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Monday, September 21, 2009




All across America...in mid September...the tradition of high school football returns.

We all go to the games for different reasons. To meet up with friends...even though you may have seen them 2 hours ago in class, to return to our roots...the longer away - the stronger the yearning to revisit those awkward years perhaps a generation ago, or to show the underclassmen what you have made of yourself...Oh and also to see football!

For me it was more to watch the crowd than the football. So many different interactions from the poignant return of the newly out of boot camp marine letting the girls touch the wool of the proudly worn uniform to the incessant ATT conversations on the cell phones...even though the transmitter and reciever may have been only a few rows apart. The traditions of teenage America played out as if on some Shakespearean stage...this could be a tragedy if the home team lost or a comedy of errors if the refs made the wrong calls or an epic battle waged on the grid-iron.

Two things made the night...the "back to school" crisp air and the unhibited energy of our youth. Youth either observed or reliving our youth as if it was yesterday.

10 comments:

Cynthia L. H. said...

I'm with you. I'm a crowd watcher.
;^)

De Lly Dilettante said...

Oh I like the third picture best.

Dan Felstead said...

Cynthia...I agree...that is the most of un of being in or around a crowd! Often the most action is right in front of your eyes.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Lyl...thanks for the comment and the kind words.

Dan

...... Bobbi said...

Great action photos! You truly have an artistic eye!

Dan Felstead said...

Thank you Bobbi...I am going to visit today...wondering how your cleanup is going?

Dan

_we_the_pieces_ said...

OI whenever i go to games i sit with the JV or frosh team so they can explain it to me. i don't really enjoy football. but cool pics. i like the one of the play being run where it's partially black and white and partially color. i don't know how to describe it in better terms because of my lack of football knowledge :D

Anna said...

Not a big fan of football Dan, but I think I am a big fan of your work. Excellent. Anna :)

Dan Felstead said...

Molly thanks for stopping by again. I'm glad you enjoyed the pics even though there is a lack of interest in the game. The crowd is where its at anyway!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Anna...thanks for the comment even though no interest in football! I have to admit I don't follow it much either...I go for the chance to observe.

Dan