Archive for November, 2010

Black and Gold Primetime–Again!
November 10, 2010

Black and Gold Primetime–two weeks in a row. Can’t remember if that has ever happened in the 17 years I have been doing them. It was so cold, had to go out and buy a warmer coat this morning. No one was at Paul Brown Stadium here in Cincinnati Sunday night, where we all appeared in the 6 and the 11 o’clock newscasts. So the guys parked our news car in the parking place for Bengals’ QB, Carson Palmer.

Earlier in the day, we all waited for the Steelers to arrive at the hotel, and it occurred to me how tough it is to play three away games in a row. I don’t care if you are on a charter or not. Not sleeping in your own bed, taking a day to travel, and flying through the middle of the night after a primetime game all have to make them tired.

This is nose tackle, Chris Hoke getting off the bus. After the MNF, he was so relieved that the Steelers pulled it out at the end, 27-21.

And as Guy and I stood there watching the team file into the locker room, you would have thought they lost. Tomlin stood at the door, practically shouting, “It is never easy, 6-2, we are at the turn.” Over and over. As Troy Polamalu walked by, looking like he had lost his best friend, Tomlin shouted, “What, What? Don’t do that.” It was impressive how he quickly wanted to remind them how tough this game is, and a win, at the end of  three road trips, is a satisfying victory. Even if it was costly in injuries. Word that starting left tackle, Max Starks may be out for the season with a neck injury is disturbing. Especially with the Patriots this week-end, and ANOTHER primetime match-up. But being at home, in front of the fans

who travel better than any others in the league, will be a welcome boost.

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Behind The Scenes At Elections
November 4, 2010

It has occurred to me, that if I am going to take pictures with a smartphone, doing it with two hands, and steadying the camera would be a good idea. I think I have a stabilization program, but , in the heat of live appearances, Live Wire entries on thepittsburghchannel.com, checking latest numbers on the website, and cruising the watch party food and sneaking crackers (the food is for the guests, not the media), I forgot.

This is Congressman Joe Sestak. Democratic Candidate for Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seat. The fact that I have to explain that raises serious questions about my photojournalism skills. The vantage point does show what the shot would have looked like if I had not stood on a chair for my TV appearances later in the night, like this reporter from WCAU in Philadelphia. Now, if you are interviewing someone from the campaign, it is dicey, and impolite to ask them to stand on the same chair–so, you have to find another chair, or just stand on the floor, and disregard what your background looks like. The cameras, by the way, are all in a line on the riser, as you can see from this photo.

This is Suzanne Malveaux, the White House correspondent for CNN. Her presence was an indicator of how important the national media regarded this race between Sestak, a former Navy Vice Admiral, and Republican Pat Toomey. I had posted this picture to our LiveWire blogging site, but somehow, the way in which I held the iPhone camera was misinterpreted by the Scribblelive site, and turned it sideways. I corrected it by turning the phone around, but then, in my confusion, started turning the phone upside down. I was unaware, because the photos looked fine when  I emailed them, complete with text, to the site. It was only when I checked our email from the bosses at the station, that I learned they were all upside down. So they were deleting my photos and entries. Then my phone ran out of battery, so I switched to the iPad, but can’t take pictures with that. What amazes me, is that, with all the technology, it seems even MORE  can go wrong. But, I must admit, it is kinda fun trying to keep up to technological speed with young campaign workers like these.  And in the end, that is what it is about. The people who step up, both young and old, and become part of the process. Democrat, Republican, Independent. At this watch party in the Philly suburbs, their candidate lost. But they won by getting involved, and are better for it. I wish more of us in this country would do so, because it can only enhance our cherished freedoms.