Confession time: I'm doing a little filling before I get to the "what?!!!" of this post. I'm posting some photos I like and have been holding for just the right time to use them. But the real photos I want to you to see will be at the bottom. Because they have to be full size. Even at full size I'm not sure you'll be able to see what they depict.
Take a look at the right of this screen. See all that stuff? If I post a full size photo here it will overlap the stuff at the right. Not a good way to present. So I'm posting some fun photos from a couple years ago (or more). Until I have posted enough material to get below the side-stuff. Stay with me. You'll see.
About the preliminary photos. When I browse my photos I sometime notice one as being just amusing. The camera catches a moment in time and that moment may find you in an awkward pose. I liked the first photo because it doesn't make any sense. I have two of the opposing players on the ground, one to the left and one to the right foreground. A third, number fifty-five, is standing on her head. Sorta. So I've kept this one aside as one of my funny photos.
|Number 55 standing on her head. Other defenders on the ground|
removed from the action. Can't tell what is happening here. That's
why I like the photo.
|I wonder if the blocker is Tracey Suire? It looks like she just may|
be able to create a path for her running back.
|Trouble for the quarterback. Three blue-shirts closing in. I |
don't think she'll escape, do you?
|If you meet Ski Tejeda in practice, you're happy she' on your team.|
Or maybe not. If she were on another team you'd only bump into
her twice a year. On your own team, you meet her regularly in
practices. What a great tackler!
Speaking of big hits, I love this shot. In the game or in practice, Ski lays big hits on whoever has the ball. Look at the dirt being kicked up by the runner as the impact breaks her traction. She is going down hard. And is thankful Ski is on her team. And Ski is still playing. She's a grandma and has been playing a dozen years now and she is still strong and rough and one of my favorite Outlaws.
Okay, now for the full size wall-to-wall photos. I think I'll post them first, then try to explain. If you find these photos puzzling, you're right. Look at them and see if you can figure out what's going on.
Football is a whole lot about strategy, about doing the unexpected. If you can confuse the other team, chances are you'll get a big gain. In this case coach successfully confused the opponent. And me, too. If you line the blockers up away from the ball, the defense has to make a decision. Line up over the ball? Or line up across from the blockers?
Now the answer isn't as obvious as we might think. What if the d-line lines up over center and ignores the o-line? And what if Monica takes the snap from center and throws a lateral pass back to her right, toward the camera, to a receiver hiding behind the o-line. That receiver would have a six-blocker escort to the end zone. Would the defense be able to recover fast enough to come this way and make the tackle.
Sadly, we'll never know. In fact, I don't even have the photos after Monica took off. I have no idea how this crazy play ended.
If you see Monica, ask her to tell us how it came out. I'll post her reply when I have it.
Football is fun. Funny sometimes. Strange sometimes.