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In 2009 on the Boulevard of the Allies I was a clueless college student who snuck onto the parade route for the Penguins without a credential. I think the best photo I made that day was of the great Dan Potash pouring champagne on his head. That photo is the reason we became friends in the first place.

I’m still mostly clueless but on Wednesday I was really able to enjoy the party downtown this time around. A lot of games, practices, and press conferences. Many drives to the east coast and flights cross-country. Too many nights in a hotel to count.

Parades are quite the workout though. You’d better be in good shape if you ever plan on doing one. It’s like running the final mile in the Pittsburgh Marathon. Except you’re doing it while going backwards. With your head on a swivel. Pushing your way through a scrum of other media. And dodging giant piles of horse manure left behind by the police escort. Oh, and making sure your stuff in in focus, too!

It’s obviously my job to photograph what happens, win or lose, but man is it way more fun covering a championship parade and subsequent meetings with the Stanley Cup than having your last images being that of players cleaning out their lockers.
No one prefers to be a part of documenting anything negative so it does feel nice to be ‘rewarded’ a bit with these joyful celebrations. They certainly breathe a little bit of life into everyone following such a grueling playoff run.

And I did still make an image of Potash this year, sans champagne.

I’ll leave you with my favorite images below but should you have any questions, I’d be more than happy to answer them below in the comments section. And now officially begins baseball season…

P.S. And yes, since I know this question will come up and already has, this was a public event, so prints ARE available for anyone wishing to hang these moments on up on your wall: http://bit.ly/1V9VXu7

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Carl Hagelin #62 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Phil Kessel #81 of the Pittsburgh Penguins wave to the crowd during the Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Carl Hagelin #62 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Phil Kessel #81 of the Pittsburgh Penguins wave to the crowd during the Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Grant Street as onlookers peer out of the Koppers Building prior to the start of the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Grant Street as onlookers peer out of the Koppers Building prior to the start of the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins holds the Stanley Cup during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins holds the Stanley Cup during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup for the crowd during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham / DKPS)
Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup for the crowd during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along rooftops along Boulevard of the Allies during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along rooftops along Boulevard of the Allies during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hands the Stanley Cup to teammate Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Boulevard of the Allies during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hands the Stanley Cup to teammate Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Boulevard of the Allies during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Boulevard of the Allies during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Boulevard of the Allies during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup for the crowd during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup for the crowd during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Boulevard of the Allies during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Boulevard of the Allies during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup for the crowd during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup for the crowd during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Mike Lange speaks on stage during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Mike Lange speaks on stage during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Boulevard of the Allies during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Boulevard of the Allies during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Pascal Dupuis #9 of the Pittsburgh Penguins greets fans during the Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Pascal Dupuis #9 of the Pittsburgh Penguins greets fans during the Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Grant Street prior to the start of the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Crowds gather along Grant Street prior to the start of the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins carries the Stanley Cup along the crowd of fans during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins carries the Stanley Cup along the crowd of fans during the victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 15, 2016.
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers leaves the field at the end of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers leaves the field at the end of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Action is always the first thing that comes to mind when people think of sports photographs. Some games have more peak, athletic moments than others but emotion will always be there regardless of the level (high school, college, professional, etc) so don’t forget that there is always a story to tell on both sides of the ball. Just like you learned in grade school that you need a beginning, middle, and end to your writing, the same goes for your images. The game always fluctuates so keep that in mind and show that as well. It’s not always easy keeping things fresh when you’re shooting the same venue game after game, year after year, but trying different techniques and vantage points can help keep things from being stale and looking the same. The winners typically make for the easier photos to be made because the moments belonging to them are very obvious and loud. However, it’s important not to forget those who lost because those moments will be much more quiet and fleeting.

Some of the storylines for this past Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steelers game was the return of Ben Roethlisberger from injury, the loss of star running back Le’Veon Bell to injury mid-game, and the Bengals quest to continue their unbeaten season.

