Thursday, November 29, 2007

I <3 John Pelphrey

Arkansas' new basketball coach John Pelphrey is a dream coach for sports photographers. The man loses it and I mean LOSES IT in the coaches box. He is a complete 180 from the stiff Stan Heath was in the box. The photo above just screams at you. If you didn't know he was a basketball coach you'd think his head was full of ants or something. I love this man. Not in a funny, Judy Garland fan sort of way. More like the John Wayne, hey man let me buy you a beer and tip that dancer for you sort of way.

It's going to be a great season.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Hawgs Illustrated: Final November Issue

This cover from the MIssissippi State game is a week late getting posted, but since I've shown every other cover so far this football season I figured I'd post it anyway. This issue was the last weekly for the Razorbacks' 2007 football season. The next issue will be in a couple of weeks and will feature the LSU game as well as Nutt's resignation. It certainly has been an interesting week for Arkansas football.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Test Shots

The Arkansas media circus gathered at the Broyles Complex in Fayetteville tonight for Houston Nutt's much-anticipated resignation as the Razorbacks' football coach. I snapped a few funpix of the local photo hooligans in attendance for the scrum while checking my exposure. Amelia Phillips and Dan Hale (a.k.a. Mr. and Mrs. Hale) and Andy Shupe were there.

Shupe, again, with Beth Hall. She hates having her photo taken. She told me that several times. (Hi Beth!)

Waiting for Nutt. (Hi Beth!)

Dan throws some metal. Metal rules you know.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Boot Returns to Fayetteville

Arkansas knocked off No. 1 LSU yesterday in triple overtime in front of a crowd of 92, 606 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. The win brought "The Golden Boot" back to Fayetteville for the first time since the Razorbacks last beat the Tigers in 2002.

I have to say I get my own satisfaction in watching 92,000 plus Tiger fans, I doubt there were more than 500 Razorback fans in the place, silently filing out of "Death Valley" after a defeat. I don't necessarily hate LSU, I just HATE their fans. LSU fans by themselves or in small numbers are tolerable. Over 92,000 of them is ridiculous. They're the most hateful, venomous group of fans in college football. I guess what makes it personal is they even trash talk, and cuss, the visiting photographers on the sideline. Of course this hate excludes the great group of LSU fans Zac and I bummed beers off of in the parking lot after the game. Cheers losers.

In other news, guess who'll probably be coaching at Arkansas again next year. Houton Nutt saved his job yesterday. How can you fire a coach that finished the season at 8-4 and knocked off the No. 1 team in the college football? The job is his to walk away from now.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Recent Work: Portraits

Dwight Chalmers, music and sound designer for The Listen Laboratory in Fayetteville, Ark.

Daniel Sanker, president/CEO of Case Stack in Rogers, Ark.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Hawgs Illustrated: Second November Issue

The latest greatest issue of HI. Just one more weekly issue for the season and then things slow down for the magazine. The football season has been a blur. Nov. 23 seemed like a long way's off on Sept. 1. Now the Hogs' last regular-season game is next week. The Razorbacks play Mississippi State tomorrow in Little Rock. They need to get a win against the Bulldogs to get a lock for a bowl game. Otherwise it's a must-win at LSU, and we all know the chances of that happening.

Game 10: Arkansas 13, Tennessee 34

Saturday's game in Knoxville was a disaster for the Hogs and myself, to some extent. I was using a loaner Nikon D2H from NPS on my 400mm and the thing was completely unreliable. Most of my frames were soft. Here are a few that were usable. The lead is of course with my RELIABLE Canon 1D and 70-200. I wish I could say I enjoyed my trip to Knoxville more, but when the gear ain't working right I could be at Hooters girls touch football game and still be pissed. OK, that's a bit extreme, but I'd still be pouting. Just a tiny bit.

So Z-Man and I both had the shot above of Michael Smith's dive for a touchdown. Thanks to the bunk D2H I was using this frame was a bit soft, too soft for HI's doubletruck. So I gave the doubletruck to Zac and his frame from this play. There, you happy Zac. I said it. Your's was better. (;

I joked about it on Nathan's blog earlier this week, but I still believe Smokey IX was booing coach Nutt from across the field.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Arkansas Basketball Portraits

Here are those Arkansas baseketball media day portraits I mentioned before. The above photo of Patrick Beverley also ran in the recent issue along with Darian Townes' portrait below. The rest of these portraits have been spread out of the last several issues. There are a couple more I'd like to show but they haven't been published yet, so I'll post them later. Didn't do anything special with these. A light or two and an athlete. I'm pleased with them. I've got a great shot of Charles Thomas bringing on the "Manimal," but that's one of those I can't show yet.

Darian Townes

Steven Hill. I think I was standing on a chair and he was still taller than me.

Gary Ervin

Vincent Hunter

Friday, November 9, 2007

Hawgs Illustrated: Basketball Preview

Hawgs' Basketball Preview issue hit the stands this week. I had a lot of fun getting this issue together. Kai Caddy did an awesome job designing the magazine throughout. There are several portraits inside I shot back on media day for the issue, which includes the cover photo of Patrick Beverley. I plan on posting the portraits as soon as I can get around to it. Stay Tuned.

Game Nine: Arkansas 48, South Carolina 36

The Hogs pulled out their second SEC win of the year against South Carolina on Saturday. Arkansas literally ran over South Carloina with 542 yards of rushing. Darren McFadden broke the school record and tied the SEC record for rushing yards in a single game with 321 yards and one touchdown. The win was big for the Razorbacks and hopefully will give them the momentum they need to put more W's up over the last three games of the season.

Felix Jones had 166 yards and three touchdowns.

Marcus Monk got his second TD of the season.

Arkansas' defense got the job done against South Carolina. The Gamecocks did rack up 364 passing yards, but the Razorback defense kept enough pressure on Mitchell to disrupt his rhythm for most of the game.

D-Mac flexes for a national television audience watching on the deuce following his game-sealing 80-yard touchdown run. McFadden jumped back on the Heisman radar with his performance against the Gamecocks.

I'm off to Knoxville tomorrow for the Hogs' game against Tennessee. This game could go either way. The 104,000 screaming fans at Neyland Stadium could be the difference in this game. I'll have my earplugs in for this one. Not so much for the fan noise, I just don't want to hear "Rocky Top" being played for three plus hours.