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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson leaps into the endzone for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter in front of Cole Champion #5 of the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson leaps into the endzone for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter in front of Cole Champion #5 of the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson runs back a punt into the Yale Bulldogs territory in the first half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson runs back a punt into the Yale Bulldogs territory in the first half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson catches a pass in front of Jason Alessi #19 of the Yale Bulldogs before running into the endzone for a touchdown second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson catches a pass in front of Jason Alessi #19 of the Yale Bulldogs before running into the endzone for a touchdown second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Marty Moesta #99 of the Yale Bulldogs celebrates after recovering a fumble in the fourth quarter against the Harvard Crimson in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Marty Moesta #99 of the Yale Bulldogs celebrates after recovering a fumble in the fourth quarter against the Harvard Crimson in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Anthony Firkser #42 of the Harvard Crimson runs with the ball past Carl Kreitzberg #54 of the Yale Bulldogs in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Anthony Firkser #42 of the Harvard Crimson runs with the ball past Carl Kreitzberg #54 of the Yale Bulldogs in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: The student section for the Yale Bulldogs strip down to their underwear revelaing 'Harvard Sucks' underwear in the second half against the Harvard Crimson during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: The student section for the Yale Bulldogs strip down to their underwear revelaing ‘Harvard Sucks’ underwear in the second half against the Harvard Crimson during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson catches a pass in front of Jason Alessi #19 of the Yale Bulldogs before running into the endzone for a touchdown second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson catches a pass in front of Jason Alessi #19 of the Yale Bulldogs before running into the endzone for a touchdown second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson is lifted in the air by teammate Michael Mancinelli #66 following Fischer's game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson is lifted in the air by teammate Michael Mancinelli #66 following Fischer’s game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Morgan Roberts #19 of the Yale Bulldogs lines up under center in the red zone against the Harvard Crimson in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Morgan Roberts #19 of the Yale Bulldogs lines up under center in the red zone against the Harvard Crimson in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Tyler Varga #30 of the Yale Bulldogs reaches for a touchdown in the second half past Norman Hayes #7 of the Harvard Crimson during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Tyler Varga #30 of the Yale Bulldogs reaches for a touchdown in the second half past Norman Hayes #7 of the Harvard Crimson during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Scott Peters #44 of the Harvard Crimson celebrates following his interception with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter against the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Scott Peters #44 of the Harvard Crimson celebrates following his interception with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter against the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Conner Hempel #14 of the Harvard Crimson celebrates on the field with fans following their 31-24 win against the Yale Bulldogs at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Conner Hempel #14 of the Harvard Crimson celebrates on the field with fans following their 31-24 win against the Yale Bulldogs at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Harvard Crimson fans celebrate after rushing the field following their 31-24 win against the Yale Bulldogs at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Harvard Crimson fans celebrate after rushing the field following their 31-24 win against the Yale Bulldogs at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  A general view before a game between the New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: A general view before a game between the New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions makes a diving catch for a first down as Brandon Browner #39 of the New England Patriots defends during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions makes a diving catch for a first down as Brandon Browner #39 of the New England Patriots defends during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots carries the ball after a catch during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots carries the ball after a catch during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions passes the ball during the first quater against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions passes the ball during the first quater against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots reacts after a game against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots reacts after a game against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
EAST HARTFORD, CT - DECEMBER 06: Darius Joseph #18 of the SMU Mustangs hurdles Javon Hadley #11 of the Connecticut Huskies in front of his teammate, Graham Stewart #2 in the second half after catching a pass during the game at Rentschler Field on December 6, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
EAST HARTFORD, CT – DECEMBER 06: Darius Joseph #18 of the SMU Mustangs hurdles Javon Hadley #11 of the Connecticut Huskies in front of his teammate, Graham Stewart #2 in the second half after catching a pass during the game at Rentschler Field on December 6, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
EAST HARTFORD, CT - DECEMBER 06:  Horace Richardson #9 of the SMU Mustangs intercepts a pass in front of Geremy Davis #85 of the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter during the game at Rentschler Field on December 6, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
EAST HARTFORD, CT – DECEMBER 06: Horace Richardson #9 of the SMU Mustangs intercepts a pass in front of Geremy Davis #85 of the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter during the game at Rentschler Field on December 6, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)