running my way up the sideline. They were running up along the sideline, and I had to debate whether or not to grab the 70-200mm or the wide-angled 16-35mm. If the player got tackled up field slightly, the 16-35mm would be useless, but if they ran right by me, it would make a nice photo. But I didn't take the risk this time and stuck with the longer of the lenses.

Marcus Trufant runs back a 78-yard interception for a touchdown, and the sign behind him shows up again:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm f2.8 lens @ 70mm, ISO 1600, 1/800 sec., f2.8)

Later, Seattle's Jordan Babineaux picks off a pass and returns it for a touchdown, too:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm f2.8 lens @ 120mm, ISO 1600, 1/800 sec., f2.8)

Shooting the 70-200mm lens can feel risky for a sports photographer because we are used to longer lenses. But having a great team to work with can offset those risks and help make stronger pictures.

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January 5, 2008 11:14 AM

Feeding the Beast

Posted by Rod Mar

The Seahawks finished the season with the number three seed in the NFC playoffs, which means they were guaranteed one home game, and if the seedings hold (i.e., the favored teams win), their remaining games would be on the road.

What that means for the local fans, and thus, the newspaper, is that everyone gets super jacked-up for that first home playoff game.

The Times is like every other media outlet. Fans want info, and we want to give them everything they want and more. Cynics would call it, "feeding the beast".

With that in mind, I was sent down to Qwest Field on Friday afternoon with the assignment of seeing if there were any fans down there getting ready for the next day's game.

As much of a stretch as that might seem, some fans are crazier than others, and it was not impossible to think that someone might actually camp out overnight.

I arrived at the stadium around 2pm. While I didn't see anyone pitching a tent, I did see fans signing a large "12th Man" flag outside of the team shop. The flag, and another like it, were to be placed into the Seahawks locker room on game day:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 16-35mm, f2.8 lens @ 16mm, ISO 800, 1/125th sec, f2.8)

Having a decent, yet expected shot, in the bag, I went off in search of something more and found my way to the field. The turf was covered in tarp, but there was still action abounding. Television crews were setting up their cameras, and workers were cleaning seats:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 16-35mm, f2.8 lens @ 16mm, ISO 800, 1/320th sec, f5.6)

Continuing my wanderings, I saw one of the team's equipment trucks parked in the bowels of the stadium. I located the team's veritable equipment manager Eric Kennedy, and asked what kind of preparations were going on. A new shipment of gloves for the players had arrived and they were sorting those, while some of his guys were putting jerseys on shoulder pads for the next day's game. I made quick call to the Seahawks media relations office and got clearance to do some shooting.

I can't even begin to explain to you how much preparation and detail goes into one game before the ball is even placed on the tee for kickoff. Here it was a full day before the game, and jerseys were already hanging in lockers. Rick Rainwater, who describes his job as "one of the equipment guys", was fitting jerseys onto shoulder pads. Players who tend to get held a lot (think linemen, blocking backs) use tape on the inside of their jerseys to adhere them to their shoulder pads. Rainwater was preparing pads for Leonard Weaver when I shot this:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 16-35mm, f2.8 lens @ 16mm, ISO 1600, 1/125th sec, f2.8)

**UPDATE, 1/5/08, 8PM**

I guess Rainwater prepared the pads perfectly, as Weaver scored the first touchdown of the Seahawks' victory over the Redskins on a 17-yard run to the right corner of the end zone, right in front of me. Look how his jersey is perfectly adhered to his pads:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 16-35mm, f2.8 lens @ 16mm, ISO 800, 1/1000th sec, f2.8)

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January 1, 2008 12:51 PM

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.

Posted by Rod Mar

Seahawks at Atlanta, final game of the regular season.

Neither team was playing for much. Seattle already had won the division and guaranteed themselves a playoff game. Atlanta, who lost their star quarterback to jail and their head coach back to the college ranks, was playing out the string.

Now, THAT'S a recipe for good times.

After 15 weeks of finding compelling action images from one of the most visual sports around, this game could be illustrated in three storytelling images.


If you're a Seahawks fan, seeing stars Bobby Engram, Deion Branch and Walter Jones joking on the sidelines, OUT OF HARM'S WAY, was probably the best sight of a day in which Seattle fell to Atlanta, 44-41. Coach Mike Holmgren wisely rested some of his best players, either giving them more time to heal from injuries or protecting them from potential harm:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400mm f2.8 lens, ISO 1600, 1/400 sec., f2.8)


Seattle's quarterback Matt Hasselbeck injured his right (throwing) wrist, and had it wrapped for protection. Both he and coach Mike Holmgren downplayed the severity of the injury, and it looks as if Hasselbeck will be close to full strength for this week's playoff game against Washington. Holmgren nearly found himself the goat of the season had Hasselbeck gotten seriously hurt in a meaningless game. Hasselbeck is having a career year, and everything the Seahawks do on offense is predicated on having him in charge:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm f2.8 lens @ 165mm, ISO 1600, 1/400 sec., f2.8)


The Georgia Dome in Atlanta was barely half-full at kickoff. This is a weird occurrence for an NFL game, as most of them are sold out. The crowd was also strangely quiet. As my job is to tell the story of the game in photos, I thought this one set the scene pretty well:

(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm f2.8 lens @ 70mm, ISO 1600, 1/400 sec., f2.8)

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