Thank You Jeff Gordon…

Jeff Gordon Wins the 2005 Daytona 500
Jeff Gordon wins the 2005 Daytona 500

Back in 2005 the stars aligned for me and I was in Florida for a photo convention during the 2005 Daytona 500… I was already a huge NASCAR fan and a HUGE Jeff Gordon fan so the opportunity to see him race on a track I dearly love was just too good of an opportunity to pass up… and with very short notice I called to see if they had a ticket…. A single ticket, come to find out was simple to get, if I had wanted two or more, together, there was no chance, but a single ticket, no problem!  Could it get better?  Yes!  Yes it did!  He WON!!!  Right there before my eyes… and yes, I had my camera and this was the single shot that I wanted to get.. and yes, it took me some time to get it but I’ll forever cherish it.

Today marks the end of Jeff Gordon’s on track career and I just want to extend my own thank you.  Whether you like NASCAR, Jeff Gordon or anything about racing or not, there’s no doubt he’s been a true professional and for that he will always be (and has always been) my favorite NASCAR driver.  I’ve been busy lately and haven’t had much opportunity to watch much NASCAR anymore but I always keep tabs on how he’s doing in the championship and for each race… I’m going to miss that…

For being the fantastic professional that you have, Thank You Jeff Gordon!  I hope you win today and ride off into the sunset with your 5th Championship!


2015 NIAA State Championship Soccer @ North Valleys High

What a beautiful day for soccer!  The weather was perfect, the pitch was in good condition the crowds came out for the games, what a great atmosphere!IMG_3877.JPG

In the Girls match had the Arbor View Aggies against the Coronado Cougars.  The Arbor View Aggies were going for their fourth straight state title… they had already put up seven goals against the Northern Region Champion Bishop Manogue in the state semifinal round and wasted no time getting to work attacking against the Cougars… in the end the relentless attack of the Aggies proved to be too much for the Cougars and walked away with a 2-0 win to give them their fourth Nevada State Championship in a row. Here are some shots from their game.151114_4578 151114_4644 151114_4651 151114_4704 151114_4722 151114_4746

The Nevada State Division 1 Champion Arbor View Aggies!151114_4867

The Boys game saw a rematch of the Northern Region Championship… and the game ended in the same score for the same team, the Carson Senators defeated the Wooster Colts 2-1 with an golden goal overtime goal to grab the Nevada State Championship!

Anytime these two teams meet it’s all all out battle and Saturday’s game was no different.  Overall I’d say it was well played… could have done without some of the “chippy-ness” but that can come easily in big games… 151114_4888 151114_4903 151114_4938 151114_5000

The Nevada State Division 1 Champion Carson Senators!151114_5122

2015 NIAA Northern Region Championship Soccer @ Carson High

Again, a big congratulations to all four teams for making the NIAA Regional Championship games, this year in particular is special because the North hosts state and therefore all four of these teams will compete in the State Championship tournament which is Friday/Saturday, November 13th and 14th. (stay tuned for coverage of those matches)

A big Congratulations to the Bishop Manogue Miner Girls and the Carson High Senator Boys for their NIAA Regional Championship Wins in some of the wackiest weather I’ve ever seen for a soccer game!

Don’t believe me… This was about 15 minutes into the boys game, the girls game finished in these conditions… YIKES! :)

I left during the boys game due to the fact that the snow was so intense the camera would grab focus on the snow and not the player… see below…

Some shots from the girls game first… The game started out with just a slight bit of rain and Douglas seemed to have more of the attacking for most of the first 3/4 of the game… not to say that Manogue didn’t have their opportunities, just seemed that the pressure of the game was with Douglas… 151109_4011

Then in the second half the weather picked up… it wasn’t quite cold enough to snow quite yet but not just solid rain either… the camera is already starting to have issues….

