|One of my favorite photos because of the tenacity of the runner|
combined with the swarming determination of five or six outlaws.
But not easy.
The runner doesn't want to be on the ground. She resists tacklers. Most runners are small and quick but some are big and strong. A big strong runner can be hard to tackle. A smaller shifty runner can be hard to catch.
Tackling is sometimes elegant but more often messy. If you've visited this blog before you know I like to find and post funny photos. Messy is more fun than elegant. In my next post I will feature some elegant tackles but today, just for fun, I'm going with funny. Messy.
As I do this, I want to be sure you understand that I totally admire messy. The whole game of football is a battle of wills, of speed against speed, strength against strength. It is rare that one player has the perfect set-up, a clean shot at a runner, an opportunity to make the elegant tackle.
Most of the time, the tackler is fighting off blockers. Most of the time the tackler is trying to get a solid hold on a shifty runner. Most tackles aren't elegant.
I selected the tackles here because they aren't elegant but also because they get the job done. In every photo, the ball carrier landed on the ground. And that's what tackling is about. Even though tackling sometimes looks more like wrestling.
|Grab her, wrestle her to the ground. Tackles don't have to |
elegant. Just have to get the runner down.
|I think the tackler is CPR Benitez. I love her style of play, always aggressive|
always around the ball. Here she couldn't make the elegant tackle
so she grabbed a leg and hung on until help arrived.
|Mary Nguyen weighs 100 pounds. She is tackling a 200 |
pound runner who is also a gifted athlete. Mis-match, right?
But Marry grabs a leg and hangs on until help arrives.
Photo by MaryLou Spence
My favorites are the the tackles of total determination. The runner almost escapes but the tackler isn't going to let that happen. Can't grab the body for a wrestling take-down, can't grab a leg, so grab what you can. Like a foot.
|This is a Dallas player grabbing an Outlaw foot in the last game of 2011. Not elegant. But it stopped the runner.|