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FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks onto the field during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks onto the field during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

 

Well it’s been a month since I posted something to my blog. Partly because I’ve been traveling more and shooting less. A flight to Pittsburgh and a drive to Chautauqua Lake, NY to visit friends and family for Thanksgiving was very much needed. As any photojournalist can attest, this is always a slow time of the year. It gets cold outside so people and their events all hibernate for the winter. As do the paychecks.

So how do you get through this time as a freelancer? I asked myself that question about four years ago while struggling to find much work from about December through March following graduation. I immediately went to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review photographer, Justin Merriman, for help with that. Although he wanted to help, as a staff photographer, it’s not something he has to worry about. Instead, he forwarded me to freelancer Jeff Swensen, a guy he shared a photo studio with on the south side of Pittsburgh. What transpired over time from that single meeting at the Terminal Building has sent me on a much more clear, guided, thoughtful, happier, and fulfilling path. I joined a great space with a crew of folks that included Jeff and Justin, along with (current Pittsburgh Tribune-Review photojournalist) Stephanie Strasburg and (videographer and marketer extraordinaire) Mickey Miller.

As creatives we’re always looking to improve on our craft. And I’ve found the best way to do that and to always be driven is by surrounding yourself with other fellow artists. Not just good artists but good people. People who are open to working together and pushing each other in a positive way. It’s not just good for your artistry but also for your sanity and your mental state. There will be a lot of days where no one calls and no one emails with potential work. It can be pretty depressing at times and you can easily fall into a terrible state-of-mind if you’re not careful. On the flip side, there’s no better time to brainstorm and start on personal projects that you’ve been putting off all year. Use this time to put together your best images from the year and a new business plan. Write down what goals you accomplished and set new ones for yourself.

Collaboration is the key. These friends will help drive you on those days when you’re not feeling confident about your work or your business. For me, it’s a huge asset to have and certainly part of the reason for me returning to Pittsburgh. In that town, people aren’t afraid to share work. They make sure that the community succeeds because they genuinely care about each other. If someone helps you out with an assignment, you don’t steal their client, and you return the favor whenever possible. And that’s not even factoring in the daily benefits of being able to critique each others work and constantly keep each others minds thinking about the future in how you can evolve and become a better photographer, businessman, etc. And if you live in an affordable city that can foster groups of young creatives, start a studio! Get a few people to chip in for a space. It can be really beneficial to get everyone out of the house and into a place with fewer distractions that would allow for more work and progress to happen. The larger your circle of friends and fellow artists grows, so do your ideas, clients, and ultimately, paychecks. Because let’s face it, as much as we love what we do, the bills come every month too, regardless of the season.

So my suggestion to everyone out there having a tough time keeping busy is to just to continue to network and be a good friend. I am personally very thankful that I have such an amazing crew of people in the steel city. It won’t always solve your immediate financial issues but as long as you’ve set aside a little savings to help you through those months, it will at the very least keep your head up and the creativity flowing. After all, what are friends for?

I will leave you with some of my recent football images that were a result of my creative flame always staying lit thanks to those aforementioned people…

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson leaps into the endzone for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter in front of Cole Champion #5 of the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson leaps into the endzone for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter in front of Cole Champion #5 of the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson runs back a punt into the Yale Bulldogs territory in the first half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson runs back a punt into the Yale Bulldogs territory in the first half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson catches a pass in front of Jason Alessi #19 of the Yale Bulldogs before running into the endzone for a touchdown second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson catches a pass in front of Jason Alessi #19 of the Yale Bulldogs before running into the endzone for a touchdown second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Marty Moesta #99 of the Yale Bulldogs celebrates after recovering a fumble in the fourth quarter against the Harvard Crimson in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Marty Moesta #99 of the Yale Bulldogs celebrates after recovering a fumble in the fourth quarter against the Harvard Crimson in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Anthony Firkser #42 of the Harvard Crimson runs with the ball past Carl Kreitzberg #54 of the Yale Bulldogs in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Anthony Firkser #42 of the Harvard Crimson runs with the ball past Carl Kreitzberg #54 of the Yale Bulldogs in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: The student section for the Yale Bulldogs strip down to their underwear revelaing 'Harvard Sucks' underwear in the second half against the Harvard Crimson during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: The student section for the Yale Bulldogs strip down to their underwear revelaing ‘Harvard Sucks’ underwear in the second half against the Harvard Crimson during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson catches a pass in front of Jason Alessi #19 of the Yale Bulldogs before running into the endzone for a touchdown second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson catches a pass in front of Jason Alessi #19 of the Yale Bulldogs before running into the endzone for a touchdown second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson is lifted in the air by teammate Michael Mancinelli #66 following Fischer's game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson is lifted in the air by teammate Michael Mancinelli #66 following Fischer’s game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Morgan Roberts #19 of the Yale Bulldogs lines up under center in the red zone against the Harvard Crimson in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Morgan Roberts #19 of the Yale Bulldogs lines up under center in the red zone against the Harvard Crimson in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Tyler Varga #30 of the Yale Bulldogs reaches for a touchdown in the second half past Norman Hayes #7 of the Harvard Crimson during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Tyler Varga #30 of the Yale Bulldogs reaches for a touchdown in the second half past Norman Hayes #7 of the Harvard Crimson during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Scott Peters #44 of the Harvard Crimson celebrates following his interception with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter against the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Scott Peters #44 of the Harvard Crimson celebrates following his interception with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter against the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Conner Hempel #14 of the Harvard Crimson celebrates on the field with fans following their 31-24 win against the Yale Bulldogs at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Conner Hempel #14 of the Harvard Crimson celebrates on the field with fans following their 31-24 win against the Yale Bulldogs at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Harvard Crimson fans celebrate after rushing the field following their 31-24 win against the Yale Bulldogs at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Harvard Crimson fans celebrate after rushing the field following their 31-24 win against the Yale Bulldogs at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  A general view before a game between the New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: A general view before a game between the New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions makes a diving catch for a first down as Brandon Browner #39 of the New England Patriots defends during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions makes a diving catch for a first down as Brandon Browner #39 of the New England Patriots defends during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots carries the ball after a catch during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots carries the ball after a catch during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions passes the ball during the first quater against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions passes the ball during the first quater against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots reacts after a game against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots reacts after a game against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT - DECEMBER 06: Darius Joseph #18 of the SMU Mustangs hurdles Javon Hadley #11 of the Connecticut Huskies in front of his teammate, Graham Stewart #2 in the second half after catching a pass during the game at Rentschler Field on December 6, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – DECEMBER 06: Darius Joseph #18 of the SMU Mustangs hurdles Javon Hadley #11 of the Connecticut Huskies in front of his teammate, Graham Stewart #2 in the second half after catching a pass during the game at Rentschler Field on December 6, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT - DECEMBER 06:  Horace Richardson #9 of the SMU Mustangs intercepts a pass in front of Geremy Davis #85 of the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter during the game at Rentschler Field on December 6, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – DECEMBER 06: Horace Richardson #9 of the SMU Mustangs intercepts a pass in front of Geremy Davis #85 of the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter during the game at Rentschler Field on December 6, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots catches a pass as George Iloka #43 of the Cincinnati Bengals defends during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots catches a pass as George Iloka #43 of the Cincinnati Bengals defends during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Well, baseball season is over (for me at least!), which means football is back in full swing again. Last night the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals came into town for a Sunday Night Football against a struggling Patriots team but couldn’t keep their unbeaten streak alive in a highly offensive game, losing to a resurging Tom Brady and shut down corner and Pittsburgh native, Darrelle Revis, 43-17.

