CFL – Aug. 8, 2009, Eskimos at Ticats – photos

I’ve updated my CFL photo archive with images from the game against the Eskimos on Saturday August 8th.

Here’s a selection of the better images from the game in which the Ticats managed to hold off the Eskimos with a last minute TD for a 28-21 win in the rain.

The game summary by Drew Edwards at the Spectator.

Photos – The game winner:

Tiger-Cats quarterback Quinton Porter (12) scores the game winning touchdown with 46 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

The game changer:

Tiger-Cats defensive back Chris Thompson (26) laterals an interception to defensive back Geoff Tisdale (9) for a touchdown.

The game was a mixed bag for me. In an attempt to avoid changing memory cards in the rain unless absolutely necessary, I decided to use 16GB CF cards in my main camera. Pretty logical, I thought. But because those cards are not the fastest to clear files from the camera’s buffer, I missed shots on a couple key plays, namely Cobb’s first TD and shortly thereafter the interception by Thompson and the TD by Tisdale all in the same play. Just as Tisdale went to dive into the end zone, the buffer filled (it takes 22 RAW frames at high ISO on the Mark III for this to happen, but with a drawn out play such as this one, and potentially shooting at 10 fps, it doesn’t take much). At least I got something of Thompson throwing the ball to Tisdale.

At night games I like to spend some of the second half over by the Ticats bench getting candid shots of the players. And with it raining, it was bound to add more character to the images. But it was a difficult decision to turn my attention away from the field with the game tied at 21.. because I was certain I’d miss something. It’s always a calculated risk. Sure enough, I missed Cobb’s big run that set up the game winning TD. But because he was ruled down at the one, it at least that gave me time to get into position for Porter’s TD… for which he luckily faced me as he stretched for the score.

Back by the team bench I was happy to get some decent shots of Cobb and a few other players.

Tiger-Cats wide receiver Dave Stala (88) waits during team introductions inside the giant inflated Tiger-Cats helmet:
Tiger-Cats wide receiver Dave Stala (88) waits during team introductions inside the giant inflated Tiger-Cats helmet

Tiger-Cats wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez (85) is tackled by Eskimos defensive back Jason Goss (4):
Tiger-Cats wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez (85) is tackled by Eskimos defensive back Jason Goss (4).

Tiger-Cats running back DeAndra’ Cobb (14) tries to escape the grasp of Eskimos defensive end Kai Ellis (93)
Tiger-Cats running back DeAndra' Cobb (14) tries to escape the grasp of Edmonton Eskimos defensive end Kai Ellis (93)

Tiger-Cats wide receiver Marquay McDaniel (6) on a punt/kick return:
Tiger-Cats wide receiver Marquay McDaniel (6)

Tiger-Cats linebacker Markeith Knowlton (25) and defensive back Lawrence Gordon (29) tackle Eskimos slotback Fred Stamps (2):
Tiger-Cats linebacker Markeith Knowlton (25) and defensive back Lawrence Gordon (29) tackle Edmonton Eskimos slotback Fred Stamps (2)

Tiger-Cats defensive back Lawrence Gordon (29) tackles Eskimos slotback Jamaica Rector (85):
Tiger-Cats defensive back Lawrence Gordon (29) tackles Edmonton Eskimos slotback Jamaica Rector (85)

Tiger-Cats running back DeAndra’ Cobb (14):
Tiger-Cats running back DeAndra' Cobb (14)

Tiger-Cats linebacker Markeith Knowlton (25) tackles Eskimos running back Arkee Whitlock (36):
Tiger-Cats linebacker Markeith Knowlton (25) tackles Edmonton Eskimos running back Arkee Whitlock (36)

Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Justin Hickman (95) watches Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray (15).
Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Justin Hickman (95) watches Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray (15).

