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)

 

 

One of the biggest perks to living and working in a city with a large sports market is the high priority events that can come into town. This time around, it was one of my favorite events, the Gold Cup.

Here are some of my favorite images from the USA vs Costa Rica and Cuba vs Belize matches that were held at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Connecticut on July 16. Enjoy!

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)

HARTFORD, CT - JULY 16: Alianni Urgelles #14 of Cuba fouls Deon McCaulay #9 of Belize 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: Alianni Urgelles #14 of Cuba fouls Deon McCaulay #9 of Belize 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: Jorge Luis Clavelo #5 of Cuba fouls Deon McCaulay 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: Jorge Luis Clavelo #5 of Cuba fouls Deon McCaulay 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: Ariel Pedro Martinez #11 of Cuba celebrates after scoring his third goal against Belize in the second half 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: Ariel Pedro Martinez #11 of Cuba celebrates after scoring his third goal against Belize in the second half 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: Jeniel Molina #3 of Cuba celebrates after scoring a goal in the 90th minute against Belize 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: Jeniel Molina #3 of Cuba celebrates after scoring a goal in the 90th minute against Belize 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: Jeniel Molina #3 of Cuba is mobbed by his teammates after scoring a goal in the 90th minute against Belize 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: Jeniel Molina #3 of Cuba is mobbed by his teammates after scoring a goal in the 90th minute against Belize 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: A fan with a painted face poses for a portrait outside of the stadium prior to the USA vs Costa Rica 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: A fan with a painted face poses for a portrait outside of the stadium prior to the USA vs Costa Rica 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 fights for the ball against Mix Diskerud #8 of the United States in the first half 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 fights for the ball against Mix Diskerud #8 of the United States in the first half 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: Yeltsin Tejeda #17 of Costa Rica goes up for a header against Stuart Holden #11 of the United States in the first half 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: Yeltsin Tejeda #17 of Costa Rica goes up for a header against Stuart Holden #11 of the United States in the first half 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)

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)

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: Yeltsin Tejada #17 of Costa Rica reacts following their 1-0 loss to 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: Yeltsin Tejada #17 of Costa Rica reacts following their 1-0 loss to 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)

 

Three football games in three days will definitely get you in a groove. It was nice to see some old friends from Pittsburgh and was happy with a few frames at the end of the weekend. Enjoy!

Friday Night: Pittsburgh vs Connecticut

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 09: Volunteers hold up a giant American flag on the field prior to the game between the University of Connecticut Huskies and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers on November 9, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 09: Ryan Griffin #94 of the University of Connecticut Huskies leaps over Lafayette Pitts #23 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers during the game on November 9, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 09: Chandler Whitmer #10 of the University of Connecticut Huskies has the football knocked out of his hands on a hit by Andrew Taglianetti #41 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers in the second quarter during the game on November 9, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 09: Ray Graham #1 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers stiff arms Dwayne Gratz #7 of the University of Connecticut Huskies while running with the ball during the game on November 9, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 09: Shamar Stephen #59 of the University of Connecticut Huskies celebrates a defensive stop in front of Tino Sunseri #12 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers during the game on November 9, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Saturday Night: Notre Dame vs Boston College

CHESTNUT HILL, MA – NOVEMBER 10: Troy Niklas #85 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates with his teammates after catching a touchdown pass against the Boston College Eagles defense at the end of the second quarter during the game on November 10, 2012 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CHESTNUT HILL, MA – NOVEMBER 10: Everett Golson #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish dives with the ball over the Boston College Eagles defense near the goal line during the game on November 10, 2012 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CHESTNUT HILL, MA – NOVEMBER 10: Tyler Eifert #80 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish goes up to catch a pass against the Boston College Eagles during the game on November 10, 2012 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CHESTNUT HILL, MA – NOVEMBER 10: Chase Rettig #11 of the Boston College Eagles lays on the field after being knocked to the ground by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defense during the game on November 10, 2012 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

Sunday Afternoon: Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 11: C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball against the New England Patriots defense during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 11: Scott Chandler #84 of the Buffalo Bills catches a pass against the New England Patriots during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 11: Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills fumbles the football near the goal line before members of the New England Patriots recovered the ball in the second half during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 11: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots catches a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 11: Brandon Spikes #55 of the New England Patriots hits Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills before being flagged for a personal foul in the second half during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 11: Stevie Jonhson #13 of the Buffalo Bills stretches out to catch a pass against the New England Patriots during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 11: George Wilson #37 of the New England Patriots lands on his head after defending on a pass in the endzone against the Buffalo Bills during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 11: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 and David Snow #61 of the Buffalo Bills walk to the locker room after throwing an interception to Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots to end the game in the fourth quarter during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Sydney Leroux #11 of the United States takes a picture with a fan following their 2-2 draw against Germany during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Well, I had been lucky ALL of baseball season to avoid any bad rainy games. Even football season so far has been dry and warm. After covering the introduction and press conference of the new Red Sox manager, last night’s United States women’s soccer match in Connecticut against Germany made up for it when it started sprinkling during introductions and by the end of the first half was raining so hard you could barely see the pitch. However, I came prepared for a hurricane and stayed mostly dry. I can’t say the same for everyone though – especially the video guy in a suit with no rain jacket whatsoever. In the end, the US women ended the match in a 2-2 draw, with both of their games against Germany ending in a tie.

Here are the images of the other people who had no choice but to get soaked:

Abby Wambach #14 of the United States goes up for a header against Saskia Burtusiak #3 of Germany during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

 

German women’s national team head coach Silvia Neid watches her team warm up prior to the game against the United States on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Anja Mittag #11 of Germany reaches for the ball in front of Amy LePeilbet #6 of the United States during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Abby Wambach #14 of the United States celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half on a header in front of Babett Peter #4 of Germany during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Saskia Burtusiak #3 of Germany covers her face following a foul against the United States during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Dzsenifer Marozsan #14 of Germany celebrates following her goal in the second half against the United States during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tobin Heath #17, Abby Wambach #14 and members of the United States celebrates following Heath’s goal in the second half against Germany during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tobin Heath #17 of the United States celebrates following her goal in the second half against Germany during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Abby Wambach #14 of the United States covers her face in front of Annike Krahn #5 of Germany after just missing on a shot in the second half during the game on October 23, 2012 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)