Category Archives: Football

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Last Friday Andy wanted me to come to the Boone High football game and take a few photos. I wasn’t really ready to be in a crowd that large yet. Then, he suggested I bring the drone out and take a couple of photos. Now strictly speaking, that isn’t 100% legal for a couple of reasons. However, I considered doing that because drone laws make very little sense and I’ve already taken quite a few “illegal” flights.

However, it rained pretty much all day Friday and then poured Friday night. The drone is many things, but waterproof definitely isn’t on the list. In fact, you aren’t really supposed to fly it where it can get wet at all.

I spent Friday glued to my couch watching COBRA KAI. It was the wise decision at the time.

I intended to get up early Saturday morning and go out to the High Trestle Trail Bridge to take a flight, but that never really happened. However, I did take a quick flight over Goeppinger Field to take some photos. Nobody is playing obviously, but it was a good scout flight.


Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

Rodan139: Goeppinger Field

If you look closely at the panoramas, you can see Jesse’s garage and Scottie D.’s house. Other stuff too.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is WATER:


WEEK 262 - WATER
WATER

A reminder that a WATER photo is any photo where WATER is a major element of the composition.

Happy photo harvesting!

2009-11-14

The pictures in the folder 2009-11-14 are from the last home Iowa State football game from 2009. It was a victory over Colorado that made the Cyclones bowl eligible.

It was shocking that Iowa State had a successful season that year because it was Paul Rhoads’ first season and the two years under Gene Chizik were an unmitigated disaster. At least that was the perception at the time.

I don’t want to say that I think Chizik was a good coach, but in retrospect, he was upgrading the talent pool at Iowa State. He didn’t stick around to benefit from the upgraded talent. Rhoads did benefit, but he wasn’t a very good recruiter and his tenure eventually ended somewhat chaotically.

It was a good first season. They would go on to beat a mid-major team, the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Insight Bowl.

Colorado shortly left the Big 12 shortly thereafter in what would turn out to be a big mistake for them. I don’t miss Colorado in the Big 12 that much, but I would welcome them back.

I miss Nebraska the most. Missouri would be second. Colorado third. Texas A&M not all. Good riddance to what is more of a cult than a school. The SEC is more than welcome to that freakshow.


Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

Iowa State vs Colorado - 2009

I do want to make it clear. I do not support expansion of the Big 12. 10 is the perfect number for a conference. You play everybody in football and everybody in basketball twice. However, if Nebraska or Colorado wanted to come crawling back I would take them back. Then promptly kick out Baylor. Then either TCU or West Virginia.

West Virginia would be better served being in a conference based in the east. But I also hate being in a conference with private schools. Mostly because they are not subject to the same open records laws that public schools are. That is how Baylor got away with massive cover-ups of their football team’s scores of sexual assaults.

That is also why whenever somebody brings up BYU joining the Big 12, it is a very hard “NO!” from this guy.

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

Last 2 Home Games

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a family photo shoot and joke glasse.

2009-11-09

The pictures in the folder called 2009-11-09 are from the Iowa State-Oklahoma State football game and pictures of Becky with her rabbit and pooch.

I can’t remember who won the Iowa State-Oklahoma State game, but everybody wins when you get a bunny together with a great dane.


Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State - 2009

Becky and Friends

Becky and Friends

Becky and Friends

Becky and Friends

Becky and Friends

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve more Iowa State football!

ADM vs. Boone

30 days working from home in the book. Although for the first time, I had to go into the mine to do something that couldn’t be done from home. I can’t put into words how much I hate Apple products. The fire of a thousands suns. That is the heat of my hatred for Apple products.

There were only 5 people working in the physical mine when I went there. So I actually got to physically see Kim for the first time since March. I also got to physically see Vest because… let me reiterate how much I hate Apple products.

If you are running a business, buy an adult computer.

I’m not sure if I garnered any more positives from working from home this week. But good things did happen. Baier dropped off an order of 60 chicken wings from Buffalo Wild Wings. Took me some time to get through all of those, but I’m not even mad about it. Although it did set back the timeline for a project I’ve been working on, but that is okay. The fishies of the sea are thankful.

I still haven’t started on the basement. For those asking. Instead, I’ve done a bit of yardwork. Maybe I’ll start on the basement this weekend.