Tiger-Cats defensive back Lawrence Gordon (29) blocks a pass intended for Eskimos slotback Jamaica Rector (85):
Tiger-Cats defensive back Lawrence Gordon (29) blocks a pass intended for Edmonton Eskimos slotback Jamaica Rector (85)

A guy I had a tough time getting decent shots of… Tiger-Cats wide receiver Arland Bruce III (4):
Tiger-Cats wide receiver Arland Bruce III (4)

Tiger-Cats wide receiver Marquay McDaniel (6) on another punt/kick return:
Tiger-Cats wide receiver Marquay McDaniel (6)

Tiger-Cats running back DeAndra’ Cobb (14) scores a touchdown:
Tiger-Cats running back DeAndra' Cobb (14) scores a touchdown

The sequence: Tiger-Cats defensive back Chris Thompson (26) returns an interception, which he lateralled to defensive back Geoff Tisdale (9) for a touchdown.
Tiger-Cats defensive back Chris Thompson (26) returns an interception, which he lateralled to defensive back Geoff Tisdale (9) for a touchdown.

Tiger-Cats defensive back Geoff Tisdale (9) chats with defensive coordinator / linebackers coach / assistant head coach Greg Marshall during the halftime break:
Tiger-Cats defensive back Geoff Tisdale (9) chats with defensive coordinator / linebackers coach / assistant head coach Greg Marshall during the halftime break

Tiger-Cats kicker Nick Setta (13) kicks to begin the second half:
Tiger-Cats kicker Nick Setta (13) kicks to begin the second half

Eskimos kicker Noel Prefontaine (7) drops a bad snap that resulted in a fumble forced by defensive lineman Justin Hickman (95) and recovered for the Tiger-Cats by linebacker Markeith Knowlton (25):
Eskimos kicker Noel Prefontaine (7) drops a bad snap that resulted in a fumble recovery for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by linebacker Markeith Knowlton (25)

Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Demonte’ Bolden (90) tackles Eskimos running back Calvin McCarty (31), then drives his head into the ground after the play was whistled dead, which resulted in a major penalty:
Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Demonte' Bolden (90) tackles Eskimos running back Calvin McCarty (31), then drives his head into the ground after the play was whistled dead

Tiger-Cats defensive back Sandy Beveridge (19) tackles Eskimos running back Calvin McCarty (31):
Tiger-Cats defensive back Sandy Beveridge (19) tackles Eskimos running back Calvin McCarty (31)

Tiger-Cats newcomer, defensive end Montez Murphy (98), faces off against Eskimos guard Patrick Kabongo (56):
Tiger-Cats newcomer, defensive end Montez Murphy (98), faces off against Eskimos guard Patrick Kabongo (56)

Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Bauman (87) is hit hard by Edmonton linebacker Kelly Malveaux (27):
Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Bauman (87) is hit hard by Eskimos linebacker Kelly Malveaux (27)

Eskimos defensive back Lenny Williams (9) and linebacker Mark Restelli (44) try to tackle Tiger-Cats running back DeAndra’ Cobb (14):
Eskimos defensive back Lenny Williams (9) and linebacker Mark Restelli (44) try to tackle Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back DeAndra' Cobb (14)

Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) scores a touchdown:
Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) scores a touchdown

Tiger-Cats defensive back Lawrence Gordon (29) and defensive back Chris Thompson (26) tackle Eskimos slotback Jamaica Rector (85):
Tiger-Cats defensive back Lawrence Gordon (29) and defensive back Chris Thompson (26) tackle Edmonton Eskimos slotback Jamaica Rector (85)

Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Justin Hickman (95), linebacker Jamall Johnson (28) and linebacker Dennis Haley (43) tackle Eskimos running back Calvin McCarty (31):
Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Justin Hickman (95), linebacker Jamall Johnson (28) and linebacker Dennis Haley (43) tackle Edmonton Eskimos running back Calvin McCarty (31)

Tiger-Cats wide receiver Marquay McDaniel (6) loses his helmet on a tackle by Eskimos long snapper Taylor Inglis (52) and linebacker Mark Restelli (44)
Tiger-Cats wide receiver Marquay McDaniel (6) loses his helmet on a tackle by Edmonton Eskimos long snapper Taylor Inglis (52) and linebacker Mark Restelli (44)

Tiger-Cats offensive lineman Marwan Hage (62):
Tiger-Cats offensive lineman Marwan Hage (62)

Tiger-Cats wide receiver Marquay McDaniel (6):
Tiger-Cats wide receiver Marquay McDaniel (6)

Tiger-Cats quarterback Adam Tafralis (17)
Tiger-Cats quarterback Adam Tafralis (17

Tiger-Cats defensive end Garrett McIntyre (71)
Tiger-Cats defensive end Garrett McIntyre (71)

Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) shares a laugh with wide receiver Arland Bruce III (4)
Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) shares a laugh with wide receiver Arland Bruce III (4)

Wide receiver Arland Bruce III (4):
Tiger-Cats wide receiver Arland Bruce III (4)

Tiger-Cats linebacker Markeith Knowlton (25) had a big game with 11 tackles and an interception in the end zone to take away a potential Eskimos TD:
Tiger-Cats linebacker Markeith Knowlton (25) had a big game with 11 tackles and an interception in the end zone to take away a potential Eskimos TD

And a bunch of shots of running back DeAndra’ Cobb on the sidelines in the rain:

CFL – Lions at Ticats Prechae Rodriguez TD catch

It’s nice to be in the right place at the right time and come away with a sequence like this!

It’ll be a few days before I post the final selection of images from this game to my CFL photo gallery but got a nice sequence of Tiger-Cats wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez making a touchdown pass under pressure.

The animated GIF below is a bit large, so give it a moment to load the entire sequence.

CFL photos online – July 18, 2009 Winnipeg vs. Hamilton

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive tackle Darrell Adams (97) tackles Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Fred Reid (32). CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.

The Ticats D seemed to gel in the second half and Darrell Adams had a great game. In the photo above he’s about to tackle Fred Reid, one of many such instances throughout the game.

It was retro week in the CFL and I really liked the Ticats retro uniform. Whether it was faithful to the 60s or not, I’m not sure, but it looked good.

Here’s the link to the photo gallery. There’s a ton of images, and it might get a bit repetitive for certain players. Sometimes that happens when trying to get as many shots of as many players as possible. If it’s overwhelming, do a search within the gallery for specific players.

CFL Gallery

Some more photos from the game, particularly of a few guys who don’t normally get much coverage in the press:

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Otis Floyd (35). CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.
Linebacker Otis Floyd peers between the Bombers O.

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Markeith Knowlton (25) punches the ball out of the grasp of Winnipeg Blue Bombers wide receiver Brock Ralph (80). CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.
Linebacker Markeith Knowlton (25) punches the ball out of the grasp of Blue Bombers wide receiver Brock Ralph (80). Knowlton also caused Fred Reid to fumble on a different play, which was recovered by Lawrence Gordon.

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back Lawrence Gordon (29) tackles Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Stefan LeFors (17). CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler
Defensive back Lawrence Gordon (29) tackles Blue Bombers quarterback Stefan LeFors (17) with direct helmet contact on LeFors’s throwing arm. It was a pretty hard hit too, which might not be so evident in the photo, but the result was LeFors laid out for a few seconds after the play below:

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back Lawrence Gordon (29) tackles Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Stefan LeFors (17). CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back Lawrence Gordon (29) prevents a reception by Winnipeg Blue Bombers wide receiver Romby Bryant (81). CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.
And another nice play be Lawrence Gordon (29) to prevent a reception by Winnipeg Blue Bombers wide receiver Romby Bryant (81).

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Winnipeg Blue Bombers cornerback Jovon Johnson (2) is unable to intercept a pass intended for Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Marquay McDaniel (6). CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.
A close call here. Bombers cornerback Jovon Johnson (2) is unable to intercept a pass intended for Tiger-Cats wide receiver Marquay McDaniel (6). This is just one frame from a nice sequence in the gallery.

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive lineman George Hudson (52) offensive lineman Marwan Hage (62) offensive lineman Peter Dyakowski (67). CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.
Coming out of the huddle offensive linemen George Hudson (52), Marwan Hage (62) and Peter Dyakowski (67).

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1). CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.
Wide receiver Chris Davis gains some yards.

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) is tackled by Winnipeg Blue Bombers safety Ian Logan (31). CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.
Chris Davis (1) on the receiving end of a hard hit just as he caught the ball by Blue Bombers safety Ian Logan (31).

