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NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Petra Kvitova plays Lucie Safarova  in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)

Ten days of photographing tennis with a incredible crew of friends and team members in New Haven, Connecticut for the 2015 Connecticut Open. You couldn’t ask for a better time with better people. And on top of that, the only precipitation we saw came on the first day for a few hours. Other than that we saw nothing but blue skies and quality tennis!

A huge thanks to friend and photographer, Billie Weiss, for getting me involved with the tournament and having the opportunity to work with Matt and company. Yet another flawless team effort! Not to mention having one of the best sandwiches of my life at Meat Company and ending our last night with a team photo that included the multi-talented Redfoo of LMFAO.

Looking forward to Indian Wells in March!

NEW HAVEN, CT: Dominika Cibulkova plays  Tsvetana Pironkova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Sunday, August 23, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Dominika Cibulkova plays Tsvetana Pironkova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Sunday, August 23, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Red Foo of LMFAO demonstrates a swing during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 21, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Red Foo of LMFAO demonstrates a swing during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 21, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lauren Davis plays against Carina Witthoeft during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 21, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lauren Davis plays against Carina Witthoeft during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 21, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Magdalena Rybarikova plays Kaia Kanepi during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Magdalena Rybarikova plays Kaia Kanepi during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Sophie Chang stretches prior to her USONP match during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Sophie Chang stretches prior to her USONP match during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Laura Robson plays Christina McHale during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Laura Robson plays Christina McHale during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Laura Robson plays Christina McHale during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Laura Robson plays Christina McHale during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Daria Gavrilova during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Monday, August 24, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Daria Gavrilova during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Monday, August 24, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Military Appreciation Night takes place prior to the match between Agnieszka Radwanska and CoCo Vandeweghe on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Monday, August 24, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Military Appreciation Night takes place prior to the match between Agnieszka Radwanska and CoCo Vandeweghe on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Monday, August 24, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Polona Hercog plays Karolina Pliskova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Monday, August 24, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Polona Hercog plays Karolina Pliskova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Monday, August 24, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Dominika Cibulkova plays Kristina Mladenovic on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Dominika Cibulkova plays Kristina Mladenovic on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Dominika Cibulkova plays Kristina Mladenovic on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Dominika Cibulkova plays Kristina Mladenovic on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Alison Riske on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Alison Riske on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Irina-Camelia Begu on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Irina-Camelia Begu on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open) NEW HAVEN, CT:  Agnieszka Radwanska plays Alize Cornet on stadium court  during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Caroline Wozniacki plays Roberta Vinci on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Roberta Vinci on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Caroline Wozniacki plays Roberta Vinci on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Roberta Vinci on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Caroline Wozniacki plays Roberta Vinci on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Roberta Vinci on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Governor of Connecticut Dannel Malloy visits the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Governor of Connecticut Dannel Malloy visits the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lesia Tsurenko plays Lucie Safarova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lesia Tsurenko plays Lucie Safarova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Celebrities and former tennis pro's compete in the Men's Legends Pro-Am during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: John McEnroe competes in the Men’s Legends Pro-Am during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Jim Courier and James Blake share a moment during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Petra Kvitova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Petra Kvitova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Petra Kvitova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Petra Kvitova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Petra Kvitova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Petra Kvitova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Petra Kvitova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Caroline Wozniacki plays Petra Kvitova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: John McEnroe plays Jim Courier as part of the PowerShares series on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: John McEnroe plays Jim Courier as part of the PowerShares series on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT:  Lucie Safarova plays Petra Kvitova in the singles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
NEW HAVEN, CT: Petra Kvitova kisses her trophy following her singles final win against Lucie Safarova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)

 

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Last night This morning had all the feelings of an October playoff game. A loud, involved, sellout crowd. Nationally televised. A little controversy and drama. And the best two teams in major league baseball facing off against each other. Neither of which were willing to concede even into the early morning hours.

