My earliest memory of Monday Night Football was the sounds of Al Michaels and Dan Dierdorf’s voices coming from the turn-dial color television in the family room of my family’s first house. It was a small little TV with rabbit ears shooting out from behind the set. I was too young to really understand football, but I remember watching it with my parents, and crashing into the couch with my nerf Seahawks football, which I still have.
A couple years later, I was in the basement of our new home, watching it with my dad on a little black and white turn-dial. It happened to be the Monday Night game when Bo Jackson, one of the greatest Raider running backs of all time, busted his 80+ yard run in the Kingdome. That sucked.
But I do remember beginning to dream of the day I would stand on the sidelines of the Kingdome as an NFL photographer. Unfortunately the Kingdome was blown up. But Century Link Field isn’t half bad. Especially when it is [again] the loudest outdoor sports arena in the world. Yup, we set the Guiness record again. And on Monday Night? You woulda thought it was a Superbowl game played at home with all the pregame anticipation.
I love the Saints. Always have. Even when they were the ‘Aints’. But when they won the Superbowl a few years ago on my birthday, it was almost as awesome as if the Seahawks had won. Obviously, I love the Seahawks a lot more. But when the opportunity came up to shoot the Seahawks versus the Saints, the 2 best teams in the NFL, my dream was about to come true; 24 years in the making. I have shot a few other games up to this point, but this one takes the cake.
I was hired to simply capture the game from the fan experience. Meaning I use smaller lenses, climb up and down the aisles of the enture stadium, and just shoot what I see.
Oh, and there was another earthquake. UW Seismologists confirmed that #BennettQuake is real.