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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)

 

Three football games in three days will definitely get you in a groove. It was nice to see some old friends from Pittsburgh and was happy with a few frames at the end of the weekend. Enjoy!

Friday Night: Pittsburgh vs Connecticut

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 09: Volunteers hold up a giant American flag on the field prior to the game between the University of Connecticut Huskies and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers on November 9, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 09: Ryan Griffin #94 of the University of Connecticut Huskies leaps over Lafayette Pitts #23 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers during the game on November 9, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 09: Chandler Whitmer #10 of the University of Connecticut Huskies has the football knocked out of his hands on a hit by Andrew Taglianetti #41 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers in the second quarter during the game on November 9, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 09: Ray Graham #1 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers stiff arms Dwayne Gratz #7 of the University of Connecticut Huskies while running with the ball during the game on November 9, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 09: Shamar Stephen #59 of the University of Connecticut Huskies celebrates a defensive stop in front of Tino Sunseri #12 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers during the game on November 9, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Saturday Night: Notre Dame vs Boston College

CHESTNUT HILL, MA – NOVEMBER 10: Troy Niklas #85 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates with his teammates after catching a touchdown pass against the Boston College Eagles defense at the end of the second quarter during the game on November 10, 2012 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CHESTNUT HILL, MA – NOVEMBER 10: Everett Golson #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish dives with the ball over the Boston College Eagles defense near the goal line during the game on November 10, 2012 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CHESTNUT HILL, MA – NOVEMBER 10: Tyler Eifert #80 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish goes up to catch a pass against the Boston College Eagles during the game on November 10, 2012 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CHESTNUT HILL, MA – NOVEMBER 10: Chase Rettig #11 of the Boston College Eagles lays on the field after being knocked to the ground by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defense during the game on November 10, 2012 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

Sunday Afternoon: Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 11: C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball against the New England Patriots defense during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 11: Scott Chandler #84 of the Buffalo Bills catches a pass against the New England Patriots during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 11: Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills fumbles the football near the goal line before members of the New England Patriots recovered the ball in the second half during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 11: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots catches a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 11: Brandon Spikes #55 of the New England Patriots hits Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills before being flagged for a personal foul in the second half during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 11: Stevie Jonhson #13 of the Buffalo Bills stretches out to catch a pass against the New England Patriots during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 11: George Wilson #37 of the New England Patriots lands on his head after defending on a pass in the endzone against the Buffalo Bills during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 11: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 and David Snow #61 of the Buffalo Bills walk to the locker room after throwing an interception to Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots to end the game in the fourth quarter during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)