Since I’ve gotten to New York, I’ve shot a lot more sports than I have in over a year because here, I’m the night photographer everyday. That means I’m at soccer, field hockey, football and various sports games, everyday. Its been a lot of fun to shoot the actual games, but I thought I’d dedicate an entry to all those wonderful expressive moments that we get outside of the action.  One of the aspects of sports I really enjoy is the sheer volume of intense emotion that goes into these events. And not always by those who are playing. Though the athletes have dedicated hours of practice and hard work to being the best, they’re not always the most expressive. Sometimes, its those on the sidelines. Every state I’ve lived in has told me “People are intense about football here.” The truth is, people are intense about Sports, everywhere. What other event do you attend regularly where people are screaming, full out screaming in joy, frustration, disappointment, anger or pride? Where people will go out on a field in front of hundreds of people and do ridiculous things to show their dedication to their town or team? They paint their bodies, decorate their cars, wear ridiculous outfits and stand in freezing rain, snow and storms just to be able to show their spirit. Sports inspires a kind of dedication and mania unheard of in any other kind of event, which is why its so much fun.

Casey Woodcock, 17, left, and Candra Connelly, 17, cheer for Oneida at the Oneida v. VVS football game Friday evening in Oneida, NY.

These guys painted on their shirts (ish), unfortunately I didn’t see a cuss word on the boy on the left, we had to crop it out for publication. That’ll teach me! Must always read chests.

Nothing shows dedication like bringing your own bullhorn.

Kid on the right = super intense.

Making O’s for Oneida.

These kids got to run through paper at halftime, they were SO excited about it.

So very excited, some of them fell. But they seemed to have fun doing that too.

Yelling with all his might!

Andrew Scalise, 10, screams "Go Bulldogs!" on the sidelines as the first half ends during the Westmoreland v. Oriskany football game Saturday, October 8, 2011, in Westmoreland, NY.

And a couple of the athletes who of course, inspire all that spirit in the first place. These are from a game yesterday. Honestly I don’t know if these boys didn’t expect to do so well or are just generally really excited by winning, but every goal was like Christmas morning and you could see it on their faces.

Bulldog Ian Dunning (13) celebrates after he scores a goal during the Poland v. Westmoreland game Saturday, October 15, 2011 in Utica, NY.

 

Bulldog Jason Dee (2) reacts after scoring a goal during the Poland v. Westmoreland game Saturday, October 15, 2011 in Utica, NY.

Ian Dunning (13) hugs Matt Falcone (17) after scoring a goal during the Poland v. Westmoreland game Saturday, October 15, 2011 in Utica, NY.

I think this was my favorite. The goalie just laid on the ground, completely defeated, after the fifth goal he missed. Better luck next time!

Bulldogs Ian Dunning (13) and Tyler Krebs (6) high five as Poland goalie Mitch Jones lies on the ground after missing a goal, during the Poland v. Westmoreland game Saturday, October 15, 2011 in Utica, NY.