BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09: Jake Peavy #44 of the Boston Red Sox pitches to Prince Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Jake Peavy #44 of the Boston Red Sox pitches to Prince Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Inside the ballpark for a late afternoon baseball game is one of my favorite places to be. Having Fenway Park as my office makes it even better. After chasing the light for the first five innings, it was ended with one swing by one of the greatest hitters, David Ortiz.

Here are some of my favorite images from yesterday’s matinee game between the Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers. Enjoy!

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09:  Pricne Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers warms up during batting practice prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Pricne Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers warms up during batting practice prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09: Manager Ron Washington #38 of the Texas Rangers hits during batting practice prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Manager Ron Washington #38 of the Texas Rangers hits during batting practice prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09:  Robbie Ross, Jr. #46 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Robbie Ross, Jr. #46 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09: Jake Peavy #44 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Jake Peavy #44 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09:  Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox is tagged out an attempted steal by Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox is tagged out an attempted steal by Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox throws to first base against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox throws to first base against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09:  Evlis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers slides safely into home plate to score in the 8th inning past A.J. Pierzynski #40 of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Evlis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers slides safely into home plate to score in the 8th inning past A.J. Pierzynski #40 of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox watches the ball after hitting a three-run home run in the 8th inning against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox watches the ball after hitting a three-run home run in the 8th inning against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with teammates Jackie Bradley Jr. #25 and Dustin Pedroia #15 after hitting a three-run home run in the 8th inning against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with teammates Jackie Bradley Jr. #25 and Dustin Pedroia #15 after hitting a three-run home run in the 8th inning against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers reacts after mishandling a ground ball against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers reacts after mishandling a ground ball against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

 

Another Opening Series is in the books! The Boston Red Sox vs Milwaukee Brewers didn’t disappoint with some nice light and great action. Although it was a much different look than the last game in 2013 that I photographed when they became the World Series Champions. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to my favorite time of the year – baseball season!

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: A fan holds up a sign prior to the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: A fan holds up a sign prior to the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04:  Members of the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers line up along the first base line prior to the Opening Day game on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: Members of the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers line up along the first base line prior to the Opening Day game on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04:  The 2013 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox banner is draped across the Green Monster prior to the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: The 2013 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox banner is draped across the Green Monster prior to the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox shows off his World Series rings prior to the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox shows off his World Series rings prior to the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: A US Coast Guard helicopter flies over Fenway Park following the national anthem prior to the Opening Day Game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: A US Coast Guard helicopter flies over Fenway Park following the national anthem prior to the Opening Day Game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: Ryan Dempster #46 of the Boston Red Sox and his son take the field during the ring ceremony prior to the Opening Day game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: Ryan Dempster #46 of the Boston Red Sox and his son take the field during the ring ceremony prior to the Opening Day game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04:  Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox dives for a ground ball against the Milwaukee Brewers during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox dives for a ground ball against the Milwaukee Brewers during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04:  A young fan holds up a sign in between innings during the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwauee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: A young fan holds up a sign in between innings during the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwauee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: Logan Schafer #1 of the Milwaukee Brewers misses a catch in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: Logan Schafer #1 of the Milwaukee Brewers misses a catch in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: Scooter Gennett #2 and Khris Davis #18 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate after both scoring in the 9th inning against Scooter Gennett during the Openign Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: Scooter Gennett #2 and Khris Davis #18 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate after both scoring in the 9th inning against Scooter Gennett during the Openign Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox rips his glove after striking out looking against the Milwaukee Brewers during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox rips his glove after striking out looking against the Milwaukee Brewers during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 05: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox misses the ball in front of a stealing Jean Segura #9 of the Milwaukee Brewers at second base in the 8th inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 05: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox misses the ball in front of a stealing Jean Segura #9 of the Milwaukee Brewers at second base in the 8th inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after failing to throw out a member of the Milwaukee Brewers out at first base during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after failing to throw out a member of the Milwaukee Brewers out at first base during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 05: Carlos Gomez #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers is tagged out at home plate by A.J. Pierzynski #40 of the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 05: Carlos Gomez #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers is tagged out at home plate by A.J. Pierzynski #40 of the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 05: Chris Capuano #55 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after closing out the fifth inning against  the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Fenway Park on April 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 05: Chris Capuano #55 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after closing out the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Fenway Park on April 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 06: Mark Reynolds #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws from his knees in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 06: Mark Reynolds #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws from his knees in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 06: David Ross #3 of the Boston Red Sox argues a called strike in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 06: David Ross #3 of the Boston Red Sox argues a called strike in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 06:  Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox attempts to catch the throw from teammate David Ross #3 on an attempted steal by Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 8th inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 06: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox attempts to catch the throw from teammate David Ross #3 on an attempted steal by Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 8th inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 06:  Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox attempts to catch the throw from teammate David Ross #3 on an attempted steal by Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 8th inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 06: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox attempts to catch the throw from teammate David Ross #3 on an attempted steal by Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 8th inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 06: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox walks back to the dugout after flying out in the infield against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 06: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox walks back to the dugout after flying out in the infield against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The competitive drive that college athletes possess and leave out on the court is always an exciting thing to watch – especially when the NCAA basketball tournament comes around. For some, it may be the last time they ever play the game, at least on such a big stage. And for these reasons, anything can happen during March Madness. Forget the team rankings, strength of schedule, and the star players who will be top draft picks in the upcoming NBA draft. Basketball is a team game and sometimes it just comes down to who wants it more.