Here are some of my favorite images from the game. Enjoy!

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  A Cincinnati Bengals fan looks on before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: A Cincinnati Bengals fan looks on before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Members of the New England Patriots run onto the field before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Members of the New England Patriots run onto the field before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots catches a pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots catches a pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05: Don Jones #29 of the New England Patriots tackles Brandon Tate #19 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Don Jones #29 of the New England Patriots tackles Brandon Tate #19 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New England Patriots strips the ball from A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Darrelle Revis #24 of the New England Patriots strips the ball from A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown after recovering a fumble during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown after recovering a fumble during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Rob Gronkowski #87 after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Rob Gronkowski #87 after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Mohamad Sanu #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a touchdown pass as Alfonzo Dennard #37 of the New England Patriots defends during the third quarter  at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Mohamad Sanu #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a touchdown pass as Alfonzo Dennard #37 of the New England Patriots defends during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Stevan Ridley #22 of the New England Patriots carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Stevan Ridley #22 of the New England Patriots carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots makes a tackle during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots makes a tackle during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Devon Still #75 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Devon Still #75 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Devon Still #75 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off the field after playing the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Devon Still #75 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off the field after playing the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins #85 of the New England Patriots drops a pass in the endzone against cornerback Dee Milliner #27 of the New York Jets in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins #85 of the New England Patriots drops a pass in the endzone against cornerback Dee Milliner #27 of the New York Jets in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

After a completely dry first half, the skies opened up to start the 3rd quarter in what ended up being a showing of performance that was just as sloppy as the weather that Mother Nature provided us with.

Here is my take from the home opener for the New England Patriots in week 2 against their rival, the New York Jets. Enjoy!

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Wide receiver Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots drops a pass in the second quarter against free safety Antonio Allen #39 of the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Wide receiver Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots drops a pass in the second quarter against free safety Antonio Allen #39 of the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Defensive end Michael Buchanan #99 of the New England Patriots celebrates after a sack in the second quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Defensive end Michael Buchanan #99 of the New England Patriots celebrates after a sack in the second quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Stephen Hill #84 of the New York Jets catches a pass over Alfonzo Dennard #37 of the New England Patriots in the second half during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Stephen Hill #84 of the New York Jets catches a pass over Alfonzo Dennard #37 of the New England Patriots in the second half during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Ryan Spadola #85 of the New York Jets attempts to catch a pass in front of Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots before having it knocked out of his hands during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Ryan Spadola #85 of the New York Jets attempts to catch a pass in front of Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots before having it knocked out of his hands during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Aqib Talib #31 of the New England Patriots celebrates after catching an interception in the second half against the New York Jets during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Aqib Talib #31 of the New England Patriots celebrates after catching an interception in the second half against the New York Jets during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets catches a pass against the New England Patriots in the second half during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets catches a pass against the New England Patriots in the second half during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Stephen Hill #84 of the New York Jets has his pass broken up by Aqib Talib #31 and Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Stephen Hill #84 of the New York Jets has his pass broken up by Aqib Talib #31 and Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots catches a pass in front of Antonio Allen #39 of the New York Jets in the fourth quarter during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots catches a pass in front of Antonio Allen #39 of the New York Jets in the fourth quarter during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Alfonzo Dennard #37 of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass in front of Clyde Gates #19 of the New York Jets in the fourth quarter during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Alfonzo Dennard #37 of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass in front of Clyde Gates #19 of the New York Jets in the fourth quarter during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets walks off of the field following their 10-13 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets walks off of the field following their 10-13 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (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)