Here are some of my images from Sunday that hopefully lend themselves to the headlines.

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a 1st quarter touchdown during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a 1st quarter touchdown during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Antwon Blake #41 and Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Antwon Blake #41 and Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Antwon Blake #41 and Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Antwon Blake #41 and Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  George IIoka #43 and Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals knock a pass away from Martavis Bryant #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: George IIoka #43 and Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals knock a pass away from Martavis Bryant #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  The Pittsburgh Steelers offense huddles in the 2nd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: The Pittsburgh Steelers offense huddles in the 2nd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the 3rd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the 3rd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Le'Veon Bell # 26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is carted off of the field after being injured in the 2nd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Le’Veon Bell # 26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is carted off of the field after being injured in the 2nd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Heath Miller #83 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a gain during the 3rd quarter of the game agaisnt the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Heath Miller #83 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a gain during the 3rd quarter of the game agaisnt the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01: Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01: William Gay #22 and Mike Mitchell #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers react after the Steelers blocked a field goal in the 3rd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: William Gay #22 and Mike Mitchell #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers react after the Steelers blocked a field goal in the 3rd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Head Coach Mike Tomlin react to the ball placement of a 3rd quarter play by Heath Miller during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Head Coach Mike Tomlin react to the ball placement of a 3rd quarter play by Heath Miller during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes a moment after being tackled in the 4th quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes a moment after being tackled in the 4th quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Andy Dalton #14 (left) of the Cincinnati Bengals and A.J. Green #18 celebrate a 4th quarter touchdown during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Andy Dalton #14 (left) of the Cincinnati Bengals and A.J. Green #18 celebrate a 4th quarter touchdown during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is hit by Geno Atkins #97 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the 4th quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is hit by Geno Atkins #97 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the 4th quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band touch parts of the band logo that correspond with their row before starting practice at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band touch parts of the band logo that correspond with their row before starting practice at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)

10 days ago I had the pleasure and honor of following around THE Ohio State marching band as they practiced for their big half show across the pond at the Buffalo Bills vs Jacksonville Jaguars NFL game in London. I say it over and over again but this really is an incredible job that I continue to pursue where I get to witness the behind-the-scenes moments that most people never get to see.

So of course I owe a huge thank you to director Chris Hoch and the 225 members of the marching band for allowing me to invade their space and document their hard work and dedication for a couple of days at Ohio Stadium. A big thanks goes to Corey Sipkin at the New York Daily News for recommending me for the assignment. Kevin Armstrong is one of the best sports writers I’ve had the pleasure of working with as well. And of course, one of the best resources for this assignment came from friend and drum major, Konner Barr.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/ohio-state-best-damn-band-land-article-1.2409919

To be given the creative freedom and access that I had for the two days was wonderful and hopefully I was able to showcase the immense scale and uniformity but also the skillful individuality that ‘the best damn band in the land’ possesses.

Don’t take any assignment for granted. For anyone to allow a complete stranger with a camera into their lives to take up any amount of their precious time is something to be appreciated.

