Remember holding magazines in your hands to read up on sports? I’m sure there are still many people that do, I’m just not really one of them. In the days of these here inhernets I find myself (and my shortened attention span) browsing RSS readers and sports sites online.
My wife got me a subscription to Sports Illustrated with the “points” she collected drinking cases of Diet Coke. I have not been a fan of the magazine since I read one that had 40 plus pages devoted to Golf. It was the best option for me on the list available though. Thumbing through the latest issue it made me think about what I have been missing.
SI has always been a leader in sports photography. Of course there is that swimsuit issue thingy. A few pages in I came across this awesome, two page photo of the Bills and Browns game played last weekend in the downpour of snow flakes. Jamal Lewis struggling for another yard surrounded by three Bills defenders. A fallen Brown and Bill face down in the snow. Photos online just don’t grab me like that. Two pages further in there was an even more powerful photo. One that reminded me just how powerful sports photography can be.
THE END OF INFAMY
“To the delight of the Dolphins success-starved fans, wide receiver Greg Camarillo scored on a 64-yard reception in overtime on Sunday to defeat the Ravens 22-16 and snap a 16-game losing steak. The victory ensured that Miami would not become the first 0-16 team in NFL history.”
I did a search for Bob Rosato’s photo but there was no luck. The scaled down online version would not do it justice anyway. The two page spread shows Camarillo crossing the goal line with an Official running behind him, in the process of raising his arms to signal a touchdown.
This was not the best thing about the photo. In fact it only makes up 1/4 of the shot. The best thing about it is the hundreds of Dolphin fans (and handful of Raven fans) that are in it. Their reaction to the moment that finally made the Dolphins season worth something. There are literally hundreds of faces telling their own story. The smiles, the open mouths screaming, I wish I could count how many had their hands raised in victory. From the jumping cheerleader to the Ravens fan with the Ray Lewis jersey on in the second row, the shot screams emotion.
If you get SI in the print edition you can see what I’m talking about. If you don’t, take a peek at one on the newsstand. Sport photography in magazines are an art form that should not be ignored.
CAN YOU DIGG IT?!?!—->