That was certainly the case this year, as I covered the second and third rounds of the NCAA tournament at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York alongside fellow Getty staffer Elsa Garrison. Here are some of my favorite images spanning a total of six games over two days. Enjoy!

 

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20:  Chris Wilson #24 of the Saint Joseph's Hawks goes to the basket against the Connecticut Huskies 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.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Chris Wilson #24 of the Saint Joseph’s Hawks goes to the basket against the Connecticut Huskies 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. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 22: C.J. Fair #5 of the Syracuse Orange holds the ball as Jalen Robinson #12 of the Dayton Flyers defends during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 22: C.J. Fair #5 of the Syracuse Orange holds the ball as Jalen Robinson #12 of the Dayton Flyers defends during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 22: Rakeem Christmas #25 of the Syracuse Orange takes a shot over Matt Kavanaugh #35 of the Dayton Flyers during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 22: Rakeem Christmas #25 of the Syracuse Orange takes a shot over Matt Kavanaugh #35 of the Dayton Flyers during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 22: Members of the Villanova Wildcats participate in a pregame huddle prior to the game against the Connecticut Huskies during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 22: Members of the Villanova Wildcats participate in a pregame huddle prior to the game against the Connecticut Huskies during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Austin Arians #34 and Jordan Aaron #1 of the Milwaukee Panthers celebrate against the Villanova Wildcats 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.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Austin Arians #34 and Jordan Aaron #1 of the Milwaukee Panthers celebrate against the Villanova Wildcats 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. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20:  Sam Thompson #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes gets tangled with Khari Price #0 of the Dayton Flyers under the basket 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.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Sam Thompson #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes gets tangled with Khari Price #0 of the Dayton Flyers under the basket 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. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Trevor Cooney #10 of the Syracuse Orange reacts against the Western Michigan Broncos 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.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Trevor Cooney #10 of the Syracuse Orange reacts against the Western Michigan Broncos 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. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20:  Halil Kanacevic #45 of the Saint Joseph's Hawks and Amida Brimah #35 of the Connecticut Huskies go for a rebound 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.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Halil Kanacevic #45 of the Saint Joseph’s Hawks and Amida Brimah #35 of the Connecticut Huskies go for a rebound 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. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20:  Jerami Grant #3 of the Syracuse Orange blocks a shot by Shayne Whittington #21 of the Western Michigan Broncos 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.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Jerami Grant #3 of the Syracuse Orange blocks a shot by Shayne Whittington #21 of the Western Michigan Broncos 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. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies goes up for a layup against the Saint Joseph's Hawks 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. The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Saint Joseph's Hawks 89-81. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies goes up for a layup against the Saint Joseph’s Hawks 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. The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Saint Joseph’s Hawks 89-81. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 22: Jerami Grant #3 of the Syracuse Orange and Jordan Sibert #24 of the Dayton Flyers battle for a loose ball during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 22: Jerami Grant #3 of the Syracuse Orange and Jordan Sibert #24 of the Dayton Flyers battle for a loose ball during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20:  Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies goes to the basket as Ronald Roberts, Jr. #13 of the Saint Joseph's Hawks defends 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.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies goes to the basket as Ronald Roberts, Jr. #13 of the Saint Joseph’s Hawks defends 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. (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.  (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. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 22:  The Dayton Flyers celebrate after defeating the Syracuse Orange 55-53 in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 22: The Dayton Flyers celebrate after defeating the Syracuse Orange 55-53 in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a year! A Stanley Cup and a World Series in my backyard here in Boston. A 20-year playoff drought for my Pittsburgh Pirates finally ended. And I documented an awful tragedy that had the overwhelming healing and support of its community and the very sports teams I photograph on a daily basis. Immediately following that was an inspiring showcase of talent and determination of the Wounded Warriors Amputee softball team that was put on display at Fenway Park against the men and women who were among the first responders on April 15th on near the finish line on Boylston Street.

