By beating the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Eve, the Ravens went undefeated at M&T Bank Stadium for the first time in franchise history.
I want to draw a little attention to the fact that the Ravens have won EVERY game which I have photographed this year…I don’t normally travel to regular season away games (except Pittsburgh this year).
But given this statistic, I’m thinking they might want me around on the road next year. They’ll be on their own in Cincinnati, as I won’t be traveling, however I’ll be around wherever we play in the post season to keep the streak alive.
Well, everyone knows what happened yesterday, so there’s no need to go into a bunch of meaningless details. Despite the sentiment of some clueless fans in Baltimore, the Ravens had a great season. Although we came up short of our ultimate goal, we went further than most of the teams in the NFL. There is nothing that provides me with such shear thrill and excitement as being on the sidelines shooting the Ravens, whether we win or lose.
I am already looking forward to next season, and I hope that the CBA agreement gets resolved sooner than later so we can all enjoy another season of Ravens football.
Its always hard for me to enjoy editing photos after such a heartbreaking loss, and I am sure it will be hard for some to relive that game through these photos, but I hope they provide some enjoyment none the less.
When you walk into Arrowhead stadium in Kansas City, this inside is full of digital banners proclaiming that you are in fact in the “NFL’s loudest stadium.” Through the first two quarters of the Ravens’ divisional playoff game against the Chiefs, you would have thought that was possible. However by the second half, after a few Ravens’ touchdowns and some Chiefs’ turnovers you could here a pin drop.
The Ravens played what was most likely their most complete game of the season with big plays on both offense and defense. Joe Flacco and Todd Heap had record games and the defense recorded 5 turnovers. This type of blowout win is exactly what we need as momentum going forward into a very hostile Heinz Field in Pittsburgh next week. We know what to expect and so do the Steelers. Its going to be a thrilling game. Hopefully the Ravens come out on top.
I picked out a few more images than normal just because it was the playoffs…I hope you enjoy them.
The Ravens snuck out another close win last weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals. Although they’ll admit they left a lot of points on the field, a win is a win, and the Ravens are in the playoffs for the 3rd straight year…quite an accomplishment. It was an ugly game, which is tough to photograph, but I always have fun on the sidelines.
Just so I didn’t get bored, I shot the third quarter from up in the stands. I really like this perspective for football. So often, the sidelines are EXTREMELY cluttered with team personnel, photographers, cheerleaders, security guards and other random people getting in my way. When you move up to a higher vantage point all that stuff goes away and you are left with the two best elements…the players and the field. So simple, and totally my style.
Aside from that, I’m looking forward to my trip with the team to Kansas City. Traveling with the Ravens is always an interesting experience. I’ve never shot at Arrowhead and I hear its going to be cold and loud….sounds like fun to me!
Although, a week late, I wanted to share some images from the Ravens big win over the New Orleans Saints. Not many critics picked the Ravens to pull off the win, but getting back to basics proved to be the right formula. The run game took off and the pass rush was very efficient. Since then, we’ve beaten the Browns and secured a playoff spot. It would be nice to get a home game with a Pittsburgh loss, but I don’t mind traveling either. Its always fun to shoot in NFL stadiums that I’ve never been to before. So depending on the outcome of a few games next week, it could either be Indy, Kansas City, Jacksonville….or good ol’ Baltimore. I can’t wait.