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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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