For many, I’m sure that looking at sports photographs is merely for entertainments sake. Some, because of the raw power, skill, and emotion it shows that watching on television or in person may not be able to convey. But for the few who reached out and called, emailed, etc, because they were moved by my pictures for whatever reason, that to me is the best feeling and what I hope to accomplish every day as a photographer. Those messages help solidify why I do what I do for a living.

And as always, I appreciate the ever-continuing support from the photo community that I’m so lucky to be a part of every day.

So, to recap the year that was, here are some of my favorite images from 2013. Enjoy & Happy New Year!

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 24: The New England Patriots take the field against the Denver Broncos before a game at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 24: The New England Patriots take the field against the Denver Broncos before a game at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 12: Members of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds practice during training at Highmark Stadium on April 12, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 12: Members of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds practice during training at Highmark Stadium on April 12, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, AL - MAY 05: Trevor Bayne, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, leaves a trail of smoke after blowing an engine during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5, 2013 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, AL – MAY 05: Trevor Bayne, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, leaves a trail of smoke after blowing an engine during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5, 2013 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 15: Stephen Drew #7 of the Boston Red Sox dives but comes up short for a ball hit down the third base line against the New York Yankees during the game on September 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 15: Stephen Drew #7 of the Boston Red Sox dives but comes up short for a ball hit down the third base line against the New York Yankees during the game on September 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 4:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics spills into the fans sitting in the court side seats before flipping over a chair after attempting to grab a loose ball against the Indiana Pacers during the game on January 4, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kevin Garnett

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 4: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics spills into the fans sitting in the court side seats before flipping over a chair after attempting to grab a loose ball against the Indiana Pacers during the game on January 4, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (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)

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the on deck circle during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 14: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the on deck circle during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20:  Brandon Lloyd #85 of the New England Patriots misses a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – JANUARY 20: Brandon Lloyd #85 of the New England Patriots misses a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MAY 18: A member of the Chesapeake Bayhawks runs off of the field prior to the game against the Boston Cannons on May 18, 2013 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MAY 18: A member of the Chesapeake Bayhawks runs off of the field prior to the game against the Boston Cannons on May 18, 2013 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JULY 31: Fans watch the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners in the 4th inning as the sun sets during the game on July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 31: Fans watch the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners in the 4th inning as the sun sets during the game on July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01:  Jason Grilli #39 and Russell Martin #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate their 6 to 2 win over the Cincinnati Reds during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 01: Jason Grilli #39 and Russell Martin #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate their 6 to 2 win over the Cincinnati Reds during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT - JULY 16: Brek Shea #23 of the United States celebrates his goal after scoring late in the second half against Costa Rica during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT – JULY 16: Brek Shea #23 of the United States celebrates his goal after scoring late in the second half against Costa Rica during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 29:  Terrence Williams #55 of the Boston Celtics dunks the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter during the game on March 29, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MARCH 29: Terrence Williams #55 of the Boston Celtics dunks the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter during the game on March 29, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Patrice Bergeron #37, Tyler Seguin #19, and Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins celebrate following Bergeron's game-winning overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MAY 13: Patrice Bergeron #37, Tyler Seguin #19, and Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins celebrate following Bergeron’s game-winning overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08:  Shakim Phillips #8 of the Connecticut Huskies makes a catch in the fourth quarter in front of Calvin Pryor #25 of the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Shakim Phillips #8 of the Connecticut Huskies makes a catch in the fourth quarter in front of Calvin Pryor #25 of the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 15: US Womens National midfielder Kristie Mewis #8 celebrates with teammates following her goal in the first half against Korea Republic during the game at Gillette Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – JUNE 15: US Womens National midfielder Kristie Mewis #8 celebrates with teammates following her goal in the first half against Korea Republic during the game at Gillette Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Mike Napoli #12 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammates at home plate after hitting a walk-off home run in the 11th inning against the New York Yankees during the game on July 22, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mike Napoli #12 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammates at home plate after hitting a walk-off home run in the 11th inning against the New York Yankees during the game on July 22, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 03:  Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers misses an attempted pass in the endzone in front of Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 03: Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers misses an attempted pass in the endzone in front of Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JULY 24: Felix Doubront #22 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays as the sun sets over Fenway Park in the fourth inning during the game on July 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 24: Felix Doubront #22 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays as the sun sets over Fenway Park in the fourth inning during the game on July 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT - JULY 16: Celso Borges #5 of Costa Rica takes a corner kick in the first half against the United States during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT – JULY 16: Celso Borges #5 of Costa Rica takes a corner kick in the first half against the United States during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MAY 1: Leo Komarov #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs attempts to continue fighting Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins by grabbing his arm after having his jersey pulled over his head in the final seconds of the third period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MAY 1: Leo Komarov #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs attempts to continue fighting Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins by grabbing his arm after having his jersey pulled over his head in the final seconds of the third period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 24: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate following their 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins during Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final on June 24, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 24: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate following their 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins during Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final on June 24, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Liam Sallquist #15 of the Connecticut Huskies runs onto the field prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Liam Sallquist #15 of the Connecticut Huskies runs onto the field prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 6, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 06: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 6, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 16: Kevin Ogletree #85 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reaches but misses a catch in front of Justin Green #41 of the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 16: Kevin Ogletree #85 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reaches but misses a catch in front of Justin Green #41 of the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19:  Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox defeated the Tigers 5-2 to clinch the ALCS in six games.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 19: Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox defeated the Tigers 5-2 to clinch the ALCS in six games. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02:  Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox lays the World Series trophy and the 'Boston Strong 617' jersey onto the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox lays the World Series trophy and the ‘Boston Strong 617′ jersey onto the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 19: Gregory Reynolds #5 of the Wounded Warriors Amputee softball team catches a fly ball before throwing off his glove and throwing the ball with the same hand during the game against the Boston Marathon first responders on August 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 19: Gregory Reynolds #5 of the Wounded Warriors Amputee softball team catches a fly ball before throwing off his glove and throwing the ball with the same hand during the game against the Boston Marathon first responders on August 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, 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)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Neymar #10 of Brazil walks off of the field and through the tunnel past cheering fans following their 3-1 win against Portugal during the international friendly match at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 10: Neymar #10 of Brazil walks off of the field and through the tunnel past cheering fans following their 3-1 win against Portugal during the international friendly match at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