Director Chris Hoch of the Ohio State University marching band leads practice inside the Joan Zeig Steinbrenner Band Center in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Director Chris Hoch of the Ohio State University marching band leads practice inside the Joan Zeig Steinbrenner Band Center in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
A row of trumpets sits on the practice field during Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
A row of trumpets sits on the practice field during Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Assistant director of marching and athletic bands for Ohio State University leads practice as an airplane flies overhead outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Assistant director of marching and athletic bands for Ohio State University leads practice as an airplane flies overhead outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Drum major, Nathan MacMaster (center), Konner Barr (left), and Kris Hamilton (right) of the Ohio State University marching band take part in their post-practice huddle outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Drum major, Nathan MacMaster (center), Konner Barr (left), and Kris Hamilton (right) of the Ohio State University marching band take part in their post-practice huddle outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
(L-R) Meghan St. Clair, Michael Cardozo, Matthew Conrad, Brian Vasilou, and Emily Meese of the Ohio State University marching band take part in their post-practice huddle outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
(L-R) Meghan St. Clair, Michael Cardozo, Matthew Conrad, Brian Vasilou, and Emily Meese of the Ohio State University marching band take part in their post-practice huddle outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Athan Nicolozakes of the Ohio State University marching band stretches prior to practicing their ramp outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Athan Nicolozakes of the Ohio State University marching band stretches prior to practicing their ramp outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice their ramp outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice their ramp outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice their ramp outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice their ramp outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Assistant drum major, John LaVange, of the Ohio State University marching band practices outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Assistant drum major, John LaVange, of the Ohio State University marching band practices outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Assistant drum major, John LaVange, of the Ohio State University marching band practices in front of director Chris Hoch outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Assistant drum major, John LaVange, of the Ohio State University marching band practices in front of director Chris Hoch outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Director Chris Hoch of the Ohio State University marching band leads practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Director Chris Hoch of the Ohio State University marching band leads practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
A reflection of the Ohio State University logos reflect onto the field off of the drums during marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
A reflection of the Ohio State University logos reflect onto the field off of the drums during marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band percussion practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band percussion practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Director Chris Hoch of the Ohio State University marching band leads the section leaders during their music check outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Director Chris Hoch of the Ohio State University marching band leads the section leaders during their music check outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
A hat and instrument case sit on a chair inside the Joan Zeig Steinbrenner Band Center following a practice session for the Ohio State University marching band in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
A hat and instrument case sit on a chair inside the Joan Zeig Steinbrenner Band Center following a practice session for the Ohio State University marching band in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  The Chicago Cubs celebrate defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: The Chicago Cubs celebrate defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The National League Wild Card matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs was not-so-wild following a complete game shutout by Cubs ace Jake Arrieta. With the way Arrieta has pitched this season, particularly in the last month of the regular season, not even a trip back to the future with Marty McFly could’ve helped the Pirates. S0metimes there are forces that even a former NL MVP and Pittsburgh’s consistently incredible pitcher, Gerrit Cole, could stop and this could easily be the postseason that many Cubs fans have looked forward to for many years.

Either way, I was privileged to again witness and document history at PNC Park as the game hosted the largest crowd ever recorded at the stadium in its 15-year history.

And just like those players who are forced to pack up their locker rooms and regroup for next season, soon enough comes the same time of the year for myself to evaluate the year and make any necessary changes. Learning from previous endeavors is a huge part of the never-ending goal of constantly improving both on my skills as a photojournalist and how I can become a better person.

With that, I’ll leave you with one of my all-time favorite quotes from former MLB commissioner Bart Giamatti:

“It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.”

during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after a double play to end the sixth inning with the bases loaded during the National League Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after a double play to end the sixth inning with the bases loaded during the National League Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs walks off the field with umpire Hunter Wendelstedt #21 after being hit by a pitch thrown by Tony Watson #44 of the Pittsburgh Pirates (not pictured) in the seventh inning during the National League Wild Card game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs walks off the field with umpire Hunter Wendelstedt #21 after being hit by a pitch thrown by Tony Watson #44 of the Pittsburgh Pirates (not pictured) in the seventh inning during the National League Wild Card game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs, Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs and Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs, Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs and Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Pedro Strop #46 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Pedro Strop #46 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Chicago Cubs fans celebrate after the Chicago Cubs defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Chicago Cubs fans celebrate after the Chicago Cubs defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with fans after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 07: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with fans after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 4 to 0. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03:  (Editor's note: Image has been converted to black and white.) James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes the field during introductions prior to the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: (Editor’s note: Image has been converted to black and white.) James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes the field during introductions prior to the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

It may have just been preseason for the Steelers but it was great to get back to shooting some football this past Labor Day weekend, wrapping it up on Saturday with the first games (and wins) for the Pitt Panthers and the West Virginia Mountaineers.

