Top Flight Football Through a Bottom Flight Camera

It’s Saturday afternoon at three.  Time for the football season to kick off.  Here’s a shot taken through an extremely cheap camera from last season:



Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

My contribution to this week’s challenge is a quarterback together with his coach.  Fitting with the NFL draft going on this weekend.

Canon EOS 5, Fujicolour

The Sun Sets

The sun sets across the St. James’ Park sign for one of the last times.  This sign has now been removed.  The ownership has decided to rename this ground the Sports Direct Arena ending years and years of tradition.  Although football fans up and down the country are expressing ridicule at the renaming, if it brings in enough money then the rebranding exercise could be coming to many more historic stadia.

Sports Direct are part of the group that owns the club so the owner is sponsoring himself, which just looks sad.  It was hoped that a big brand name like Nike would come in and pay lots of money but when that didn’t happen, the new name was chosen to ‘demonstrate’ how it would work.  There’s been a lot of dissatisfaction from fans and football in general and the stupid thing is that the stadium name must change back for this summer’s Olympic matches because the contracts were signed with St. James’ Park.  The only way this will ever work is with a sponsor paying £30 million and that money bringing in a new striker who gets 40 goals a season and that scenario doesn’t look very likely at the moment.

Rams and Senators

The Rams logo

The last of the photos I took at the Yorkshire Rams versus Gateshead Senators game from earlier this month.  Compared to games I watched in the late 80s / early 90s, the standard of play is much higher.  There’s more completed passes and the quarterbacks are not one man bands who run more than they pass.  Although a few lineman still fall over at the line of scrimmage as soon as the play starts, blocking is generally better.  The kicking games is not up to much, though.  Extra points are a rarity and the teams seems to go for it on fourth down a lot instead of bringing on a place kicker.  Still, the hitting is hard and the players still go for it even if the game is lost.

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So which shots are better – living colour or classic monochrome?