Whew! At least I've been doing something.
I have a couple blog posts lined up. I'd like your opinion on one. Is it okay to post photos of players in distress? I have a photo of a Houston player down on the ground, holding an injured knee, grimacing in pain. I want to do a post about football injuries and use this photo as a case in point. Is that okay? Or is it an invasion of a person's privacy to post a photo of her in distress. I haven't used the photo before because it feels wrong. What do you think?
|Odd shot. What's going on? Why aren't the Houston|
players blocking? Why isn't Lakesha Hoke (#82)
contesting for the ball? I don't know.
The first just struck me funny. Stopping action can create some funny "still" shots. Looking at this one I wondered what is happening? I don't know. But I hope Lakesha, #82, makes the tackle.
The next two I like because they violate one of my football axioms. Never tackle with just your arms. Looking at the first of the two, I would predict the runner is going to escape. An Outlaw is reaching out but no way is she going to stop a large runner by just grasping with extended arms.
|Reaching from behind, the runnier will escape, right?|
|It takes a lot of arm strength to pull a large running back to ground.|
One of the things I love about sports is the intensity. Both mental and physical. I'm awed watching players focus on the objective and commit completely. The following photos capture some of that from Outlaw's games. First is Bridgette Brown taking a bead on the ball carrier just coming into view at the right of the photo.
|Bridgette Brown about to discard blocker, #77, and take out|
the running back just entering the photo at the right.
Love the focus, Brigette's eyes.
Bridgette is one of my favorite Outlaws. She is a devastating tackler, intensely focused on the field. If I were the runner, seeing Bridgette on my right, I'd turn left.
Next is another shot of the intensity of the game. Imagine a warm Austin evening, maybe sixty plays, you're part of the line protecting your running back, play after play throwing all of your strength into a huge opposing player, controlling her, keeping her away from the football. These "scrums" take enormous energy, far more than you can see from the stands or in a still photo.
|Every play, look at the physical exertion, the|
strength against strength.
|Shadana with the ball, running top speed, tripped up but still diving for one more yard.|
She comes down around the three yard line. I love her intensity.
|Rubi Reyna, #5, always around the football whether on defense or offense. Always going against|
larger players, always making the play.