As with most of the last several years of Regional Championship games, I set up a remote camera in the goal… Regional Championship day has been on a bright sunny Saturday afternoon with barely a whisper of clouds in the sky… So the “opportunity” to get something good on a night like this was very much foiled by the conditions… the big bright dots are rain drops on the lens… the blurry players are because when you shoot with a remote like this you need more light to allow you to shoot with the lens more closed down and thus my shutter speed went WAY down to 1/30th of a second for this shot (remember aperture, the smaller the number the more shallow the depth of field, with a remote you want everything in focus so you use a smaller aperture (a larger number…)…).  You generally shoot portraits of people around 1/125th and I shoot sports at 1/1000th… if it were not for the tripod the camera is on here everything would have been blurry so I’ll take what I got… :)151109_4149

This next photo seems rather uninteresting but will be talked about as a huge controversy of this game… I know FIFA is all over the news for bad and corrupt leadership but the fact still remains they are the maker and keeper of the laws of the game and this one is literally black and white in the rule book…

Law 12 from the FIFA Rule book… see the Bolded section…

  1. Sending-off offenses:
    A player, substitute or substituted player is sent off if he commits any of the following seven offences:

    • serious foul play
    • violent conduct
    • spitting at an opponent or any other person
    • denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunityby deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area)
    • denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick
    • using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures
    • receiving a second caution in the same match

I’ve been involved with soccer a very long time (1979), there are a lot of “judgement” rules for soccer where the referees have to make a decision, is it a foul or is it not a foul (and spectators expect an instant decision…)… FIFA added this rule right before a World Cup (I believe it was before the 2002 World Cup) and it created a lot of controversy at the time but was put in place to radically discourage an age old practice and was the beginning of what has now been coined by FIFA as “Fair Play”… They have a good point as this was very common practice in all my years of playing… can’t quite get there or stop them, just take them down with a little bump, nudge or trip… no big deal… NOW with an automatic red card on the table, you don’t do that any more…. There isn’t a player on the field that hasn’t had that rule in place for their entire playing career….

That resulted in Douglas playing with 10 with just a few minutes to go (the play was outside the box so no penalty kick, “just” a direct free kick…) and momentum swung completely in favor of the Miners… They scored and solidified their Championship.151109_4204

Here’s the muck the boys were dealing with… the camera was having fits with this weather… I had to call it a night… I have a feeling we may very well see this matchup again in the State Championship game… we’ll see on Friday if the South teams have something for either of these two teams. :)151109_4250151109_4231151109_4252

2015 NIAA Northern Region Championship Volleyball, Manogue vs. Carson @ Manogue

Time flies when you’re having fun… you hear that a lot… but following the Carson High Volleyball team this year has been fun… We started at the Nevada Train Museum for team photos in August and ended today in the Regional Championship.

A very big congratulations to both the Carson Senator Ladies and Bishop Manogue Miner Ladies for their accomplishment in making the Regional Championship game… and an even bigger congratulations to the Miner Ladies for their win today.  It was an exciting game, all back and forth battles that only went three games but they were action packed games!  Manogue will head to Vegas for the State Championships later this week.

Here are some photos from the semifinals and championship.

The Anderson sister’s giving each other some encouragement between games…151105_3595

Julianna made a monster kill, Maddie was impressed! :)

Katelyn Oppio getting up VERY high and making the kill…151105_3634 151105_3649

Maddie up for the block…151107_3904

Jaycie for the kill!151107_3918 151107_3919

Volleyball is a tough sport to shoot… I still don’t know where to shoot from to get a “great” shot… so it’s always a challenge going to a new place… tried this angle.  I knew Katelyn would make her normal approach to the right side so I was waiting for it to happen….151107_3925

Julianna with a dig…

Jaycie can’t keep a straight face… thanks for the fun season Ladies!151107_3934

2015 NIAA Northern Region Playoff Football, Carson vs. Spanish Springs at Carson High

Carson rolled to a first round victory tonight against Spanish Springs… Spanish Springs gave Carson a run of their money tonight… none the less Carson marches on toward the regional championship.  Here are some photos from the night.151106_3714 151106_3729 151106_3738 151106_3891