And just like the players and referees who need some practice getting back into the swing of things, the same goes for every photographers no matter how many seasons you’ve been covering a particular sport or team.

One thing I’ve learned over the last few years is not to overthink how you cover a game. Over the span of a season you’ll get a feel for the team’s tendencies (i.e. Do they pass or run a lot? Deep routes and short 5-10 yard gains?). There are so many analytics websites out there that you could just as easily look at a chart and determine it that way as well. But going with your gut on where to best position yourself based on different variables will more than likely yield the best results. Reading up on your local teams can also give you more detailed information and befriending those same writers can go a long way in being a step ahead on the news that might develop and your images getting more play. Of course you will always miss something as you can’t possibly be in perfect position for every big play. However, always take into consideration how much time is left, what kind of weapons a team may have, etc. Don’t be afraid to take a chance and go with your gut instinct because I think the saying will almost always be true: ‘Go where everyone else isn’t.’ It just might pay off for you.

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Michael Vick #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Kawann Short #99 of the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Michael Vick #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Kawann Short #99 of the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Fozzy Whittaker #43 of the Carolina Panthers is pushed out of bounds by Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Fozzy Whittaker #43 of the Carolina Panthers is pushed out of bounds by Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Landry Jones #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has his jersey ripped while running with the ball in the first half against the Carolina Panthers during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Landry Jones #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has his jersey ripped while running with the ball in the first half against the Carolina Panthers during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Mike Brown #12 of the Carolina Panthers catches a pass in the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Mike Brown #12 of the Carolina Panthers catches a pass in the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Will Johnson #46 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has his facemask grabbed while running with the ball in the fourth quarter by T.J. Heath #26 of the Carolina Panthers during the preseason game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Will Johnson #46 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has his facemask grabbed while running with the ball in the fourth quarter by T.J. Heath #26 of the Carolina Panthers during the preseason game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Pittsburgh Panthers fans cheer on their team during introductions prior to the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Pittsburgh Panthers fans cheer on their team during introductions prior to the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Pat Amara #25 of the Pittsburgh Panthers reacts while entering the field during introductions prior to the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Pat Amara #25 of the Pittsburgh Panthers reacts while entering the field during introductions prior to the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05:  James Conner #24 of the Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball past an upended Kenneth Durden #7 of the Youngstown State Penguins in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: James Conner #24 of the Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball past an upended Kenneth Durden #7 of the Youngstown State Penguins in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Avonte Maddox #14 of the Pittsburgh Panthers breaks up a pass in front of Andrew Williams #80 of the Youngstown State Penguins in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Avonte Maddox #14 of the Pittsburgh Panthers breaks up a pass in front of Andrew Williams #80 of the Youngstown State Penguins in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Pittsburgh Panthers fans sing 'Sweet Caroline' during the second half against the Youngstown State Penguins during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Pittsburgh Panthers fans sing ‘Sweet Caroline’ during the second half against the Youngstown State Penguins during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05:  Jovon Durante #5 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a touchdown pass in front of Dravon Askew-Henry #6 of the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first quarter during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Jovon Durante #5 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a touchdown pass in front of Dravon Askew-Henry #6 of the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first quarter during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05: Daryl Worley #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers breaks up a pass intended for Ryan Longoria #31 of the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first half during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Daryl Worley #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers breaks up a pass intended for Ryan Longoria #31 of the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first half during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05:  Tyrek Cole #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a pass in front of Deshawntee Gallon #27 of the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Tyrek Cole #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a pass in front of Deshawntee Gallon #27 of the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05: Rushel Shell #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers stretches across the goal line for a touchdown in the second half against the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Rushel Shell #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers stretches across the goal line for a touchdown in the second half against the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05: Favian Upshaw #13 of the Georgia Southern Eagles sits on the turf after being sacked in the second half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Favian Upshaw #13 of the Georgia Southern Eagles sits on the turf after being sacked in the second half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)