Kick, Bama, Kick (Taking Pictures at my First Iron Bowl)

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Before I start, let’s set the mood by tuning in to my favorite song, “the Heart of Courage” by Two Steps from Hell. Shall we? I love that song because it goes well with sports highlights and it’s the song that’s used for the 2013 Auburn football inspiration video.

Now…

Good morning everyone!! This football season has been very life-changing for me. This was the second time that I worked at a college football venue. The second time was a charm because I got to take pictures of fans enjoying SEC games, namely Auburn Tigers home football games. For starters, I love taking pictures of events and help people enjoy & remember them. Secondly, football games are fun to cover because you can meet and hangout with fans, workers, and tailgaters while on the job. More importantly, I’m blessed to have the FanPhotos gigs because I was able to witness the greatest Iron Bowl and one of the best college football endings in history last week. It was my first ever Iron Bowl, and I’m proud to capture the moment using my personal and my job’s cameras.

I usually rush to the student section to take post-game pictures. But for this game, I decided to stay on the upper deck, just in case I had to take pictures of people watching the overtime. I thought the game was going into overtime when T.J. Yeldon stepped out of bounds. But the refs gave them one more second to win the game. I prayed that Bama will either miss the game-winning FG or have it blocked again. They indeed missed it, but I didn’t anticipate Chris Davis Jr. field the kick at the endzone. As Davis streaked towards the opposite goalline, I shouted “Run, you [MF], RUNNNNN”. Like the Prayer at Jordan-Hare, the whole stadium erupted in joy when he scored the game-winning touchdown. I was so overjoyed that I fell off a seat and somehow landed on a lady’s chest. We hugged and cheered; she didn’t let go of me for a few seconds.

It was a frenzy of picture taking afterwards. I took pics at the student section, on the field, at Toomer’s Corner, near the bars…you name it! I also had fan interacting with both Bama and Auburn fans. I even took pictures of some of the players; Mack VanGorder is now following me on Instagram. I also talked to Keymiya Harrell and Gabe Wright, while Alex Kozan (on IG) informed me on an error: I was supposed to tag Thomas Jackson on one of the posts, not him.

Thank you Lord for giving me this opportunity to take pictures at games like this. Without FanPhotos, I don’t know how I would captured the celebration and historical moment live.

Links to 2013 Iron Bowl pictures can be found in two places:

Why the Bears Should Draft Te’o (by Timotheus Gordon; 4/5/2013)

English: Photo of Notre Dame linebacker Manti ...

English: Photo of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o taken in 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago Bears fans, let the Manti Te’o watch begin!

According to CBSSports.com, the former Heisman candidate from Notre Dame is the second best inside linebacker prospect in this year’s NFL draft. Since the first round will be all about linemen, we may see him get drafted as high as 19th overall. The Giants might try to draft an offensive lineman first to improve their run blocking, which gives the Bears (with the 20th overall pick) a better shot at drafting Te’o. LSU inside linebacker Kevin Minter may be the most explosive and athletic ILB in this year’s draft, but Te’o is the best fit for the Bears’ defensive scheme.

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