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) pulls in a pass against Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Jonathan Hefney (23) for a touchdown. CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.
Chris Davis (1) pulls in a pass against Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Jonathan Hefney (23) for a touchdown. And the resulting sequence below:

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) pulls in a pass against Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Jonathan Hefney (23) for a touchdown. CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) pulls in a pass against Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Jonathan Hefney (23) for a touchdown. CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) pulls in a pass against Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Jonathan Hefney (23) for a touchdown. CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) pulls in a pass against Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Jonathan Hefney (23) for a touchdown. CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) pulls in a pass against Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Jonathan Hefney (23) for a touchdown. CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) pulls in a pass against Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Jonathan Hefney (23) for a touchdown. CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) pulls in a pass against Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Jonathan Hefney (23) for a touchdown. CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) celebrates his touchdown. CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) celebrates his touchdown. CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez (85). CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Yannick Carter (48), running back John Williams (23) and defensive back Marc Beswick (3) tackle Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Fred Reid (32). CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.
Linebacker Yannick Carter (48), running back John Williams (23) and defensive back Marc Beswick (3) tackle Blue Bombers running back Fred Reid (32).

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Yannick Carter (48) and linebacker Jordan Matechuk (51) tackle Winnipeg Blue Bombers cornerback James Johnson (19). CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.
Linebackers Yannick Carter (48) and Jordan Matechuk (51) tackle Blue Bombers cornerback James Johnson (19).

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Marcel Bellefeuille and special teams coordinator Dave Easley. CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.
Tiger-Cats head coach Marcel Bellefeuille and special teams coordinator Dave Easley point out directions to players on the field.

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez (85) breaks a tackle attempt by Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Lenny Walls (27). CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.
Wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez (85) breaks a tackle attempt by Blue Bombers defensive back Lenny Walls (27).

July 18, 2009; Hamilton, ON, CAN; Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Davis (1) celebrates carrying the ball for a first down. CFL football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Tiger-Cats defeated the Blue Bombers 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Scheffler. Copyright (c) 2009 Ron Scheffler.
Chris Davis (1) celebrates a first down.

Jesse Lumsden

I was looking forward to seeing what Jesse Lumsden could do for the Eskimos this year, so it’s naturally unfortunate to see him injured in the first quarter of the first game of the season. Ever since his days at McMaster, he’s been so much fun to watch and naturally a lot of fun to photograph in action.

I rounded up a selection of images from the four Tiger-Cats games I photographed in 2008 and put them together in a slideshow linked below. In addition to game action, there’s a ton of him on the sidelines. The games were June 26 preseason vs. Montreal, July 12 vs. Saskatchewan, July 25 vs. Edmonton and September 6 vs. BC. They’re simply in chronological order as I shot them.

It’s possible Lumsden’s naturally shy of cameras, or he didn’t want extra media attention on him as the ‘star’ of the team… or maybe he grew suspicious of photographers with professional looking equipment after his media “exposure” as a centre-spread pullout for the Spectator… So most of the times when he saw me pointing the camera at him he’d look or turn away, though there is eye contact in a few images. It became a bit of a cat & mouse game… a challenge, yet a fun one, to get interesting images of him when not on the field.

These photos and more can be found in my newly set-up Tiger-Cats/CFL photo archive here.

Tiger-Cats & CFL photo archive is online

I’ve set up a searchable gallery for my CFL photos, primarily of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Images are mostly from 2008 as well as the June 23rd preseason game (had other commitments on July 1st). I’ll be adding to it as I attend 2009 Ticats home games, which will hopefully be almost all of them, the next being July 18th vs. Winnipeg.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats and CFL football photo archive

If looking for a specific player, coach, etc., it’s best to use the search function.

CFL football Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back Jesse Lumsden

CFL football Hamilton Tiger-Cats kicker Nick Setta

CFL football Hamilton Tiger-Cats special teams coordinator Dave Easley

CFL football Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive lineman Marwan Hage

CFL football body and face painted Hamilton Tiger-Cats fan

Ticats preseason…

Went to Ivor Wynne Stadium on Tuesday evening for the Ticats preseason game against the Argos. The Ticats lost, but it was only a preseason game anyway, so no biggie.

I was at a conference last week where Bob Young (the team’s owner) was a speaker and he mentioned that he forbade the team to win any of their preseason games. Apparently the previous couple seasons they won all their preseason games but went on to miserable losing records, so he hoped that preseason losses this year would break that bad luck streak. We’ll see if that happens. There are so many new faces on the team this year and difficult to guess how they will progress. But for me it was good to get back to shooting some football and will post some favourites shortly.

In the meantime, here’s a scene of the stadium that caught my eye while I was waiting. I got there pretty early and noticed some interesting light on the seats and couldn’t resist.