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I'm going to try firing up the blog again for 2016, especially the nature/landscape side of things. It is in desperate need of a redesign so I will be working on that while shooting for KSTV.

Unfortunately slideshows on older posts have been disabled by flickr. You can find all of my work in my gallery.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Soccer-Kentucky vs. Memphis

I don't pretend to know much about soccer. I have been to a couple of UK games this season and I guess it must grow on you gradually. These guys play hard and if the Memphis game is any indication, they take a beating physically. I respect the passion they play with and enjoy supporting all our Wildcats, even if I am not really a fan of the sport.

That being said, the photo ops. are great! I haven't quite developed a sense for the timing of soccer, but I am working on it.  Here are a few of my favorites from the Memphis game. The game seemed pretty brutal with several injuries and even a fight. Don't think there was any love lost between these two teams! 

This one reminded me of one those slow motion fight scenes in The Matrix. :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Big Blue Madness 2010

I attended my first Big Blue Madness over the weekend. For those of you not from Kentucky, it is hard to describe the level of intensity fans feel for college basketball here. They eat, sleep and breathe it. Fans camped out for days to get tickets to see the newest Wildcats hold their first public practice. More than 525 tents wrapped around Memorial Coliseum before the ticket distribution.

*photo from UK Athletics

More than 22,000 tickets sold out in less than an hour...for a practice! Big Blue Madness has been described as a potpourri of sensory overload. This year's event was no exception and featured fireworks, the UK Cheerleaders, Dance Team, Mascots, Band and Drum Line. UK Hoops (the women's basketball team) added some fun with a crowd chant and Coach Matthew Mitchell  doing the Dougie.

The players were introduced with plumes of smoke and videos and danced down the ramp to the court to music spun by Washington Wizards DJ Big Tigger. The place exploded as last year's Draft Cats appeared in video messages to the Big Blue Nation. Madness literally rocked Rupp Arena up to the rafters with every seat being filled all the way to the top.  The roar of 22,000+ and the adrenaline flowing in that arena is something I will not soon forget. As the 2011 recruits were being escorted to their seats on the floor, I wondered what they must have been thinking. I don't know if it impresses them with the grandeur of it all or if it scares the hell out of them thinking they will be there next year!
I was like a kid on Christmas Day and loved every minute of my first Madness. With any luck, I'll be back next year!