Last night I had the chance to photograph one of the best athletes in college football, Teddy Bridgewater of the Louisville Cardinals, take on the winless University of Connecticut football team in Hartford.

Here are some of my favorites from the game…

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08:  Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals warms up prior to the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals warms up prior to the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Liam Sallquist #15 of the Connecticut Huskies runs onto the field prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Liam Sallquist #15 of the Connecticut Huskies runs onto the field prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals yells to his lineman against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field in the first quarter during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals yells to his lineman against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field in the first quarter during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

 EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Brandon Radcliff #23 of the Louisville Cardinals hits Cole Wagner #86 of the Connecticut Huskies before it is blocked and returned for a touchdown in the first quarter at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Brandon Radcliff #23 of the Louisville Cardinals hits Cole Wagner #86 of the Connecticut Huskies before it is blocked and returned for a touchdown in the first quarter at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Geremy Davis #85 of the Connecticut Huskies catches a pass in the fourth quarter in front of Terell Floyd #19 of the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Geremy Davis #85 of the Connecticut Huskies catches a pass in the fourth quarter in front of Terell Floyd #19 of the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

 EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals scrambles with the ball against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field in the second half during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals scrambles with the ball against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field in the second half during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Head coach Charlie Strong of the Louisville Cardinals reacts from the sideline in the second half against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Head coach Charlie Strong of the Louisville Cardinals reacts from the sideline in the second half against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Head coach T.J. Weist of the Connecticut Huskies yells to the referees in the first quarter against the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Head coach T.J. Weist of the Connecticut Huskies yells to the referees in the first quarter against the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Charles Gaines #3 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates his interception in front of Shakim Phillips #8 of the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Charles Gaines #3 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates his interception in front of Shakim Phillips #8 of the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Geremy Davis #85 of the Connecticut Huskies misses a pass in front of Charles Gaines #3 of the Louisville Cardinals in the first quarter at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Geremy Davis #85 of the Connecticut Huskies misses a pass in front of Charles Gaines #3 of the Louisville Cardinals in the first quarter at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Connecticut Huskies fans wear bags on their heads in the second quarter against the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Connecticut Huskies fans wear bags on their heads in the second quarter against the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Shakim Phillips #8 of the Connecticut Huskies makes a catch in the fourth quarter in front of Calvin Pryor #25 of the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Shakim Phillips #8 of the Connecticut Huskies makes a catch in the fourth quarter in front of Calvin Pryor #25 of the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Gerald Christian #18 of the Louisville Cardinals is tackled by Byron James #16 of the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Gerald Christian #18 of the Louisville Cardinals is tackled by Byron James #16 of the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Terell Floyd #19 and Charles Gaines #3 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrate following Floyd's interception in the endzone in the fourth quarter against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Terell Floyd #19 and Charles Gaines #3 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrate following Floyd’s interception in the endzone in the fourth quarter against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: A fan of the Connecticut Huskies sits by himself in the stands late in the second half against the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: A fan of the Connecticut Huskies sits by himself in the stands late in the second half against the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)