To have a game like this happen before the All-Star break is even underway is a pretty special thing to have been a part of. Its moments like these that remind me to appreciate exactly what it is that I get to do for a living on a daily basis.

It had all the makings of a great story. But putting my own words together and making them interesting is not my forte, so I’ll leave you with ten of my favorite images that hopefully do the storytelling that way. Enjoy!

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates argues with the umpires after being ejected following a called foul ball that resulted in a home run by Mark Reynolds #21 of the St Louis Cardinals in the second inning during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates argues with the umpires after being ejected following a called foul ball that resulted in a home run by Mark Reynolds #21 of the St Louis Cardinals in the second inning during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates salutes the crowd from the dugout while receiving a standing ovation following his solo home run in the 5th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates salutes the crowd from the dugout while receiving a standing ovation following his solo home run in the 5th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates collects a ground ball in the fifth inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates collects a ground ball in the fifth inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates scores safely in the 8th inning past Yadier Molina #4 of the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates scores safely in the 8th inning past Yadier Molina #4 of the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates catches a fly ball hit by Mark Reynolds #12 of the St Louis Cardinals in the 13th inning during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates catches a fly ball hit by Mark Reynolds #12 of the St Louis Cardinals in the 13th inning during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is smeared with whipped cream in the face by teammate A.J. Burnett #34 after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is smeared with whipped cream in the face by teammate A.J. Burnett #34 after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 24: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates following his two-run home run in the fifth inning against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 24: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates following his two-run home run in the fifth inning against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

We are officially one-third of the way through the major league baseball season. As a photographer, it’s always a good idea to reevaluate and look back on your progress made. It’s a healthy routine to get into as I think it helps keep us all from becoming complacent and forces us to always be improving. There’s certainly no sense in making the same images at the same event, all year long. In order to have a diverse, yet complete look to your body of work, you need to explore all angles, light, etc. Approaching the same assignment with a different lens or focal length can make a huge difference. Having a little bit of luck fall your way is always nice too!

Take chances. For every image I’ve ever ‘made’, I’ve also missed some moments as well. That’s just the nature of the business we’re in. Of course we always hear the saying, “Go where everyone else isn’t”, but the reason we hear that so often is because it’s still so true. Sometimes it’s the only reason we have. Sometimes it works out. And when it does, it’s always worth it.

Obviously we all have jobs to do at these events. There are always clients to please and typically a small window to fit it all into on deadline. But get to your assignment early, explore, fulfill your client’s needs, then go and show the world how you see things. But be patient. Just like in the game of baseball, you may only find that unique picture once every few times you attempt to go after it. However, batting .300 is a really good statistic to have, even if it doesn’t include a home run.

Here is a small collection of my favorite images so far this season from PNC Park. Enjoy!