I’ve reached track # 1210 “Freak on a Leash” by Korn. Korn is a band I don’t listen to much any more. Not really at all. Was never a big Korn fan, but they were a part of my listening milieu at one point of my life.

“Freak on a Leash” probably isn’t the best song to ingest during physical distancing. Better than drinking bleach or injecting Lysol, but a sample of the lyrics:

“Sometimes I cannot take this place
Sometimes it’s my life I can’t taste
Sometimes I cannot feel my face
You’ll never see me fall from grace”

I did eliminate several songs from the Master Playlist this week though. All of them because the sound quality on them were really low:

#800 “Ironic” by James Corden and Alanis Morissette
#1052 “Tennessee” by Arrested Development
#1053 “Intergalactic” by Beastie Boys
#1054 “So What’Cha Want” by Beastie Boys
#1055 “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys
#1062 “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J
#1101 “If I Were A Boy” by BC Jean

Hope to get to the end of the Master Playlist soon so I can start adding music to it.

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As I have been a cleaning fool, I’ve looked for more and more ways to get Naima’s fur under control. Not the fur on her body, but the fur she leaves everywhere. I have purchased 2 air purifiers. I’m thinking of breaking down and buying a full-sized vacuum cleaner. I haven’t yet, but one thing I did recently breakdown and purchase is the Furzapper.

Furzapper is a product that you throw in your washer and dryer and it zaps the fur on your clothing. It was relatively cheap, so I pulled the trigger and thought I would give it a try.


Furzapper

Furzapper

Wow! Looks great! But do they work? Boy do they!

I started with some gym pants that are by far in the worst shape.


Furzapper

I followed the directions:


Furzapper

In fact, I washed and dried the pants twice. Once alone, and this was the result:


Furzapper

Does that look worse? Cause it look worse to me. So I figured that maybe there were some missing instructions. So here is the complete list of “secret instruction” I discovered.

Step #1: Wash and dry alone.
Step #2: Wash and dry with other clothes.
Step #3: Drive real fast and hold them out the window.


Furzapper

Step #4: Pick off the really big pieces of fur.
Step #5: Run a lint roller over it for 15 minutes.
Step #6: Hang outside on a windy day.
Step #7: Run a lint roller over it again.
Step #8: Drive real fast and hold them out the car window.
Step #9: Wash and dry alone.

After those 9 easy steps, this is the result:


Furzapper

Not perfect, but I can wear them again. In fact, probably wearing them as you read these word!

So if anybody tells you that Furzapper is the worst 15 bucks they ever spent, just tell them about the secret directions that I have uncovered. That is all it takes to make Furzapper appear to work like a champ!

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Last fall Andy requested that I come to photograph Kyle playing in a Boone High football game. It was the first time I have attended a Boone High Football game since Brandon graduated.

Boone has a super young team and I don’t remember the score, but their opponent, ADM dominated the entire game. I think Boone was lucky to get off the field because I think something like 8 Boone players left the game with injuries. Including a kid that had to be taken off the field in an ambulance in the last minutes of the game.

Here are some picture from the night. Kyle is #30. You will also recognize some photos of Autumn and Taylan:


Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

It was quite the experience, but a tough environment to photograph. At least from the stands. It was so packed in there, could barely move in any direction.

I’m sure, if there is high school football this year, I’ll be at a game again this year.

Camping World Bowl Road Trip Day 3 – The Game

Day 3 was the only day we spent entirely in Orlando. It was one full day too many. Orlando is flat out one of the worst cities I’ve ever visited. It is dirty. It is poorly laid out. There is no culture. There is no music. There is no historical significance. There are no beaches. There aren’t any parks. There isn’t much to do.

I would rank Orlando just above Omaha for worst cities I’ve ever visited. Frankly, if I never go back to Orlando again, that is just fine.

The Camping World Bowl Stadium is in the worst part of Orlando. Most of the businesses that surround it are liquor stores or bail bonds. There is also a high school.

There is hardly any parking around it. What is there is poorly organized.

The stadium itself is okay. It isn’t a festering dump that ought to be burned down like where Kansas plays. However it isn’t all that nice of a stadium either.

There was a great fear that we were going to be rained on all game. That didn’t happen. It rained for a little bit. But we thought we had won the jackpot because we were sitting under the ledge of the upper deck, so we were protected from the rain.

