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Rain, Redskins and dogs.

Yesterday Director o’ Photography Dave Ellis and I drove up to FedEx Field for the Redskins/Giants game. On Saturday I covered a state semifinal football game and it was beautiful. Yesterday, not so much. I woke up to rain. Cold, persistent and unyielding. I felt a little like Forrest Gump in Vietnam…  Anyway, weather often makes things more interesting, if unpleasant, to cover. Yesterday, though, it just made things a little miserable. It probably didn’t help but wherever I was, the action typically seemed to go the other way. Dave, however, shot a good game. Here’s the slideshow.

It seemed like the Skins just couldn’t quite make things happen and stop the Giants when they really needed to or get that single extra yard for a first down. A good example is this sequence of Carlos Rogers and LaRon Landry trying to tackle Kevin Boss:

skins sequence

Dave got a nice shot of the play from the front:

Tight end Kevin Boss hurdles cornerback Carlos Rogers and  LaRon Landry on 24-yard catch and run during the first quarter at FedEx Field on Sunday. (photo by Dave Ellis)
Tight end Kevin Boss hurdles cornerback Carlos Rogers and LaRon Landry on 24-yard catch and run during the first quarter at FedEx Field on Sunday. (photo by Dave Ellis)

Typically I’ll shoot with three cameras – one with a wideangle around my neck in case things get REALLY close, one with a 70-200 zoom and one with my main lens, a 400mm. When it rains, however, I sometimes shift to two bodies, dropping the wideangle. It can be difficult wrangling cameras when they are wrapped in rain gear. As usual, the sidelines were pretty busy and very muddy.

Luckily we had hot dogs to lighten our damp spirits in the workroom. Nothing like a hot dog on a cold day, right?  Wikipedia defines a hot dog as such:

A hot dog is a type of fully-cooked, cured and/or smoked moist sausage of soft, even texture and flavor. It is usually placed hot in a soft, sliced hot dog bun of approximately the same length as the sausage, and optionally garnished with condiments and toppings.

I guess in Landover, fully cooked is translated as burned on the outside and lukewarm or cold on the inside. From the USDA (emphasis is mine):

The same general food safety guidelines apply to hot dogs as to all perishable products — "Keep hot food hot and cold food cold." Although all hot dogs are fully cooked, always reheat before eating. Use a food thermometer to make sure hot dogs reach 165 °F or are steamy hot throughout.

And, of course, never leave hot dogs at room temperature for more than 2 hours and no more than 1 hour when the temperature goes above 90 °F.

A few brave souls grab some dogs after the Skins/Giants game. That's a solid 4 hours after these bad boys were delivered to the work area. Nasty!
A few brave souls grab some dogs after the Skins/Giants game. That is a good four hours after they were delivered to the work room. Nasty!

I’m pretty sure these hot dogs were never 165 degrees. Anyway, another enjoyable day at FedEx Field!  Actually I am serious – I do enjoy covering the games though it seems like the last couple I’ve been on the short end of the stick when it comes to being in the right place at the right time. What I can’t decide is it just bad luck or do I need to reevaluate the way I work…  Well, I’ve got a week to figure that out before next week’s game in Baltimore. By the way, thank you to the genius who invented flexible scheduling – what was supposed to be an nice afternoon game is now a primetime, cold, pushing-the-deadline-envelope game.

Ugh, I must be a masochist!

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