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Sleet falls onto the field in the top of the seventh inning during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs  at PNC Park on April 22, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Sleet falls onto the field in the top of the seventh inning during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on April 22, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 15: Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates grabs a bat from the dugout during batting practice prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 15: Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates grabs a bat from the dugout during batting practice prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 21: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Addison Russell #22 of the Chicago Cubs walks down the hallway before taking the field for batting practice prior to his first MLB game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 21: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Addison Russell #22 of the Chicago Cubs walks down the hallway before taking the field for batting practice prior to his first MLB game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23:  A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: A fan waves a Batman flag prior to the start of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: A fan waves a Batman flag prior to the start of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 19:  Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the Minnesota Twins during the game at PNC Park on May 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 19: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the Minnesota Twins during the game at PNC Park on May 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 15: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers while wearing the #42 to commemorate Jackie Robinson Day during the game at PNC Park on April 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 15: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers while wearing the #42 to commemorate Jackie Robinson Day during the game at PNC Park on April 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 19:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on April 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 19: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on April 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 19: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ball at first base in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on April 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 19: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ball at first base in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on April 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 10: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates attempts to flip the ball to first base in the second inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on May 10, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 10: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates attempts to flip the ball to first base in the second inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on May 10, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: Eric Campbell #29 of the New York Mets attempts to catch a fly ball in foul territory in the first row of seats during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: Eric Campbell #29 of the New York Mets attempts to catch a fly ball in foul territory in the first row of seats during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates attempts to catch a home run hit by Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets in the 8th inning during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates attempts to catch a home run hit by Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets in the 8th inning during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 19: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins during the game at PNC Park on May 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 19: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins during the game at PNC Park on May 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: The view of Mount Washington can be seen as fans look on during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: The view of Mount Washington can be seen as fans look on during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23:  Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 23: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 20:  Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs in action against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 20: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs in action against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 20: Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ground ball in the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs during the game at PNC Park on April 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 20: Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ground ball in the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs during the game at PNC Park on April 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 05: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the ninth inning against the Pittsurgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park on May 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 05: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the ninth inning against the Pittsurgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park on May 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 05:  Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsurgh Pirates flips the ball to teammate Jordy Mercer #10 before turning a double play in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning during the game at PNC Park on May 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 05: Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsurgh Pirates flips the ball to teammate Jordy Mercer #10 before turning a double play in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning during the game at PNC Park on May 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 24:  Francisco Liriano #47 and Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates share a moment in the dugout in the sixth inning against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 24: Francisco Liriano #47 and Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates share a moment in the dugout in the sixth inning against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: AJ. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks down the stairs past the Roberto Clemente quote on the wall before entering the field against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: AJ. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks down the stairs past the Roberto Clemente quote on the wall before entering the field against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Opening Day. My favorite holiday. Well, it’s not so much a holiday for me as it is for a lot of kids who get to skip school for a baseball game. But it still brings the same sense of joy and excitement that it does for those kids playing hooky.

It also gives me an added reason to go out and mingle with the people and shoot some features. Some years it has been miserable, rainy, and cold. But yesterday topped 80 degrees and according to Dave Arrigo, the Pirates team photographer, it was probably the warmest he’s ever experienced. That brought everyone out, including one of the coolest parts about Pittsburgh – the Allegheny River boat tailgaters. What a better way to enjoy the weather, catch a ball game, AND avoid the busy traffic and parking that comes with it! I even met some folks aboard ‘JAWS’ who have been coming for over 30 years.

Now, every opening day is a bit hectic. It’s always packed full of media, no matter how good or bad your team may be that year. And there are surely many parts to the ceremony before the first pitch even gets thrown. But if you just take it in stride and enjoy the fresh smell of pine tar, the sights of the lush green grass, and the sound of the ball against the back of a mit, your attitude will help reveal those pictures that encapsulate the first day of baseball season.

Welcome back, Buccos!

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Principal owner and Chairman of the Board Bob Nutting of the Pittsburgh Pirates watches batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Principal owner and Chairman of the Board Bob Nutting of the Pittsburgh Pirates watches batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Jung Ho Hang #27 and Tony Sanchez #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates greet each other during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Jung Ho Hang #27 and Tony Sanchez #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates greet each other during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on during batting practice prior to the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Pittsburgh Pirates fans tailgate on their boat, JAWS, docked along the Allegheny River in front of PNC Park prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Pittsburgh Pirates fans tailgate on their boat, JAWS, docked along the Allegheny River in front of PNC Park prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Fans walk across the Roberto Clemente bridge prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Fans walk across the Roberto Clemente bridge prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Fans walk across the Roberto Clemente bridge prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Fans walk across the Roberto Clemente bridge prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks through the hallway before entering the field against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks through the hallway before entering the field against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Players line up along the first and third base lines prior to the start of the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Players line up along the first and third base lines prior to the start of the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Players line up along the first and third base lines prior to the start of the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Players line up along the first and third base lines prior to the start of the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates his solo home run in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates his solo home run in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates following a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates following a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates the 5-4 win against the Detroit Tigers with teammate Neil Walker during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 13: Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates the 5-4 win against the Detroit Tigers with teammate Neil Walker during the Opening Day game at PNC Park on April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21: Dylan Ennis #31 of the Villanova Wildcats puts up a shot while being guarded by Caleb Martin #14 and Ralston Turner #22 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the first half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: Dylan Ennis #31 of the Villanova Wildcats puts up a shot while being guarded by Caleb Martin #14 and Ralston Turner #22 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the first half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Part 1 of 2:

These past couple weeks have been quite a whirlwind. My first eight days were spent in the sunny desert known as Palm Springs, California with an amazing team of writers, editors, photographers, and videographers. Our job at what I found to be an amazing tennis tournament, was to capture everything that the PNB Paribas Open has to offer to both the athlete and the fan. Although I couldn’t stay through the entire tournament in order to cover my next assignment, the men’s NCAA basketball tournament, a lot of hard work was put in by everyone along with plenty of laughs as well. I want to thank Matt and Billie for bringing me onto the team this year. It was a pleasure working with you all!

Once I was finished soaking up the sun, I flew back just in time to spend a couple days covering what is one of my favorite tournaments every year, the NCAA basketball tournament, where the only thing you can count on is that there will be plenty of raw emotion and surprises. This year was no different. 8 teams 6 games. 2 days. And a LOT of pictures.

And because of this, yinz get a double dose of blog posts, now with part 2 from the much colder city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 19:  A general view of the Villanova Wildcats playing the Lafayette Leopards in the second half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 19: A general view of the Villanova Wildcats playing the Lafayette Leopards in the second half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 19:  Quincy Ford #12 of the Northeastern Huskies reacts after their 65 to 69 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish  during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 19: Quincy Ford #12 of the Northeastern Huskies reacts after their 65 to 69 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 19:  Tim Quarterman #55 of the LSU Tigers fights for the ball against Lennard Freeman #10 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the first half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 19: Tim Quarterman #55 of the LSU Tigers fights for the ball against Lennard Freeman #10 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the first half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 19:  Jarell Martin #1 of the LSU Tigers reacts with teammate Tim Quarterman #55 after a play against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the first half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 19: Jarell Martin #1 of the LSU Tigers reacts with teammate Tim Quarterman #55 after a play against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the first half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 19:  Kyle Washington #32 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack dunks the ball against the LSU Tigers in the second half against the LSU Tigers during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 19: Kyle Washington #32 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack dunks the ball against the LSU Tigers in the second half against the LSU Tigers during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 19:  Jordan Mickey #25 of the LSU Tigers reacts after being defeated by the North Carolina State Wolfpack 66 to 65 during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 19: Jordan Mickey #25 of the LSU Tigers reacts after being defeated by the North Carolina State Wolfpack 66 to 65 during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 19:  Keith Hornsby #4 of the LSU Tigers walks off the court after being defeated by the North Carolina State Wolfpack 66 to 65 during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 19: Keith Hornsby #4 of the LSU Tigers walks off the court after being defeated by the North Carolina State Wolfpack 66 to 65 during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 19:  Beejay Anya #21 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates with teammate Anthony Barber #12 after defeating the LSU Tigers 66 to 65 during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 19: Beejay Anya #21 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates with teammate Anthony Barber #12 after defeating the LSU Tigers 66 to 65 during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 19:  Beejay Anya #21 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates with his teammates after hitting the game winning shot to defeat the LSU Tigers 66 to 65 during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 19: Beejay Anya #21 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates with his teammates after hitting the game winning shot to defeat the LSU Tigers 66 to 65 during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 19:  Kyle Washington #32 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack dunks the ball against the LSU Tigers in the second half against the LSU Tigers during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 19: Kyle Washington #32 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack dunks the ball against the LSU Tigers in the second half against the LSU Tigers during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 19:  Anthony Barber #12 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack shoots the ball against the LSU Tigers during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 19: Anthony Barber #12 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack shoots the ball against the LSU Tigers during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 19:  Jordan Mickey #25 of the LSU Tigers rebounds the ball against Ralston Turner #22 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 19: Jordan Mickey #25 of the LSU Tigers rebounds the ball against Ralston Turner #22 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21: Members of the North Carolina State Wolfpack walk to the floor before the start of their game against the Villanova Wildcats  during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: Members of the North Carolina State Wolfpack walk to the floor before the start of their game against the Villanova Wildcats during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21:  Daniel Ochefu #23 of the Villanova Wildcats is pressured by Kyle Washington #32 and Abdul-Malik Abu #0 