Monthly Archives: February 2013

Calvin and Hobbes are real!?

Well no, not really… but kind of.  Since I was a kid I’ve always been a fan of Calvin and Hobbes.  In recent years, going back and reading the books again definitely gives them a lot more meaning, and are by far funnier than they used to be (because I’m older and wiser; right?).  Calvin and Hobbes first appeared in 1985.  Calvin was a six-year old boy, and Hobbes was his stuffed (read: plush) tiger, and they would go on all sorts of adventures together.

Calvin and Hobbes in the real world. Image credit to Michael S. Den Beste.

I came across a very cool article by PetaPixel on some photographs with Calvin and Hobbes photoshopped into them by photographer Michael S. Den Beste.  Very cool stuff, I must say.

Calvin and Hobbes in the real world. Image credit to Michael S. Den Beste.

Calvin and Hobbes in the real world. Image credit to Michael S. Den Beste.

Calvin and Hobbes in the real world. Image credit to Michael S. Den Beste.

Calvin and Hobbes in the real world. Image credit to Michael S. Den Beste.

Check out the full article and more images here on PetaPixel’s page.  Also, in 1985… I was 6 years old too… so Calvin “is now” my age (33).  Damn that’s weird.

Marian Gaborik’s hand-eye.

This happened a few weeks ago, but it still needs to be shared.  The animated GIF below was to cap off a hat-trick, if I recall correctly.  (New York Rangers Right Wing) Marian Gaborik’s hand-eye coordination ain’t bad eh?  :)

Marian Gaborik’s hand eye coordination.

Pittsburgh Penguins honor Military Vets

The Pittsburgh Penguins showing more class, and honoring Military Vets during their morning skate yesterday.  I love hearing things like this.

Read the full article here:  http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=657214&navid=DL

Do you believe in Miracles?

Today there’s just one thing to ask.  Do you believe in Miracles?

Do you believe in Miracles?

Do you believe in Miracles? (image credit: hamdangledhockey.tumblr.com )

Pavel Datsyuk beats six Nashville Predators in one play.

There’s not a whole lot one can say about the moves of Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk.  Most of the time when I see highlights of him, I wind up saying “WHAT!?” and then hit rewind.  He’s one of the few players that see the game in slow motion, as he goes top-speed.  Fair?  No.  Fun to watch?  Absolutely.

Here he is last night (Feb 19, 2013) undressing the Nashville Predators (who ended up winning in Overtime).

Dubuque Fighting Saints practice.

Dubuque Fighting Saints huddle

Dubuque Fighting Saints huddle

I recently received the okay from Coach Montgomery and the front office to head down to Dubuque to photograph a Fighting Saints practice.  Shooting this much hockey is a far cry from what I expected, or even thought would happen near the beginning of this hockey season, but I’ve been creating opportunities for months now, and this one has had me the most excited.  Okay, being up in the rafters in Greenville, SC  was pretty damn awesome, but still.  :)

Fighting Saints forward Jarrid Privitera hustling during drills.

Fighting Saints forward Jarrid Privitera hustling during drills.

Arriving early is something I just do; been doing it my entire life.  So when I got to the Mystique Community Ice Center, I texted the equipment manager, met him by the benches, and talked over what I had planned for the day.  I didn’t want to intrude on the operations of anything at all, so I was just going to be staying on the bench and shooting from there.  I’ve been on the ice a number of times for camps and things like that, and it really does yield the best images being ON the ice with everyone, but with such a high-tempo practice from an incredible team, I figured it’d be best (if not only for my own safety) to just stay on the bench.  Besides, I’ve only been hit by one puck while shooting on the ice *knocks on wood* and I’d sorta like to keep it that way.

Fighting Saints defenseman Matt Benning flexing the stick for all it's worth.

Fighting Saints defenseman Matt Benning flexing the stick for all it’s worth.

As of this writing, the Saints are 34-6-3 this season.  Their six losses are only half that of the next best team (Sioux Falls).  So once the guys were out and loose for a few minutes, the coach came out and got things underway without wasting any time.  Whatever works!

Fighting Saints forward Dylan Gambrell taking the ice during practice.

Fighting Saints forward Dylan Gambrell taking the ice during practice.

Ice hockey is incredibly fast.  When you watch it on tv, it’s hard to get a grasp of just how fast that is.  When you’re at a game you say to yourself “wow, these guys are pretty quick”.  And when you’re on the bench with them blazing past you, that’s when you say “okay this is incredible”.  That’s basically how it was.  I’ve photographed from the benches a number of times before, but nothing (yet) has been quite this fast.  It was pretty interesting.

Saints defenseman, and Michigan-committed Mike Downing with Saints goalie coach Grant Standbrook.

Saints defenseman, and Michigan-committed Mike Downing with Saints goalie coach Grant Standbrook.

The drills were intense, and the guys were worked hard, as they should.  It’s getting closer and closer to the playoffs, and every point counts.  The goal is to bring home the Clark Cup, just like they did in the 2010-2011 season; trying hard to not repeat last season, which saw the Saints ousted in the second round by the Indiana Ice.

Saints forward, and Northeastern University committed Mike Szmatula.

Saints forward, and Northeastern University-committed Mike Szmatula.

Practice ended with some guys working on one-timers, some working on faceoffs, others working out the goalies, some stretching, etc.  I’ve talked with a number of the players on facebook and twitter and they seem to really dig what I’m putting out, so I may have to go back to get some more images.  And in all honesty, I simply can’t wait.  This is how you know you love what you do; when you can’t wait to go and do it again.  If you don’t think about work at all when you’re not there, you’re in the wrong profession.  Hockey is absolutely the right profession for me.

Saints newcomer Christian Frey (left) and Mike Szmatula.

Saints newcomer Christian Frey (left) and Mike Szmatula.

You can view the entire gallery of the Saints’ practice on here on my facebook page.