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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)
A general view of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden grounds is seen from stadium 1 in Indian Wells, California on Saturday, March 14, 2015. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
A general view of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden grounds is seen from stadium 1 in Indian Wells, California on Saturday, March 14, 2015.
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)

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.

And because of this, yinz get a double dose of blog posts, starting with my pictures of a place much warmer than Pittsburgh…

Novak Djokovic practices at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 12, 2015.
Novak Djokovic practices at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 12, 2015.
Fans look on during practice at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 11, 2015. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Fans look on during practice at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 11, 2015.
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
2015 BNP PARIBAS OPEN
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Rafael Nadal greets fans following his practice at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 12, 2015. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Rafael Nadal greets fans following his practice at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Tuesday, March 12, 2015.
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Serena Williams in action against Monica Niculescu during their match at Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Friday, March 13, 2015. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Serena Williams in action against Monica Niculescu during their match at Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Friday, March 13, 2015.
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Serena Williams in action against Monica Niculescu during their match at Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Friday, March 13, 2015. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Serena Williams in action against Monica Niculescu during their match at Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Friday, March 13, 2015.
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Serena Williams in action against Monica Niculescu during their match at Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Friday, March 13, 2015. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Serena Williams in action against Monica Niculescu during their match at Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Friday, March 13, 2015.
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Serena Williams in action against Monica Niculescu during their match at Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Friday, March 13, 2015. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Serena Williams in action against Monica Niculescu during their match at Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Friday, March 13, 2015.
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
2015 BNP PARIBAS OPEN
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
2015 BNP PARIBAS OPEN
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Roger Federer greets fans following his practice at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Friday, March 13, 2015. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Roger Federer greets fans following his practice at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Friday, March 13, 2015.
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
2015 BNP PARIBAS OPEN
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
2015 BNP PARIBAS OPEN
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Rafael Nadal poses for a picture with a fan following his practice at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Saturday, March 14, 2015. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Rafael Nadal poses for a picture with a fan following his practice at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Saturday, March 14, 2015.
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
2015 BNP PARIBAS OPEN
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
2015 BNP PARIBAS OPEN
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 14: Cheerleaders perform on the court prior to the game between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the North Carolina Tarheels during the game at Petersen Events Center on February 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – FEBRUARY 14: Cheerleaders perform on the court prior to the game between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the North Carolina Tarheels during the game at Petersen Events Center on February 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Although it looks likely that Pittsburgh won’t play in the NCAA tournament that local college Duquesne University will be hosting, they put on a good show at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday afternoon with their lopsided win against #12 ranked North Carolina. The Oakland Zoo showed up in full force as usual and made for a great, loud atmosphere.

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

PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 14: Nate Britt #0 of the North Carolina Tarheels is fouled as he falls to the ground in the first half against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game at Petersen Events Center on February 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – FEBRUARY 14: Nate Britt #0 of the North Carolina Tarheels is fouled as he falls to the ground in the first half against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game at Petersen Events Center on February 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 14: Sheldon Jeter #21 of the Pittsburgh Panthers celebrates following his shot in the first half against the North Carolina Tarheels during the game at Petersen Events Center on February 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – FEBRUARY 14: Sheldon Jeter #21 of the Pittsburgh Panthers celebrates following his shot in the first half against the North Carolina Tarheels during the game at Petersen Events Center on February 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 14: J.P. Tokoto #13 of the North Carolina Tarheels drives the baseline past Jamel Artis #1 of the Pittsburgh Panthers in the first half during the game at Petersen Events Center on February 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – FEBRUARY 14: J.P. Tokoto #13 of the North Carolina Tarheels drives the baseline past Jamel Artis #1 of the Pittsburgh Panthers in the first half during the game at Petersen Events Center on February 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 14: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tarheels looks on in the second half against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game at Petersen Events Center on February 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – FEBRUARY 14: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tarheels looks on in the second half against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game at Petersen Events Center on February 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 14: Isaiah Hicks #22 of the North Carolina Tarheels attempts to pass the ball while defended by Michael Young #2 of the Pittsburgh Panthers in the second half during the game at Petersen Events Center on February 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – FEBRUARY 14: Isaiah Hicks #22 of the North Carolina Tarheels attempts to pass the ball while defended by Michael Young #2 of the Pittsburgh Panthers in the second half during the game at Petersen Events Center on February 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Well, I’m a little behind on posting my favorite images of 2014. But between working, packing, moving to Pittsburgh, and that little ‘blizzard’ we had in Boston, I only ended up entering one contest – the Boston Press Photographers Association contest.

That’s one of the best contest’s I’ve ever entered. Why? Because at the end of the year you get to put your work up next to your friends who covered a lot of the same events in the same city. It’s the best way, I think, to see how well your year came out. And because it includes so many people who care about pictures and photojournalism, it was an honor to be a part of that group of folks in New England.

Onto the next chapter in life! Enjoy the pictures…

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11: A competitor in the Freestyle Skiing Women's Ski Slopestyle Qualification on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
SOCHI, RUSSIA – FEBRUARY 11: A competitor in the Freestyle Skiing Women’s Ski Slopestyle Qualification on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16:  Chris Ivory #33 of the New York Jets is knocked out of bounds short of the goal line during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 16: Chris Ivory #33 of the New York Jets is knocked out of bounds short of the goal line during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after losing to the Dayton Flyers 60-59 in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.
BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after losing to the Dayton Flyers 60-59 in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.
FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 06:  Javier Hernandez #14 of Mexico is fouled by Neto #14 of Portugal in the second half during the international friendly match at Gillette Stadium on June 6, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
FOXBORO, MA – JUNE 06: Javier Hernandez #14 of Mexico is fouled by Neto #14 of Portugal in the second half during the international friendly match at Gillette Stadium on June 6, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
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)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 21:  Simone Biles competes on the balance beam section of the senior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 21: Simone Biles competes on the balance beam section of the senior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
BOSTON, MA - MAY 18: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on May 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
BOSTON, MA – MAY 18: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on May 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 27:  Teuvo Teravainen #86 of the Chicago Blackhawks hits Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins in the first period during the game at TD Garden on March 27, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
BOSTON, MA – MARCH 27: Teuvo Teravainen #86 of the Chicago Blackhawks hits Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins in the first period during the game at TD Garden on March 27, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: Donothan Bailey competes on the high bar in the senior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 24: Donothan Bailey competes on the high bar in the senior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Lasan Kromah #20 of the Connecticut Huskies and Langston Galloway #10 of the Saint Joseph's Hawks colllide during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.
BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Lasan Kromah #20 of the Connecticut Huskies and Langston Galloway #10 of the Saint Joseph’s Hawks colllide during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 14:  Jarvis Landry #14 of the Miami Dolphins warms up before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
FOXBORO, MA – DECEMBER 14: Jarvis Landry #14 of the Miami Dolphins warms up before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 12:  Jason Brown performs during the Smucker's Skating Spectacular following the Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden on January 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 12: Jason Brown performs during the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular following the Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden on January 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11: A competitor in the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
SOCHI, RUSSIA – FEBRUARY 11: A competitor in the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Yale v Harvard
BOSTON, MA - JULY 28: The sunset is seen from the Green Monster in the third inning between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays during the game at Fenway Park on July 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
BOSTON, MA – JULY 28: The sunset is seen from the Green Monster in the third inning between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays during the game at Fenway Park on July 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.