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the first half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: Daniel Ochefu #23 of the Villanova Wildcats is pressured by Kyle Washington #32 and Abdul-Malik Abu #0 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the first half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21:  Daniel Ochefu #23 of the Villanova Wildcats is pressured by Kyle Washington #32 and Abdul-Malik Abu #0 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the first half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: Daniel Ochefu #23 of the Villanova Wildcats is pressured by Kyle Washington #32 and Abdul-Malik Abu #0 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the first half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21:  Trevor Lacey #1 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates after hitting a three pointer at the end of the first half against the Villanova Wildcats during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: Trevor Lacey #1 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates after hitting a three pointer at the end of the first half against the Villanova Wildcats during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21: The crowd reacts to a shot by Beejay Anya #21 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the first half against the Villanova Wildcats during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: The crowd reacts to a shot by Beejay Anya #21 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the first half against the Villanova Wildcats during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21:  Caleb Martin #14 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates against the Villanova Wildcats in the first half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: Caleb Martin #14 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates against the Villanova Wildcats in the first half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21:  Abdul-Malik Abu #0 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack dunks against the Villanova Wildcats in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: Abdul-Malik Abu #0 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack dunks against the Villanova Wildcats in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21: Desmond Lee #5 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates after making a shot and getting fouled with teammate Beejay Anya #21 during the second half against the Villanova Wildcats during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: Desmond Lee #5 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates after making a shot and getting fouled with teammate Beejay Anya #21 during the second half against the Villanova Wildcats during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21: The North Carolina State Wolfpack bench reacts late in the second half against the Villanova Wildcats during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: The North Carolina State Wolfpack bench reacts late in the second half against the Villanova Wildcats during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21: Ralston Turner #22 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates during the closing moments of their 71-68 win over the Villanova Wildcats during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: Ralston Turner #22 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates during the closing moments of their 71-68 win over the Villanova Wildcats during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21: Kameron Woods #31 of the Butler Bulldogs puts up a shot in front of Zach Auguste #30 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the first half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: Kameron Woods #31 of the Butler Bulldogs puts up a shot in front of Zach Auguste #30 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the first half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21: A member of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish pep band performs during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the Butler Bulldogs at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: A member of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish pep band performs during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament against the Butler Bulldogs at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21: Andrew Chrabascz #45 of the Butler Bulldogs drives to the basket against Bonzie Colson #35 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: Andrew Chrabascz #45 of the Butler Bulldogs drives to the basket against Bonzie Colson #35 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21: Zach Auguste #30 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alex Barlow #3 of the Butler Bulldogs go after the ball in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: Zach Auguste #30 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alex Barlow #3 of the Butler Bulldogs go after the ball in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21: Demetrius Jackson #11 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates a turnover against the Butler Bulldogs in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: Demetrius Jackson #11 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates a turnover against the Butler Bulldogs in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21:  Demetrius Jackson #11 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alex Barlow #3 of the Butler Bulldogs go after the ball in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: Demetrius Jackson #11 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alex Barlow #3 of the Butler Bulldogs go after the ball in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 21: Pat Connaughton #24 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates during overtime of their 67-64 win over the Butler Bulldogs during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 21: Pat Connaughton #24 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates during overtime of their 67-64 win over the Butler Bulldogs during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)