However, we actually lost that hand. We sat under a pipe that leaked on us the entire game. So instead of being protected from a rain that barely showed up. We were the only wet people in the stadium. It is a shame we weren’t on the Notre Dame side of the stadium. It was pretty much empty. We could have sat anywhere we wanted. Instead, we sat there getting dripped on.

Here are some pictures from the morning:


Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3
#wafflelife

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3
I ate walnuts in tribute to my Grandpa Paris, the man that introduced me to Iowa State football.

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3
Lagoon behind our hotel.

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3
Yeah, they have these dicks in Florida too.

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3
I think this statue is a tribute to pedophiles that also play football.

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3
We met up with Dre and his bro before the game.

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3
View from backside of the stadium.

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

Camping World Bowl Road Trip - Day 3

The game didn’t go the way we wanted. Iowa State finished the season decimated by injuries and it showed when they played one of the best teams in the country.

We left the stadium wet and down, but ready to see if this awful city called Orlando had anything to offer.

Iowa State 121 Bad Guys 44

I didn’t take many pictures at Iowa State football games last year because they are getting stricter about the type of camera you are allowed to carry in. At least they are to me. I see plenty of other people walking in with comparable cameras, but I digress.

No, I don’t digress. The rule as written on the Cyclones website is that Cameras with lens longer than 6 inches is prohibited. Cameras with a lens less than 6 inches is permitted. However, sometimes, security people try to interpret that as nothing that they deem “professional” or anything with a “removable” lens. It is frustrating to educate security people on the rules that they are supposed to enforce and what imaginary rules in their head that they are not allowed to enforce.

After the Iowa game, I only took the Sony RXOII to a couple of games and to the Louisiana-Monroe game I took an old Sony point & shoot that Logan gave me. I wanted to give it a shot to see if it would work as a gameday camera that would prevent me from having to have to have conversations with security people.

The point & shoot takes okay pictures, but it isn’t nearly fast enough to take action photos.

Any way, here are a few pictures I took at the Louisiana-Monroe and TCU games:


Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Texas Christian - 2019

Iowa State vs Texas Christian - 2019

Iowa State vs Texas Christian - 2019

Iowa State vs Texas Christian - 2019

Okay, I only had one run-in with a security guard this year. But I did win the run-in.

2009-09-27

The pictures from the folder 2009-09-27 come from a Saturday when I went down to Des Moines to watch Jen compete in the Des Moines Regatta and watched Iowa State beat Army in football.

All the pageantry that comes with Army coming to your stadium is pretty amazing. Iowa State was also schedule to play both Navy and Air Force, but both those games got cancelled after the Big 12 went to a 9 game conference schedule and some nonconference games had to be cancelled. I still wish those game would get rescheduled, but I know it will never happen.


Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

I’m not sure if this was the last Des Moines Regatta that Jen ever competed in, but I’m pretty sure that it was.

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

Des Moines Regatta
Army

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve an Art Festival.

2009-09-12

The pictures from the folder 2009-09-12 are from the Iowa State-Iowa football game in 2009. I don’t recall who won the game, but I just hope everybody had fun!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures:


Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 2009

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

The Iowa Hawkeyes

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve the Howards.

2009-09-02 & 2009-09-04

The pictures in the folders 2009-09-02 and 2009-09-04 are from two separate but nearly equally great events.

A couple of the pictures are from Alligator Shirt Day. A holiday that I invented back in 2009, but then forgot to honor on a yearly basis. You can bet dollars to donuts that on the 2021 Photography 139 Calendar, you will find Alligator Shirt Day in it. Just one of the changes you will see in the 2021 calendar as I will make it an even more personal project, since I don’t sell them any longer.

The other event is the Iowa State football game against North Dakota State. Back then, I didn’t realize that North Dakota State had one of the most annoying fanbases in the world. A pretty big accomplishment for a nothing university in a town that nobody would’ve heard of if the Cohen brothers didn’t name a movie after the town and then set the movie in Minnesota.

Here are some pictures:


Alligator Shirt Day

Alligator Shirt Day

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State vs. North Dakota State - 2009

Iowa State defeated the North Dakota State 34-17 on that evening.

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

Alligator Shirt Day

North Dakota State

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a couple of road trips I went on.