don't really appreciate the Chiefs fans until you try to pull into
Arrowhead Stadium. The gates to the parking lots won't open
until 9am for a Noon game, but there are people waiting in line as
early as 8am to gain access. They're seeking a great parking
spot for tailgating, hoping to miss traffic and hoping to spend some
quality time with friends before the game. These fans come in
their custom vehicles and adorn their apparel which may include
make-up and tattoos supporting their team."
step on the sidelines for a professional game, you're virtually on
the inside of a fairly exclusive club. Granted, there are far
too many bystanders and fans that probably don't need to be there -
but there's something incredible about being near the stage where
the pros compete while 80,000 fans look over your shoulder."
"I love watching the way the primary coaches will make physical
contact with the players during warm-up. Various touches
providing connection, reassurance, motivation, and a transfer of
emotion. Heck, Al Saunders will even provide that same strong
presence to photographers and most anyone on the sideline.
It's as if he wants everyone within the Chiefs sideline to be on the
same emotional wavelength. He'll make eye contact with
you as though he cares about you and that he's glad to see you there
along the sidelines.
One morning, I saw Gunther Cunningham approach some soldiers that
were on the field for a flag ceremony: he provided a tremendous
amount of emotional energy as he looked in their eyes and then had
to simply hug several to transfer physically what I believe he was
feeling that very moment. You can see the fire in the coaches'
eyes as they move around prior to that first kick-off."
"My favorite time of an NFL game is well before they open the
gates. Often I'm on the turf while a select few athletes are
warming-up in the early moments of the day. No fans. No
officials. Hardly anyone else. Then, someone like Tony
Gonzalez walks out and runs through a warm-up. Minimal gear,
with no pads. The orange/red glow of the early light spills
into the stadium: that's the golden hour for light at Arrowhead.
Later, the other players and coaches arrive on the field."
"Hank Stramm was on the field with his family in 2003 to be
recognized for his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame. His
wife had the energy and spirit of 10 players."
you're on the sidelines in a working capacity, it's like an intimate
fraternity. Celebrities roaming the sidelines will approach you and
offer their opinion on the game at hand and perhaps might even slap
you on the back or shake your hand. They're not trying to be
your friend, but I think they do seek fellowship in the gap between
the field of play and the adoring fans a small reach away in the
stands. I'll hardly ever talk about the football game.
Maurice Greene & I talked international track & field, Fox Sports
Chris Meyers talked NASCAR..."
City loves Marcus Allen, and I've always been a fan of his charisma
off the field as well as his performance on the field. It was
quite an experience to capture his joy and raw emotion as he spoke
to the crowd at Arrowhead in 2003 to celebrate his induction in the
NFL Hall of Fame."
star struck. I've never been one to seek an autograph away
from the profession of sports photography. Around the profession: that would be very
unprofessional. Still, there are occasions when I get
emotional or sentimental for very personal reasons. Seeing Dan Dierdorf on the sidelines was such a moment because my Father and I
spent my youth in St. Louis rooting the Cardinal football team at
"Yep, these guys are big. The players are mostly well over my
six foot height. Add pads, spikes, helmets, and lots of muscle
and you feel like a miniature horse in the pasture of Clydesdales.
Throw in former Chief Bill Maas and KCFX's Bob Gretz as sideline
reporters and you really have to watch your step. Don't let
the cheerleaders distract you, right?"
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